It’s the myths that count when we build our heroes. Realities puncture the safety-deposit box that we’ve placed our venerated ones in. So when accusations of rape came out about Modest Mouse’s mainman, Isaac Brock, indie rockers hit the Web and posted their thoughts on message boards: “Personally I look to Isaac for beautiful music, not morals. So unless he ends up in jail, I’m gonna keep buying the records and going to the shows. Yossy.” “I am troubled as to whether or not to support this band. I really like their music, and am looking forward to their upcoming album and tour, but do I want to give them my money? MsMei.” Although it’s been a year since the allegations were investigated and the charges were dropped, people haven’t stopped talking. Brock has steadfastly maintained his innocence, yet every story about the band and its upcoming major-label debut, The Moon & Antarctica, will undoubtedly mention—if not lead off with—the rape claim. This despite the fact that on Antarctica, Brock’s smart, anguished lyrics, slicing guitar lines, soaring double-tracked vocals, and edgy pop songs are among his finest, confirming that Modest Mouse is among the best rock units going today. “I guess the moral of the story is that nothing good comes from screwing people. Argh. MsMei.” The band performs at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 23 (with Califone and Stinking Lizaveta), and Wednesday, May 24 (with Califone and Les Savy Fav), at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $12. (202) 667-7960. (Christopher Porter)