We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.



Modest Mouse’s The Lonesome Crowded West has more of the same jerky basement punk rhythms, damaged-trachea howls, Dramamine-induced mirages, and edgy tales from the trailer park that Isaac Brock and Co. have summoned before. The group isn’t discernibly more polished than on 1996’s This Is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About, but it makes up for it in variety: A foray into hillbilly swag, “Jesus Christ Was an Only Child,” and the tedious “Shit Luck” flatter the catchy and off-kilter “Polar Opposites” and the abstract lyrical metaphors of “Heart Cooks Brain.” With Califone and Les Savvy Fav at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $6. (202) 667-7960. (John Dugan)