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You know them, you love them. What is it that makes Modest Mouse so popular? It's hard to put your finger on, if only because they sound like no one else, and therefore defy categorization. From their humble origins in Issaquah, Washington to their time as scrappy indie upstarts through mainstream success and beyond, the band has forged their own path through the musical landscape. Still touring behind their 2015 release Strangers to Ourselves, here are five reasons to see Modest Mouse live:
 
1. Delivery - You would think that a band that's been around for 25 years may have started to phone it in every now and then. Not so with Modest Mouse. Main man Isaac Brock still belts out his song lyrics almost like a man possessed. He and his bandmates never fail to deliver their offbeat tunes with passion.
 
2. The Masses - Sure, Modest Mouse may have started as a three-piece. No more. The current touring incarnation of the band includes up to nine people onstage at a time.  If Brock can put that many people together to stage a show, what's your excuse for not showing up?
 
3. Complexity - Related to the last point, having two to three people play percussion along with keys, horns, and even violins add layers to the band's sound. Sure, they're mostly built upon a pop song's structure - all be they idiosyncratic ones - but the extra percussion and other varied sounds add that extra dimension of listening experience. 
 
4. Balance - Sure, "Float On" and "Lampshades on Fire" may be more familiar to relatively recent fans since they get played on the radio a lot. But for those of us who've been with the band for a while, they play tracks from their early days like "Dramamine" and "Doin' the Cockroach." With 25 years of material to draw from, the band maintains a balance between old and new, delivering the radio hits that most people are familiar with, along with deep cuts for the faithful.
 
5. Uniqueness - The word "quirky" gets applied to them a lot, but it doesn't quite cover them. At times explosive, at times reflective, but always distinct. Modest Mouse doesn't sound like anyone else. And if you're plugged into their style already, there's no better place to connect with them than in a live venue.