Think of it as an indie rocker with extra butter. Modest Mouse main man Isaac Brock is in town tonight to perform a short set after a screening of a documentary to which he (along with James Mercer, Jack Johnson and others) contributed music. The film is "180º South," which retraces a 1968 trip from Ventura (that's in California) to Patagonia (that's in Chile) by two adventurers named Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins. The pair went on to become successful businessmen, Chouinard with his companies Patagonia and Black Diamond and Tompkins with The North Face, as well as environmentalists and legends among People Who Like to Climb Really Steep Things. "180º South" might give you vertigo, but maybe Brock can talk you down. It's screening at the Eli Broad Theater in Santa Monica.
Elsewhere: Jangle-pop band Nada Surf covering Depeche Mode? It's true. The NYC trio's new album "If I Had a Hi-Fi" is a covers album. They're at the Troubadour for two nights with Telekinesis. ... It's Noches Rockeras at the House of Blues, with Conflicto, Amargo, Tommy Mora, Leonel, Love Star, and Sonoclip. ... Good indie rock West of the 405, with Voxhaul Broadcast and Princeton playing Saint Rocke in Hermose Beach. ... And in the Very Sold Out Dept.: Band of Horses at the Roxy; the Airborne Toxic Event's Amnesty International benefit at the Echo; and Angus & Julia Stone at Hollywood Forever Cemetery's Masonic Lodge.
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Also: Peter Himmelman's Furious World at the Mint; Kaki King and An Horse at the Glass House in Pomona; Jr. Juggernaut and Manhattan Murder Mystery at Spaceland; Kina Grannis at the Hotel Cafe; Evelyn Evelyn at Largo; the Tuffingtons at the Silverlake Lounge; and the Uglysuit at the Viper Room.