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With After The Disco, the sprawling and ambitious sophomore effort they’ll release next week, Shins frontman James Mercer and superproducer Danger Mouse cement their band Broken Bells as more than just a way to pass the time between other projects — and their other projects are legion. Mercer is coming off a year of promoting… More »

The first Shins album, 2001’s Oh, Inverted World, was a collection of effortlessly punchy pop-rock and warm-blooded balladry, but its frayed nerves and plucky resolve were softened by mid-fi reverb haze. It was a mirage, the New Mexico desert’s best evidence that life is but a dream — and not just that gorgeously cooing, tambourine-tapping,… More »

The Shins were one of the preeminent pop acts of the ’00s, often mentioned as flirting with becoming their decade’s version of R.E.M. or Pavement. Frontman James Mercer began the writing of the band’s 2001 classic Oh, Inverted World in earnest as far back as 1997 — while his primary band was still Albuquerque, NM’s… More »

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Hear A Cleaned-Up Version Of James Mercer’s Pre-Shins Song “The Shins”

Flake Music, James Mercer's early-'90s project that served as a kind of precursor to the Shins, released their only album, When You Land Here, It's
Gabriela Tully Claymore | November 13, 2014 - 10:34 am

The Shins – “So Now What”

James Mercer probably owes about 30% of the money in his checking account to the shoutout that Natalie Portman gave to the Shins in Garden
Tom Breihan | June 20, 2014 - 12:34 pm

Hear A New Shins Song In The Insufferable Trailer To Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here

Ten years after making his directorial debut Garden State, Zach Braff is finally about to release his next movie, the controversially crowdfunded Wish I Was
Tom Breihan | May 19, 2014 - 12:38 pm

Cat Power x Chris Martin, Bon Iver, The Shins Soundtrack Zach Braff’s Garden State Follow-Up

It’s a bit of a punchline now, but Garden State, the 2004 directorial debut from Zach Braff, represented a major moment in indie’s progression towards…
Tom Breihan | March 27, 2014 - 2:15 pm

Watch Broken Bells Cover The Beatles On Letterman

Danger Mouse, one half of Broken Bells, first found fame for mashing up Jay-Z with the Beatles on the bootleg release The Grey Album, and…
Tom Breihan | February 4, 2014 - 9:24 am

Broken Bells – “Holding On For Life (Baio Remix)”

Keep up, if you can, with all the side-project stuff happening in this post. Broken Bells, if they can still be called a side project,…
Tom Breihan | February 3, 2014 - 9:21 am

Broken Bells – “Holding On For Life (Nick Zinner Remix)”

Broken Bells, the duo of Shins frontman James Mercer and producer-to-the-stars Danger Mouse, will drop their sophomore LP After The Disco next month, and the…
Tom Breihan | January 22, 2014 - 10:44 am

Watch Broken Bells Perform “The Changing Lights” For La Blogothèque

Next month, Broken Bells, the side-project duo of Danger Mouse and Shins frontman James Mercer, will release their sophomore album After The Disco. We've already…
Tom Breihan | January 16, 2014 - 1:24 pm

Broken Bells – “After The Disco”

Broken Bells, the duo of Danger Mouse and Shins frontman James Mercer, are close to releasing their new album After The Disco, and we posted…
Tom Breihan | January 7, 2014 - 2:39 pm

2012 In Review: The Year In Comebacks

"Don't call it a comeback" is usually a phrase uttered self-protectively by musicians who are very much coming back from some degree of obscurity. Dr.
Chris DeVille | December 31, 2012 - 11:55 am

Watch Aimee Mann & James Mercer on Kimmel

On last night's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Aimee Mann served as musical guest, and she didn't come alone. She and Shins frontman James Mercer…
Tom Breihan | November 20, 2012 - 8:54 am

Watch The Shins On Austin City Limits

Over the weekend, the Shins and Dr. Dog's episode of Austin City Limits hit PBS. Now they've posted it online and you can watch the…
Corban Goble | October 29, 2012 - 9:22 am

The Shins – “Wonderful Christmastime” (Stereogum Premiere)

It's almost Halloween, and you know what that means: It's Christmastime! And just so we won't be caught without appropriate music for the occasion, tomorrow,…
Michael Nelson | October 29, 2012 - 9:00 am

The Shins, Washed Out @ Gibson Amphitheater, Los Angeles 10/2/12

Fresh from their appearance on Conan, the Shins filled up the expansive Gibson Amphitheater and somehow managed to make it feel like a small intimate…
Andrew Youssef | October 3, 2012 - 4:14 pm

Watch The Shins On Conan

The Shins served as musical guests on last's night's episode of Conan, turning in a sparkling rendition of the percussive Port Of Morrow album track…
Tom Breihan | October 2, 2012 - 10:09 am

Watch The Shins, Feist Play From The Basement

From The Basement, the live-music show created by Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, is back for season three, and a couple of its episodes are now…
Tom Breihan | September 21, 2012 - 2:07 pm

Watch The Shins, Aimee Mann, & Father John Misty On From The Basement

Nigel Godrich's television series From The Basement is back for another round this year, and last week's season debut featured performances by the Shins, Aimee…
Corban Goble | August 13, 2012 - 5:40 pm
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