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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’… More »

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Watch The Shins Cover Magnetic Fields’ “Andrew In Drag”

On a recent Australian jaunt, the Shins stopped by the Aussie radio network Triple J and played an acoustic session. In the process, they tried…
Tom Breihan | July 27, 2012 - 10:07 am
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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

The real best music video of this week isn't on this list, since it wasn't actually a music video at all. But Frank Ocean's performance
Tom Breihan | July 13, 2012 - 1:39 pm
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The Shins – “It’s Only Life” Video

The new Shins video for "It's Only Life" features an imaginative kid patrolling an abandoned town while James Mercer gets dragged off by shadowbeasts. Hiro
Corban Goble | July 11, 2012 - 9:41 am

The Shins – “No Way Down” Video

The latest video from the Shins very-good-to-great LP Port Of Morrow registers in a similar fashion to the Shins weakest songs: no frills but still…
Amrit Singh | June 22, 2012 - 2:49 pm
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Sasquatch! 2012 In Photos

Washington’s Sasquatch! Festival took place over the weekend, a heavy-hitting four day lineup featuring people like Jack White, St. Vincent. Bon Iver, Beck, Sanitgold, the…
Corban Goble | May 29, 2012 - 12:59 pm
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James Mercer Does Marc Maron’s WTF

On his often-great WTF podcast, comedian Marc Maron has rambling, fascinating conversations with two guests a week — usually fellow stand-up comics or sketch-comic types.
Tom Breihan | April 24, 2012 - 9:55 am

Coachella 2012 Weekend 2 In Photos

With their first Coachella 2012 performances a not-quite-distant memory, over the weekend some artists engaged in live collaborations to make for unique experiences in their…
Andrew Youssef | April 23, 2012 - 5:49 pm
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The Shins – “The Rifle’s Spiral” Video

We had a peek at the Shins' Nintendo 3DS-premiered, 3-D video for Port Of Morrow single "The Rifle's Spiral," and now James Mercer and Nintendo…
Amrit Singh | April 18, 2012 - 8:05 am

Watch The Shins Play Kimmel

Last night, the Shins played two for Jimmy Kimmel Live, "Simple Song" and "The Rifle's Spiral." Watch 'em below.
Corban Goble | April 13, 2012 - 11:37 am

Preview The Shins’ “The Rifle’s Spiral” Nintendo Video

The Shins have already released their video for the Port Of Morrow track "The Rifle's Spiral," and it's a creepy 3D stop-motion animated thing. But…
Tom Breihan | April 9, 2012 - 3:53 pm
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Sad Baby Wolf (ex-Shins) – “Everything Is” (Neutral Milk Hotel Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

James Mercer now has an entirely new Shins band backing him up, and now some of his former confederates are teaming up. Former Shins member…
Tom Breihan | April 3, 2012 - 12:24 pm
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Watch The Shins On Letterman

Last night, the Shins showed up on the Late Show With David Letterman, blasting through their world-beating single "Simple Song." I swear that one i…
Tom Breihan | March 21, 2012 - 8:57 am
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Premature Evaluation: The Shins Port Of Morrow

A Virginia airport at 5 in the morning on the day SXSW starts, listening to an iTunes stream on crappy airport wi-fi and letting that…
Tom Breihan | March 14, 2012 - 2:38 pm
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Watch The Shins Return To SNL

The Shins' fourth LP Port Of Morrow streams on iTunes on Tuesday, but fans paying close attention have already heard most of the album's song…
Scott Lapatine | March 11, 2012 - 12:48 am
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Watch Last Night’s Shins Show In NYC

Last night, the Shins played New York's Le Poisson Rouge, using the occasion to bust out a bunch of songs (including two we hadn't heard…
Tom Breihan | March 8, 2012 - 4:29 pm
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The Shins – “Bait And Switch” Video

The Shins' "Simple Song" video was a fun, whimsical, ambitious family narrative with a fully realized plot, but the band's new clip for the sparkly,…
Tom Breihan | March 2, 2012 - 12:32 pm
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Watch The Shins’ Funny Or Die Sketch

Despite his pivotal importance in Garden State, Shins frontman James Mercer has never exactly seemed like the type of musician who would catch the acting…
Tom Breihan | March 1, 2012 - 1:52 pm
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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This week, we ran into a bit of a problem as it pertains to this list: For some reason, YouTube embed aren't rendering when we…
Tom Breihan | February 24, 2012 - 4:07 pm
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The Shins – “Simple Song” Video

In the video for the Shins’ “Simple Song,” James Mercer’s videotaped final will and testament sets off a nostalgia-triggering treasure hunt. “To my three childre…
Corban Goble | February 21, 2012 - 9:55 am
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Watch James Mercer Do An Unplugged “September”

We've already heard a bunch of songs from the new Shins comeback album Port Of Morrow: "Simple Song," "The Rifle's Spiral," an acoustic version of…
Tom Breihan | February 16, 2012 - 4:59 pm
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