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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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The Shins – “The Rifle’s Spiral”

The Shins first album since 2007’s Wincing The Night Away is imminent, and is also 2-for-2 (see: “Simple Song” and “September.”) Today Port Of Morrow
Amrit Singh | February 13, 2012 - 12:52 pm
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The Shins – “It’s Only Life” (Solo Acoustic)

Right now, the Shins -- at least in their James Mercer-plus-whoever incarnation -- are preparing to return to the world with the new album Port
Tom Breihan | February 9, 2012 - 9:28 am
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The Shins – “September”

Next week, the Shins will release the 7" single version of "Simple Song," the huge, world-beating single from their forthcoming Port Of Morrow album. That…
Tom Breihan | February 6, 2012 - 1:03 pm
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The Shins – “Simple Song”

James Mercer's reconstituted Shins are getting ready to release Port Of Morrow, their first album since 2007's Wincing The Night Away, and they've finally let…
Tom Breihan | January 9, 2012 - 2:48 pm
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The Shins Port Of Morrow Details

Earlier today, the Shins announced details for an LP due out next spring, their first since 2007's Wincing The Night Away. It's called Port Of
Corban Goble | December 14, 2011 - 1:51 pm
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The Shins Kick Off Jimmy Fallon’s Pink Floyd Week With “Breathe”

It's five nights of Pink Floyd covers over at the ever musically-minded Fallon program this week, which began last night with the Shins honest-to-Dark-ness take…
Amrit Singh | September 27, 2011 - 9:26 am
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Shins, MGMT, Pearl Jam Booked For Fallon’s Pink Floyd Week

In retrospect, it's amazing that this wasn't Nirvana Week on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. The show has previously hosted week-long tributes to the Rolling…
Tom Breihan | September 23, 2011 - 6:06 pm
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Watch Shins Play New Tune, Bowie Cover In Oregon

The Shins have a new lineup, a new label (Columbia imprint Aural Apothecary), and a handful of new tunes that will appear on the band'…
Scott Lapatine | August 10, 2011 - 11:40 am
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Colin Meloy, James Mercer, Corin Tucker Guest On Portlandia

Portlandia's already been good for unexpected cameos (Aimee Mann, Steve Buscemi, Aubrey Plaza, plus many others). And it looks lik Portlandia is upping the number…
jessica | February 17, 2011 - 2:34 pm
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Broken Bells – “October” 3-D Video

This Broken Bells video is in 3D! Maybe now their music will take some shape? Broken Bells — the better-on-paper team-up of James Mercer, a…
Amrit Singh | August 12, 2010 - 1:15 pm
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Shins – “Goodbye Girl”

Last week we mentioned Dirty Projectors's Dylan cover as part of the Levi's Pioneer Sessions. The Shins's James Mercer stopped by Levi's to produce thi…
jessica | June 10, 2010 - 10:44 am
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Broken Bells @ The Troubadour, Los Angeles 3/14/10

Broken Bells started their promotional tour for their self-titled debut a little less than a month ago, and it’ll wrap up at SXSW this weekend,…
jessica | March 15, 2010 - 8:00 pm

Broken Bells Cover Neutral Milk Hotel At Debut Gig

Danger Mouse and James Mercer hit-up The Road for "The High Road" video. Now they've actually taken Broken Bells to the streets: The guys performed…
brandon | February 22, 2010 - 11:58 am
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Defriending Cancer Benefit W/ Todd Barry, James Mercer, Isaac Brock, Eugene Mirman, Tim Heidecker & Friends @ The Moore Theatre, Seattle 2/11/10

Not sure if musicians and comedians preternaturally get along together. But they definitely both hate cancer. So maybe this benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma…
jessica | February 12, 2010 - 5:02 pm
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New Broken Bells Video – “The High Road”

By now, even after that sneaky promo campaign, you may know Broken Bells is the post-Dark Night Of The Soul collision of Danger Mouse and…
brandon | January 27, 2010 - 10:04 am
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New Broken Bells – “The High Road”

After witnessing Gnarls Barkley's playful pop-cultural press-shot roll-out and Dark Night Of The Soul's rogue poster campaign, you couldn't have been surprised to find Danger…
Amrit Singh | December 18, 2009 - 3:32 pm
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Sample Broken Bells, James Mercer & Danger Mouse’s New Project

At the end of September we told you Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) and James Mercer (aka that guy from the Shins) were working o…
brandon | December 14, 2009 - 12:42 pm
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James Mercer, Danger Mouse Announce New Band Broken Bells

James and Brian Burton have a new project, and P4K assures us it’s more than just a DM-produced Mercer album. Bookmark their band page for…
Amrit Singh | September 29, 2009 - 2:33 pm
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James Mercer, Carrie Brownstein Star In New Movie

The Portland indie rockers show off their acting chops in Portland indie filmmaker Matt McCormic’s Some Days Are Better Than Others. It’s basically Portland indie…
Scott Lapatine | September 23, 2009 - 3:34 pm

Ex-Shins Drummer On Getting Fired

From his Mexican food cart in Portland Jesse Sandoval tells Portland Mercury, “I have to own up to my own faults. There were some drumbeat…
Scott Lapatine | August 10, 2009 - 10:50 am
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