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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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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 drumbeats…
Scott Lapatine | August 10, 2009 - 10:50 am

New Shins – “The Rifle’s Spiral” (Live In Oakland)

This is the second of that pair of new songs that the Shins are performing with their revamped lineup these days. The first was "Double
Amrit Singh | May 14, 2009 - 10:15 am

New Shins – “Double Bubble” (Live In Hollywood)

A few things seemed different with the Shins after scoping those photos and setlist from their early tour stop at Seattle's Showbox: new songs ("Double…
Amrit Singh | May 12, 2009 - 9:58 am

Progress Report: The Shins

NAME: The Shins PROGRESS REPORT: Writing songs for the follow-up to 2007's Wincing The Night Away. Working on a collaborative side-project. "You go a…
jessica | May 6, 2009 - 1:07 pm

The Shins @ Showbox, Seattle 5/4/09

Last night's Shins show featured an interesting line-up: No Marty Crandall? Also no Jesse Sandovol on drums, although the keyboardist's absence is more likely to…
Amrit Singh | May 5, 2009 - 12:23 pm

Stream Shins, Bright Eyes, National Covering Merge Classics

Merge Records turns 20 this year and the celebration is well underway. Last week we told you about the five-day summer fest in North Carolina
Scott Lapatine | April 8, 2009 - 1:55 am

Free Agent Shins Map Tour

Last June we reported that the Shins were ostensibly not returning to Sub Pop for their followup to Wincing The Night Away, but were instead…
brandon | March 26, 2009 - 12:22 pm

Stereogum x Amazon MP3 Friendly Deals #3: The Shins’ Oh, Inverted World

Today we present the next installment in a series that brings you classic indie rock albums at hugely discounted prices. Every week, is letting
brandon | November 24, 2008 - 3:31 pm

The Shins Say So Long To Sub Pop

After being touted as the saviors of Sub Pop (employees started wearing Sub Pop t-shirts again, hooray), the Shins are moving on to greener pastures.
Amrit Singh | June 20, 2008 - 5:54 pm

Mason Jennings & James Mercer Do “Something About Your Love” On A Bus In Chile

Every bit of that headline is true. In this simple, one-take footage, the Hawaiian-born, Minnesota-based singer-songwriter and the Shins' frontman do a pretty duet on…
brandon | June 5, 2008 - 1:21 pm

The Shins Perform New Song On Yo Gabba Gabba!

Hip tot program Yo Gabba Gabba! has already featured some surreal music segments with Cornelius, Biz Markie, and Low. On May 23, the Shins join…
Scott Lapatine | April 28, 2008 - 1:23 pm

Wincing The Fight Away: Sub Pop Comments On Marty Crandall & Elyse Sewell’s Arrest

Anyone with Garden State in their collection or a soft spot for "New Slang" has heard the news that Shins keyboardist/etc Marty Crandall and ex-girlfriend…
Stereogum | January 7, 2008 - 6:22 pm

Post-Consumer: 546 Free Live Streams

This morning we got an email from Nicholas Taplin, who recently launched Post-Consumer a website currently hosting 546 live recordings of bands that played Santa…
Stereogum | November 14, 2007 - 3:29 pm

NBC’s Chuck Is Trying Really Hard To Woo You And According To The Ratings, It’s Not Working

Not watching Chuck? That's for the best, although the suits at NBC would be shocked and saddened to hear it, especially since they've decided their…
Stereogum | October 9, 2007 - 6:19 pm

“I Wrote ‘New Slang’ Motherfucker” … The T-Shirt

As we remember from the halcyon emergence-of-the-indie-yuppie days, aspiring hipsters like buying tees. (And then later selling off their accrued cred to the highest bidder…
Stereogum | September 27, 2007 - 10:01 am

New Shins – “Little Boxes” (Theme To Weeds)

Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes made of ticky tacky ... you know the tune. And as we sleuthed earlier this summer, the wilting…
Stereogum | August 31, 2007 - 2:59 pm

New Shins Video – “Sleeping Lessons”

The new Shins video comes courtesy of mtvU's Breaking The Video, a project though which MTV and Sub Pop joined forces to fund aspiring filmmaker/NYU…
Stereogum | August 27, 2007 - 2:12 pm

New Shins Video – “Turn On Me”

The chance convergence of Jell-O, a one-eyed dog, some hairy dude in American-flag speedos, and a bikini-clad Stacy's grandmom with a bee and a coffee-sipping…
Stereogum | August 10, 2007 - 2:54 pm

The Shins, Man Man Do Weeds

Since we've been in a TV state of mind of late we're gonna just put it out there: Weeds has jumped the shark (yeah we're…
Stereogum | July 9, 2007 - 10:35 am

The Shins Busk In Montmontre, Paris

The Blogothèque crew continue their string of outstanding Take Away Shows (recently The National, Arcade Fire) with the Shins, performing five songs from across their…
Stereogum | April 16, 2007 - 9:43 am