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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, Beirut Show Off Fresh New Looks

Some stills from upcoming vids for ya. Next up for the Shins after their history-depicting school play clip for "Phantom Limb" is "Australia," and Subterranean
Stereogum | March 29, 2007 - 12:33 pm

The Shins Cover Pink Floyd

Wincing’s tunes have swayed more than a few of you to give the Mercer crew another shot live, though we doubt you’d argue that the…
Stereogum | March 29, 2007 - 9:16 am

Oh, Perverted World

Valentine’s Day fast approaches, so The A.V. Club spoke with James Mercer about love and The Shins (via LHB): The A.V. Club: It seems inevitable…
Stereogum | February 9, 2007 - 1:12 pm

The Shins’ Marty Crandall Lists His Top 5s

Less exciting that crawling inside Thom's iPod, sure, but we're always curious to know what's rocking our favorite artists' headphones. And since today is Office
Stereogum | January 25, 2007 - 12:31 pm

Malkmus On Shins, Smiths, Thermals, Mullets

Stephen had a chat with Seattle’s The Stranger, touching on northwestern bands, cities, and fashion styles. Some thoughts on the region’s music (via LHB): What
Stereogum | January 18, 2007 - 12:34 pm

Someone May Be Wincing Over This One

If you’ve avoided the Shins leak in favor of securing the forthcoming record the legit way, you may wanna head to iTunes asap. Late yesterday,…
Stereogum | January 10, 2007 - 9:32 am

New Shins Video – “Phantom Limb”

Hit mtvU to watch the first video from Wincing The Night Away, directed by Patrick Daughters. We’d love to tell you something more about the…
Stereogum | December 18, 2006 - 2:35 pm

John Krasinski Talks To The Shins

We don’t normally peruse Filter (mainly because every album gets an 89% rating) … but this month they invited John Krasinski (Jim from The Office)…
Stereogum | December 1, 2006 - 11:47 am

Stereogum Does CMJ: Sub Pop Showcase @ Bowery Ballroom

While we were being blown away/surprised/disappointed/nostalgic at Mercury Lounge, our friend Abbey Braden was one of the many troopers that turned up at the 7PM…
Stereogum | November 6, 2006 - 3:28 am

New Shins – “Phantom Limb”

Shins’ “Limb” is as muscular as the Sub Pop foursome gets (i.e., not very, but still pretty). The five of you who haven’t heard it
Stereogum | November 1, 2006 - 10:24 am

Premature Evaluation: The Shins – Wincing The Night Away

Oh, leaking interweb. Thanks for dripping the new Shins record! Before listening, we feared that the band either would turn in a complete retread of…
Stereogum | October 20, 2006 - 5:40 pm

‘Palooza In Pics (Day One)

Grant Park is HUGE. Lolla utilized half its space last year, but this time it's the whole park (and even more artists!). Walking from one…
Amrit Singh | August 5, 2006 - 4:32 pm

The Shins Cover Magnetic Fields

By request… The Shins – “Strange Powers (Live In Toronto 4/17/05)” (MP3) You can read Frank’s review of that Kool Haus show at Chromewaves. While…
Stereogum | April 26, 2005 - 2:44 pm

Of Montreal Cover The Shins

I forget where I got this link from, but thank you to whoever pointed me to it! Of Montreal – “Know Your Onion”
Stereogum | July 22, 2004 - 3:47 pm
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