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’s long awaited, Greg Kurstin-produced fourth LP, due next year. Currently backing James Mercer on the road are Richard Swift, Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse), Yuuki Matthews (Crystal Skulls), and Jessica Dobson. Eugene, Oregon’s W.O.W. Hall got the first look and listen to this lineup earlier this week and were treated to an encore of David Bowie’s “Ashes To Ashes.” Last night at the Domno Room in Bend, the band reprised the cover and revisited a woozy ballad James debuted on a recent solo tour. Check out video of both (and “New Slang” too, ’cause why not) below.
(via Frequency Blog)
The tour continues tonight in Portland.
8/10 Portland, OR @ The Doug Fir Lounge
8/11 San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Festival
9/22 Toronto, Ontario @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
9/23 Philadelphia, PA @ Popped! Festival
9/24 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
10/15 Pensacola, FL @ DeLuna Festival