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The Shins @ Bonnaroo (June 10, 2012)

By Will Oliver, June 14th 2012

I had been trying to see The Shins for years. I was seemingly always at the wrong place when they toured. Finally the stars aligned, and I found myself watching their set at Bonnaroo. Now, unfortunately, I’ll never get to see The Shins with the original lineup. That was something I was somewhat worried about beforehand. Now looking back on it, that was silly.

The new band had been chosen for good reason. They can play. No disrespect to the original crew, but these guys filled in just fine. The songs were a lot more beefed up and livelier than I would have imagined. James stuck to mostly older stuff, opening the show with “Kissing The Lipless” and “Caring Is Creepy” instantly sending me into a glorious nostalgic trip. While singing along with the lyrics, I was literally being hit with memories of who I was with and where I was when I first listened to the songs. That is a rare occurrence, and that just shows how much this band means to some people.

I left the show, and the festival feeling really good after The Shins set, one of the most enjoyable of the whole weekend.
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[watch]: The Shins Play SNL

By Will Oliver, March 15th 2012

The Shins played SNL this weekend, with Jonah Hill on hosting duties. If you missed the episode like me, then youtube is your friend. They played lead single “Simple Song” & “It’s Only Life”, both from the upcoming Port Of Morrow.

Simple Song:

It’s Only Life:

[album stream]: The Shins – Port Of Morrow

By Will Oliver, March 13th 2012 — with 5 comments

The Shins new album Port Of Morrow doesn’t come out until next week (March 20, via Sub Pop). However, it’s currently streaming over at 3voor12. Don’t know how long the stream will last, so you best head over now and take a listen.

Stream Port Of Morrow here.

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The Shins – Bait And Switch

By Will Oliver, March 9th 2012

The Shins new album Port Or Morrow is getting closer and closer to it’s March 20 release date. The band has kept us going with “Simple Song” but that wasn’t nearly enough. Last week they shared a music video for another new song titled “Bait And Switch”.

The clip features footage of the band playing the song live in a cabin, and it’s pretty awesome. The song reminds me a great deal of the older Shins, with plenty of energy. I still miss the old band lineup but these guys are really starting to grow on me.

Find the song/video below.
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[new]: The Shins – The Rifle’s Spiral

By Will Oliver, February 15th 2012 — with 1 comment

“The Rifle’s Spiral” is our third preview of The Shins new album Port Of Morrow.

They put a trippier mold over their pop sound that results in one of the most forward thinking song from The Shins to-date. Shifting tempo’s allow the guitar riffs room to navigate, creating a moody little gem.



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