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James Mercer and The Shins returned this year with their new album Heartworms, which was released on March 10 via Columbia Records. They’ve been on tour in support of the album since the spring, and stopped in to New York for a sold out performance at Prospect Park as a paid benefit show for the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival.

This show was a much larger one than their performance at Bowery Ballroom back in March (as well as MHOW the next night).
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The Shins at Bowery Ballroom (March 14, 2017)

By Will Oliver, March 27th 2017 — with 1 comment


On March 14, James Mercer and The Shins kicked off a 2-night run of very sold out intimate shows in New York at Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan, with Music Hall of Williamsburg following the next day. The shows came a few days after the release of The Shins new album Heartworms that was released via Columbia Records.

Despite the blizzard, the show went on as planned and featured a set that was very faithful to old favorites, as well as the new material from Heartworms. The Shins will be back for a much larger NYC date this summer, where they’ll play BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park on June 15. Tickets for the show are currently still available.

Find the Bowery Ballroom setlist posted below.
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[new]: The Shins – So Now What (From Wish I Was Here)

By Will Oliver, July 10th 2014 — with 1 comment

Wish I Was Here Soundtrack

If you’re familiar with the history of The Shins, you should know how big of a part that Zach Braff’s debut film Garden State had on their career. The placement of “New Slang” and “Caring Is Creepy” put the band on the map in a big way. Now the band is a trademark name of sorts, and James Mercer is off making music as Broken Bells with Danger Mouse in between his time with The Shins.

Braff’s long-awaited follow-up film Wish I Was Here is out soon (July 18) and naturally, The Shins are back on it. Not only that, but it’s a brand new, exclusive song called “So Now What.” It’s the song that you heard in the first trailer for the film (find that here if you haven’t seen it yet).

Mercer turns the clock back a bit, giving it a classic Shins feel with their new bigger-budget sound. It sounds like it would be right on home on Garden State. My ears are very happy with this one.

Stream “So Now What” below.
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Wish I Was Here Poster

The Shins and Zach Braff go way back. His use of “New Slang” and “Caring Is Creepy” in his directorial debut Garden State helped launch their popularity, changing their career forever (or really James Mercer nowadays).

So it’s no surprise that they’ve reunited again for Wish I Was Here, Braff’s new film (and first since Garden State).

The film’s latest trailer features a brand new song from The Shins. It’s presumably set to appear on the film’s soundtrack, and it sound amazing from what we can tell.

You can check out the trailer right now over at Monday Morning Matinee.

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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