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The Shins

The Shins is a dream-pop outfit hailing from Portland, and revolving largely around singer/songwriter James Mercer. Arising as a side project while Mercer lived in New Mexico, The Shins took on a life of its own after a number of singles such as "New Slang" were featured on films, and pulled the young indie rock group into the national spotlight.

Since that time, The Shins have shared the stage with the likes of Modest Mouse and Iron & Wine, toured internationally, and received a Grammy nomination for 2008's "Wincing the Night Away". With Mercer taking on the bulk of the song-writing and instrumentation duties, The Shins have released several albums and numerous EPs in the past decade.

The Shins are now on their fourth studio release, due out on March 20th on Mercer's own label. It's called "Port of Morrow", and it's produced by Greg Kurstin (Lily Allen, Kylie Minogue, The Bird and The Bee). This 10-track collection represents a new beginning of sorts--Mercer has recruited a new backing band with ties to Modest Mouse, Beck, and Crystal Skulls. The result is joyful and introspective, influenced in part by Mercer's new familial situation. As he put it, "Having children is something that makes you think about the importance of love and relationships between humans." 


Set List:
PHANTOM LIMB                              
SIMPLE SONG                                   
NEW SLANG