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02 Oct

The Shins performed “No Way Down” and “The Rifle’s Spiral” (web only) on Conan.

Watch both videos below:

19 Jun

White Rabbits have been confirmed as special guests for four North American headline dates of The Shins’ current world tour.

White Rabbits will take over the tour’s direct support slot beginning October 7 at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium, continuing through Atlanta, Houston and Dallas. The dates with The Shins add to an extensive and ongoing worldwide regimen that has also featured appearances on The Late Show With David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Conan (accompanied by the Basic Cable Band), and will include a free June 30 show at New York’s Music Hall of Williamsburg and an August 5 appearance at Lollapalooza in Chicago.

White Rabbits’ third album Milk Famous (tbd Records) recently earned a comparison from Time Out New York to “a Pixar film: you may get the idea right away, but there’s a treasure trove of complexity waiting to be discovered,” while Rolling Stone noted that “Milk Famous often recalls Radiohead’s ability to find integrity in restless mutability.” Of the White Rabbits’ engaging live show, SF Station’s Pulse blog raved “you cannot fully experience White Rabbits until you see them live. One of their drummers, Matthew Clark… is one of the most entertaining live performers in the indie rock scene today. Lead vocalist Stephen Patterson is incredibly engaging as well, effortlessly jumping between guitar and piano.”

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06/29/12 – Providence, RI – Waterfront Park
06/30/12 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg (Converse Rubber Tracks Live)
08/03/12 – Bethlehem, PA – Bethlehem Musikfest
08/04/12 – Chicago, IL – Cubby Bear (Lollapalooza Aftershow)
08/05/12 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
10/07/12 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
10/08/12 – Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre – Atlanta, GA
10/10/12 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
10/11/12 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX

29 May

The Shins have confirmed the addition of a dozen more dates on their marathon world tour in support of recently released fourth album Port Of Morrow (Aural Apothecary/Columbia). Coming off of a spectacular run with 3 sold out nights at New York’s Terminal 5, they will be embarking on a Summer tour that includes a sold out show at Red Rocks in front of 9000 fans.

The new dates begin September 22 at the Paramount Theater in Seattle, making headline stops at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium and Los Angeles’ Gibson Amphitheater, among others, before wrapping with an October 13 appearance at this year’s Austin City Limits festival.

The new dates (below in BOLD) will feature an expanded Shins lineup, with James Mercer having added Mark Watrous on additional guitars and lap steel to the existing live Shins roll call of Yuuki Matthews (bass), Jessica Dobson (guitar), Richard Swift (keyboards) and Joe Plummer (drums).

The Shins have partnered up with the lifestyle site Gilt City to sell advance tickets for a portion of the upcoming tour. Pre-sale for those dates will be available tomorrow at noon EST at Gilt City

Pre-sales for the remainder of the tour is available at also at noon EST.

05/29/12 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater
05/31/12 – Council Bluffs, IA – Harrahs Council Bluffs
06/01/12 – Minneapolis, MN – Orpheum Theatre
06/02/12 – Kansas City, KS – Livestrong Sporting Park
06/04/12 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
06/05/12 – Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheatre
06/06/12 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore Detroit
06/08/12 – Cleveland, OH – Masonic Auditorium
06/09/12 – Louisville, KY – Iroquois Amphitheatre
06/10/12 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
06/22/12 – Frankfurt, Germany – Lüften Festival
06/23/12 – Neuhausen, Germany – Southside Festival
06/24/12 – Scheessel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
06/25/12 – Hamburg, Germany – Grobe Freiheit 36
06/27/12 – Arendal, Norway – Hovefestival
06/29/12 – Helsinki, Finland – The Garden Party
06/30/12 – Borlange, Sweden – Peace & Love
07/02/12 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Pusterviksbaren (headline show)
07/03/12 – Malmo, Sweden – KB Club (headline show)
07/05/12 – Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival
07/07/12 – Lisbon, Portugal – Super Bock Super Rock
07/23/12 – Melbourne, Australia – Festival Hall
07/25/12 – Sydney, Australia – Hordern Pavilion
07/27/12 – Byron Bay, Australia- Splendour In The Grass Festival
07/29/12 – Nigata, Japan – Fuji Rock Festival
08/03/12 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
08/04/12 – Toronto, Canada – Molson Amphitheatre
08/17/12 – Erfurt, Germany – Highfield
08/18/12 – Hasslet, Belgium – Pukkelpop
08/23/12 – Zurich, Switzerland – Open Air Festival
08/24/12 – Paris, France – Rock En Seine
08/25/12 – Reading, UK – Richfield Avenue
08/26/12 – Leeds, UK – Bramham Park
09/22/12 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA
09/25/12 – Orpheum Theatre – Vancouver, BC
09/26/12 – Keller Auditorium – Portland, OR
09/30/12 – SDSU Open Air Theatre – San Diego, CA
10/02/12 – Gibson Amphitheatre – Universal City, CA
10/03/12 – Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
10/04/12 – Kiva Auditorium – Albuquerque, NM
10/07/12 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
10/08/12 – Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre – Atlanta, GA
10/10/12 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
10/11/12 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
10/13/12 – Austin City Limits – Austin, TX

22 May

Austin City Limits Music Festival 2012 Lineup Announced

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Austin City Limits Music Festival has announced its lineup for the 2012 edition of the festival. Set to headline this year’s lineup: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Black Keys and Jack White. Three day tickets and single day passes are still on-sale for the festival for the festival set for October 12th through the 14th. Pick them up here while they last.

Check out the full lineup below:

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Black Keys
Jack White, Florence + The Machine, The Avett Brothers, Iggy & The Stooges, AVICII, BASSNECTAR, The Roots, The Shins, Weezer, Gotye, The Civil Wars, M83, Tegan and Sara, Childish Gambino Two Door Cinema Club, Thievery Corporation, The Afghan Whigs, Crystal Castles, Andrew Bird, Gary Clark Jr., Metric, Band of Skulls, Esperanza Spalding, Alabama Shakes, Delta Spirit, M. Ward, Randy Rogers Band, Die Antwoord, Rufus Wainwright, NEEDTOBREATHE, Big Gigantic, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Steve Earle, The War On Drugs, Umphrey’s McGee, Barrington Levy, Old 97′s Punch Brothers, Bombay Bicycle Club, A-Trak, Trampled by Turtles Patterson Hood, Michael Kiwanuka, Big K.R.I.T., Oberhofer, POLICA, Tennis, Zola Jesus, Stars, Kimbra, Black Lips, Los Campesinos!, Jovanotti, Ben Howard, Ruthie Foster, Freelance Whales, Civil Twilight, The Whigs, Dev, The Lumineers, Bad Books, The Devil Makes Three, Asleep at the Wheel, First Aid Kit Patrick Watson, LP, Caveman, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Father John Misty The Wombats, Dry the River, The Boxer Rebellion, Soul Rebels Brass Band Thundercat, Willis Earl Beal, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Kishi Bashi, Deep Dark Woods, Moon Duo, Kopecky Family Band, River City Extension Quiet Corral, Wheeler Brothers, The Relatives, Space Capone, The Staves Native Run, Nikki Lane, Quiet Company, Infantree, Wild Child, La Vida Bohème The Eastern Sea, The Dunwells, Kenny Vaughan Trio, Justin Jones, Sonámbulo Royal Teeth, Noah Gunderson, The Aaron Ivey Band, The Mighty Sincere Voices G.S.T., Colorfeels, Lera Lynn, Megan McCormick, Shields of Faith, Stapletones, The Baylor Choir, Disciples of Joy, Ralph’s World, Orange Sherbet, Big Don Rocknoceros, Hullabaloo, Jambo, Peter DiStefano & Tor, The School of Rock, The Q Brothers

08 May

By Michel Dussack

Just when it seemed that The Shins were done, James Mercer surprised everyone by announcing the band’s heavily anticipated fourth album, ‘Port of Morrow’. Despite Mercer being the only original member still in the band, the album was a fantastic effort that received glowingly positive critical reception. On April 30th, the band came to New York’s Terminal 5 for the second of three sold out shows at the 3,000 capacity venue.

Opening the show was Brooklyn based Chairlift – consisting of singer Caroline Polachek and bassist Patrick Wimberly. During their live performances, the duo receives help from additional members including a drummer, guitarist and keyboardist. Their 30 minute long set included numerous cuts from their newest album ‘Something’ including the lead single ‘Amanaemonesia’. However, the real highlight of their set for the crowd who seemed unfamiliar with the band was when they played their biggest hit ‘Bruises’. There was a moment where the entire crowd seemed to recall that they in fact were familiar with this song (from an iPod commercial back in 2008) and they finally gave back the energy and dancing that such a fantastic opener deserved.

When Mercer and co took to the stage, the audience screamed until the first notes of the music began. Throughout the course of The Shins’ hour and forty-five minute set, they expertly mixed up material from their entire catalogue. ‘Simple Song’, arguably the bands biggest single ever, came as the second song of the set – surprisingly early in fact. While many rookie bands typically save their biggest and newer singles for last in the set, it is truly a testament of The Shins’ confidence and devoted fan base that they were able to save older songs for the close of the night.

I must confess that before the show started I was nervous as to how the new members of the band would hold up to the legacy set before their arrival; however these fears were alleviated as soon as the band started playing. Drummer Joe Plummer, bassist Yuuki Matthews, guitarist Jessica Dobson, and keyboardist Richard Swift all more than held their own and faithfully recreated all of the older material as well as formed so new pieces during extended jams led by Mercer. Dobson was particularly impressive, shredding some of the most famous indie rock riffs of the past decade without so much as breaking a sweat.

Mercer is known for being a man of few words, and this night was no different. There was nearly no interaction with the crowd, however it’s to count this as a negative of such an amazing night. Before playing the last song of the night, ‘One by One All Day’, he formally introduced his new band and thanked the crowd remarking that it was a “great night”. After a lengthy encore break, he returned to play a song solo for the crowd, which then led into a gorgeous performance of the title track off ‘Port of Morrow’. A particularly raucous and extended version of ‘Sleeping Lessons’ followed to close out the night, which for many of the devoted audience, was merely the second of three nights to be spent in Mercer’s musical company.

All photos courtesy of Michel Dussack

13 Apr

The Shins performed “Simple Song” and “The Rifle’s Spiral” on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Watch both songs in the video below and pick up the album Port of Morrow on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD

21 Mar

The Shins performed “Simple Song” on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Watch the video below and pick up the album Port of Morrow on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD

11 Mar

The Shins were the musical guests tonight on Saturday Night Live.

They performed “Simple Song” and “It’s Only Life.”

Watch both videos below and pre-order the new album Port of Morrow

23 Feb

The Shins’ “Simple Song” video is now streaming on YouTube/VEVO at Directed by Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan a/k/a DANIELS, the clip puts a darkly brilliant narrative spin on the first single from the band’s forthcoming Port Of Morrow, which can be pre-ordered now at and is out March 20 on Aural Apothecary/Columbia.

Watch The Shins play the song live on Saturday Night Live on March 10, when The Shins will return to 30 Rock for their second SNL appearance.

06 Feb

The Shins have confirmed another leg of U.S. headline dates in support of the band’s upcoming fourth album Port Of Morrow, out March 20 on Aural Apothecary/Columbia.

Port Of Morrow is currently available for pre-order and its release has been preceded by first single “Simple Song,” out now and hailed in a 4-star ROLLING STONE single review as “magnificent” with “an ascending melody (that) will trail you like a double-espresso buzz.”

As a very special pre-tour present to their beloved fans, The Shins are offering a free stream of “September,” the B-Side to their current smash single “Simple Song,” as a free stream with accompanying custom made visuals inspired by and drawing upon Jacob Escobedo’s artwork for Port Of Morrow.

The video will be streaming at as well as on the virtual reel to reel player at You can also listen to it below:


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