James Mercer’s beloved indie pop outfit The Shins returns this year with their first album since 2012’s Port of Morrow. Heartworms is out March 10th on Aural Apothocary / Columbia Records, and the band today just shared its second single, following the Halloween-centered “Dead Alive.”
The new “Name For You” is a shimmering nugget of pop perfection in three minutes and change — a bouncing beat, radiant synthesizers and Mercer’s stratospheric voice delivering the hook. Give it a listen below, and check out the band’s 2017 tour dates so far. Continue reading →
A very special Indie Rock Hit Parade is in store for you tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN: Listen after Land of the Lost with Robert Drake for the annual Halloween edition, known as the Indie Rock HAUNT Parade! Celebrate the spirit of the season with two hours of thrilling, chilling songs from some of your favorite indie bands. Classics from Mudhoney, Neko Case and Beat Happening stand alongside new tricks and treats from The Shins, The Wytches and Shilpa Ray! Preview a few of the newer tracks below (if you dare), and don’t forget to join me on Monday night at 8 for more coffin-shakers on the XPN Halloween Spooktacular!
Dr. Dog hit the stage at the Moody Theatre in downtown Austin, Texas for the latest episode of Austin City Limits. You can watch the Philly band’s debut ACL appearance below courtesy of PBS (their set begins at 26:30 minutes into the video behind a set by The Shins). If you like what you see, download NoiseTrade’s free Dr. Dog fall sampler here.
Miike Snow is the ugly cute of electronic pop. It sounds great from far away; upon closer examination, there’s definitely something off—and yet, somehow that makes it more endearing. The trio’s 2009 self-titled debutreferenced bestiality in “Plastic Jungle”, dispelled a common misconception in “A Horse Is Not A Home,” and the chorus of “Burial” confessed to becoming a serial killer. This year’s Happy To You has been praised for sounding excellent, as could be expected from a trio in which two members are producers. Yet, the music video series that accompanies the album could not have been expected. With two videos out and more promised, the series features sets of twin girls from outer space who kidnap people and, using chain saws, surgically transform them into clones of a dancing super-human named Jean Noel. But it’s Miike Snow, so actually, this isn’t so surprising. Miike Snow performs with Penguin Prison at 8 p.m. at Electric Factory; tickets to the all-ages show are $25. —Naomi Shavin
A lot has happened in the five years since The Shins’ last album in 2007. The indie-rock band, centered on James Mercer, changed labels, lost every founding member of the band (sans Mercer), and then took a break while Mercer worked with Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton to form Broken Bells. And just when Shins fans were wondering if they’d ever see new material, Mercer returned with a new supporting band and a new album, Port Of Morrow, released last month. Morrow has a more polished sound, showing Mercer’s influence from Broken Bells, but it’s still a Shins album at heart with the jangly pop sound the band’s known for. Mercer plans to focus back on Broken Bells after the band finishes their tour, but hopefully that won’t mean another five years for the next Shins album. The Shins perform with Real Estate at 8 PM at the Tower Theatre; tickets to the all-ages show are $27.50-$45. —Nicole Soll
The Shins are playing the Tower Theatre on Thursday, May 3rd. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 17th at Noon. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. The Shins are on the World Cafe with David Dye this Friday at 2pm. The band also performed last week at Le Possion Rouge in New York; watch the video of the show here.
Even before a single band had hit the stage, this year’s Popped! Music Festival was not off to a good start. Just a few days before the festival, organizers had to make the gut-wrenching decision to move the festival indoors due to the forecasted weather. No one can blame them for the move; they can’t control the weather and it’s certainly not their fault FDR Park wouldn’t be able to survive both the rain and thousands of people pounding its grounds. Nevertheless, no one seemed to be all that happy about the unfortunate move.
For the full review of the entire festival (including a ton of additional photos of each performing act), as well as a comprehensive calendar of upcoming shows in Philadelphia, visit The Swollen Fox. (Thanks to Kevin for sharing his photos with us.)
The Shins’ first tour in three years is off to an epic start: In the first two nights, James Mercer and his new touring lineup have both covered David Bowie and debuted a new song. Supporting lead singer/songwriter/guitarist Mercer on this tour is an all new band, featuring Yuuki Matthews of Crystal Skulls, Joe Plummer of Modest Mouse, Richard Swift, and Jessica Dobson. The first treat came on Monday night at Wow Hall in Eugene, Oregon, when the group took on Bowie’s 1980 hit “Ashes to Ashes.” Check out a fan-captured video of the performance below, via One Thirty BPM.
The group continued to dish out the crowd-pleasers last night at the Domino Room in Bend, OR, performing a brand new song. The tune is rumored to be called “For A Fool,” and although Mercer noted that, “It’s a slow song, sorry,” you probably won’t find his apology necessary if you’re a fan of The Shins. Another audience-captured video can be found below, via The NJ Underground.
It was recently announced that The Shins will release their fourth studio album sometime in 2012 on Mercer’s Aural Apothecary Label. The group’s current tour will stop in Philadelphia on September 23rd to play the Popped! Music Festival at FDR Park. Single-day tickets are available for $59.50, with two-day passes going for $110; both options can be purchased here.
Friday, September 23rd
Cage The Elephant
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Company of Thieves
Saturday, September 24th
Foster The People
The Budos Band
Mates Of State
Black Thought & J. Period Mixtape
A limited number of Early Bird two-day passes ($90) and Early Bird two-day VIP passes ($175) are on sale now through Thursday, June 23rd, at 10 p.m. Use the code: POPPED (for two-day passes) and code: VIPPOPPED (for two-day VIP passes) at the Popped! wesbite or at Ticketmaster. VIP passes include a special viewing area near the stage, a separate entrance, bar/food/restroom areas. Regular price two-day passes ($110) and two-day VIP passes ($200) go on sale this Friday, June 24th, at 10 a.m. at the Popped! website and Ticketmaster. Charge by phone at 800-745-8000, or the Electric Factory Box Office located at 421 N. 7th Street. (No service fees for cash purchases!)