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Broken Bells Share New Song “Shelter”

Brand New Single from Danger Mouse and The Shins’ James Mercer

Dec 07, 2018

Broken Bells (the collaboration between James Mercer of The Shins and producer Danger Mouse, aka Brian Joseph Burton) have shared a brand new single, "Shelter." More

Listen: Broken Bells – “It’s All That Talk Again”

Brand New Single from James Mercer and Danger Mouse

Sep 24, 2015

Broken Bells (the collaboration between James Mercer of The Shins and producer Danger Mouse, aka Brian Joseph Burton) have shared a brand new single, "It's All That Talk Again." It's the duo's first new music since 2014's After the DiscoMore

Watch: Broken Bells – “After the Disco” Video

After The Disco is out now on Columbia

Oct 09, 2014

James Mercer awkwardly shuffles though a frozen night club in the new Broken Bells video, “After the Disco.”  More

Aug 28, 2014

Broken Bells, side project of The Shins' James Mercer and Danger Mouse, just released a new video for "Control" from their LP After the Disco. It's an eclectic mashup of UFO footage, famous physicists, and their signature giant pink floating polyhedron. More

Broken Bells Expand Tour Dates

Shows Begin July 31

Jun 25, 2014

Broken Bells are out and about, playing shows in support of this year’s release, After the Disco. More

May 02, 2014

Poised to embark on a lengthy North American tour behind their sophomore album After the DiscoBroken Bells, a.k.a. The Shins' James Mercer and Danger Mouse, are releasing free blueprints to two Broken Bells-themed 3D models. More

Broken Bells Announce North American Tour Dates

Tour Kicks Off This June at Governors Ball

Apr 22, 2014

The gentlemen of Broken Bells (a.k.a. The Shins’ James Mercer and Danger Mouse) are hitting the road for a series of dates.  More

Apr 18, 2014

Last night Broken BellsThe Shins' James Mercer and Danger Mouse, were welcomed as the musical guest on ConanMore

Watch: Broken Bells on “Letterman”

Perform The Beatles' "And I Love Her"

Feb 04, 2014

All this week the Late Show with David Letterman is having its nightly music guests take part in a special series of Beatles covers to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band's debut appearance on Ed Sullivan, now the namesake of New York theater that hosts Letterman's late night program.  More

Feb 03, 2014

Announcing a brief leg of DJ shows just last week, Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio has shared a special remix of Broken BellsAfter the Disco single "Holding On For Life." More

Jan 28, 2014

On Feb. 4  The Shins' James Mercer and Danger Mouse's joint side-project Broken Bells will release their sophomore album After the Disco. More

Jan 22, 2014

Next month, James Mercer/Danger Mouse superduo Broken Bells will release their sophomore album After the DiscoMore

Jan 16, 2014

Broken Bells’ sophomore album After the Disco will see the light of day on Feb. 4. More

Jan 08, 2014

On Feb. 4 The Shins' James Mercer and Danger Mouse's joint side-project Broken Bells will release their sophomore album After the Disco. More

Broken Bells Announce Tour

Sophomore Album After the Disco Out Feb. 4

Nov 18, 2013

Broken Bells, the collaborative project of The Shins' James Mercer and Danger Mouse, have announced plans for their first round of performances behind their forthcoming sophomore album After the Disco. More

Listen: Broken Bells - “Holding On For Life”

Off Upcoming Sophomore LP After the Disco

Nov 04, 2013

This February will see the release of After the Disco, the new sophomore LP from The Shins' James Mercer and Danger Mouse's joint side-project Broken Bells. More

Oct 30, 2013

Recently announcing the return of their joint side-project Broken BellsThe Shins' James Mercer and Danger Mouse have premiered the first part of new short film series starring Kate Mara (Netflix's House of Cards) and Anton Yelchin (Star Trek). More

Oct 08, 2013

The Shins' James Mercer and über producer Danger Mouse have announced that they will return this Janaury to their joint project Broken Bells, releasing a new album titled, After the Disco. More

Broken Bells Issue New EP

"Meyrin Fields" Out in Later This Month

Mar 01, 2011

A little over a year since the debut of their self-titled album, Broken Bells' James Mercer and Danger Mouse have announced the issuing of a new EP entitled Meyrin Fields.  More

Feb 16, 2011

Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), James Mercer (The Shins/Broken Bells), and Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney/Corin Tucker) stopped by the not-quite so real world of Portlandia—a sketch show written by Saturday Night Live’sFred Armisen and Sleater-Kinney/Wild Flag’s Carrie Brownstein. More

Hall and Oates/Broken Bells Video Mashup

“Private Eyes” Meets “The Ghost Inside”

Nov 03, 2010

Around Under the Radar, we make no bones about our unabashed, non-ironic love of Hall and Oates. Turns out Matt McCormic shares our love. The filmmaker mashed up the  duo’s “Private Eyes” with Broken Bells’ “The Ghost Inside” by reediting the original Hall and Oats video—pasting James Mercer’s mouth onto Daryl Hall’s face. More

Broken Bells Releases B-side Track “Meyrin Fields”

New December Tour Dates Announced

Oct 26, 2010

Broken Bells (aka Danger Mouse/Brian Burton and The Shins' James Mercer) have released a new B-side track, "Meyrin Fields," that is available for listen via iTunes and on their MySpace page. More

Broken Bells Release Interactive 3-D Video for “October”

Interactive Features Let Viewers Choose Their Listening Experience

Aug 12, 2010

Broken Bells have released a new interactive 3-D video for "October," which is the latest single taken from the duo's self-titled debut album, which was released back in March. We have a 2-D demo and a link to the full 3-D video, plus their tour dates. More

Broken Bells Tackle “The Ghost Inside” in New Video

Starting Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks

Jun 04, 2010

Sometimes it pays to be a rock star. When Broken Bells’ James Mercer and Danger Mouse considered dream casting for their new video “The Ghost Inside,” both immediately thought of Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks for the role of the sexy android. And what do you know, dreams do come true! We have the video. More

Broken Bells Announce First Ever Tour

The Morning Benders to Support

Mar 31, 2010

Broken Bells (The Shins’ James Mercer and Danger Mouse) will have their first ever tour to support their self-titled Columbia Records debut. We have the dates.  More

Mar 12, 2010

Last night, James Mercer/Danger Mouse supergroup Broken Bells invaded Jimmy Fallon, playing "The Ghost Inside," a cut from their self-titled debut. We have the video. More

Watch New Broken Bells Live Video

James Mercer and Danger Mouse Take “The High Road”

Mar 09, 2010

Broken Bells (aka Danger Mouse and The Shins' James Mercer) have released a new "Live at the Boat" in-the-studio video for "The High Road." The song is taken from their self-titled debut album, which is out this week. The clip is a well lit and down to earth studio session directed by Matt Amato that simply shows off the musicians and the music. More

Broken Bells Announce First Batch of Live Shows, Including One in LA Tonight

James Mercer of The Shins and Danger Mouse Take to the Stage

Feb 19, 2010

Broken Bells, the formidable duo that is Danger Mouse and The Shins' James Mercer, have announced their first (small) batch of shows, including one show in LA tonight. More

Broken Bells Premiere New Video

"The High Road" Now Streaming on Myspace

Jan 28, 2010

Broken Bells, the new collaboration between The Shins’ James Mercer and Danger Mouse has premiered its first video, “The High Road,” now streaming at MySpace. We have the video. More

James Mercer and Danger Mouse’s Broken Bells to Release Album in March

Broken Bells’ Self-Titled Debut Out March 9th on Columbia

Dec 15, 2009

James Mercer, frontman of The Shins, and Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse) have formed a new band named Broken Bells. Their debut self-titled album will be out March 9th on Columbia Records. More

Sep 29, 2009

According to Pitchfork, The Shins' James Mercer has teamed up with master boardsman/Gnarls Barkley collaborator Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse) to form a new band. The duo's name isn't for sure right now but they're currently sticking with Broken Bells until something better comes along. The debut from Broken Bells (or 'insert rad supergroup here') tentatively drops early 2010, via Columbia. More



Reviews

After the Disco

After the Disco

Columbia

Jan 31, 2014

First time round, Broken Bells wasn't the trip everyone expected. On paper the coming together of The Shins' James Mercer and hip-hop producer and sometimes-Gorillaz corroborator Danger Mouse had the potential to be a beat-smothered indie behemoth. Yet their 2010 debut LP was a lukewarm wash of psychedelic pop that resembled a less glamorous and more earthly of Montreal. More

Meyrin Fields EP

Meyrin Fields EP

Columbia

Apr 22, 2011

A little more than a year after Broken Bellsthe inspired duo of The Shins' James Mercer and Danger Mousereleased an album together, the Meyrin Fields EP further showcases their glitchy-yet-melodic space pop. Only two of the four songs are technically new, but quality is what counts here. Crunchy and distant but still endearing, the duo breaks down technology to make it sound breezy. More

Broken Bells

Broken Bells

Columbia

Mar 12, 2010

Sometimes following the career of Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) is kind of like watching Winona Ryder's dating life: it's fascinating to see who will turn up next, but at the same time, there's always the lingering desire to see him pick one and stick with it. More