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Listen: The Shins - “Mildenhall”

Heartworms Due Out March 10 via Aural Apothecary/Columbia

Feb 16, 2017

The Shins are releasing a new albumHeartwormson March 10 via Aural Apothecary/Columbia. The band has already shared two songs from the album, "Dead Alive" and "Name For You." Now the band has shared another song from the album, "Mildenhall."  More

Under the Radar’s 15th Anniversary: The Shins’ “Oh, Inverted World”

Celebrating Under the Radar's 15th Anniversary and the Best Albums of 2001

Feb 13, 2017

Under the Radar's very first print issue came out in December 2001. In honor of our 15th Anniversary some of our writers are reflecting on some of their favorite albums from 2001. More

The Shins Announce New Album and Tour Dates, Share “Name For You” Lyric Video

Heartworms Due Out March 10 via Aural Apothecary/Columbia

Jan 05, 2017

The Shins have announced a new album, Heartworms, and shared a lyric video for its single, "Name For You." "Heartworms" is due out March 10 via Aural Apothecary/Columbia. It includes "Dead Alive," which the band shared last October. More

The Shins Share Halloween-Timed Video for a New Song - “Dead Alive”

"A Halloween gift while you wait for the album."

Oct 26, 2016

Yesterday The Shins posted a creepy teaser trailer, but it was unsure exactly what it was for. It turns out it was a new video for a brand new song, "Dead Alive," which the band has now shared.  More

Oct 25, 2016

The Shins have posted to their Twitter account a strange and creepy new teaser video that looks like a trailer for a low budget horror film. More

The Shins Share Another Clip of New Music

First Music From Band Since 2012's Port of Morrow

Apr 13, 2016

The Shins teased new music on Instagram today with a clip called "#shinstagram" featuring new music and the caption "King Puffin." More

The Shins Hint at New Music

Snippet of New Song Posted to Instagram

Feb 08, 2016

The Shins have posted to their Instragram account what appears to be a snippet of a new song, hinting that there's a new single or album in the works. They've also posted some in-the-studio photos (such as the one used on this page). If it is a new album, it will be the follow-up to 2012's Port of Morrow. Listen below. 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

Sep 16, 2014

Before making a name for himself as the de facto leader/mastermind behind The Shins, James Mercer was the frontman of another band called Flake Music. More

Listen: The Shins - “So Now What”

Featured on Wish I Was Here Soundtrack

Jun 20, 2014

On July 18 Zach Braff will release the long-awaited directorial follow-up to his 2004 film Garden State. More

May 19, 2014

After making them such an integral part in the storytelling of his 2004 directorial debut Garden State, it would also be unthinkable to imagine Zach Braff not utilizing music of The Shins in some in his long-awaited follow-up Wish I Was Here. More

Jan 30, 2014

With the release of their sophomore album After the Disco only a week away, last night Broken Bells stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! More

The Shins Announce Spring Tour

May Dates Scheduled

Mar 27, 2013

Continuing to support last year's excellent Port of MorrowThe Shins have announced a month's worth of tour dates set to take place this spring. More

Nov 20, 2012

Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Aimee Mann served as the musical guest to promote her new album Charmer. More

Listen: The Shins - “Wonderful Christmastime” Cover

Also Watch Set From Austin City Limits

Oct 29, 2012

Jumping the holiday gun in typical coporate fashion Starbucks' Hear Music and Concord Music Group have announced the release of a holiday compilation record titled Holidays Rule will come out tomorrow on Oct. 30. More

Watch: The Shins Play “Conan”

Perform "No Way Down" and "The Rifle's Spiral"

Oct 02, 2012

After making a flurry of late night TV appearances earlier this year promoting the release of their new album Port of Morrow, James Mercer and The Shins returned once again for some nighttime showmanship with a visit to Conan. More

Jul 27, 2012

The Magnetic Fields' song "Andrew in Drag" is as charming as it is lyrically odd. More

Jul 26, 2012

Warning The Shins’ new video isn’t for the faint of heart. (Read: There will be blood...)  More

Jul 11, 2012

On an absolute roll following the music videos for "Simple Song" and "The Rifle's Spiral," The Shins have delivered yet another creative visual pairing with their Port of Morrow track "It's Only Life." More

The Shins Announce Tour Dates

World Jaunt Begins Today in Colorado

May 29, 2012

The Shins will be kicking out the jams across the world in support of recently released album, Port of MorrowMore

Listen: The Shins’ James Mercer Guests On Marc Maron Podcast

Talks about Danger Mouse and Modest Mouse

Apr 24, 2012

Like Carrie Brownstein before him, The Shins' James Mercert recently sat down as a guest on Marc Maron's "WTF" podcast, waxing poetic on a number of choice topics. More

Apr 18, 2012

After debuting exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS of all places, the music video for The Shins' latest single "The Rifle Spiral" has made its way online for the rest of the non-gaming population to enjoy. More

Apr 13, 2012

A number of high-profile artists took to the late night stage yesterday all in the name of supporting their latest releases, as well as their upcoming appearances at Coachella. More

Watch: The Shins Play “Clapping Butter”

Funny or Die Concept Gets Legit

Mar 29, 2012

Not too long ago James Mercer and the current backing line-up of The Shins participating in a Funny or Die sketch extolling the benefits of a product called Clapping Butter, which greatly improved Mercer's handclapping ability while in the studio. More

Watch: The Shins Play “Simple Song” on “Letterman”

Also Perform "Live on Letterman" Concert

Mar 21, 2012

With the band's latest album Port of Morrow seeing release yesterday to promising sales figures and a helping of critical praise, The Shins took to the set of The Late Show with David Letterman yesterday to perform the album's lead single "Simple Song." More

Stream New Shins Album in Its Entirety

James Mercer Steals the Show in “Funny or Die” Sketch

Mar 13, 2012

Today, The Shins new album Port of Morrow (due out March 20) is available to be streamed in its entirety on iTunes. More

Watch: The Shins – “Bait and Switch”

Port of Morrow Due out March 20

Mar 02, 2012

With the excitement for Port of Morrow reaching a fevered pitch (only 18 more days to go), today The Shins released a video for album cut “Bait and Switch.”  More

The Shins to Play “SNL”

Appearing March 10

Feb 24, 2012

The Shins have announced that they will be serving as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on March 10. More

Feb 21, 2012

Inching ever closer to the release of the band's latest album, The Shins (aka James Mercer) have released a stellar music video for Port of Morrow's lead single, "Simple Song." More

Listen: The Shins - “The Rifle’s Spiral”

Another New Track Off Port of Morrow

Feb 13, 2012

This March The Shins' fourth LP Port of Morrow will see release via Columbia and frontman James Mercer's own Aural Apothecary imprint. More

Feb 09, 2012

James Mercer of The Shins has been making the rounds at various radio stations about the states promoting the upcoming release of the band's new album Port of MorrowMore

2012 Sasquatch Music Festival Lineup Announced

Featuring Jack White, Bon Iver, St. Vincent, and More

Feb 03, 2012

The 11th annual Sasquatch Music Festival has announced its official lineup of artists, including Jack White, Bon Iver, Tenacious D, The Shins, St. Vincent, Feist, The Roots, Beirut, and Beck. More

Listen: The Shins - “Simple Song”

First Single Off Upcoming Port of Morrow

Jan 10, 2012

How this excellent piece of awesomeness slipped through the cracks yesterday we here at the UTR news staff will never know (the shame is unbearable), but better late then never: James Mercer and The Shins unveiled the first new song off the band's forthcoming new album Port of MorrowMore

The Shins Reveal New Album Details

Port of Morrow Out Next Year

Dec 14, 2011

The Shins have at last unveiled details pertaining to the band's long-gestating fourth album. More

Sep 27, 2011

A number of noteable bands besides Radiohead made appearances on late night television yesterday.  More

The Shins and MGMT to Cover Pink Floyd on “Jimmy Fallon”

A Week of Tributes Starts This Monday

Sep 23, 2011

Next Week, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon is heading to the dark side of the moon. The talk show’s musical guests—which include the likes of The Shins and MGMT, will be covering Pink Floyd tracks. We have the details.   More

Watch: The Shins Perform a New Song

If Only We Had Some New Slang to Describe it…

Aug 10, 2011

Yesterday we saw The Shins' live take on David Bowie’s “Ashes to Ashes." Today, video surfaced of The Shins performing a new tune. More

Watch: The Shins Cover David Bowie

A Faux Brit Take on “Ashes to Ashes”

Aug 09, 2011

The Shins (aka James Mercer and the new kids) recently covered David Bowie’s “Ashes to Ashes” in concert. We have the video.  More

The Shins Announce More Tour Dates

New Album Due in 2012

Aug 01, 2011

The Shins have announced more tour dates, which will take place in intimate settings in between previously announced festival appearances. Check out the dates. Plus their new album is in the works. More

Premiere: Live From Nowhere Near You: Volume Two Full Album Stream

Rare and Unreleased Songs from Elliott Smith, Ryan Adams, Bright Eyes, James Mercer, Modest Mouse, Wilco, and much more

Jul 19, 2011

Last week Under the Radar premiered an unreleased Ryan Adams song, "Shine Through the Dark," and now we're pleased to premiere a full stream of the album it's taken from —the 64-track charity compilation Live From Nowhere Near You: Volume Two, which is out today via Greyday Records. The album features rare and unreleased tracks from the likes of Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes (featuring Spoon's Britt Daniel), The Shins' James Mercer, Modest Mouse, Wilco, Daniel Johnston, The Helio Sequence, Blue Giant (featuring members of Sleater-Kinney, The Decemberists, and Viva Voce), and much more. 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

The Shins Cover Squeeze For Levi’s Pioneer Sessions

"Goodbye Girl" = The Old "New Slang?"

Jun 10, 2010

As previously reported, Levi's has been turning up their music cred, bringing notable indie bands into the studio to record covers of bands that influenced their sound. The Shins joined the club with their cover Squeeze's "Goodbye Girl." 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

The Shins Change Lineup, Tour, Plot New Album

New Album to be Self-Released on Mercer's Label "Aural Apothecary"

May 06, 2009

On Saturday night at Washington University, The Shins unveiled unexpected changes in their lineup. Keyboardist Marty Crandall has been replaced with Ron Lewis from Grand Archives and Fruit Bats, while drummer Jesse Sandoval’s place has been taken by Joe Plummer of Modest Mouse. The band are currently touring and are working on a new album. More



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Coachella Recap Day 2: Radiohead, Andrew Bird, tUnE-yArDs, Destroyer and More

April 15th, 2012

Apr 17, 2012

The strongest line-up of the three-day set, Saturday’s highlights included: Andrew BirdDestroyerBon Iver, and some band called Radiohead

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