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The Shins Announce the Winner of Their Van Contest, Watch James Mercer Surprise the Winners

Heartworms Out Now via Aural Apothecary/Columbia

Jun 05, 2017 Mertle
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The Shins released a new album, Heartworms, in March via Aural Apothecary/Columbia. Also in March they announced a competition where you could win the band’s very first touring van, a 1990 Ford 350 Clubwagon. To win it a musician or band had to cover a song from Heartworms. The Shins have finally picked a winner, Michigan trio Mertle. Mercer drove to their home in Eaton Rapids, Michigan to surprise them and deliver the van in person (watch video of the surprise below). Also below is the charming video Mertle submitted of them covering Heartworms track “Painting a Hole,” in which they also explained that their current mode of band transport is falling apart. The Shins have invited Mertle to open for them at their July 27 concert at Grand Rapid’s Meijer Gardens Amphitheater. All The Shins’ upcoming tour dates are below too.

The Shins Tour Dates:

06-10 Anchorage, AK - Moose’s Tooth Pub
06-15 Brooklyn, NY - Prospect Park Bandshell
06-16 Portland, ME - Thompson’s Point
06-17 Cooperstown, NY - Brewery Ommegang
06-18 Dover, DE - Firefly Music Festival
06-21 Troutdale, OR - Edgefield
06-22 Ogden, UT - Ogden Amphitheatre
06-23 Las Vegas, NV - The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas - The Chelsea
07-06-09 Winnipeg, Manitoba - Winnipeg Folk Fest
07-11 Niagara Falls, NY - Rapid Theatre
07-28 Oro-Medonte, Ontario - Wayhome Music & Arts Festival
07-29 Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre
07-30 Burlington, VT - Lake Champlain Maritime Festival
08-01 Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
08-02 Boston, MA - House of Blues
08-04-06 Montreal, Quebec - Osheaga
08-13 Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
08-14 Hamburg, Germany - Grobe Freiheit
08-15 Berlin, Germany - Astra Kulturhaus
08-16 Cologne, Germany - Live Music Hall
08-17-20 Brecon, Wales - Green Man Festival
08-22 Manchester, England - Academy
08-23 Nottingham, England - Rock City
09-23 Redmond, WA - Marymoor Park
09-24 Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory Concert House
09-25 Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre
09-28 Paso Robles, CA - Vina Robles Amphitheatre
09-30 Berkeley, CA - Greek Theater &
10-01 San Diego, CA - Cal Coast Credit Union &
10-03 Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theater &
10-04 Sante Fe, NM - The Santa Fe Opera House
10-05 Denver, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater &
11-03 Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theatre
11-04 Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore
11-07 Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit
11-08 Columbus, OH - Express Live! Indoor Pavillion
11-14 New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
11-15 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
11-16 Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte
11-17 Atlanta, GA - Coca Cola Roxy Theatre
11-19 Mexico City, Mexico - Corona Capital

& with Spoon

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