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Music / The Shins

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"You gotta hear this one song. It'll change your life, I swear."
Natalie Portman, in praise of the The Shins' 'New Slang' in Garden State

The Shins are an American indie rock band led by singer, songwriter and guitarist James Mercer, who is the band's only consistent member. Originally rising to fame with Mercer, keyboardist Martin Crandall, bassist Dave Hernandez, and drummer Jesse Sandoval, this lineup fell apart in 2009, and there have been few consistent members since. Their sound draws on several musical genres, including pop, alternative rock, indie rock and folk. The Shins were formed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but are now based in Portland, Oregon. Their latest album, Heartworms, was released in March 2017.


Studio Albums:

  • Oh, Inverted World (2001)
  • Chutes Too Narrow (2003)
  • Wincing The Night Away (2007)
  • Port of Morrow (2012)
  • Heartworms (2017)

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