Kings of Leon, The Shins, Passion Pit, Big Gigantic and More Highlight Hangout's Opening Day
... like the set-closing "God's Love to Deliver" now almost feel like My Morning Jacket songs. Some of the festival's marquee indie bands got into the festival's hippie-beach spirit, too. Grizzly Bear remarked that they could finally "check Alabama off the list" of states they played while The Shins
invited Jessie Baylin--who was at the festival to see her husband, Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill--to sit in on "Simple Song." The Shins
often introspective singer James Mercer also broke character and cheerfully thanked "whoever invented the bikini." Kings of Leon, The Shins
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The Shins' 'Live at Third Man' Release "Coming Soon"
... Last year's Port of Morrow was a long time coming, but fans won't have to wait as long for the Shins
' next offering, as the James Mercer-led indie pop troupe are already prepping a new record, albeit a live one. The band will contribute a 12-inch to Third Man Records' ongoing Live at Third Man series. The Shins
recorded a set at the label's own Blue Room in October 2012. As Modern Vinyl points out, the news comes via the label's scrolling "Coming Soon" bar on its site, so there's not much else to report at this point. Apparently, though, the band mostly focused on songs from Port of Morrow for the set. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available. The Shins
' 'Live at Third Man' Release "Coming Soon" ... [ read more ]
Hear Ex-Shins Members Sad Baby Wolf's Full Emotive 'Electric Sounds'
... Albuquerque-based band's eight-song LP is out today Marty Crandall and Neal Langford, both former members of the Shins
, have returned to Albuquerque for new band Sad Baby Wolf. That homecoming feels crucial to debut album Electric Sounds, which radiates the emotion-wracked, atmosphering-scraping crunch they might've heard in those pre-Shins
days from bands like the Promise Ring and Camden, as "emo" was becoming a dirty word and groups associated with it were stretching out their arrangements. The five-piece -- which also features guitarist Jason Ward, bassist Sean McCullough, and drummer Maury Crandall (Marty's younger brother) -- previously shared the eight-song LP's waltzing title track, along with singles "8th Level" and "Survival Guide." The full album, mixed and produced by McCullough, is out today, and you can stream it here. Hear Ex-Shins
Members Sad Baby Wolf's Full Emotive 'Electric Sounds' ... [ read more ]
The Shins (1996-)
James Mercer (vocals, guitar)
Jesse Sandoval (drums) 1996-2009
Martin Crandall (keyboards) 1998-2009
Dave Hernandez (guitar) 1998-2009
Jessica Dobson (guitar) 2011-
Yuuki Matthews (bass) 2011-
Richard Swift (guitar, vocals) 2011-
Joe Plummer (drums) 2011-
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The Shins frontman James Mercer isn't one to mince his words. When asked why the band left their label Sub Pop in 2009, Mercer said it was about making more money. After the split, Mercer started his own label, Aural Apothecary, and explained that even though running your own label is more work, the financial benefits are worth it.
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The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."