Broken Bells (The Shins' James Mercer and Danger Mouse) Announce Tour
... Photo by James Minchin Broken Bells, the collaborative project of the Shins
' James Mercer and Danger Mouse, have announced a tour for March (which seems as though it could lead to the SXSW festival in Austin). Their new album After the Disco is out January 14 through Columbia. Electronic pop group Au Revoir Simone, who released their own new LP this year, will open the dates. After the dates, watch part one of Broken Bells' new After the Disco short film, based on a story by Danger Mouse and directed by Jacob Gentry. It stars Kate Mara and Anton Yelchin. Broken Bells: 02-28 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue * 03-01 Chicago, IL - The Vic Theatre * 03-03 Toronto, Ontario - Danforth Music Hall * 03-04 Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis * 03-05 Boston, MA - House of Blues * 03-07 New York, NY - Webster Hall * 03-08 Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero Theatre * 03-09 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club * 03-11 Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle * 03-12 New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre * * with Au Revoir Simone Watch the Shins
' video for "It's Only Life" via Pitchfork.tv: Broken Bells (The Shins
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Showa Shins & Willz release Afrobeats 'Ogede' video
... of anticipation for this single on the scene at the moment. The single is also being played by UK's #1 Afrobeat Dj , Dj Abrantee on his acclaimed Afro beats radio show on Capital Xtra Fm, also being played among other Dj's & station up and down the UK, Ghana and Nigeria. It's clear that Showa Shins
and the other artists on this single are set to make a real impact on the Afro Beats scene. The Official i Tunes release of the single will be 11/11/2013, video was released a day before on the 10/11/2013 during this time of the video being released the term 'ogede' rapidly started getting noticed within popular culture and in turn started trending on tweeter as one of the main # used on twitter again, baring in mind there is no major label backing it shows the relevance of Showa Shins
as well as the rest of the musicians on the single in the Afrobeats Scene. Have Your Say Stay updated with your free Music News daily newsletter. Subscribe here now! Showa Shins
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Watch: Broken Bells (Shins' James Mercer, Danger Mouse) Short Film Starring Kate Mara, Anton Yelchin
... Broken Bells--the Shins
' James Mercer's collaborative project with Danger Mouse--has a new album called After the Disco on the way. They're also rolling out a short film by the same name, based on a story written by Danger Mouse and directed by Jacob Gentry and produced in conjunction with the Creators Project. Here's "Part One: Angel and the Fool", starring Kate Mara (the star of Netflix series "House of Cards" and sister of Rooney) and Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Like Crazy). The band has also revealed the album cover for After the Disco. Check it out below the video. Album cover: Watch: Broken Bells (Shins
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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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