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A classic guitar pop group almost nine years in the making, Albuquerque, New Mexico's the Shins began in 1997 as the side project of singer/songwriter and guitarist James Mercer's primary band, Flake. Mercer formed Flake in 1992 with drummer Jesse Sandoval, keyboardist Marty Crandall, and bassist Neal Langford; they eventually changed their name to Flake Music, releasing several singles, a well-received album, When You Land Here, It's Time to Return, and touring with friends like Modest Mouse and Califone. Soon after the release of When You Land Here, Mercer and Sandoval formed the Shins as a change of pace, playing as a duo with Cibo Matto and the American Analog Set. With Mercer as the Shins' primary songwriter, the group developed a more focused, crafted sound than Flake Music's charming, if somewhat rambling, collaborative style. Crandall, as well as Scared of Chaka's Dave Hernandez and Ron Skrasek, filled out the Shins' lineup; however, Hernandez and Skrasek left after a short while, due to the success of their main project. By 1999, Flake Music essentially disbanded and Langford also joined the Shins. With a couple of 7"s on Omnibus -- 1998's "Nature Bears a Vacuum" and 2000's "When I Goose-Step" -- under their belts, the Shins embarked on a tour with Modest Mouse. Sub Pop's Jonathan Poneman caught the San Francisco date of the tour and asked the Shins to contribute a single to the label's Single of the Month Club, which eventually became an offer to release their 2001 single "New Slang" and their debut album, Oh, Inverted World. The group spent the rest of the year touring with acts such as Preston School of Industry and Red House Painters. The release of the singles "Know Yr Onion!" and "The Past and the Pending" kept the Shins' success going into 2002, cementing Oh, Inverted World as one of the definitive indie rock albums of the early 2000s and the band as one of the style's definitive artists. By the time the band recorded their second album, Chutes Too Narrow, Langford was replaced on bass by Dave Hernandez (ex-Scared of Chaka). The album appeared in fall 2003 and was their first to reach the Billboard charts. The Shins' profile increased dramatically when actor Zach Braff included several of their songs in his 2004 movie Garden State. Its follow-up, Wincing the Night Away, appeared in January 2007 and sold over 100,000 copies in its first week. The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, making it Sub Pop's highest-charting album to date (their previous peak was with the Afghan Whigs' 1996 album Black Love, which reached number 79.) It was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Alternative Album. In 2008, the band announced that their contract with Sub Pop was up, and that their next album would be released through Mercer's own Aural Apothecary label. Around that time, Mercer began working with producer/multi-instrumentalist Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton), as Broken Bells. The project kept him busy for a couple of years, and when the Shins returned with the Greg Kurstin-produced Port of Morrow, Mercer's backing band featured fellow songwriters Jessica Dobson and Richard Swift, Modest Mouse drummer Joe Plummer, and Crystal Skulls' Yuuki Matthews. It arrived in March 2012 and reached number three on the Billboard charts. The Shins contributed the song "So Now What" to the soundtrack of Braff's 2014 film Wish I Was Here and a cover of the Beatles' "The Word" to the Netflix series Beat Bugs in 2016. Later that year, they returned with "Dead Alive," the first single from their fifth album Heartworms, which was released in March 2017 on Mercer's Aural Apothecary imprint. ~ Heather Phares
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Stations Featuring
The Shins

    Top Indie

    Top Indie
    10 songs

    Indie Rock Mix

    Indie Rock Mix
    10 songs

    Indie Party

    Indie Party
    10 songs

    '00s Indie

    '00s Indie
    11 songs

    Adult Rock

    4 songs

    Adult Alternative

    4 songs

    Top Alternative

    3 songs

    Alternative Mix

    3 songs

    Pop Rock

    3 songs

    Indie Chill

    10 songs

    New Indie First

    1 song

    Coffeehouse Corner

    3 songs

    Relax Trax

    4 songs

    Acoustic Rock

    1 song

    Folk

    1 song

Albums by
The Shins

Top Songs by
The Shins

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   New Slang
  3.   Simple Song
  4.   Phantom Limb
  5.   Australia
  6.   Caring Is Creepy
  7.   Kissing the Lipless
  8.   So Says I
  9.   Name for You
  10.   Sleeping Lessons
  11.   The Rifle's Spiral
  12.   Dead Alive
  13.   Wonderful Christmastime
  14.   Sealegs
  15.   Painting a Hole
  16.   Young Pilgrims
  17.   Turn on Me
  18.   Know Your Onion!
  19.   A Comet Appears
  20.   Pink Bullets
  21.   Red Rabbits
  22.   Bait and Switch
  23.   Black Wave
  24.   Weird Divide
  25.   Those to Come
  26.   September
  27.   Gone for Good
  28.   Saint Simon
  29.   It's Only Life
  30.   No Way Down
  31.   The Past and Pending
  32.   Mine's Not a High Horse
  33.   Fighting in a Sack
  34.   Pressed in a Book
  35.   Mildenhall
  36.   Turn a Square
  37.   Half a Million
  38.   40 Mark Strasse
  39.   It's Okay, Try Again
  40.   Spilt Needles
  41.   Heartworms
  42.   The Celibate Life
  43.   Rubber Ballz
  44.   Fantasy Island
  45.   Port of Morrow
  46.   Sphagnum Esplanade
  47.   One by One All Day
  48.   The Fear
  49.   Cherry Hearts
  50.   So Now What
  51.   We Will Become Silhouettes
  52.   Pam Berry
  53.   Girl Sailor
  54.   Nothing At All
  55.   Mild Child
  56.   My Seventh Rib
  57.   Girl Inform Me
  58.   Girl on the Wing
  59.   For a Fool
  60.   Fall of '82
  61.   Your Algebra
  62.   When I Goose Step
  63.   They'll Soon Discover

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