The Shins - 'Port Of Morrow'

The Shins - 'Port Of Morrow'

Braffrock. Rom-fill indie. Nu Zooey. Call it what you want, Portland’s The Shins epitomised a distinct brand of collegiate, soundtrack-friendly cult-folk the second Natalie Portman played their ‘New Slang’ to Zach Braff in a hospital...

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The Shins - 'September'

The Shins - 'September'

Thanks to his dalliance with the mainstream, whenever a new James Mercer album rolls around nowadays we’re all supposed to kneel at his feet as if he’s the motherfucking messiah. He’s not – but as this proves, he’s still an ace...

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The Shins

The Shins

Every figure of beauty usually has at least one slightly ugly aspect to it, so it’s best to think of ‘Sea Legs’ as the musical equivalent of Angelina Jolie’s bumhole. Undisputedly, when taken as part of The Shins’ incredible ‘Wincing...

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The Shins

The Shins

There’s a surefire way of telling where a band is from – if it sounds quintessentially English and versed in the idiosyncracies of XTC, Squeeze, Psychedelic Furs and Orange Juice, then you know that they are from America. And so it is with...

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The Shins

The Shins

The year’s most unlikely chart-botherers continue the most jangly bid for world domination ever. If you’ve already fallen under the band’s spell, you’ll know that here is another in their seemingly endless batch of catchy and lyrically...

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Shockwaves NME Awards Show: The Shins, London Astoria; Sun Feb 25

Shockwaves NME Awards Show: The Shins, London...

So America’s chart-bothering indie darlings finally bring their new album ‘Wincing The Night Away‘ to the UK, and are as predictably brilliant as always. In front of an absolutely rammed Astoria, The Shins also knock out a cover of The...

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The Shins: Phantom Limb

The Shins: Phantom Limb

They tell me that this is Phill Jupitus’ Record Of The Week on a show he does on something called BBC 6Music, which sounds like a made-up radio station to me. Regardless, this is a shimmery, summery delight, shot through with a veritable...

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The Shins: Wincing The Night Away

The Shins: Wincing The Night Away

The Shins’ singer and songwriter James Mercer recently confessed that this record’s rather strange title was down to the fact that he’d been struggling to sleep at night, so aware was he of the feverish anticipation around the album. No...

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The Shins  :  Fighting In A Scak

The Shins : Fighting In A Scak

Firstly, a gripe. As band names go, The Whateverpluralnounhasn'tbeentakenyets may sound more like a small Welsh mining hamlet, but it's certainly a large fucking improvement on The Shins, the kind of name designated to perennial support bands in...

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