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The Shins Season 38 by Jacob Escobedo

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Melodic indie pop reigns tonight as The Shins return to the Austin City Limits stage for their second appearance on the show. The band, known for setting the “benchmark for sublimely nuanced alt-pop” (BBC Music), brings their repertoire to Austin in the midst of this week’s release of Port of Morrow.

The band began in the late 90s with a sound that the New York Times writes “takes hold slowly but insistently.” 2001′s Oh, Inverted World brought the band both critical praise and indie fans. 2003′s Chutes Too Narrow introduced the band to a wider audience, and their songs began appearing in TV shows and movies like Garden State. The Shins’ 2007 release, Wincing the Night Away, debuted at No. 2 on Billboard and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album. Their catalog, wrote Under the Radar, is a “layered and beautiful work that solidifies The Shins as The Band That Matters.”

After touring in support of Wincing the Night Away, The Shins took a short break as the band made some lineup changes and members focused on other projects, like singer/songwriter James Mercer’s collaboration with Danger Mouse as Broken Bells.

The March 20th, 2012, release of Port of Morrow, the band’s first album in five years, “finds that Mercer and his new bandmates are still able to turn out exceptional guitar jangle with big-hearted melodic aims” (Pitchfork). The A.V. Club writes that Port of Morrow “bears the hallmarks of real musicianship, outfitting Mercer’s pretty, poppy songs with strings, twangy guitars, keyboards, precision drum beats, horsn, and countless other instrumental shadings.”

 

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