Last Shin Standing


By Casey Newton

Just after nightfall at the Outside Lands festival, the Shins took the stage for their first tour in years. The band’s most recent album, Wincing the Night Away, was released in January 2007; they last toured in 2009. They picked up their instruments and launched into “Caring is Creepy.” “It’s a luscious mix of words and tricks,” frontman James Mercer sang, sounding louder and looser than I remembered. That’s when I noticed who was standing behind him: save for their melancholy singer, these weren’t the Shins at all.

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    James Mercer: pop-music perfectionist and auteur. Sometimes, as an artist, you have to be a dick to create space for...
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    I’m not a huge Shins fan and thus had no idea about the band’s tumultuous past. What little I saw of their Outside Lands...
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