In 1996 in the town of Albuquerque, New Mexico James Mercer (vocals/guitar) decided to form a band and with a couple of fellow musicians he did so calling the band The Shins. The line-up of the band has changed over the years with Mercer being the only original member remaining along with Joe Plummer (drums), Mike Watress (guitar), Yuuki Matthews (bass), and Richard Swift (keyboards). They are an indie rock outfit and are now based in Portland, Oregon.
The band put out the album Oh, Inverted World around the turn of the millennium and soon they became one of the up and coming young indie rock bands in the United States. Their music soon was used on different films (A Guy Thing, Garden State) and television programs (The OC, Gilmore Girls) making their music known to a wider audience.
After this each of their subsequent album releases sold more and more copies. They even earned a Grammy nomination in 2008 for Best Alternative Music Album for their release Wincing the Night Away. One of the band’s songs was also played at the 2008 funeral service for actor Heath Ledger.
Most recently the band released their latest album, Port of Morrow, and is in the midst of touring in support of it.
-Date: May 23, 2013
-Ticket Purchase: www.ticketmaster.ca
-Ticket Price: $43.15 (plus handling charges)
-Show Time: 8:00 p.m. (Doors @ 6:30 p.m.)
-Opening Act: Ra Ra Riot