The Shins

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The Shins are an American indie rock band from Albuquerque, New Mexico, formed in 1996. The band's current lineup consists of James Mercer (vocals, guitar, songwriter), Joe Plummer (drums), Mark Watrous (guitar), Yuuki Matthews (bass), and Richard Swift (keyboards). The band is based in Portland, Oregon.

The band was formed by Mercer as a side project to Flake Music, who were active from 1992 to 1999. The band released two 7" singles and a full-length album When You Land Here It's Time to Return on Omnibus Records and were touring with Modest Mouse when they were signed to Sub Pop Records. The band's first two records, Oh, Inverted World (2001) and Chutes Too Narrow (2003) performed well commercially and received critical acclaim. The single "New Slang" brought the band mainstream attention when it was featured in the 2004 film Garden State. Consequently, the band's third album, Wincing the Night Away (2007), was a major success for the group, peaking at number two on the Billboard 200 and earning a Grammy Award nomination.

Following this, the Shins signed to Columbia Records and Mercer parted ways with the entire original lineup, deeming it "an aesthetic decision". Following a near five-year hiatus, Port of Morrow, the band's fourth studio album, was released in 2012. Their fifth album is expected early 2017.

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Year Title RatingReleases
2001 Oh, Inverted World 3.5 4
2003 Chutes Too Narrow 4 2
2007 Wincing the Night Away 5 6
2012 Port of Morrow 5 8

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2013 Live at Third Man Records 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2000 When I Goose-Step 1
2002 Know Your Onion! 1
2003 So Says I 1
2004 Fighting in a Sack 1
2006 Phantom Limb 2
2007 Australia 3
2007 Turn on Me 1
2007 Sealegs 1
2012 Simple Song 5 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1998 Nature Bears a Vacuum 1
2000 Shins 1

EP + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2007 Live Session EP (iTunes Exclusive) 1
2012 Live Session EP (Google Play Exlusive) 1

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