The Shins

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The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach on losing Richard Swift at 41: ‘He was just fun! Then, when he wasn’t, it was very dark’
As indie supergroup the Arcs release the last album they recorded together, Auerbach and Leon Michels of the El Michels Affair recall their late bandmate’s verve, spirit – and troubled inner life

Laura Barton

26, Jan, 2023 @4:00 PM

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Richard Swift, indie-rock songwriter and producer, dies aged 41
The singer-songwriter, who worked with the Shins, the Black Keys and the Pretenders, had been suffering from a ‘serious medical condition’

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

03, Jul, 2018 @4:22 PM

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The Shins: The Worm's Heart review – country charm turned spiky rock – and vice versa

Michael Hann

19, Jan, 2018 @9:45 AM

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Remake, remodel: what makes musicians rerecord old albums?
The Shins and Car Seat Headrest are the latest bands to indulge in re-recording their earlier work. Is it money for old rope, or a chance at artistic liberation?

Michael Hann

18, Jan, 2018 @7:00 AM

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The Shins review – fizzy celebration of pop’s unifying power
More than 15 years of charting life’s struggles in pristine songwriting has paid dividends for the Shins’ only remaining original member, James Mercer

Dave Simpson

23, Aug, 2017 @10:47 AM

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The Shins: Heartworms review – an album of candid, heartfelt anecdotes

16, Mar, 2017 @9:45 PM

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Broken Bells: After the Disco – review

Brian Burton's second album with James Mercer of the Shins feels like a genuine collaboration – but there's no sense that they were driven to make it, writes Kitty Empire

Kitty Empire

02, Feb, 2014 @12:07 AM

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Broken Bells: After the Disco – review
The second collaboration between Danger Mouse and the Shins's James Mercer is a decent, studied genre piece, but not much more, writes Paul MacInnes

Paul MacInnes

30, Jan, 2014 @9:30 PM

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Sub Pop: 25 years of underground rock

From the era-defining grunge of Nirvana to the dreamy modern Americana of the Shins, the Seattle label has become a cornerstone of US alternative music. And that's a minor miracle, writes Michael Hann

Michael Hann

04, Jul, 2013 @6:00 PM

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Reading festival 2012 gets an A* in Having It
Graham Coxon cranked it up, and Kasabian set their phasers to fun, as Reading syndrome set in en masse. Perhaps the Cure's punishing set had something to do with that, says Mark Beaumont

Mark Beaumont

26, Aug, 2012 @2:48 PM

The Shins – review
Most of James Mercer's utterings barely make it past the front row, but the Shins make a statement with an epic encore, writes Betty Clarke

Betty Clarke

23, Mar, 2012 @5:49 PM

The Shins: Port of Morrow – review
The first album by the Shins' new line-up is typically bookish and melodic, if a little clinical, writes Ally Carnwath

Ally Carnwath

18, Mar, 2012 @12:04 AM

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