Shins To Tour; Plot Album

First shows in two years from beloved
band; indicate that the album is scheduled for 2012.


By Blurt Staff



And you thought they’d broken up. Well, it’s not the same Shins
you knew at the outset of the Northwest indie rock icons’ career, but it’s
still helmed by James Mercer, who took a bit of a sabbatical to work on other
. Mercer, in fact, is the only musician listed or pictured at the Shins’
official Facebook page.



So anyway, the Shins’ first full band outing since May 2009 will
be on August 8 at W.O.W. Hall in Eugene,
OR. The tour could charitably be
described as “intermittent” since there are only 4 shows this month and three
next month. There will also be a final October 15 appearance at the DeLuna
Festival in Pensacola, FL, but keep your eyes peeled as additional
dates get announced.



For this tour James Mercer will lead a Shins lineup consisting
of Yuuki Matthews (bass), Jessica Dobson (guitar), Richard Swift
(keyboards) and Joe Plummer (drums). The setlist will likely feature
material from the long awaited fourth Shins album, which Mercer will complete
following the tour. Due out next year on Aural Apothecary/Columbia, the new
album will be the band’s first since 2007’s Grammy-nominted gold-certified Wincing The Night Away.



Tour Dates:


08/08/11 – Eugene,
OR – W.O.W. Hall

08/09/11 – Bend,
OR – The Domino Room 

08/10/11 – Portland
– The Doug Fir Lounge 

08/12/11 – San
Francisco, CA –
Outside Lands Festival 

09/22/11 – Toronto,
ON – Phoenix Concert

09/23/11 – Philadelphia,
PA – Popped! Festival 

09/24/11 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock

10/15/11 – Pensacola,
FL – DeLuna Festival 




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