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The Shins

Formed: 1997 in Albuquerque, NM
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Group Members: James Mercer, Jesse Sandoval, Marty Crandall, Neal Langford, Dave Yanul Hernandez
Biography: A classic guitar pop group almost nine years in the making, Albuquerque, New Mexico's the Shins began in 1997 as the side project of singer/songwriter and guitarist James Mercer's primary band, Flake. Mercer formed Flake in 1992 with drummer Jesse Sandoval, keyboardist Marty Crandall, and bassist Neal ...Read full biography
Oh, Inverted World
Released: 2001
Label: Sub Pop Records
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The Shins' first full-length is a definitive indie rock album of the 2000s not just because of its thoughtful, tuneful songs, but also because of the vivid portrait it painted of indie culture. After the ...Read full review
Wincing the Night Away
Released: 2007
Label: WM Records
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"The Shins will change your life!" That kind of proclamation is loaded with expectations when it's just one friend talking up a band to another, but it's magnified a thousandfold when Natalie Portman says ...Read full review