DJ & Dance

The Shins/Tennis

When: Sat., July 29, 8 p.m. 2017

Fresh off the release of their first studio album in five years, Albuquerque-based alternative/indie rockers the Shins are back with their critically acclaimed fifth studio album, Heartworms. The band rose to prominence in the '00s thanks to its melodic, surrealist indie pop/rock. After the release of their first two albums, 2001's Oh, Inverted World and 2003's Chutes Too Narrow, it soon garnered a reputation as pop revivalists due to its emulation of the hooks and melodies typically associated with '60s pop groups. With their new album, frontman James Mercer, fully takes the reins as it’s largely self-produced and since losing the remaining original band members of the band in 2009, the Shins have essentially been Mercer’s brainchild. On Heartworms, he takes the listener on a journey to his childhood with the folk rock ballad, “Mildenhall”, where he describes falling in love with music while living in England, “a kid in class passed me a tape / a band called the Jesus and Mary Chain.” With tracks like “Dead Alive” and “Name For You," the album also recalls the classic indie rock sound of their debut LP. Mercer is one of the most honest, heartfelt troubadours in American alternative rock and this latest Shins’ record proves that his appeal still hasn’t worn off. (Elizabeth Manno)

Price: $37-$77

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