Music Around Town

The Shins

When: Fri., June 8 2012

In the 11 years since they released their first album, the Shins have gone through just as many members. Singer and songwriter James Mercer has been the only constant, steering the indie-rock band from the lucid folk found on the debut Oh, Inverted World to the orchestral expansions of their fourth album, this year's Port of Morrow. The obvious question here is, Why can't Mercer play nice with other people? Part of it probably has to do with his perfectionism. On 2010's Broken Bells collaboration with Danger Mouse, the duo fiddled with textures, layers, and sounds you're only gonna pick up with headphones after several listens until the whole thing came together in a panoramic view of their studio playground. But Mercer seems like kind of a downer to be around, despite the glistering pop overtones of his music. He often writes from the perspective of someone who isn't sure what he wants, which also probably has something to do with all the different guys who've been Shins over the years. The band coming to town this weekend is most likely a temporary one, since Mercer and co-producer Greg Kurstin are responsible for almost everything on Morrow. With the Antlers and Deep Sea Diver. 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $30 - $42. – Michael Gallucci

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