The Shins

Joel Voorman

The Shins are a GRAMMY-nominated band formed by James Mercer in Albuquerque, NM in 1996. Their debut full-length, ‘Oh, Inverted World’ caused a seismic shift in the indie rock world upon its release in 2001, singlehandedly ushering in the modern era of the genre.

Mercer described the Shins as a “pop project” from the beginning. The group was inspired by any and all music that they discovered. “Everything we listen to […] makes its way in somehow, but we’ve been inspired by a bunch of bands who basically just keep reinventing the same thing,” said Mercer. The group received comparisons to the “pop revivalists” at the Elephant 6 Recording Collective early in their career, such as The Apples in Stereo, whilst Mercer’s vivid, often surrealist lyrics and infectious melodies drew comparisons to the songwriting style of Robert Pollard from Guided by Voices. Rolling Stone credited the band with bringing “the pop traditions of 1960s pop bands—groups like the Zombies, and the Beach Boys—to a new generation of music fans.”

The group released their most recent album, ‘Heartworms,’ in January 2017 in March of 2017. In January 2018, they released ‘The Worm’s Heart,’ an album that reimagined that album.

Mercer will be performing ‘Oh, Inverted World’ in its entirety on this tour!

Mercer is also 1/2 the duo Broken Bells along with Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse).

Ticket info

Reserved mezzanine tickets are priced at $140. General admission tickets (standing room only floor and rear balcony seats) are $49.50 each. All prices are subject to additional fees. Tix can be purchased in person at The Agora box office or online via the link below:


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