James Mercer

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Broken Bells - Marquee Theater - 4/10/2014

    There's a line from the LCD song "Drunk Girls" that resonated through Broken Bells' show last night at the Marquee Theater: "Drunk Girls know that love is an astronaut / It comes back but it's never the same." It was clear that the duo, consisting of The Shins' frontman James Mercer and producer Bri ... More >>

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    March 23, 2013

    The Shins, McDowell Mountain Music Festival, 3/22/13

    The Shins @ McDowell Mountain Music Festival at Margret T. Hance Park|3/22/13It's been 10 years since McDowell Mountain Music fest got started, and nine since Natalie Portman, as the prototypical "manic pixie dream girl" stated that The Shins would "change your life." In that time, McDowell Mountain ... More >>

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    January 11, 2012

    STRFKR and Painted Palms at Crescent Ballroom, 1/10/12

    Over the years, it's been hard to peg Portland solo project turned electro-pop trio Starfucker as any one thing. Known for wearing women's clothing during live performances, having song titles like "Biggie Smalls" and "Queen Latifah," and changing their band name more times than they've changed thei ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011

    Broken Bells, "The High Road"

    ​ Song: Broken Bells, "The High Road" Context: This song from the duo of Danger Mouse and Shins singer James Mercer goes with this week's cover story about local low-power station KWSS 106.7 FM. Broken Bells - The High Road by pcagx

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    February 18, 2011

    The Strokes, Angles: Worth the Wait

    'Angles' by The Strokes. Could this be the big comeback we've all been waiting for?​After listening to the Strokes' new single, "Under Cover of Darkness" when it dropped, I didn't set my hopes very high for the rest of the album.The single, which dropped a few days ago, was just ta little better t ... More >>

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    February 7, 2011

    5 Things We Could Expect to See From Meg White Now

    The White Stripes​ If you're anything like me, your first thought when you heard that the White Stripes were breaking up was this: "Sucks to be Meg White right now!"After all, it's not like Jack White has got anything to worry about. He's still got The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs, collaborations ... More >>

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    August 17, 2010

    Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin: Let It Sway

    August is now tantalizingly halfway over. What better way to celebrate than with the third album from Missouri indie/power poppers Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Let It Sway? The tide was high when SSLYBY hit the scene in 2005 with their independently-released debut Broom. The albu ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    Bonnaroo Video and Audio Footage

    The Avett Brothers at Bonnaroo. Photo by NPR.​If you dared to log on to Twitter this weekend, you undoubtedly saw the onslaught of not only massive amounts of Tweets on the start of the World Cup, but also on the Bonnaroo Festival that you were not at.There's nothing like a constant influx of inst ... More >>

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    December 17, 2009

    2010's Most Anticipated Albums

    2010 brings with it the hope of a new, much better decade chock full of impressive albums​Some of you may or may not have noticed that the 2000s, or aughts for the cool kids, was a pretty crappy decade. That sentiment is becoming more and more prevalent as we inch toward a brand new decade, and B ... More >>

  • Music

    March 22, 2007

    Modest Mouse

    We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

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    February 1, 2007

    The Shins

    Wincing the Night Away
    (Sub Pop)

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    July 21, 2005

    Fruit Bats

    Spelled in Bones
    (Sub Pop)

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    October 30, 2003

    The Shins

    Chutes Too Narrow (Sub Pop)

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    April 18, 2002

    Shin Music

    Indie quartet emerges from a decade of obscurity to find itself the great pop hope