The Shins are playing Bend’s Domino Room on Aug. 9

Monday, August 1st, 2011, 11:43 am by Ben Salmon

Here’s some unbelievably cool news for your Monday morning: Indie-rock giants The Shins are playing Bend’s Domino Room on Aug. 9. They just announced the show via email.

You read that right. The Domino Room, capacity 500ish. (The band played to thousands at Les Schwab Amphitheater in 2007.)

James Mercer of The Shins

On Aug. 9, in eight days. (That’s soon.)

Wow.

Now all you have to do is get tickets! They’re available as we speak to members of the band’s fan club, and they should go on sale to the general public very soon Stay tuned to Frequency to find out where you can get ‘em.

Update: They’re on sale now for $25 (plus fees). There are links to purchase here and here.

Other details: It’s a 21+ show that starts at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. Needless to say, we’ll keep you up to date as more info appears.

The Bend date is part of a short “underplay” tour on the way to the band’s appearance at the Outside Lands festival, with shows in Eugene and Portland at venues that are much smaller than The Shins normally play. Underplay tours generally happen for a couple of reasons: to generate buzz and/or to allow a band to work out new songs or hone its live chops after a layoff.

All three seem like potential motivators for The Shins’ jaunt. The band has mostly disappeared since it finished touring behind its most recent album, 2007′s “Wincing the Night Away,” which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s album chart. Since then, frontman James Mercer replaced two of his longtime band mates, starred in a movie, and focused most of his attention on Broken Bells, a side project he shares with super-producer Danger Mouse (of Gnarls Barkley fame).

But with news trickling out of a new Shins album, perhaps Mercer thinks it’s time for the band to get its name back in the news by clocking a little on-stage time in a low-pressure environment. Whatever the reason, this is terrific news.

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