Posts Tagged ‘The Shins’

[Review] Memorial Day weekend at Les Schwab Amphitheater: The Shins, Tenacious D and Beck

Friday, June 1st, 2012

One of the best things about my job is being surprised by an artist and/or a show.

And by that measure alone, Memorial Day weekend at Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater was a success. Two of the three nights of concerts — Tenacious D and The Sights on Saturday, and Beck and Metric on Sunday — were, to me, somewhere in the neighborhood of shockingly good. The third — The Shins, The Head and The Heart and Blind Pilot on Friday — was exactly what I expected it to be.


[Photos] The Shins + The Head and The Heart at Les Schwab Amphitheater

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

If you’re even looking at Frequency, chances are you know that the Bend Summer Concerts series kicks off this weekend at Les Schwab Amphitheater with shows by The Shins on Friday night, Tenacious D on Saturday and Beck Sunday.

I’ll be posting a bunch of photos of all three here. First up: The Shins, plus opener The Head and The Heart and part of the more than 5,200 people who showed up for the concert.

One of The Bulletin’s photographers, Joe Kline, was on hand to document the evening, and he got a ton of great shots, which you can check out below. Be sure to scroll all the way through — there’s a very sweet little photo and caption near the end!

(Other photos from Memorial Day weekend ’12 at the Schwab: Tenacious D // Beck)

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Summer at the Schwab Ticket Giveaway #4: The Shins

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Yes, there’s a contest to win two tickets to see Beck in Bend going on as we speak.

But why give away two tickets when you can give away four?

Today, I need to get rid of two tickets to see indie-pop-rock powerhouse The Shins on May 25 at Les Schwab Amphitheater, along with an outstanding pair of openers: Blind Pilot and The Head and the Heart.

Want ’em? Simple: Just leave a comment on this blog post telling me how The Shins have changed your life. (Don’t get it? Watch this.)

Now, you can, of course, relay a true story of how The Shins have changed your life, if indeed they have. But if they haven’t, you should definitely make something up. Maybe the band’s music was playing when you decided to propose to your spouse. Or a particularly vigorous performance of “Know Your Onion!” inspired you to ditch your job as a bloodthirsty bounty hunter and instead become a chef.

Perhaps James Mercer dumped you in high school and you have hated beards ever since. Or what about that time you were stepping out into the street and former Shins drummer Jesse Sandoval snagged your belt loop with his drumstick and pulled you back onto the sidewalk just as a bus whizzed past?

Whatever. Anything goes, and the funnier and/or more outlandish, the better. Just keep it clean; I can’t publish comments that contain dirty words or other inappropriate stuff.

Tell me about your life-altering Shins experience in the comments by Saturday at 5 p.m., and be sure to leave your real email address so I can contact the winner!

Oh, and does that sound like too much work? Well you can always buy tickets through the Les Schwab Amphitheater’s website.

(Photo courtesy Annie Beedy)

Summer at the Schwab Ticket Giveaway #1: Huey Lewis and the News

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Good afternoon, folks.

Over the next five Fridays, we’re going to give away five pairs of tickets to five different concerts happening this summer at Les Schwab Amphitheater. The schedule of these giveaways is as follows:

Friday: Huey Lewis and the News
April 20: Beck
April 27: The Shins
May 4: Norah Jones
May 11: Tenacious D

So today, we need to unload a couple tickets to see Huey Lewis and the News on Sept. 11, and we’re gonna keep it simple: All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and tell me your favorite Huey tune, or depending on your view of the man and his band, the Huey tune you hate the least. If you need a refresher course, here’s the News’ discography. Bonus points if you offer up a song I haven’t heard before, i.e. a non-hit. (Note: Not really. There is no point system, thus there are no bonus points. But still … feel free to come strong with the Huey knowledge.)

Be sure to leave your real email address so I can contact you if you win. I’ll pick someone on Friday at 2 p.m. and post a comment with the winner.

And hey, if you hate free tickets or don’t want to enter for some reason, remember you can buy tickets at the amphitheater’s website beginning Friday at 10 a.m.

The Shins, Beck to kick off Les Schwab Amphitheater’s concert season in May

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Remember yesterday when I said I’d parse the Sasquatch festival lineup for clues about who might play Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater on Memorial Day weekend?

Well, it may be too late for that.

Today, the amphitheater announced two concerts early in its 2012 season. The details:

The Shins
with Blind Pilot and The Head and The Heart

Friday, May 25
$35 plus fees in advance, $38 day of show
Tickets on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, special online presale Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Presale password: rivershow)

with Metric

Sunday, May 27
$41 plus fees in advance, $43 day of show
Tickets on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, special online presale Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Presale password: rivershow)

Tickets will be available via, and The Ticket Mill in the Old Mill District will be open Friday and Saturday and will offer a locals’ deal: The first 300 tickets purchased with cash will save on service charges.

This is terrific news for the amphitheater and the summer concert season as a whole. Now the question is: Will the Schwab be able to get someone for Saturday, May 26 and, if so, who? Based on the Sasquatch lineup, the reasonable guesses include Jack White, Bon Iver, Tenacious D and perhaps Pretty Lights.

The 11 best concerts of 2011 in Central Oregon

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Four things:

1) I saw a lot of live music in 2011, and below you’ll find reviews, videos and photos of my 11 favorite concerts of the year, plus links to more on each.

2) You’ll note, perhaps, that these happened at 11 different venues in Central Oregon. I thought that was cool.

3) Why 11? Because I couldn’t bear to cut any of them to get it down to 10!

4) As long as you’re here, be sure to click over to our Near/Far page and check out the rest of our coverage of 2011’s best music, including free, legal downloads of the year’s best songs!



Champagne Champagne. Photo by Ben.


This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Good stuff in the section this week. Read these, won’t you?

Rising Brazilian electro-pop star Luisa Maita.

My review of Tuesday’s show by The Shins.

The John Butler Trio at Clear Summer Nights.

The Devil Whale and The Parson Red Heads at McMenamins.

And an update on the Sisters Starry Nights organization, how they’re adjusting to the economy, and what they’ve got planned for this year (and tonight).

Elsewhere in the music section: Taarka, Mary Kadderly, Early Melodic Animals, Bex, Uncle Lucius, Brent Alan, Brad Tisdel.

[Video / Photos] The Shins at the Domino Room

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Pop-rock perfectionist James Mercer brought the latest incarnation of The Shins to Bend’s Domino Room Tuesday night as part of a three-night mini-tour that’s notable for two reasons. First, the venues are all Oregon clubs that are considerably cozier than the places the band normally plays. And second, these are the first full-band Shins shows in more than two years, and the first since Mercer replaced all of his longtime band mates and recorded an album with Danger Mouse under the name Broken Bells.

The Shins in Bend. Photo by Andy Tullis / The Bulletin.

A press release ahead of the show said the setlist would likely feature new material, but when all was said and done, Mercer and his band — Joe Plummer of Modest Mouse, former Crystal Skull Yuuki Matthews and singer-songwriters Richard Swift and Jessica Dobson — played only a couple new tunes and focused the bulk of the set on the best stuff from the first three Shins albums. Highlights included a scorching version of “So Says I” that seemed to loosen Mercer up after a skittish first half of the show, and a cacophonous take on “One By One All Day” to cap the night. On the other hand, Mercer has messed with “New Slang,” giving it a less fragile, keyboard-driven arrangement that sapped the song of some — not all, but some — of its charm and beauty. (Swift’s work on the keys was prominent all night.)

Jessica Dobson of The Shins. Photo by Andy Tullis / The Bulletin.

I’ll have more thoughts on the show in Friday’s GO! Magazine, as well as some musings on seeing this version of The Shins. (Spoiler alert: The band is certainly competent these days, but for anyone who saw them before all the personnel upheaval, it’s hard not to view the current lineup as something more like James Mercer & His Mercer-naries. Still, they sounded pretty great.)

For now, though, let’s indulge in some A/V treats. (Apologies for the sound quality on these. I need a better camera.)

First up, a new song that’s slow and sprawling in a laid back, classic rock sort of way, with lyrics that just might reflect Mercer’s feelings about the downsides of stardom and the turbulence of the past few years: “So many times caught up in my head at night with a leash and a label,” he sings at one point. “The way we used to carry on is stuck in my head like a terrible song,” at another. And here’s the second chorus:

“Taken for a fool. Yes I was, because I was a fool.
Following their rules, I guess I was a very honest tool.”

Here’s a cover of David Bowie’s “Ashes to Ashes.”

How ’bout some “New Slang” for your Wednesday morning?

If your ears can handle it, there are videos of “When I Goose-Step” and “Sea Legs” over at Frequency’s YouTube channel, too.

James Mercer of The Shins. Photo by Andy Tullis / The Bulletin.

Central Oregon’s Week of Awesome Music, Part 2: The Shins

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

This week features a ridiculous number of opportunities to catch quality live music in Central Oregon, so I’m highlighting some of the best options for each night. But remember, you can always find lots more at The Bulletin’s online event calendar.

Your best bet for this fine Tuesday evening is to see indie rock giants The Shins at the Domino Room. Why? Because it’s a rare opportunity to see a band that can draw thousands of people to an amphitheater performing in a relatively tiny club. And because main man James Mercer has dozens of awesome, toe-tapping pop-rock songs in his quiver, and hopefully he’ll play a few of ’em. But the pre-show word is that the band will be using this mini-tour of small venues to work out songs from the upcoming, long-awaited fourth Shins album, so I guess we’ll see what happens.

Oh, and here’s some actual news we hadn’t reported before: The excellent, Portland-based indie pop band Hosannas will open tonight.

Oh, and if you don’t already have your ticket, you’re out of luck. The show has sold out. If you’d like, read my story on the band here.

Coming tomorrow: Dierks Bentley …