Posts Tagged ‘The Shins’

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Ridiculous amount of live music in Central Oregon this week. No no no … make that … RIDONKULOUS. (I just made that word up. If you think you have heard it before that was probably a dream.)

Anyway, here goes:

REO Speedwagon (tonight) and Joan Jett (Saturday) play the Deschutes County Fair.

Click each of these to read all about ’em and get the details on the show:
Dierks Bentley twangs up Les Schwab Amphitheater
The Shins go cozy at the Domino Room
Rising queen of blues Shemekia Copeland wraps up Munch & Music
Rising queen of roots-rock Eilen Jewell’s plays Sisters Art Works
Seattle-based symphonic-pop trio The Thoughts will mellow out The Horned Hand
Local DJ/producer Brad Jones celebrates his first CD under the name KEEZ

Not enough, right? Right! Elsewhere in the music section: OK Sweetheart at Madhappy, Euforquestra at McMenamins, Jelly Bread at Silver Moon, John Shipe Trio at McMenamins, David Jacobs-Strain at Angeline’s and the Sagebrush Rock Festival in Christmas Valley.

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

Monday, August 1st, 2011

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.)


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.