The Shins is a multiple GRAMMY-nominated American band formed by James Mercer in Albuquerque, N.M. in 1996. The band’s debut full length, Oh, Inverted World, ushered in a new era indie rock on the strength of songs like “New Slang”, “Know Your Onion” and “Caring is Creepy.”
The Shins released its sophomore record, Chutes Too Narrow, in 2003, which garnered near-perfect reviews from The New York Times, MOJO, Rolling Stone, and Q, while the band’s third LP, 2007’s epic Wincing The Night Away, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200. The most recent Shins album, Port of Morrow, was released in 2012 on James Mercer’s own Aural Apothecary label in partnership with Columbia Records, and debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200.
Now residing in Portland, Ore., Mercer recently finished recording the band's first studio album in five years, Heartworms, released March 10 via Aural Apothecary/Columbia Records. The record is being supported by a world tour on which Mercer is joined by Yuuki Matthews (bass), Jon Sortland (drums), Mark Watrous (guitar, keys, vocals), Casey Foubert (guitar) and Patti King (keys).
To hear Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman tell it, their Portland, OR-based band PURE BATHING CULTURE has always evolved naturally and at a steady pace. The roots of PBC stretch back to 1999, when Versprille and Hindman befriended one another on the first day of freshman orientation at William Patterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. A decade later, they became bandmates when they both joined Vetiver for their Sub-Pop albums Tight Knit and The Errant Charm. It was while playing in Vetiver that Pure Bathing Culture emerged as its own entity.
Their second studio album Pray for Rain is the sound of Pure Bathing Culture transforming from who they were to who they will be, of finding their way, ready to take steps both small and momentous on their musical path.