To play music for a long time, you have to surprise the people that love you—while also surprising yourself. Recorded in singer/guitarist James Mercer's basement studio, Phil Ek's Seattle digs, and in Oregon City with veteran producer Joe Chiccarelli (Beck, U2), Wincing the Night Away is The Shins' third full-length album. It's also the sound of a band growing up and out. Mercer's infectious, indelible melodic style is still at the core, and unfaltering. But anything can happen around it—and in this case, it does. While the vocals channel the spirit of Morrissey, "Sea Legs" pairs a loping hip-hop beat with lush melody and searing guitars. Elsewhere the band toys with tweaked-out, liquid piano steeped in kaleidoscopic strings ("Red Rabbits"); fractured synth samples ("Spilt Needles"); gauzy, arpeggiated keyboards cloaking thunderous anthems ("Sleeping Lessons"); and, taking cues from early Jesus and Mary Chain albums, sweeping, fuzz-toned epics ("Phantom Limb"). Finally, "Turn on Me," "Girl Sailor" and "Australia" are the lilting, thrilling, rollicking, rock-solid pop songs we've all come to covet from The Shins. Consider yourself surprised.

The Head and the Heart

Composed largely of transplants to the Seattle area, The Head and the Heart write and play songs that speak to the newness of a fresh start, of the ghosts left behind, of moving forward, all brimming with a soulfulness and hope for a better life than the one we've all been sold.

Stylistically, think a folksy Beatles or Crosby Stills Nash & Young with more instrumental force. Catchy piano melodies stand side by side with a tight trio of harmonies, and solid minimalist drums, groovin bass, and plenty of hand percussion and foot stomps make the live show inspiring and really goddamn fun.

"…the same distinctly Pacific Northwest mellow of regional progenitors like
Death Cab For Cutie and Elliott Smith." — The Onion
"…a bright and simple quality that's undeniably captivating." —WXPN's "World Café"
"Soaring, solid genius…their success is all but guaranteed." —Seattle Weekly
We Are The Tide, the sophomore album from Portland-based band Blind Pilot, will be
released September 13. The album follows the band's grassroots debut, 3 Rounds and a
Sound, which has garnered them critical attention on NPR, which included them in their
"Best Music of 2008" roundup, stating, "a roots-pop duo which bathes its terrific songs in
ingratiating harmonies and understated instrumentation. The result…is endlessly engaging:
There's not a dud on 3 Rounds and a Sound, and a ludicrous abundance of replay-worthy
ringers." Moreover, the album also received praise from USA Today, the Boston Globe, the
New York Post and the Philadelphia Inquirer, which called the music "…a rustic reverie."
Blind Pilot began in 2007 when Israel Nebeker (vocals, guitar) and Ryan Dobrowski (drums)
embarked on a West Coast bicycle tour playing mostly to unfamiliar listeners at small-town
venues. The band now exists as a 6-piece ensemble featuring fellow Oregonians Luke Ydstie
(upright bass, backing vocals), Kati Claborn (banjo, dulcimer, backing vocals), Ian Krist
(vibraphones) and Dave Jorgensen (keyboards, trumpet). In the years since it's inception, the
band has toured with various world-renowned musicians and have appeared at the Sasquatch!
Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and the Outside Lands Music & Arts

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The Shins with The Head and the Heart, Blind Pilot

Friday, May 25 · Doors 5:00 PM / Show 6:00 PM at Les Schwab Amphitheater