In the mid-'90s, the Albuquerque indie rock band Flake Music morphed into the Shins, led by vocalist and guitarist James Mercer. Upon the release of 2001's Oh, Inverted World, the group's amiable, '60s-influenced power pop caused a landslide of critical acclaim. Subsequent touring further raised the Shins' profile, and their eagerly awaited sophomore album, Chutes Too Narrow, revealed another set of clever and quirky material. A prominent spot in Zach Braff's 2004 indie film sensation Garden State mainstreamed the band's fanbase and the third Shins record, 2007's Wincing the Night Away, debuted in the Top Ten without sacrificing critical raves. Mercer was already branching out, working with producer and multi-instrumentalist Danger Mouse as Broken Bells, which released two albums and an EP during the 2010s even as the Shins periodically ...
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