In case you didn't see yesterday's tweet-nouncement, here's some news for you: Portland-by-way-of-Albuquerque's monsters of thoughtful indie rock, The Shins, will play the Ryman Auditorium on Sunday, Oct. 7. That means that if you primarily bought Bonnaroo tickets just so you could see The Shins in their Sunday slot at Which Stage ... well then you're insane, and also it was all for not.
Now, before you misread me as a non-digger of The Shins, hear this: Despite their early overexposure at the hands of Zach Braff — and bless their hearts, has anything been written about The Shins since 2004 that doesn't mention Braff's cinematic love letter to himself? — I've enjoyed all four LPs that James Mercer & Co. have released. Plus, they added songwriter/producer Richard Swift to their ranks last year, and that guy is awesome. In fact, he had a hand in the production of local songstress Jessie Baylin's stellar Little Spark, and Baylin then of course appeared with The Shins on SNL. But I imagine that, if you're still reading (or at least skimming through this biz), here's the bits you want to know about: