The Shins to play Ommegang


James Mercer of The Shins

Indie pop-rock group The Shins will perform at Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown this summer, according to a recent announcement by Dan Smalls Presents.

Tickets for the Saturday, June 17 show go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. and cost $42.50 in advance or $47.00 the day of. As a special offer, Dan Smalls Presents is offering a digital download of the group's new album, "Heartworms," with every pair of tickets ordered, according to the concert promoter's website.

"Heartworms," The Shins' fifth album, was released last week via Aural Apothecary/Columbia Records. The record will be supported by a world tour, on which Mercer will be joined by Yuuki Matthews (bass), Jon Sortland (drums), Mark Watrous (guitar, keys, vocals), Casey Foubert (guitar) and Patti King (keys). Aside from Cooperstown, the band is stopping in France, Switzerland, Denmark and Germany, to name a few.

The Shins are a Grammy-nominated American band formed by James Mercer in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1996. After a few years of self-financed singles, demos and van tours, the band was signed by Sub Pop Records, which subsequently released its first three full length records.

Their debut full length, "Oh, Inverted World" caused a seismic shift in the indie rock world upon its release in 2001, single-handedly ushering in the modern era of the genre and selling nearly a million copies. Moved by the strength of "life-changing" songs like “New Slang”, “Know Your Onion” and “Caring is Creepy,” a generation of artists ditched the previous decade’s lo-fi aesthetic in favor of Oh, Inverted World’s emphasis on melody.

The group was featured heavily in the cult classic indie film "Garden State" with Natalie Portman and Zach Braff, most notably when Portman's character hands Braff her walkman in a hospital waiting room, with The Shins' "New Slang" playing.

"You gotta hear this one song," Portman's character charmingly insists. "It'll change your life, I swear."

The Shins released their sophomore record, Chutes Too Narrow in 2003. The album garnered near-perfect reviews from The New York Times, MOJO, Rolling Stone, and Q, among numerous others solidifying The Shins’ iconic standing. 

The band’s third LP in 2007, the epic "Wincing The Night Away," debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200, moving more than 100,000 copies in its first week of release. The Shins saw their Saturday Night Live debut and a second GRAMMY nomination, once again reaffirming their stature as one of the most significant acts of the new millennium. 

The fourth Shins album, "Port of Morrow," was released in 2012 on James Mercer’s own Aural Apothecary label in partnership with Columbia Records. Preceded by “Simple Song,” the highest-charting Shins single to date, Port of Morrow debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 and was met with rave reviews: Entertainment Weekly declared it “the band’s best album in almost a decade” and Pitchfork described it as a “triumphant return.”

You don't want to miss this concert. As a generation of Shins fans would probably agree, it might change your life.

Other Ommegang Brewery shows this summer:

Friday, May 26: Cake

Sunday, May 28: Old Crow Medicine Show

Friday, June 2: The Avett Brothers

Friday, June 9: Ween

Saturday, June 17: The Shins

Wednesday, June 21: Elvis Costello & The Imposters

Saturday, July 29: Glass Animals with Little Dragon