The Shins are one of the most iconic American Indie bands of the 2000's, known for their classic brand of college rock. Their most recent album, Port of Morrow, was released in 2012, and the first single, titled "Simple Song," was featured in the 2013 season finale of the hit TV show How I Met Your Mother. The Shins treat ticket holders to concerts that brim with alternative and folk rock craftsmanship. In classic indie-rock style, The Shins’ stage sets are minimal, and the focus in is on the clever, introverted lyrics and dream-pop arrangements.
Formed in 1996 by singer-songwriter James Mercer, the band's deft lyrics and jangly pop sound are reminiscent of early R.E.M. The Shins' 2001 album Oh, Inverted World became one of the definitive indie albums of the early 2000s, and the single, “New Slang,” which played a prominent role in the film Garden State, helped the band achieve mainstream success. In a list compiled by Pitchfork of the best songs from 2000-2009, “New Slang” came in at No. 62. Their sophomore release, Chutes Too Narrow was named by Rolling Stone as one of the best albums of 2003. Following up was their third album in 2008, Wincing the Night Away, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album. Throughout the band's four albums and nonstop tours, The Shins have explored new genres and different song structures. Multi-layered lyrics and high-production levels have been consistent features of the band and its concerts over the years, making The Shins a critically respected indie band throughout the entire music industry.