Thursday News Roundup

James Mercer of The Shins / photo by Doron Gild

  • After a foray into multiple side projects, Portland indie rocker James Mercer has re-formed The Shins under a new lineup. They are currently in the middle of a small summer/fall tour that doesn’t come through Seattle, but had them playing three dates in Oregon, the last of which was a show at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland on August 10th. The new incarnation of The Shins will release an album sometime next year on Mercer’s own Aural Apocathery label, and might have treated fans in Bend, OR to a taste of what’s to come, playing this new song at the Domino Room (watch below). But that’s not it: during their show in Eugene they covered David Bowie’s “Ashes to Ashes” (watch here). Something tells me this won’t be on the new album though.

  • Lollapalooza wrapped up it’s 20th anniversary festival on Sunday. Check out this batch of artist Polaroids via Stereogum.
  • Mister Heavenly, the super-group featuring members of Man Man, Islands, and Modest Mouse, and who famously featured actor Michael Cera on bass during a west coast tour last fall, is releasing their debut album Out of Love August 16 on Sub Pop. A few weeks ago, their song “Pineapple Girl” was our Song of the Day, and now you can stream the entire album via Paste right here.
  • This might shock you, but Conan O’Brien is still on the air. His show on TBS hasn’t been getting great ratings, but Conan is still Conan. Here he is covering Radiohead’s “Creep” along with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros:

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