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The Shins Performing Oh, Inverted World in Full on 21st Birthday Tour

Celebratory outing kicks off July 12 in San Francisco
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The Shins will celebrate the impending 21st birthday of their game-changing Sub Pop debut album, Oh, Inverted World, by playing it in full on a tour that will begin July 12 in San Francisco. These will be the James Mercer-led band’s first live shows in nearly five years and come on the heels of last year’s remastered reissue of the album, which in its original form essentially kick-started the glory days of early 2000s indie rock.

“This record gave me the life that I never really dreamed I would have,” Mercer said last year of Oh, Inverted World, which comes of age on June 19. “It opened me up to the whole world and gave me validation. It’s also something that stands as a bit of a pinnacle for our band. You release that first record and it’s so well embraced, but you’re always trying to get that magic back, I think.”

Beyond revisiting Oh, Inverted World from front to back, The Shins will also offer up “a nightly rotation of additional fan favorites and deep cuts” at the upcoming shows, which run through Sept. 16 in Portland, Ore and will feature support from Joseph. The tour will visit The Shins’ one-time Albuquerque home base on Aug. 4, and will also play storied venues such as Red Rocks outside Denver, the Ryman in Nashville and New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

Tickets go on sale May 20, but fans can now register for a pre-sale here. A short, tasty video celebrating the milestone can also be seen here.

The Shins released a new single, “The Great Divide,” in September 2020, but have not put out an album since 2017’s Heartworms.

The Shins’ Oh, Inverted World — The 21st Birthday Tour dates:

July 12: San Francisco (The Warfield)
Jule 15: Sacramento, Calif. (Memorial Auditorium)
July 16: Saratoga, Calif. (Mountain Winery)
July 22: Las Vegas (The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas)
July 23: San Diego (Civic Theatre)
July 24: Phoenix (Marquee Theatre)
July 26: Morrison, Colo. (Red Rocks)
July 27: Kansas City, Mo. (Arrest Bank Theatre at The Midland)
July 29: Austin (ACL Live at Moody Theater)
Aug. 1: Houston (White Oak Music Hall)
Aug. 2: Dallas (The Factory in Deep Ellum)
Aug. 4: Albuquerque, N.M. (Kiva Auditorium)
Aug. 6: Ogden, Utah (Ogden Twilight)
Aug. 16: Atlanta (The Eastern)
Aug. 17: Nashville (Ryman Auditorium)
Aug. 19: Washington, D.C. (The Anthem)
Aug. 20: Richmond, Va. (The National)
Aug. 23: New York (Radio City Music Hall)
Aug. 26: Philadelphia (Skyline Stage at the Mann)
Aug. 27: Boston (Roadrunner)
Aug. 29: Montreal (L’Olympia)
Aug. 30: Toronto (Massey Hall)
Aug. 31: Detroit (Masonic Cathedral Theatre)
Sept. 2: Cleveland (The Agora)
Sept. 3: Pittsburgh (Stage AE)
Sept. 4: Columbus, Oh. (KEMBA Live!)
Sept. 6: St. Louis (The Factory)
Sept. 8: Chicago (Chicago Theatre)
Sept. 10: Minneapolis (Orpheum Theatre)
Sept. 13: Seattle (Paramount Theatre)
Sept. 14: Vancouver (Queen Elizabeth Theatre)
Sept. 16: Portland, Ore. (Pioneer Courthouse Square)