James Mercer

Broken Bells – “Shelter”

Shins frontman James Mercer has reunited with Danger Mouse on a new song called "Shelter" from their Broken Bells project. The release follows a number…
Rob Arcand / December 7, 2018

Watch Members Of R.E.M., Sleater-Kinney, & More Play Benefit For Scott McCaughey

Scott McCaughey, the frontman of the Minus 5 and longtime touring member of R.E.M., recently suffered a stroke while on tour with Alejandro Escovedo. And last night,…
Peter Helman, Stereogum / January 6, 2018

Watch The Shins’ James Mercer’s NPR Tiny Desk Concert

James Mercer from The Shins donned a knit hat in the summer and came by NPR's offices to do a Tiny Desk concert. Mercer performed a…
Winston Cook-Wilson / July 24, 2017

New Shins Album Coming in Early 2017, According to James Mercer

The Shins have finished recording their fifth studio album, according to frontman James Mercer in an interview with KBOO 90.7 in Portland. According to Mercer,…
Rachel Brodsky / August 15, 2016

Deep Sea Diver and the Shins’ James Mercer Bridge Worlds in ‘Creatures of Comfort’

On Deep Sea Diver’s latest single, "Creatures of Comfort," frontwoman Jessica Dobson howls, "Tearin’ us apart!" while simultaneously — and perhaps counterintuitively, given the refrain —…
Evan Siegel / January 20, 2016

Broken Bells’ Big Pink Thing Travels the World for ‘Leave It Alone’ Lyric Video

Just a day after Broken Bells released their second album, the excellent After the Disco, the duo keeps the hype-train a rollin' with a lyric…
Dan Reilly / February 5, 2014

Hear Broken Bells’ Disco-Polished ‘Holding on for Life’

James Mercer and Danger Mouse are once again collaborating as Broken Bells, and the duo have shared the first full track from their upcoming sophomore…
Kyle McGovern / November 4, 2013

James Mercer Torments His Crappy Kids in Shins’ ‘Simple Song’ Clip

If we can make any sweeping assumptions about Shins frontman James Mercer's personal life, he has concerns about his kids growing up to torment him.
Devon Maloney / February 21, 2012

Get the Shins’ Spring Tour Dates, Watch Their ‘September’ Lyric Video

Why should Shins fans come see the band on their freshly announced spring tour? "I [was] definitely thinking about the Shins fans [when making Port…
SPIN Staff / February 7, 2012

Broken Bells Map First Tour

After playing a bunch of shows at March's SXSW conference in Texas, Shins frontman James Mercer and production whiz Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton will take…
Peter Gaston / March 31, 2010

Spoon and Broken Bells Kick Off SXSW Day 1

It's Austin and it's Spoon.
Kevin Bronson / March 18, 2010

James Mercer: New Shins Record Next Year

Since 2008, Shins frontman James Mercer has been hard at work on Broken Bells, his experimental pop collabo with Danger Mouse -- but the indie…
Jenn Pelly / January 29, 2010

DOWNLOAD: Broken Bells’ Debut Single

After months of rumors and weeks of veiled hints, the mysterious collaboration between the Shins' James Mercer and uberproducer Danger Mouse is starting to see…
Steve Kandell / December 21, 2009

Hear New Broken Bells Music! Probably!

As the leader of the Shins, James Mercer kept his cryptic leanings relegated to his lyrics. But for Broken Bells, Mercer's collaboration with Danger Mouse,…
Steve Kandell / December 14, 2009

Sneak Peek: Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse, David Lynch’s ‘Dark Night’

Last month a mysterious poster arrived at the SPIN office advertising Dark Night of the Soul, a new album presented by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse,…
William Goodman / May 8, 2009