By: Staff –
Hot off the back to back release of two of the most acclaimed albums of the year—The Shins’ Heartworms and Spoon’s Hot Thoughts — two pioneering acts whose singular styles defined the sounds of the early aughts and mid-90s respectively will join forces for four once-in-a-lifetime dates.
The Shins and Spoon bill will hit the following cities on the following dates:
Sept. 30 – Berkeley CA – Greek Theater
Oct. 1 – San Diego CA – Cal Coast Credit Union (OAT)
Oct. 3 – Phoenix AZ – Comerica Theater
Oct. 5 – Denver CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater
Tickets will be on sale to the public beginning Friday, April 14 at 10am local time.
Produced by James Mercer, The Shins’ fifth album, Heartworms, was released March 10 to a wave of critical acclaim. And Mercer and crew celebrated the release of Heartworms by launching a competition to win the band’s original touring vehicle, the same sweet 1990 Ford 350 Clubwagon in which they gave Stephen Colbert a ride during their week of release Late Show appearance. To date, 100+ aspiring artists have entered #ShinsVanContest, each submitting a cover version of one of Heartworms’ instant classics. To enter, visit theshins.com/van and submit a video of you or your band covering a track from Heartworms using the hashtag #ShinsVanContest.
Spoon’s ninth album and fourth in a row to crack the U.S. Top 10, Hot Thoughts, landed the following week to yet another cavalcade of critical ecstasy. Spoon commemorated Hot Thoughts’ release week with a trio of shows in their hometown of Austin TX that were the talk of this year’s SXSW festival. The band managed to sneak a film crew past the fire marshalls fighting back the droves at the jam packed SXSW gigs, and the resultant video for the album’s title track captures Spoon in all its raw power and glory. See the “Hot Thoughts” video here.