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New Shins album due next year, tour starts next week

Shins fans can be forgiven for thinking that James Mercer would never make another record under the moniker ever again. But a new Shins record—the first since 2007’s Wincing The Night Awayis indeed in the works, and will be released next year on Mercer’s Aural Apothecary label, with an assist from Columbia Records. The Shins these days is essentially a Mercer solo project, with all original members replaced by hired guns. But recording under the old name presumably means that Mercer’s new music falls in line with his old sound.

Fans can find out for themselves by catching the band on its upcoming tour. Dates below:

08/08/11 - Eugene, OR - W.O.W. Hall

08/09/11 - Bend, OR - The Domino Room

08/10/11 - Portland - The Doug Fir Lounge

08/12/11 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Festival

09/22/11 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre

09/23/11 - Philadelphia, PA - Popped! Festival

09/24/11 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club

10/15/11 - Pensacola, FL - DeLuna Festival

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