The Shins have announced new tour dates today, extending what is already a huge worldwide tour in support of their fantastic fifth studio album, Heartworms. The additional dates include The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on September 29 with special guests Foxygen and Day Wave, plus Reno’s Grand Sierra Resort and Casino on October 7 with special guest Day Wave, and The Anthem in Washington, DC on November 2 with special guest Baio. Tickets for the three shows go on sale this Friday, July 14 at 10am local time. See below for all tour dates, including summer festival stops at Lollapalooza and Osheaga, as well as a November run with support from Baio.

The Shins recently announced the winner of a contest to win their first-ever van. After weeks of fierce competition, Michigan-based trio Mertle’s cover of “Painting A Hole” beat out hundreds of submissions to win the grand prize. The Shins have invited Mertle to open for them tomorrow, July 11 in Niagara Falls as well as July 27 in Grand Rapids. Watch Mertle’s excitement as James Mercer pays them a surprise visit at their home in Eaton Rapids, Michigan to personally deliver the newly refurbished 1990 Ford 350 Clubwagon HERE!

Produced by James Mercer, The Shins’ fifth album, Heartworms, was released March 10 to a wave of acclaim: Entertainment Weekly called Heartworms the “band’s boldest album yet” and “a rewarding and singular addition to the Shins’ catalog,” Rolling Stone lauded its “home-brewed feel, heavy on Beach Boys grandeur, New Wave kicks, squiggly synth-pop and warm-weather soft rock – with lyrics tenderly balanced between midlife malaise and youthful romanticism. The result is some of the most charming music he’s ever made,” while Time magazine opined “Heartworms works on a grander scale, with ornate sonic tableaux.”

Heartworms is available everywhere now via Aural Apothecary/Columbia Records.

The Shins On Tour:
7/11                 Niagara Falls, NY                    Rapid Theatre
7/12                 Ottawa, ON                             Ottawa Blues Fest
7/27                 Grand Rapids, MI                   Meijer Gardens Amphitheater
7/28                 Oro-Medonte, ON                   Wayhome Music & Arts Festival
7/29                 Cleveland, OH                        Agora Theatre
7/30                 Burlington, VT                         Lake Champlain Maritime Festival
8/1                   Pittsburgh, PA                         Stage AE (Indoor)
8/2                   Boston, MA                             House of Blues
8/4                   Montreal, QC                          Osheaga
8/6                   Chicago, IL                              Lollapalooza
8/10                 Gothenburg, SE                      Way Out West
8/11                 Oslo, NO                                 Oya Festival
8/13                 Copenhagen, DK                    Vega
8/14                 Hamburg, DE                          Grosse Freiheit
8/15                 Berlin, DE                                Huxley’s
8/16                 Cologne, DE                           Live Music Hall
8/18                 Kiewit-Hasselt, BE                  Pukkelpop
8/19                 Biddinghuizen, NL                   Lowlands Festival
8/20                 Wales, UK                               Green Man Festival
8/22                 Manchester, UK                      Academy
8/23                 Nottingham, UK                      Rock City
8/25                 Boulogne-Billancourt, FR        Rock En Seine
8/27                 Turin, IT                                   Todays Festival
9/23                 Redmond, WA                         King County’s Marymoor Park
9/24                 Spokane, WA                          Knitting Factory Concert House
9/25                 Eugene, OR                            McDonald Theatre
9/26                 Bend, OR                                The Athletic Club of Bend
9/28                 Paso Robles, CA                    Vina Robles Amphitheatre
9/29                 Los Angeles, CA                   The Greek Theatre
9/30                 Berkeley, CA                          Greek Theater
10/1                 San Diego, CA                      Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater
10/3                 Phoenix, AZ                            Comerica Theater
10/4                 Santa Fe, NM                         Santa Fe Opera
10/5                 Morrison, CO                          Red Rocks Amphitheater
10/7                 Reno, NV                                Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
11/2                 Washington, DC                    The Anthem *
11/3                 Brooklyn, NY                          Kings Theatre *
11/4                 Philadelphia, PA                     The Fillmore *
11/7                 Detroit, MI                               The Fillmore Detroit *
11/8                 Columbus, OH                        Express Live! Indoor Pavilion *
11/10-12          McDade, TX                           Sound on Sound Music Festival
11/14               New Orleans, LA                    Civic Theatre *
11/15               Nashville, TN                          Ryman Auditorium *
11/16               Charlotte, NC                          The Fillmore Charlotte *
11/17               Atlanta, GA                             Coca Cola Roxy Theatre *
11/19               Ciudad de Mexico, MX           Corona Capital

New dates in BOLD
* Baio supporting

About RJ Frometa

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