TUE, AUG 8, 2006 at 11:24 AM

THE SHINS Oh, Inverted World CD (vinyl on Omnibus)

Hailing from Albuquerque, NM, The Shins sprung from the ashes of Flake/Flakemusic in 1997 (though those previous incarnations date back nearly a decade) – same members, different instruments, different approach. Counterpoint guitars have given way to a single guitar pitted against calculated keyboard passages; swarming indie rock machinations led to pop-based melodic endeavors (who knew?). The Shins recently completed national tours with Modest Mouse, 764-HERO and Califone and will be on the road through much of the summer and fall.

Posted by Harry Dean Hudson