James Mercer on nostalgia, old Portland and how Broken Bells saved the Shins.
James Mercer is part of two very distinct—and very
popular—bands: the Shins and Broken Bells. The Portland resident and
father of three took the indie world by surprise with the former back
Secret(ish) show alert: Natalie Portman's favorite band the Shins has apparently created a new book in collaboration with Alberta Street bookstore/gallery Ampersand. According to Ampersand's mailing list, the band will be signing copies and playing a live set in store tonight. That is one tiny room, so expect things to get squishy.Details: Ampersand, 2916 NE Alberta St. Signing at 6 pm, music at 8 ...
[VOX HUMANA] I don’t envy any new artist trying to get
themselves noticed these days. Unless they’re packing some major-label
heat, the only way to crack the full-to-bursting head and hard-dri