Tickets On Sale Friday, April 14 at 10am Local Time
Hot off the back to back release of two of the most acclaimed albums of the year—The Shins’ Heartworms (Aural Apothecary/Columbia Records) and Spoon’s Hot Thoughts (Matador)—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.
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: 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.” 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: Rolling Stone awarding it a 4-star rating, New York magazine hailing Spoon as “incapable of releasing a bad record” and Entertainment Weekly agreeing the band “couldn’t make a bad record if they tried,” while The Ringer cited “a case to be made for Spoon being the greatest rock band of the 21st century.” 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 “fascinating” (Stereogum) “scorcher” (Vulture) of a title track captures Spoon in all its raw power and glory. See the “Hot Thoughts” video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrLVAQYfeZ4&feature=youtu.be. These four shows with The Shins are sure to be highlights of an ongoing world tour taking Hot Thoughts‘ “after-dark explorations undertaken in thrilling ways” (Time Magazine) to all corners of the globe, as the new album has achieved the highest chart positions of the band’s 20+ year career in the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Portugal, Austria and Switzerland.