Lately, The Shins have been steadily climbing my list of favorite artists. They have such a catchy, light, clean sound. It's happy and cheerful while being calm and soothing. Does it get any better than that?
The Shins started in 1996 as a side project for the lead singer, James Mercer. However, the first album was so popular that it became necessary to form a full band. Over the years their popularity has continued to grow, especially after their work on the soundtrack of Garden State.
Interesting tidbit: In 2008, The Shins' song Past and Pending was played at Heath Ledger's funeral.
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