The Shins announce 21st Birthday Tour

Tickets on sale May 20th

The Shins are bringing their classic 2001 debut album Oh, Inverted World to life in its entirety with a 21st Birthday Tour this summer. Beginning on July 12th in San Francisco, the band will embark on a two month tour of North America performing the landmark album from start to finish — plus a nightly rotation of additional fan favorites and deep cuts. The group will celebrate 21 years since its arrival on June 19, 2001.

“Everything was so tongue-in-cheek in the indie world of the ’90s,” Mercer says today. “I remember feeling a longing for some sort of romance in music again, something earnest, like a real attempt at some emotional language.”

Reissued last year in a 20th anniversary edition remastered by Bob Ludwig, Oh, Inverted World is one of those rare masterworks that remains as concise as it is vital, with not an iota of filler.

“This record symbolized a very special moment in my life, a watershed moment for sure,” Mercer shares.

The group’s debut full length caused a seismic shift in the indie rock world upon its release in 2001, singlehandedly ushering in the modern era of the genre. The record packs 11 tracks into barely over 30 minutes, including gems like “New Slang,” “Caring Is Creepy,” “Girl Inform Me.”

With support from Portland sister trio Joseph, the tour will make stops at iconic venues like Red Rocks, Radio City Music Hall and the Ryman Auditorium, ending at Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square on September 16th. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 20th at 10 am local time via Ticketmaster.

Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets in most markets beginning on Tuesday, May 17th at noon local time until Thursday, May 19th at 10 pm local time through Citi Entertainment.

The Shins Oh, Inverted World – The 21st Birthday Tour Dates:

July 12 – San Francisco @ The Warfield
July 15 – Sacramento, CA @ Memorial Auditorium
July 16 – Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery*
July 22 – Las Vegas @ The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
July 23 – San Diego @ San Diego Civic Theatre
July 24 – Phoenix @ Marquee Theatre
July 26 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 27 – Kansas City @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
July 29 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater
Aug 1 – Houston @ White Oak Music Hall
Aug 2 – Dallas @ The Factory in Deep Ellum
Aug 4 – Albuquerque, NM @ Kiva Auditorium
Aug 6 – Ogden, UT @ Ogden Twilight at the Ogden Amphitheater
Aug 16 – Atlanta @ The Eastern
Aug 17 – Nashville @ Ryman Auditorium
Aug 19 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
Aug 20 – Richmond, VA @ The National
Aug 23 – New York City @ Radio City Music Hall
Aug 26 – Philadelphia @ Skyline Stage at the Mann
Aug 27 – Boston @ Roadrunner
Aug 29 – Montreal, QC @ L’Olympia
Aug 30 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
Aug 31 – Detroit @ Masonic Cathedral Theatre
Sept 2 – Cleveland @ The Agora
Sept 3 – Pittsburgh @ Stage AE
Sept 4 – Columbus, OH @ KEMBA Live!
Sept 6 – St. Louis @ The Factory
Sept 8 – Chicago @ Chicago Theatre
Sept 10 – Minneapolis @ Orpheum Theatre
Sept 13 – Seattle @ Paramount Theatre
Sept 14 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Sept 16 – Portland, OR @ Pioneer Courthouse Square

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