PICS: The Shins at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre

This band will change your life: The Shins taught SDSU's Open Air Theatre crowd 'new slang' on Sunday, Oct. 1.

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It was the band's second time through San Diego this year! The more the better if you ask us.
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An indie-rock group that hails originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, they got their start in 1996. They're now based in Portland, Oregon.
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The band's current lineup consists of vocalist/guitarist/songwriter James Mercer (pictured), drummer John Sortland, guitarist Mark Watrous, guitarist Casey Foubert, bassist Yuuki Matthews and keyboardist Patti King.
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The Shins were formed as Mercer's side project to his group Flake Music, which he played in from 1992 to 1999.
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While the group had received critical and commercial success in its early years thanks to their "Oh, Inverted World" and "Chutes Too Narrow" albums, things hit warped speed for them after Natalie Portman famously claimed "this band will change your life" while playing their song "New Slang" for Zach Braff's character in the 2004 film "Garden State."
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The Shins' third studio album, "Wincing the Night Away," capitalized on that attention and became a major success for the group -- peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and earning them a Grammy nomination.
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After signing to Columbia Records, Mercer parted ways with the entire original lineup and took a near-five-year hiatus. In 2012 though, Mercer and the newfangled band released "Port of Morrow." That was followed by "Heartworms," which was released earlier this year. (King pictured)
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During the Oct. 1 show (which Spoon opened -- see their photos, too, on SoundDiego.com), the Shins performed more than 16 songs. They started off with "Caring is Creepy," "Australia," "Kissing the Lipless," "Mine's Not a High Horse," "Cherry Hearts," "Gone For Good"...
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Followed by "Mildenhall," "Saint Simon," "Painting a Hole," "Half a Million," a medley of "Your Love," "Girl on the Wing" and "Turn a Square"...
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And then finally "Phantom Limb" and "Simple Song." They closed out a show with an encore consisting of "The Fear," "New Slang" and "Sleeping Lessons." Come back soon!
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