This show couldn’t have been better. Beyond an experience which was certainly not just listening to the album tracks live, both people in the crowd and people working the show went out of their way to put me right by the stage so that I could see (I’m in a manual wheelchair). I waited a decade to see them, and I was perfectly content to simply be able to hear them live, so this was way above and beyond my expectations.
The show was incredible. The band played amazing. James' vocals were ON POINT. Far superior to the Shins show I saw a couple years ago. The Violins were a lovely addition as well. I do wish they played at least one more song though. Maybe something off "Port of Morrow," because it wasn't as well represented as the other albums. The show just felt a little short. Maybe I'm spoiled by bands with super long sets but I expected a bit more. A couple of the songs were really fast too. Much faster than the album. like... waaaay faster. "So Now What" kind of felt like it was on purpose. "The Rifle's Spiral" didn't feel like it was on purpose. It kept getting faster and faster. Still these are super minor critiques. The Shins are my favorite band and I would go again tonight if I could.
Great show! James and the band seemed like they were having fun, and hearing songs from all their albums was great. I'm OFFICIALLY STATING HERE THE FOLLOWING IDEA: 1-day, all 5 albums performed in order. 1 hour playing 1 hour break, 1 hour playing, 1 hour break, etc... start at noon. End at 10pm. $100-$150 Portland Oregon, Albuquerque New Mexico, and the 10 other cities that have the largest amount of The Shins fans. With projected animation and art from their videos and album artist. Share with James & the band. I'll help. :)