The Shins announce Oh, Inverted World anniversary tour

By Julia Weber, Features Editor

[Photo courtesy of David Ondrik]

The Shins recently announced an anniversary tour celebrating their widely popular Oh, Inverted World album.

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The tour, dubbed “The 21st Birthday Tour,” is lengthy, consisting of 29 total shows including performances in Cleveland and Columbus. Tickets for the tour officially go on sale on May 20, 2022.

“This summer Oh, Inverted World is finally old enough to party so we are taking it out on the road for The 21st Birthday Tour!” The band wrote in an Instagram post.

Oh, Inverted World served as The Shins’ formal debut as a group, though lead singer James Mercer had a number of side projects before The Shins came into existence. The album received increased attention after the track titled “New Slang” was used in the 2004 film Garden State.

Following the release of Oh, Inverted World, The Shins further built their discography with a number of albums including Chutes Too Narrow, Wincing the Night Away, Port of Morrow, Heartworms and its accompanying album The Worm’s Heart.

Pre-dating The Shins, James Mercer started Flake, later Flake Music, and the group released an album titled When You land Here, It’s Time to Return. The group eventually disbanded as The Shins rose in popularity, though their album was remixed and remastered in 2014.

James Mercer and producer Danger Mouse later formed Broken Bells which has since served as another side project of Mercer’s. The group released their debut self-titled album Broken Bells in 2010 followed by After the Disco in 2014, and, most recently, a single titled “Good Luck” in 2019.

To see a full list of The 21st Birthday Tour shows and to learn more about ticket availability, visit the band’s website here.

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