Garden State soundtrack’s success, The Shins’ following has stayed loyal despite front man James Mercer’s disbanding the group in 2012 and re-forming with all new members four years later. Upheavals aside, this year’s Heart Worms feels like a return to form for the singer and songwriter who has long been the brains behind the curtain.
The Grammy-nominated indie-pop faves return for what will undoubtedly be a rousing yet long overdue show. After an anticlimactic FPSF that culminated in their set’s cancellation because of severe weather, The Shins owe Houston fans at least a set and a half and one solid encore. Their live shows are intimate affairs without the self-conscious, trite parade of pain for art’s sake that is too often center stage at dream-alt shows. While most fans may have come on board after the