March 10th — Los Angeles — El Rey Theatre

March 14th — New York — Bowery Ballroom

March 15th — Brooklyn — Music Hall of Williamsburg 


After generating yet another wave of critical acclaim with the release of “instant classic” (ELLE) “slice of warm and wistful folk-pop” (PASTE) third single “Mildenhall”, The Shins have unleashed a fourth advance track from Heartworms: “Painting A Hole”. Textured with spiraling vocals and a body-swaying rhythm, “Painting A Hole” employs James Mercer’s singular lyrical voice to examine the way our society perpetuates beliefs that rarely reflect our everyday reality (“You’re painting a hole/Can you crawl up inside it?”). 


James on the message behind the song:

“People create beliefs or inherit them and those beliefs very rarely reflect the reality we live in every day. Like a coyote in a cartoon, painting a hole in the side of a cliff then falling through it, I think these belief systems are just about as ridiculous as that.”


“Painting A Hole” is available as an instant grat, but head over to to stream it now.


In addition to the dates already announced in support of Heartworms, The Shins have confirmed three exclusive, intimate shows to celebrate the album’s release: March 10th (release day) at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, March 14th at Bowery Ballroom in New York and March 15th at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. 


Fans will have an opportunity to get their tickets to these performances by entering a special lottery—details will be emailed to those who have signed up via Randomly selected entrants will receive a unique code allowing them to purchase two tickets on March 7th at 12pm local time.


Don’t forget—Soundcheck Party tickets are available for select dates (marked below). One $125 Soundcheck Party ticket includes: admission to an exclusive soundcheck performance, individual photo with the band, a limited edition exclusive Shins poster signed by James Mercer, a canvas Shins tote bag, and early entry into the venue. Tickets to the show are NOT included.


For more information, visit and stay tuned to the band’s TwitterFacebook and Instagram.



New dates in bold

(Soundcheck Party tickets only available for dates marked with #)


March 2 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theatre #

March 3 – Phoenix, AZ – McDowell Mountain Music Festival

March 4 – Pomona, CA – Fox Theater #

March 6 – San Diego,CA – Observatory North Park #

March 7 – San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park #

March 10 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre 

March 14 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom 

March 15 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg 

March 25 – Glasgow, UK – 6 Music Festival @ O2 Academy
March 28
 – Paris, FR – Le Trianon #

March 29 – London, UK – Apollo Hammersmith #

March 30 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso #

March 31– Zurich, SUI – M4Music Festival

April 20 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz

April 21– Nashville, TN – Vanderbilt University; Rites of Spring

April 22-23 – North Charleston, SC – High Water Festival

May 12-14 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Music Festival

May 26-28 – George, WA – Sasquatch Music Festival

June 2-3 – Cincinnati, OH – Bunbury Music Festival

June 3-4– Houston, TX – Free Press Summer Festival

June 15 – Brooklyn, NY – Prospect Park Bandshell

June 15-18 – Dover, DE – Firefly Music Festival

July 28-30 – Oro-Medonte, ON – Wayhome Music & Arts Festival

August 4-6 – Montreal, QC – Osheaga




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