The Shins / The Rapture / Beans / Broadcast Oblivion


The Shins might just be the most universally liked indie rock band since Pavement. The Albuquerque (NM) band's second record -- "Chutes Too Narrow" (Sub Pop) -- surprised everybody by being as good (if not better) than 2001's "Oh, Inverted World." The band's unassuming rock can be deceptively simple, weaving elements of Brit-pop, chamber pop and Americana into lyrically challenging folk ditties. Openers The Rapture could rightfully be called the kings of New York's post-punk revival, and Beans (a member of Antipop Consortium) offers one of the most twisted takes on hip-hop this side of Outkast.


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