Broken Bells is what I imagine the Shins would have ended up sounding like had James Mercer not completely dismantled the band a couple years back. Instead, he decided to make it work with Gnarls Barkley's jack-of-all-trades Danger Mouse, who leaves his mark all over the group's debut while still allowing space for Mercer's indie rock leanings to come through. Essentially, listeners got exactly what they expected from the two collaborators, which at times sounds like Wincing the Night Away meets Gorillaz. If you already have your ticket for the group's sold-out Portland show, you're stoked. If not, you'll just have to wait; who knows, the next time Mercer performs here it may be with his previous band. MARK LORE
1332 W Burnside, Portland, OR 97209
Hours: Doors usually open an hour before show time.