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Friday Feature: Broken Bells

Broken Bells, the American indie rock band is playing at The Vic Theatre on Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Chicago. The duo is composed of artist-producer Brian Burton (better known as Danger Mouse) and James Mercer, the lead vocalist and guitarist for the indie rock band The Shins. But fear not, they tour as a full band and I first fell in love with their sound with the release of their first self-titled album in 2010. Here is the song that caught my ear, “The High Road”.

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Broken Bells first album
source: Pinterest

After the Disco, their sophomore album, was released on February 4th, 2014. This new song, “Holding on for Life” has such a great alternative/disco sound, reminiscent of the Bee Gees. Good stuff!

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Broken Bells: After The Disco
source: Pinterest

Seriously, even if you can’t make the concert check these amazing musicians out. Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) has been associated with Beck, The Black Keys, Cee Lo Green, Gnarls Barkley, Gorillaz and Jack White to name a few. And then there is James Mercer from The Shins, who is one of my faves. You can’t go wrong with these two talented artists.

Okay, even though this is a post about Broken Bells I can’t say enough about The Shins or James Mercer…I just love him them!! And why does it sound like he is British when he sings? Sigh. Here is a stripped down version of “Phantom Limb” from The Shins’ 2007 album Wincing the Night Away.

One more, I promise. This is the beautifully written “Simple Song” from their last studio album, Port of Morrow (2012). Even though the tour is for Broken Bells, maybe they will delight concert-goers with a few songs by The Shins.

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