The Shins took the stage at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre on Saturday September 30th, in support of their fifth studio album, “Heartworms”, released earlier this year. The band played new material intermixed with classics, such as “Carrying Is Creepy”, and even wove through an epic 10-minute medley that book ended originals with a cover of Tom Petty’s, “American Girl”. Especially touching was the sea of phone lights that the audience displayed as a call for an encore. The Shins answered with a heartfelt, “New Slang”, among others. Opening the show was the ever-stellar Spoon, also in support of their ninth studio album, “Hot Thoughts”, released earlier this year. Spoon proved to be a force to be reckoned with. Careening through sonic textures and pure blistering rock n’ roll with equal glee. Spoon left the audience with a desire for an encore that was never received. The Greek Theatre audience reveled in the joyous rock n’ roll delivered by The Shins and Spoon on a perfect fall evening.

Photos by Anouk Nexus

Words Robley Lawson

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