I've often been quoted as saying "I fucking hate
the Shins." Then I was forced to listen to their forthcoming album, Wincing the Night Away (don't tell Sup Pop)
, and I don't know if it's because the days are slowly getting brighter, but I suddenly don't hate the Shins. I'd even say they're slightly charming. Their singer and songwriter, James Mercer, plays a solo set tonight, which will probably include some Shins stuff, and it'll probably be great. It's all to benefit muscular dystrophy research
, and hate the Shins or not, that's something everyone can back. (Neumo's, 925 E Pike St, 709-9467. 8 pm, $25, 21+.