The Shins' Wincing the Night Away
is about to be released, and Natalie Portman's favorite life-changing rockers sound like they're ready to be catapulted from indie darlings to mainstream mavens (a la Death Cab for Cutie, circa 2005's Plans
). The band enjoyed a stint as the musical guest on the most recent Saturday Night Live
episode, playing their latest single, "Phantom Limb," along with the old standby "New Slang." Incidentally, this makes them the first Sub Pop band to play the show. Nirvana did
rock SNL in the early '90s, but they'd moved on to Geffen by the time SNL
. Anyway, The Shins were damn good.
Oh, those silly famous people.
The Shins have also announced some dates for their upcoming tour, which will take the band from Milwaukee to London during the month on February. Here's to hoping they'll extend that little month-long jaunt, and here's
where you can find out more specifics.