The Shins: Painting a Hole

The fourth preview release from their forthcoming album Heartworms, “Painting a Hole” is a refreshing burst of psychedelic energy from The Shins. With kooky catchiness, pounding drums and a divinely palatable eccentricity, it distances itself from the previous three singles—with James Mercer putting his vocals to a pointed use. It gives reason to be excited about the band’s first album since 2012.

Studio Visit: Jacob Escobedo

The Adult Swim designer on creating album art for Broken Bells, The Shins and more

The helmet-clad, naked woman gracing the covers of Broken Bells‘ new album and previously released single are a reflection of the vibrant psychedelic visions of Atlanta-based artist Jacob Escobedo. Released today, the highly anticipated album, After the Disco, showcases the collaborative sounds of Brian Burton—better known as Danger Mouse—and The Shins frontman James Mercer. After creating the artwork for the duo’s eponymous 2010 album and …