The Shins kicked off their “Oh, Inverted World 21st Birthday Tour” on Tuesday night (July 12th) at The Warfield in San Fransisco, California. The tour celebrates the indie group’s highly celebrated debut and was accompanied by a deluxe reissue.
While running through Oh, Inverted World, The Shins were joined by openers and fellow Portland group Joseph on several songs. After completing the full LP play-through, the band filled out the performance with songs from each of their studio albums. They also pulled out a cover of The Stone Temple Pilots’ “Vasoline” and interpolated Tom Petty’s “American Girl” during encore opener “Sleeping Lessons.”
Released in 2001, Oh, Inverted World is often recognized as a defining moment in indie music as the ’90s gave way to the new millennium. “Everything was so tongue-in-cheek in the indie world of the ’90s,” frontman James Mercer recalled in a statement. “I remember feeling a longing for some sort of romance in music again, something earnest, like a real attempt at some emotional language.”
Over two decades later, Oh, Inverted World remains just as a relevant and influential. The celebratory tour will extend through September and features nationwide dates. You can grab tickets for upcoming performances via Ticketmaster.
Caring Is Creepy
One by One All Day
Weird Divide (with Joseph)
Know Your Onion!
Girl Inform Me
New Slang (with Joseph)
The Celibate Life (with Joseph)
Girl on the Wing
Your Algebra (with Joseph)
Pressed in a Book
The Past and Pending (with Joseph)
Turn a Square
Bait and Switch
Vasoline (Stone Temple Pilots Cover)
The Rifle’s Spiral
Mine’s Not a High Horse
Kissing the Lipless
Sleeping Lessons (with Tom Petty’s “American Girl” interlude)