THE SHINS @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | 5/29/12
Fewer than thirty seconds into their set and the Shins already needed a do-over. Playing Red Rocks could make any band nervous, but its grip is especially tight on one for whom U2 were gods growing up and for whom "this Red Rocks thing is really big..." So, when the drums entered awkwardly and a bit too eagerly, frontman James Mercer threw in the first towel: "Okay, let's start over. Let's do it." And, while the moment marked a mistake, it might also have been the only one for which the Portland-based quintet actually loosened its own grip.