The ten best concerts this week: December 10-14

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THE SHINS @ FORD PARK, VAIL | THURS, 12/13/12 Indie nation made a collective sad face when the Shins went on hiatus after 2007's Wincing the Night Away. That departure added a whole new layer of poignancy to the songs that had already made James Mercer's Portland-based crew one of the '00s' most beloved bands, even before Natalie Portman raved about them in Garden State. But those frowns turned upside down when Mercer assembled a completely new cast of bandmates and returned earlier this year with Port of Morrow, a new batch of quintessentially wistful songs that blow through like a soft, melancholy breeze. (The Shins are one of the headliners at Vail Snow Daze, the music portion of which runs from Thursday, December 13 through Saturday, December 15, and features Michael Franti and Wilco, respectively.)

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