After Garden State turned the Shins into a cultural force, there was only one thing left for lead vocalist James Mercer to do: Form a supergroup. Pairing with renowned producer Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) in 2010, Broken Bells was born. The perfect mash-up of Danger Mouse’s DJ skills — he rose to fame for The Grey Album‘s celebrated Beatles x Jay-Z combination — and Mercer’s chilly, stringent tenor, their self-titled debut was critically celebrated. Following that up with this year’s After the Disco, the two continue to meld and fuse space age production with alt-rock vocal yearning, when their schedules allow the effort.
Fri., March 7, 8 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on March 5, 2014