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The Shins

The Shins are one of indie rock's biggest success stories. Having first been conceived as a solo vehicle for singer-songwriter James Mercer while performing in New Mexico band Flake Music, The Shins eventually evolved into a full-fledged band. A blessing (in most people's eyes) came in 2004 when the film Garden State had female lead Natalie Portman claiming "you gotta hear this song -- it will change your life" referring to "New Slang" off 2001's Oh, Inverted World.