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Listen to “Shelter,” the first single from Danger Mouse and James Mercer’s Broken Bells project since 2015.
Broken Bells will mix headlining dates and festival appearances this summer.
We’ve compiled all five performances from last week’s The Beatles Week on The Late Show With David Letterman.
James Mercer and Danger Mouse, aka Broken Bells, kicked off Beatles Week on the Late Show With David Letterman with help from Ringo Starr.
James Mercer and Danger Mouse will bring Broken Bells on the road again in 2014.
James Mercer and Brian Burton are gearing up for the release of something called After The Disco in January.
Latest Broken Bells Setlist
Broken Bells at Masonic Auditorium
- Perfect World
- The Ghost Inside
- After the Disco
- Mongrel Heart
- The Mall & Misery
- The Angel and the Fool
- Meyrin Fields
- Sailing to Nowhere
- Leave It Alone
- The High Road
- Trap Doors
- Holding On for Life
About Broken Bells
Though Broken Bells featured two of the bigger names in indie and alternative music — the Shins’ singer/guitarist James Mercer and producer/multi-instrumentalist Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse — the duo managed to keep their project secret for a relatively long time. The pair were inspired to collaborate when they met at 2004’s Roskilde music festival in Denmark, where they discovered they were fans of each others’ work. However, they didn’t start writing and recording together as a band until March 2008, when Mercer holed up in Burton’s home studio in Los Angeles. The duo took a different approach to their work together than they had with their other projects: Burton avoided the sample-heavy style he used on The Grey Album and Beck’s Modern Guilt and played only live instruments, while Mercer broadened his vocal style to include falsettos and deeper registers. Mercer and Burton announced they were Broken Bells in fall 2009, and late that year they released their debut single, “The High Road.” Their self-titled debut album arrived in spring 2010. A year later, the Meyrin Fields EP arrived, featuring previously unreleased tracks as well as the title track, which had been the B-side to the single The Ghost Inside.
The Cars’ frontman Ric Ocasek has died at the age of 75.
Watch Neil Young dust off “New Mama” for the first time in over 40 years and welcome Norah Jones at Harvest Moon A Gathering.
Watch Brandi Carlile welcome Mavis Staples and The Highwomen bandmates Amanda Shires and Natalie Hemby at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Watch Greensky Bluegrass welcome Lil Smokies for “Midnight Moonlight” during their Red Rocks three-night run opener.
Watch Warren Haynes and Alison Krauss sit-in with Bonnie Raitt at last night’s Outlaw Music Festival stop in Philadelphia.