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SOLD OUT: James Mercer (of The Shins and Broken Bells)

An intimate solo acoustic performance with Portland's own indie rock luminary

SOLD OUT: James Mercer (of The Shins and Broken Bells)

Pure Bathing Culture

Mon, June 24

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Doug Fir Lounge

Portland, OR


Sold Out

This event is 21 and over

Four tickets per customer. Will Call only, name on order must match ID presented when collecting tickets day of show.

James Mercer (of The Shins and Broken Bells)
James Mercer (of The Shins and Broken Bells)
James Mercer is the vocalist and multi-instrumentalist of beloved indie rock band The Shins. Formed in Albuquerque, NM by Mercer in 1996, he has since relocated and called Portland, Oregon home dating back to 2001. The Shins have released several of the most acclaimed and influential songs and albums of the last two decades, including Grammy nominated album Wincing The Night Away.

After Mercer met Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) at the Roskilde Festival in 2004, the two struck up a friendship which lead to the creation of Broken Bells. They’ve released two critically acclaimed albums to date under the moniker and are always working on new material whenever time allows.
Pure Bathing Culture
Pure Bathing Culture, the musical identity of Portland’s Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman, make music instantly identifiable, yet utterly personal - and now they’re ready to bring new work and ecstatic live performances to their loyal audience. As Sarah and Daniel describe their new work, it’s about “… love and perseverance, the feeling that if we protect each other and if we protect what we love, there is nothing we can't endure or become.”

The Pure Bathing Culture story begins when Sarah and Daniel befriended one another on the first day of freshman orientation at New Jersey’s William Paterson University. In 2009, they became bandmates when they both joined Vetiver for their Sub-Pop albums Tight Knit and The Errant Charm. It was while playing in Vetiver that Pure Bathing Culture emerged as its own entity. “Dan was working on some instrumentals that he would make on a looping pedal,” Sarah said. “One night, he was out and I just listened to this loop and wrote some lyrics to it. He came home and I showed it to him. We laughed at first, as we didn’t have some grand plan to start a band. It just happened naturally.” That song “Lucky One,” wound up in the hands of Richard Swift, who encouraged the duo to keep writing. “Richard pushed us along and became an inspiration,” Dan said. Swift wound up producing the band’s first EP and dreamy full-length, 2013’s Moon Tides at his National Freedom studio.

Since then the band has released two records on Partisan Records and toured nationally with such acts as Death Cab For Cutie, The Shins, Father John Misty, and many more. In 2017, Pure Bathing Culture took on the welcome task of re-recording the classic album Hats by The Blue Nile. Recorded in their home studio, Versprille and Hindman honored an album that has inspired their own music. “Our whole experience so far making music together as Pure Bathing Culture feels like a product of something inside of ourselves that we needed to let out into the world but also something completely beyond us as well,” says Sarah. “The feeling continues for us with The Blue Nile’s Hats.” Hats is available now on vinyl LP via Turntable Kitchen (https://www.turntablekitchen.com/sounds-delicious/).