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The Shins On SNL: Indie Band Plays 'Simple Song' And 'It's Only Life' (VIDEO)


First Posted: 03/11/2012 10:58 am Updated: 03/11/2012 10:59 am

The Shins are the latest in the growing roster of indie bands to take the SNL stage. The band performed on the Jonah Hill-hosted episode Saturday night, playing two tracks off their forthcoming first album in five years, Port of Morrow -- "Simple Song" and "It's Only Life." From there, the band is heading to SXSW, where they'll hopefully put their clapping butter to good use.

Their performances here are so put together, they wouldn't sound out of place as the final, polished tracks on their record. Tune in at the three-minute mark on "Simple Song" to hear James Mercer's voice drop an octave and show us what it can do.

Port of Morrow drops March 20, but you can catch it in full, streaming on iTunes starting Tuesday.

Watch The Shins perform "Simple Song":


Watch The Shins perform "It's Only Life":

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