Bandega: What venue do you consider to be your "home", where you feel most comfortable, with the crowd and the place itself?

Eric Johnson of Fruit Bats & The Shins: The shortlist would be Schubas, Hideout and Empty Bottle in Chicago, Mercury Lounge in New York, Modified in Phoenix, Fernwood in Big Sur, and Opolis in Norman, Oklahoma.

The previously announced NJ & NYC Shins shows are the last two dates on a 14-date May tour. Tickets for the May 18th Terminal 5 show are currently on Am Ex Presale, and go on regular sale Friday at noon.

The Shins were nominated for the "Best Alternative Music Album" Grammy for their 2007 Sub Pop album Wincing the Night Away. Muppets interviewed them backstage at the 2008 event. That video and all dates below...

The Shins - 2009 Tour Dates
Saturday, May 2- Eestern Washington University, Bellingham WA
Monday, May 4 -Showbox (Seattle), Seattle WA
Tuesday, May 5 - Showbox (Seattle), Seattle WA
Wednesday, May 6 - Crystal Ballroom, Portland OR
Thursday, May 7 - Crystal Ballroom, Portland OR
Saturday, May 9 - Fox Theater (CA), Oakland CA
Sunday, May 10 - Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles CA
Monday, May 11 - SOMA, San Diego CA
Wednesday, May 13 - National, The, Richmond VA
Thursday, May 14 - 930 Club, Washington DC
Friday, May 15 - Ram's Head Live, Baltimore MD
Saturday, May 16 - Electric Factory, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, May 17 - Wellmont Theater, Montclair NJ
Monday, May 18 - Terminal Five, New York NY

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