THE SHINS/RA RA RIOT, PARK CITY LIVE, Monday, May 13, 7:30 p.m., $62.50
Last summer, The Shins headlined the first Red Butte Garden show of the year, kicking off the summer concert season with the tour supporting the band's then-new album, Port of Morrow. At the time, it was anyone's guess how Shins leader James Mercer would be live with his new lineup of backing musicians. The answer--largely as he did his old band of Shins; Mercer is a fine singer and songwriter who doesn't seem particularly comfortable on stage, while his bandmates generally bring more visual energy to the proceedings. Remarkably, a year later the Shins are still on the road in support of that album, and this time they're bringing along Ra Ra Riot, a band worthy of headlining status in its own right. Even so, the price seems a bit steep, even for fans who will surely enjoy seeing these bands in a relatively small venue.