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The Shins Are Holding a Lottery for Their Exclusive Album Release Party

By Nicole Levy | March 3, 2017 3:46pm
 The Shins perform at the Coachella music festival in 2012.
The Shins perform at the Coachella music festival in 2012.
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One of the pleasures of being a New Yorker is discovering that cool speakeasy in Chelsea before everyone else does, getting into the NYC Marathon despite the odds, and getting a bench all to yourself in on the subway — anything that offers a patina of exclusivity in one jam-packed city. 

Indie rock band The Shins are tapping into that font of desire with the release of "Heartworms," their first new album since 2012's "Port of Morrow." The group from Albuquerque, New Mexico, is hosting an "up close and personal celebration" in honor of the occasion "for an intimate gathering of lucky fans" at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday, March 15 at 8 p.m.

Fans should enter an online lottery by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 6 for the opportunity to buy two tickets to the show. The lottery doesn't specify how many tickets are available, but we're guessing it's around 600, the standing room capacity for the music hall.

Concert organizers will email randomly selected applicants a unique code for ticket purchase Tuesday, starting at 10 a.m. Lottery winners will then have a 24-hour window to buy no more than two tickets with that code. Tickets will be $39.50.

So go ahead and apply for the chance to relive your college years, when you pictured yourself falling in love with a manic pixie girl/boy and you played "New Slang" on repeat, dolefully, in your dorm room.

No one in Williamsburg will judge you.

The full "Heartworms" album drops on March 10, but you can listen to the upbeat pop-y track "Name For You" below: