Founder, guitarist, and singer-songwriter for the rock group The Shins. He has also been involved with the group Broken Bells, among other projects.
He traveled a lot as a child because his father was in the U.S. Air Force. His first serious band was called Blues Roof Dinner.
He sang backup vocals on several tracks on Modest Mouse's album We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank.
He married designer Marisa Kula in 2006; they have three daughters together.
His music is heavily featured in Zach Braff's directorial debut Garden State.