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The keyboardist for the band who treated Bend to its best 2007 summer concert was arrested last weekend on a felony domestic violence charge. Martin Crandall of the Oregon based rock group The Shins was arrested Friday and released Sunday for an incident involving his girlfriend. Crandall, who lives in Portland, was arrested at a Motel 6 in Sacramento. A Motel 6? If you’re a member of one of the most popular bands in the music industry, shouldn’t it go without saying that you could book a room at someplace better than a Motel 6? After all, The Shins' latest album, "Wincing the Night Away," is up for a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album.

Shins Member Arrested For Violence

The keyboardist for the band who treated Bend to its best 2007 summer concert was arrested last weekend on a felony domestic violence charge.

Martin Crandall of the Oregon based rock group The Shins was arrested Friday and released Sunday for an incident involving his girlfriend.

Crandall, who lives in Portland, was arrested at a Motel 6 in Sacramento. A Motel 6? If you’re a member of one of the most popular bands in the music industry, shouldn’t it go without saying that you could book a room at someplace better than a Motel 6? After all, The Shins’ latest album, “Wincing the Night Away,” is up for a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album.

To make the incident although more strange, Crandall’s girlfriend, Elyse Sewell, was also arrested on an accusation of felony domestic violence.

Sewell has appeared in the reality show “America’s Next Top Model.”

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  1. Time for a follow-up, Joseph! (Hint: Neither will face charges.)