The Curtains are a California Pop music group that was founded in the year 2000 by Chris Cohen and Trevor Shimizu. Beginning as a strictly instrumental group (see Fast Talks) and Flybys, The Curtains performed short songs using electric guitar, analog synthesizer and drums. Influenced by film soundtracks, TV jingles, West Coast jazz and early electronic music, the Curtains gradually branched out to vocal- and more rock-based music over the years, a trend which culminated in 2006's Calamity, released by the Asthmatic Kitty label.

The Curtains lineup has changed several times and included members of several other noteworthy bands such as Deerhoof,Old Time Relijun, Nedelle, Half-Handed Cloud, and Subtle. The only continuous member of The Curtains is Chris Cohen, who also plays in Cryptacize.