Canada's Kathleen Edwards has been making records for almost a decade now. They're pleasant, singer-songwriter-troubadour records you'd hear while ordering your medium dark roast and scone in the morning. Which makes the colorful sounds of her fourth album, Voyageur, all the more surprising and sensational. No real shocker where this new-found interest in textures comes from: After her divorce, Edwards started dating Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, who co-produced the album and brought in Norah Jones and members of Megafaun and Francis and the Lights to help out. The result is one of the year's best records. Lyrically, Voyageur (which came out in January) still mines Edwards' personal life for inspiration — it's a breakup record mostly about the end of her marriage. But musically it's a cornucopia of sounds, filled with the dense layering and ghostly frequencies heard on Bon Iver. She's touring with a full band, so expect a show more lively than your usual morning brew. — Gallucci
8 p.m. Thursday, June 7. Kent Stage. Tickets: $20.50; call 330-677-5005 or visit thekentstage.com.
New Edition pretty much created the blueprint used by every super-slick teen R&B group of the past 25 years. Among other things, you can thank them for encouraging your middle-school crush, directly or indirectly. They broke up at the end of the '80s, not long after Johnny Gill replaced Bobby Brown. The group, including Brown, reunited in 1996 for an album, but that was mostly an excuse to show off the careers they spawned: In addition to solo stars Brown, Gill, and Ralph Tresvant, Bell Biv DeVoe were all members of New Edition. They're all back together again, and they still sound like they did back in the day — maybe just a little more grown up, as you'd expect. It's more than just a passing connection with these six guys: They've been singing together since elementary school, and it wasn't long after that they scored their first hit in 1983, the Jackson 5-inspired "Candy Girl." Their 30th anniversary tour comes to town this week. — Nicholas Hall
8 p.m. Saturday, June 9. Quicken Loans Arena. Tickets: $49.50-$102; call 888-894-9424 or visit theqarena.com.
Crosby, Stills & Nash
More than four decades after fate and sparkling harmonies first brought Crosby, Stills & Nash together, they're still at it, despite their often turbulent history. They were an immediate counterculture hit, but the highs of their success were frequently set back by inner-band squabbles and personal troubles. In a way, they're hippie relics who sing about a time long, long ago in America's history. But it's tough to argue with their legacies. All three guys are double Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: In addition to CSN, they were key members of the Byrds (David Crosby), Buffalo Springfield (Stephen Stills), and the Hollies (Graham Nash). Later, as sobriety and age made CSN shows more consistent and the new millennium revealed a social unrest that eerily echoed the stuff they were singing about four decades earlier, their music gained more value among younger generations. And they're still fighting: Crosby and Nash performed for the Occupy Wall Street protesters last year. — John Patrick Gatta
8 p.m. Sunday, June 10. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica. Tickets: $40-$145; call 800-745-3000 or visit livenation.com.
In nature, a bowerbird is known for its distinctive courtship ritual, in which the male creates a colorfully decorated structure to attract a female. The North Carolina duo named after the bird isn't quite so flashy. In fact, their more muted tones are more likely to attract fans of rustic and organic folk-rock groups like Fleet Foxes, Iron & Wine, and Bon Iver. Some of their latest album, The Clearing, was even recorded at Justin Vernon's studio; the rest was laid down inside a remote cabin in North Carolina. The rural setting is all over the band's songs about weather, soil, water, and "the forest of our hearts." No surprise that birds also figure into this musical wildlife preserve, since singer and guitarist Phil Moore once tracked them for a living. But he and Beth Tacular fill their third album with lush sounds laid atop acoustic foundations and fleshed out with horns, strings, keyboards, and percussion. Three additional musicians help bring their radiant tunes to life onstage. — Michael Berick
With Basia Bulat. 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 12. Beachland Ballroom. Tickets: $12; call 216-383-1124 or visit beachlandballroom.com.
In the 11 years since they released their first album, the Shins have shuffled through a member per year. Singer and songwriter James Mercer has been the only constant, steering the indie-rock band from the lucid folk found on their debut, Oh, Inverted World, to the orchestral expansions of their fourth album, this year's Port of Morrow. The obvious question here is, Why can't Mercer play nice with other people? Part of it probably has to do with his perfectionism. On 2010's Broken Bells collaboration with Danger Mouse, the duo fiddled with textures, layers, and sounds you're only gonna pick up with headphones after several listens, until the whole thing came together in a panoramic view of their studio playground. But Mercer seems like kind of a downer to be around, despite the glistening pop overtones of his music. He often writes from the perspective of someone who isn't sure what he wants, which also probably has something to do with all the different guys who've been Shins over the years. The band coming to town this weekend is most likely a temporary one, since Mercer and co-producer Greg Kurstin are responsible for almost everything on Morrow. — Michael Gallucci
With the Antlers and Deep Sea Diver. 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 8. Masonic Auditorium. Tickets: $30-$42; call 216-321-5588 or visit grogshop.gs.
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