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New Edition 

When: Sat., June 9 2012
New Edition pretty much created the blueprint used by almost every super-slick teen R&B group over 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, loaded with all the hits you probably never grew out of. 8 p.m. Tickets: $49.50 - $102. – Nicholas Hall

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