The setting for the Shins' long-anticipated return to Minneapolis has shifted from the Brick to the rather lavish Orpheum Theater, a move that will suit frontman James Mercer's tranquil new numbers perfectly. Mercer is the only constant in the Shins' continually rotating cast of musicians, and his new record, Port of Morrow (released on Mercer's own imprint, Aural Apothecary), reflects his singular artistic vision and style. While the Shins have never been the most captivating live band, their prodigious back catalog should bolster this show — no matter who Mercer has alongside him on stage. Brooklyn dream-pop trio the Antlers are well worth showing up early for.
Fri., June 1, 8 p.m., 2012