Rush-released after a leak, Björk’s latest hits the Top 20

“Vulnicura,” the searingly personal new album by Icelandic chameleon Björk, enters the marketplace early.

Katy Perry performed at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on November 27, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.

Super Bowl halftimes through the years

A look back at America’s biggest musical extravaganza.

Music Review

// Manson unites the faithful at House of Blues

Less than 24 hours after a blizzard, the seasoned shock-rocker preached unity to the faithful gathered at House of Blues.

Music review

// Fisch an effective advocate in BSO subscription debut

The Israeli conductor Asher Fisch made his subscription-series debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, leading works by Schumann, Prokofiev, and Avner Dorman.

Noisy Neighbors

Aaron Goldberg, ‘The Now’

On his fifth album with trio mates Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland, Boston native and Harvard grad Goldberg shows off his gifts as a natural balladeer.

scene and heard

Down-under overachiever McKenzie makes her mark in jazz

Sarah McKenzie is that rare thing in the world of jazz: an equally talented threat as singer, songwriter, pianist, and arranger.

Men & Volts (from left) is Jeff Cronenberg, Bruce Millard, Phil Kaplan, Jeff Keithline, and Jon Proudman.

New box set charges batteries for reunited Men & Volts

Offbeat Boston band Men & Volts, whose wayward initial trek ran from 1979 to 1993, reunite to celebrate the release of a new box set at the Lilypad in Cambridge on Saturday.

From left: Jordan Tice, Ryan Drickey, Jake Schepps, Andrew Small, and Matt Finner.

Schepps taps classical composers for his bluegrass band

Banjoist and bandleader Jake Schepps commissioned new pieces by three contemporary-classical composers for “Entwined,” the latest album by his bluegrass quintet.

Jamie Cullum reworks songbook staples on LP and at Berklee

Cullum crafts a tastefully updated spin on postwar vocal jazz, whether interpolating hip-hop beats or jumping on his piano.

Classical Notes

In a new book, Bostridge explores Schubert’s ‘Winterreise’

Ian Bostridge, a scholarly yet passionate English tenor, will discuss the book at the Brattle Theatre on Wednesday.

Stage review

// In ‘Motown,’ the hits just keep on coming

As long as “Motown: The Musical,” now in performances at the Opera House, sticks to the music, this show soars.


Anthony D’Amato’s favorite musical collaborations

Until the release of his debut studio album, D’Amato worked for years as a music publicist.


Andris Nelsons to lead BSO in Strauss opera ‘Elektra’

The opera is one of three newly announced programs the orchestra will bring to Carnegie Hall in the 2015-16 season.

// The week ahead: music

Critic’s picks for noteworthy concerts in Boston and the surrounding area this week.

// Smokey’s really got a hold on him

A chat with Somerville native Jesse Nager, who plays Smokey Robinson in “Motown: The Musical” now at the Opera House.


// Bettye LaVette, ‘Worthy’

The seasoned soul singer’s latest album is another finely curated set of songs.

// Swelling momentum brings Ben Howard to House of Blues

The English singer-songwriter returns with the bigger, bolder “I Forget Where We Were” and ambitious touring plans.


// Stevie Nicks, wild at heart

For those twirling in anticipation of Fleetwood Mac’s appearance at the Dunkin Donuts Center, a candid five-minute clip of raw Stevie Nicks in 1981.

Album review

/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/23/ Ne-Yo, ‘Non-Fiction’

The pop-soul singer-songwriter returns with a collection of tracks inspired by his life and those of his fans.


// Week ahead: Music

Globe critics round up the best performances happening around town this week.

The Year in Arts

special section

// 2014: The Year in Arts

2014 was all about the music sneak attack, twentysomethings energizing stages, fresh late-night personalities, and more.

The best albums of the year


// The best albums of 2014

From Azealia Banks to the Afghan Whigs, Schubert to Schoolboy Q, we look back at the year’s greatest sounds.