Billboard Music Awards goes purple in tribute to Prince

Madonna took the stage Sunday for a much-hyped — and by some, hotly debated — tribute to the late music icon.

Jane Little, a bassist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, was shown at the Atlanta Symphony Hall in February.

Jane Little, 87; played bass for 71 years in Atlanta symphony

Ms. Little had plied her trade without interruption from 1945 to the end of her life.

Dr. Luke and his record label said they’re giving Kesha approval to perform at the Billboard Music Awards.

Dr. Luke gives OK for Kesha to perform at Billboard Awards

Kemosabe Records said it had reversed an earlier decision after Kesha reassured them she was not going to highlight their ongoing lawsuit onstage.

Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead

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New Grateful Dead compilation is uneven, but interesting

Compiled by the National, “Day of the Dead” features prominent indie musicians reinterpreting the Grateful Dead canon, with mixed results.

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The week ahead: Music, theater, art, and more

Globe critics’ picks for noteworthy music, theater, and arts events in and around Boston this week.


Quote of the day: The Tragically Hip

Canadian rock band, in announcing that singer Gord Downie has brain cancer but they plan to tour one last time.


What price tag would you put on a fedora worn by Michael Jackson?

The hat is up for auction in Amesbury.

Emilio Navaira, 53, Tejano music star

Mr. Navaira lifted the style to greater prominence in the US while breaking into the wider country music landscape in the 1990s.

Celine Dion gives emotional performance at Billboard Awards

Celine Dion lost her husband and brother in the same week in January, and her son presented her with the Billboard icon award.

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Kesha performs

Kesha performs at Billboard Music Awards

It was on, then it wasn’t, then it was, and then it happened. No controversy, no conflict, no grand statement — simply a dignified, soulful performance.

Johannes Brahms’s tombstone in Vienna Central Cemetery.


In final Johannes Brahms prelude, rage against dying light

In the last work Brahms finished, restless harmonies seem to signify the composer fighting death.

Brian Church is Beowulf in the Guerilla Opera production.

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In Hannah Lash’s ‘Beowulf,’ an unconventional monster to grapple

The new opera, which debuted in its premiere Friday, recast a legendary battle in psychological terms.

NOT FOR USE UNTIL MAGAZINE FIRST PUBLISHES ON 05/22/16 Boston, MA--5/10/2016--Danny Mekonnen (cq) founded the Debo Band (cq). The ensemble, of up to 12 members, performs

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Danny Mekonnen on Debo Band’s new album and upcoming show

Saxophonist and founder Danny Mekonnen reflects on the 11-member ensemble’s brand of Ethiopian music.

Sutton Foster.

Sutton Foster has made the most of her breaks

The two-time Tony winner will perform with the Boston Pops May 26-27.

The ticket: Classical music

Jeremy Eichler’s picks for noteworthy classical music performances in and around Boston this week.

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The Ticket: Pop music

Steve Smith’s picks for noteworthy concerts in and around Boston this week.

Lukas Nelson (second from right) and his band the Promise of the Real.

Lukas Nelson moves from charmed childhood to grown-up success

The son of country-music icon Willie Nelson was too busy to join Bob Dylan’s band, but has made waves since on his own and with Neil Young.

Demi Remick danced during Somerville Porchfest 2011.

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The Weekender: Buddy movies, thumb wars, and LBJ

The Globe’s top picks for things to do this weekend, in Boston and beyond.

Album REviews

Ariana Grande and Fifth Harmony, stretching pop’s parameters

New albums by singer-actress Ariana Grande and vocal group Fifth Harmony prove there’s plenty of life left in the contemporary pop album.

A scene from Boston Calling in City Hall Plaza.

What is the union at heart of city official’s extortion case?

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local 11, is at the heart of the federal case against Kenneth Brissette.

Madonna will perform to honor Prince at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards.

Billboard producer defends choosing Madonna to honor Prince

“It’s going to be very, very intimate and very respectful,” he said.

Andris Nelsons conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra on tour in Frankfurt, Germany, on May 3.

Andris Nelsons signs exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon

Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Andris Nelsons’s relationship with the classical music label Deutsche Grammophon is expanding to keep pace with his career on both sides of the Atlantic.

“Really, if you put a mustache and a chin on a puppet, it pretty much looks like Arthur Fiedler,” Sarah Nolen joked about her creation.


Bringing Arthur Fiedler back to life — as a puppet

Arthur Fiedler returns to Symphony Hall in puppet form, featured in the orchestra’s animated accounts of “Peter and the Wolf.”

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Bent Knee favors songcraft over showboating on new album ‘Say So’

Boston progressive-rock sextet Bent Knee favors songcraft over showboating and self-examination over escapism on a potent, rangey third LP.


Hugues Payen of Caravan Palace on five elements of style

As the popular French electro-swing combo comes to the House of Blues, its violinist and co-founder reveals the ingredients that make up its style.


Album review: Eric Clapton, ‘I Still Do’

The guitar’s god’s reunion with prime-years producer Glyn Johns generates some sporadic heat when old friends are involved.

Aliana de la Guardia (left) and Brian Church rehearse “Beowulf” at Zack Box Theater.

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Hannah Lash updates ‘Beowulf’ for Guerilla Opera

In place of epic battles with monsters, a quieter show of patience and perseverance takes center stage in a new work by Hannah Lash.


Album review: Mudcrutch, ‘2’

Beyond the legend and the hype, a great American rock band emerges once more on the second album by Mudcrutch, launching pad for Tom Petty.

Tony Barrow, 80; labeled Beatles as ‘Fab Four’

Mr. Barrow gave up his career as a journalist and music critic to become the band’s first publicist in 1962.


Album review: Yuna, ‘Chapters’

Men are cold, careless betrayers to be viewed warily on the latest from Yuna, a sophomore album on which pain gradually yields wisdom.

Singer/songwriter Lenny Kravitz


Lenny Kravitz to open for Guns N’ Roses shows at Gillette Stadium

Lenny Kravitz will open for Guns N’ Roses at Gillette Stadium July 19 and 20, Live Nation announced Wednesday.

Guy Clark wrote songs for Johnny Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Jeff Walker, Bobby Bare, Vince Gill, and John Conlee.

Guy Clark, 74, Texas songwriter known for detailed, lush, and imaginative lyrics

Clark wrote songs for Johnny Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Jeff Walker, Bobby Bare, Vince Gill, and John Conlee.

Kesha at an event earlier this month.

Kesha won’t sing at Billboard after Dr. Luke rescinds OK

Dr. Luke and Kesha have been at war since she accused of him of drugging, sexually abusing, and emotionally tormenting her.

Salvador Jimènez-Flores’s “Dust to Dust,” from “I Am Not Who You Think I Am” at Urbano Project through June 10.

The Week Ahead: music, theater, art, and more

Picks for noteworthy concerts, shows, and other events in and around Boston this week.

Chance the Rapper (pictured performing at the Sinclair in 2015) released his third mixtape last week.

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Chance the Rapper keeps his eyes wide open on his third mixtape

Chicago MC Chance the Rapper maintains his healthy distrust for the music industry even as he confirms his stardom on his third mixtape.

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Prince was an analog artist in a digital world

His complicated relationship with the Internet, like him, had a dramatic arc and astonishing range.

Mr. La Rosa was signed by Ed Sullivan after he was fired by Arthur Godfrey.

Julius La Rosa, 86, singer found success after on-air firing

Mr. La Rosa reinvented himself as a television, stage, and nightclub performer after he was fired by Arthur Godfrey before a national audience.

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2014 file photo, Irish singer Sinead O'Connor performs during the Italian State RAI TV program

Sinead O’Connor unaccounted for since Sunday morning, police say

Police in suburban Chicago have issued a well-being check for the Irish musician.

Chris Daughtry (pictured in April) will perform July 15 as part of the Outside the Box festival.

Outside the Box returns in July, with a new focus on innovation

Smash Mouth and Daughtry will headline concerts during the Outside the Box festival.

Actor Kiefer Sutherland’s debut album, “Down in a Hole,” is due out this summer.


Kiefer Sutherland’s new role: country-rock singer-songwriter

The “24” star is touring with a band in support of a newly released album.

Ukraine's Jamala celebrated with the trophy after winning the Eurovision Song Contest final.

Ukraine’s Jamala wins 2016 Eurovision Song Contest

The melancholic tune about Josef Stalin’s 1944 deportation of the Crimean Tatars was crowned the winner of the international song contest.

Boston MA 5/8/16 Lorelei Ensemble soprano, Sara Brailey (cq) singing with the Boston Percussion Group (cq) as they peform,

An evening of experiment with Lorelei and Boston Percussion Group

“Mask Your Sonic Story” is a series of allusions to goings-on among animals and spirits in a mythical realm.

Cambridge, MA - 05/13/2016 - King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard perform at The Sinclair on Friday night. (Ben Stas for The Boston Globe)

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard offers addictive sprawl at Sinclair

The band illustrated its range in a generous stroll through its surprisingly packed canon.

Tanya Donelly (second from left) and her band Belly.


Iconic ’90s alt-rock band Belly reunites for all the right reasons

For Tanya Donelly and her bandmates in Belly, the time was finally right for a reunion, complete with new material.

Chance The Rapper at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in 2014.

A Chance the Rapper primer

Charismatic Chicago MC Chance the Rapper issued his third official mixtape, “Coloring Book,” on Friday; now, get to know his back-story.

“Real jazz will never be a minority at any festival that I’m involved in,” says Christian McBride. “[But] I shouldn’t hold it against an artist if they decide they don’t want to play music that’s coming out of Horace Silver and Cannonball Adderley. They shouldn’t be penalized for that.”

Summer Arts Preview

Busy performer Christian McBride is about to become ubiquitous

Bassist and composer Christian McBride is everywhere this summer: as a bandleader, as an all-star sideman, and now as a budding impresario.

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What to see and do this summer

From dance to music, TV to art, there’s a lot going on in Boston and beyond.

The Debo Band is celebrating its new album, “Ere Gobez,” and the band’s 10-year anniversary.


Debo Band confronts trying times with heady, hearty sounds

In the face of a challenging year, “Ere Gobez,” the new album by Boston’s Debo Band, serves as a hard-charging call to celebration.

George Clooney (center) stars in “Money Monster.”


The Weekender: Clooney, kites, and the return of ‘Riverdance’

The Globe’s top picks for what to see and do this weekend, in Boston and beyond.

Trainor (here performing in April) fell on the “Tonight Show” Thursday night.


Meghan Trainor falls during ‘Fallon’ performance

Don’t worry, she said she’s all right.