Sad and upbeat notes on the local music scene

Lee Ann Womack in concert at Johnny D’s in Somerville, which will close early next year.

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As several prominent local music clubs have closed, fans are left to wonder: Is it getting harder for live music to survive in Boston?

Music review

// Country duo Maddie & Tae off to a good start

On their first headlining tour, the 20-year-olds impress at the Paradise.

Music review

//,Beethoven,andBrahms,10.8.15(LizaVoll).jpg Sighs and sorrow in BSO performance of ‘Divisions’

Composer Sebastian Currier’s “Divisions,” a commemorative work for the 100th anniversary of World War I, received its East Coast premiere in a strong performance by the BSO at Symphony Hall.

album review | POP

// Selena Gomez takes the reins on ‘Revival’

With her new sophomore solo album, Selena Gomez makes it clear she is ready to be honest and even vulnerable in her music.

HONK! Festival celebrates 10 years of brassy activism

Marking its 10th anniversary, the activist brass-band festival HONK! takes to the streets of Somerville and beyond this weekend.

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Joe Jackson, ‘Fast Forward’

Joe Jackson returns with the superb “Fast Forward,” his first album of new material in seven years.


Glenn Mercer, ‘Incidental Hum’

On his second solo album, Feelies co-founder Glenn Mercer goes all-instrumental, crafting chill-out music for frazzled souls.

Album review | COUNTRY

Corb Lund, ‘Things That Can’t Be Undone’

Alberta roots-country singer-songwriter Corb Lund bounces back from a dry spell with a new album rich in stories and sentiment.

album review | R&B

Sananda Maitreya, ‘The Rise of the Zugebrian Time Lords’

On his first U.S. release in more than a decade, the artist formerly known as Terence Trent D’Arby proves that he’s lost none of his vitality, craft, and ambition.

David T. Little said, “One of the reasons I got into this work is that I wanted to be able to communicate with an audience and with the performers.”

Classical Notes | David Weininger

Theatrical composer David T. Little sees comedy staged at BU

Little, whose strong early response to musical theater has resulted in a burgeoning body of works for the stage, sees his offbeat comedy “Vinkensport” staged at BU.

High five

DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith on five keys to ‘Is the Is Are’

Zachary Cole Smith reveals five clues to the progress demonstrated on DIIV’s new album, “Is the Is Are.”

The Cars score nomination for Rock Hall induction

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced Thursday that the Boston-bred pop band is among 15 acts under consideration for induction.

Doug Marshall played the new digital organ after tuning and adding samples at St. Matthew’s Church in Wheeling, W.Va.

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A revolution rattling the world of organ music

The passionate and proudly obscure world of organ building is torn over the revolutionary digital organ created by a Needham company.

Stage Review

// Courtney Love is attraction, but songs carry ‘Choir Boy’

It’s not a backhanded compliment to say that “Kansas City Choir Boy” has its moments.

Music Review

// Kraftwerk takes a trip back to the future

3-D technology’s inclusion in the show was appropriate, given that the quartet through the years has grappled with the encroachment of the “Computer World.”

Music Review

A Far Cry season openers cast stylistic net widely

In concerts at St. John’s Church in Jamaica Plain and the Gardner Museum, the chamber orchestra showed its range and ingenuity.

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Handel and Haydn Society opens bicentennial season

The program included music from its very first concert; if those 19th-century audiences heard anything like Friday’s performance, they were very lucky.

It’s the time of the season for reunited Zombies

A newly reunited Zombies come to Wilbur Theatre on Oct. 6, playing their classic 1968 album, “Odessey and Oracle,” in its entirety, along with tracks from their latest one.


British air disaster remembered in heavy-metal epic

“Empire of the Clouds,” an 18-minute epic on the latest album by Iron Maiden, recounts the saga of the R101 crash on Oct. 5, 1930.


BSO opens season with a return to Shostakovich

Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra opened the new season with a program chock full of serious music, including their latest Shostakovich venture.

Dropkick Murphys to play Beachcomber’s last show

The Beachcomber is closing Saturday, and the Boston band will see them off. Tickets will be sold online today and at the club tomorrow.


// Week ahead: Music, theater, art, and more

Critics’ picks for noteworthy events in Boston and the surrounding area this week.