Scene & Heard

Magic Man hits a big label big time

From left: Justine Bowe, Sam Vanderhoop, Alex Caplow, Gabe Goodman, and Joey Sulkowski of Magic Man.

Gavin Thomas

With a new album on a major label, Boston’s synth-pop band is ready to take flight.

Lera Lynn’s vintage vibe

The rootsy upstart looked to classic records for a fresh sound on her new record, “The Avenues.”

The Bad Plus (from left) is  Reid Anderson, David King, and  Ethan Iverson.

The Bad Plus veers mainstream with Redman

The trio’s ongoing collaboration with tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman has borne fruit.

David Gray left comfort zone for ‘Mutineers’

Gray returns to Boston to play the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion with a positive new album and attitude.

Ian Watson and Aisslinn Nosky will codirect when the Handel and Haydn Society performs Bach’s six Brandenburg Concertos at Gardner Museum Dec. 7.

Classical Notes

New relationships enhance Gardner’s music series

A new collaboration with the Handel and Haydn Society is among the fall offerings at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

At the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on Tuesday, Skrillex played a mostly continuous set, which featured much of his album “Recess.”

Music Review

Skrillex crash-lands at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

EDM heavyweight Skrillex and DJ Mustard performed in Boston on Tuesday night.

Noisy Neighbors

Chris Smither, ‘Still on the Levee’

Recorded last year in his native New Orleans, the new double-disc surveys Smither’s discography.

High Five

Passenger packs his banjo

Five of Mike Rosenberg’s songs that mean the most to him, professionally and personally.

Night Watch

‘The Donkey Show’ at Oberon

Presented by the American Repertory Theater every Saturday night at Oberon, “The Donkey Show” has delighted Bostonians since 2009.

The week ahead: Music

Critic’s picks for notable concerts around the Boston region, including Katy Perry.

Music review

Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails rock Xfinity Center

Both bands are celebrating the 20th anniversaries of their magnum opuses by coheadlining a tour that brought them to the Xfinity Center Tuesday night.

// Amid a fast-growing Fenway, the Verb Hotel is a blast from the past

Choice selections from David Bieber’s collection of memorabilia are the inspiration for the whole vibe of the revival of the old Fenway Motor Lodge.

Music Review

A symphony by Mahler, just the size of Tanglewood

It was a weekend of substitutes at Tanglewood, with Manfred Honeck and Jacques Lacombe making their festival debuts.


// The week ahead: Music

Critic’s picks for notable concerts around the Boston region, including Katy Perry.

Summer Arts Preview

special section

// The sizzling summer of arts

Transforming the Clark Art Institute, Newport Jazz Festival, plus 90 critics’ picks.

Pop music

Album reviews