Music Review

Short, snarly rules the day at Warped Tour

Yellowcard performing at the 20th Van’s Warped Tour at the Xfinity Center on Thursday.

Robert E. Klein for the Boston Globe

The 20-year-old Vans Warped Tour, held Thursday at Xfinity Center in Mansfield, presents itself as a one-stop counterculture shop.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/08/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/11nelsons_01.jpg Andris Nelsons invites players, audience to connect at Tanglewood

Nelsons on his return to the Tanglewood Music Festival for the first time since his appointment as the Boston Symphony Orchestra music director.

Robert Ellis’s richly spun country songs

The alt-country singer-songwriter’s sublime new album paints country in broad, evocative strokes.

High Five

Paper Kites blossoms internationally

Guitarist Dave Powys tallies the Paper Kites’ five favorite memories along the journey.

Scene & Heard

Slaine dispenses with past demons

The Boston hip-hop heavyweight on his sobriety and upcoming album, “The King of Everything Else.”

Noisy Neighbors

Sky High Fly Guys, ‘Live… Before You Die’

The band has lofty ambitions, but they don’t rise to the desired altitude.

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Dean Wareham grapples with legacy

It took 25 years for the former Luna member to decide to make his debut full-length solo album under his own name.

Night Watch

Jon Hopkins at the Sinclair

When performing, the British producer utilizes four sound modulators to construct beats from the ground up.

New England acts enjoy loud community on Warped Tour

The roving cavalcade known as the Vans Warped Tour has grown to feature nearly 100 bands.

Album review | POP

Sia, ‘1000 Forms of Fear’

With “1000 Forms of Fear,” Sia puts to good use the pop craftsmanship she has loaned out to folks like Rihanna.

Album review | FOLK METAL

Buzz Osborne, ‘This Machine Kills Artists’

Armed only with an acoustic guitar and his customary anarchic attitude, Osborne goes it alone as a unconventional troubadour.

Album review | R&B

Trey Songz, ‘Trigga’

The talented vocalist plays it safe on his sixth album, covering ground he's explored more compellingly in the past.

Summer Arts Preview

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/05/17/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/WEBsummerartsfront-6592--90x90.jpg The sizzling summer of arts

Transforming the Clark Art Institute, a new day at Newport Jazz Festival, plus 90 critics’ picks.

Events

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/07/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/AP600453638538.jpg The week ahead: Music

Critic’s picks for upcoming concerts in the Boston area.

Local music

Music Review

Conductor Rob Fisher and soprano Renée Fleming on opening night of the BSO season at Tanglewood on Saturday.

BSO, Fleming uncork new season at Tanglewood

The evening, a tasting menu of musical Americana, was clearly conceived as a vehicle for its celebrity soloist, the soprano Renée Fleming.

Album reviews

Album review | COUNTRY

Old Crow Medicine Show, ‘Remedy’

The men of Old Crow Medicine Show are so consistently good that it’s easy to take them for granted.

James Reed

Pop music critic

Reed is a pop music critic covering everything from indie rock and folk to Latin pop and hip-hop.