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Stile Antico shows authority in Hapsburg music

Stile Antico performed 15th- and 16th-century works made for the Hapsburgs, the dynasty that dominated Europe.

Marco Borggreve

The British early-music vocal ensemble Stile Antico presented music composed for the Hapsburg imperial court in a concert in Cambridge.

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As the snow falls, sounds of spring

Richard Pittman led the New England Philharmonic on Sunday at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium in a program titled “Spring Awakening.”

Kelly Clarkson performed during the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards.

Album Review | Pop

Kelly Clarkson, ‘Piece by Piece’

The inaugural “American Idol” victor and her collaborators surround her voice with great big production both for good and for ill.

Album review | FOLK/BLUES

// Dorthia Cottrell, ‘Dorthia Cottrell’

The new, self-titled debut from the singer-songwriter is a work of savage beauty, a collection of folk-blues songs as lustrous as they are foreboding.

Album Review | ROCK

// Lady Lamb, ‘After’

25-year-old Maine native Aly Spaltro opens up her sound and tightly focuses her lyrical perspective on an impressive sophomore studio LP.

Album Review | ROCK

// Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, ‘Chasing Yesterday’

Despite claims that he made it up on the fly, Gallagher impresses with the varied tones and textures of his new album.

Album Review | FUNK-POP

// Tuxedo, ‘Tuxedo’

Singer Mayer Hawthorne and producer Jake One pair up for a bouncy, singalong retro-dance party session.

Nicole Miglis sings during Hundred Waters’ show at the Sinclair Saturday.

Music Review

The potency of a muted style on display in Hundred Waters’ show

The Florida four-piece Hundred Waters' approach to making music is reminiscent of lacework, intensified at the band’s presentation at the Sinclair.


Boston Baroque’s luminous ‘St. John Passion’

Whereas the “St. Matthew” creates a community of consolation, the “St. John,” with fewer arias and a thornier narrative, is a painful drama of shared guilt.

Music Review

McDonald shifts fluidly among styles at Symphony Hall

At every turn in her Celebrity Series recital at Symphony Hall, the six-time Tony Award-winner already was where the music needed her to be.

Music REview

Grosvenor proves he’s the real deal at Gardner

The young British pianist demonstrated his formidable technique and imposing musicality in selections by Chopin, Granados, and others.

// Kristin Andreassen celebrates new ‘Gondolier’ at Passim

A late bloomer when it came to music, singer-songwriter Kristin Andreassen has nonetheless made a lasting impression with her sublime new album, “Gondolier.”


Imagine Dragons provide alternative with ‘Smoke + Mirrors’

Nearly a quarter century after Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Las Vegas band Imagine Dragons charts with a new kind of alternative rock.


// Madonna to play Boston in September

The Material Girl will be back in Boston in the fall as part of a US tour announced Monday.

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// DRKWAV in deconstruction zone at Regattabar

The group was ostensibly featuring material from its just-released debut album, “The Purge.”


// Distler, conflicted Nazi party member, strove for musical purity

Drawn to the Nazi’s nationalism, composer Hugo Distler encountered internal conflict that led him to end his own life.

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A powerful night from Juliana Hatfield Three

The trio’s last show had taken place on Feb. 28, 1994 — almost 21 years prior.

Winter Arts Preview

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// Winter arts preview

Boston Ballet presents “Lady of the Camellias,” “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul” premieres, and critics pick the best of the winter.


// Week ahead: Music

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

The Year in Arts

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// 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.

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Album Review | rock

Kid Rock, ‘First Kiss’

If you made a list of all things that Kid Rock likes and dislikes you’d have a pretty good summation of his 10th album, “First Kiss.”

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