D’Angelo breaks his long silence with ‘Black Messiah’

The R&B star released his long-awaited album with virtually no warning last weekend.

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The album is not an instant classic, but it is the work that fans have been waiting for her to make.

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Bebel Gilberto’s sound advances the bossa nova style of her parents’ generation into a contemporary milieu.

Classical Notes

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Classical music in Boston is thriving, 2014 having seen a swarm of new CDs, DVDs, and downloads from locally-based artists and ensembles.

Scene & Heard

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From pop, jazz, and folk music to hip-hop, doom metal, and indie electronica, it was a banner year for Boston musicians on record.

Night Watch

Trapped in the ’90s at the Middle East Downstairs

Trapped in the ’90s is a monthly dance party dedicated to one of the most nostalgia-ridden eras for young people.

High Five

Magic Man’s festive spirit

The Boston quintet named their five favorite Christmas songs.

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From Azealia Banks to the Afghan Whigs, Schubert to Schoolboy Q, we look back at the year’s greatest sounds.

The Boston Globe

Best merch of 2014: What a music critic wants

Globe music critic James Reed rounds up the 10 most offbeat items he found for sale at concerts this year.

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The punk trio Green Day, poet of the New York underground Lou Reed, and ‘‘Lean on Me’’ singer Bill Withers will lead a new class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year.

Music Review

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Boston Young Composers Ensemble presented what it called a “composium” - part concert and part conversation - on Saturday.

Brad Mehldau’s trio comprises drummer Jeff Ballard (rear), bassist Larry Grenadier (front), and Mehldau (center) on piano.

Music Review

Brad Mehldau Trio at Berklee shows ensemble at its best

Mehldau played a 100-minute set Saturday night with his celebrated trio, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard.

In Mo Yang is a recent New England competition winner.

Classical review

Young string players buoy BCO anniversary

In a concert presented at Faneuil Hall, the Boston Classical Orchestra marked its 35th anniversary and hosted two notable debuts.

Classical Music review

Schola Cantorum earthy in diverse Marian works

Schola Cantorum offered a wide-ranging and unusually corporeal performance of the works based on texts devoted to the Virgin Mary.

Boston Music Awards celebrate locals with cheeky humility

The awards honored local artists and institutions Sunday, from veteran guitarist Johnny A to the Sinclair nightclub in Cambridge.

Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi closed out their tour in Boston.

Music Review

Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks hit their marks at House of Blues

Tedeschi put her back into her vocal and Trucks led a straight, hard blues. And the Tedeschi Trucks Band couldn’t have played it better.

Charli XCX and Iggy Azalea performed during KISS 108’s Jingle Ball 2014 at TD Garden.

Music Review

KISS 108 Jingle Ball sticks to format

The lineup was flush with some of the year’s biggest hitmakers, arguably too many: The show crammed 12 acts into just over three hours with little downtime.

Gift guide

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A complete guide on where to find the best music gifts, DVDs, books, and more.

Holiday Arts Preview

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“Rudolph” lights up the stage, tiny feet learn “The Nutcracker,” plus 50 critics’ picks.

Events

The week ahead: Music

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

Pop music

LANA DEL REY

James Reed’s 2014 best album picks

Audacious contemporary performers and wizened veterans shared common cause on some of the year’s most memorable albums.

Album reviews

Julian Benbow’s 2014 best hip-hop album picks

Hot debuts, seasoned partnerships, and a year off for the superstars made for a varied, volatile, and surprising year in hip-hop.