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Lianne La Havas, ‘Blood’

Jean Paul Pietrus

Where the British singer-songwriter’s debut offered a glimmer of promise, its follow-up, “Blood,” is a statement of purpose and self-discovery.


Surprise release, shows earn Future top chart spot

The hip-hop star topped the charts for the first time this week with “DS2,” which he released with a week’s notice.

Scissormen are (from left) Sean Zywick, Ted Drozdowski, and Pete Pulkrabek.

Drozdowski’s Scissormen mix blues, psychedelia, and more

Scissormen is an adventurous Nashville blue band led by former Boston Phoenix music editor Ted Drozdowski.

High Five

Radiohead’s Philip Selway on five perks of solo work

The Radiohead drummer is touring the United States for the first time as a solo artist.

Classical Notes

Composer Jörg Widmann embraces dialogue of past, present

Widmann’s unique way of resolving contradictions into something new and unexpected is perhaps the most important characteristic of his work.

Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion.

Music Review

Hits, jolts from Pumpkins, Manson at Blue Hills

Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson delivered what was expected at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion: both big hits and surprising detours.

Michael Tilson Thomas leading the TMC Orchestra in Ozawa Hall.

Music review

Family ties bind final Festival of Contemporary Music concerts

The lineage most celebrated was that engendered by Tanglewood itself, generational chains of teacher-student influence and mentorship.

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R&B sensation Miguel bares his sensual soul

“Wildheart,” his third release, is full of futuristic soul rooted in the genre’s evergreen themes of love and happiness, sex and sense of self.

Thurston Moore carries on, now under his own name

Thurston Moore carries on with his post-Sonic Youth career with a show at the Sinclair on Sunday.


Gunplay, ‘Living Legend’

The veteran Miami rapper shows signs of promise, but too often falls into tired cliches and played-out preoccupations.


Migos, ‘Yung Rich Nation (YRN)’

Whatever you make of their lyrical content, the members of the Atlanta trap trio show an infectious energy.


Joss Stone, ‘Water for Your Soul’

Introduced to reggae by Damian Marley, former teen sensation Joss Stone breathes its essence deeply on her latest album.


Daniel Romano, ‘If I’ve Only One Time Askin’’

The country singer’s magnificent new album delivers on the promise of its accomplished predecessor, and then some.

Vic Firth with his signature drumsticks.

Vic Firth, 85; was celebrated BSO timpanist and drumstick maker

Mr. Firth taught at New England Conservatory from 1952 to 1995 and founded a highly successful drumsticks company.

Special section

summer arts preview

// The best of upcoming arts events

Critics suggest where you should go, what you should see, who you should hear, and what you should be reading this summer.


//[1].jpg Week ahead: Music, theater, art, and more

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