Kanye West ‘pop-up’ store in Boston draws a crowd

Fans of the hip-hop star/clothing designer waited all night outside a storefront at 899 Boylston St.

Chuck D (second from left) is currently touring with a new band, Prophets of Rage.

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Chuck D has something to say about the election

The Public Enemy founder talks his new supergroup and how America is Andy Dufresne in the tunnel in “Shawshank Redemption.”

David Dalzell picks the music for Logan Airport from his computer at home in NorthProvidence.

Meet the man behind the music at Logan Airport

What’s played over the speakers at Logan originates in a room in a yellow house in North Providence.

Aretha Franklin looking quite regal at the 2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting.


What Aretha thinks about Adele, Prince, and politics

She’s played for royalty and the Pope, and landed on President Obama’s playlist, but Aretha Franklin has got more coming.

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Andris Nelsons, BSO win prestigious Gramophone Awards

The venerable and respected British classical-music magazine announced its annual award winners on Monday.

Album review

Frank Ocean rewards patient fans with rich, urgent storytelling

After a four-year drought and an enigmatic overture, the album the singer released online and at pop-up stores was worth the wait.

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Frank Ocean continues the liberation of the album

A massive drop of new material from the singer highlights the changing of the form.

Music Review

At Tanglewood, an ‘Aida’ both intimate and grand

Few events quicken the collective pulse of this bucolic festival at Tanglewood more than opera performed in concert by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Matt Roberts, 38, founding guitarist of 3 Doors Down

Mr. Roberts helped found the band with fellow hometown natives Brad Arnold and Todd Harrell.

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Steven Tyler performing in July


Steven Tyler reacts to Disney altering Aerosmith coaster video

Disney World altered his hand in a video that plays at an attraction featuring the band. It appeared to be giving a crude gesture.

Frank Ocean (pictured at the 2013 Grammy Awards) released “Endless” without warning through a live stream on his website, and then on Apple Music.

Album Review

Frank Ocean remains elusive with video album ‘Endless’

Leave it to that most distant and dilatory of modern musicians to respond to fans’ calls for his long-awaited LP with something entirely different.

Camille Saint-Saëns


Exotic sounds from Saint-Saëns, informed by privileged travel

The French composer Camille Saint-Saëns used styles and instruments he encountered in Egypt in his Piano Concerto No. 5.

The Ticket: Pop music

Steve Smith’s picks for noteworthy pop music concerts in and around Boston this week.

The Ticket: Classical music

Jeremy Eichler’s picks for noteworthy classical music performances in and around Boston this week.

Jessica Marie Palazzolo was cheered during the Fisherman’s Feast in 2012.

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The Weekender: Arms-dealing bros and the Queen of Soul

Everything fun to do this weekend around Boston.


Rapper 50 Cent returning to Abington this weekend to hype his vodka brand

It was apparently so much fun last year, 50 Cent is coming back to Abington.

Album Review

Lydia Loveless takes a long, honest look at relationships on ‘Real’

Roots-rock singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless is less raw and more polished on her third LP, but her lyrics about romantic relationships still pull no punches.

Tracey Raisis, who suffered a stroke in 2014, participates in a music therapy session with Chrissy Cetnar, a music therapist.

Reclaiming a voice with the healing power of music

Well-known maître d’ and music lover Tracey Raisis suffered a stroke, and is finding his way back with music therapy.

Barbra Streisand performed in Boston for the first time in about a decade.

Music Review

Barbra Streisand enchants with career-spanning show

Matching classic songs with contemporary issues, Barbra Streisand looked forward resolutely in her first Boston show in almost a decade.

The Zac Brown Band plays Fenway Park Aug. 20 and 21.

The week ahead

Picks for noteworthy concerts, shows, exhibitions, and other events in and around Boston this week.

By Tuesday morning, Bieber’s Instagram account with more than 77 million followers was gone.


Gasp! Justin Bieber quits Instagram.

Justin Bieber has gone nuclear in his war with fans of ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez by deleting his Instagram account.

“I fell totally in love with taking pictures, and that ended up taking up all my time,” said Ed Freeman. “I woke up one day and realized, I’m a photographer.”

Beatles roadie from Boston finds calling behind a camera

Ed Freeman also was a folk singer, a record producer, and a composer, but he found satisfaction as a photographer.

The band Boston celebrated its 40th anniversary in a concert at the Citi Wang Theatre.

Music Review

Boston brings sonic heft to 40th-anniversary concert at Wang

Tom Scholz and company proved they could scale back their reach without diminishing their impact.

Igor Stravinsky in Boston in 1944. His Octet for wind instruments will be played by members of the BSO and guests at Tanglewood on Aug. 18.


In Stravinsky’s Octet, a heady contemplation of time

More than a pledge of allegiance to neoclassicism, Stravinsky’s Octet has been analyzed as a response to consciousness of passing time.

Mr. Tiber stepped in after the Wallkill, N.Y., zoning board reversed a decision to hold the rock festival.

Elliot Tiber, 81; wrote permit that paved way for Woodstock

Mr. Tiber, a former yeshiva student from Brooklyn, was one of the unlikeliest heroes of the 1960s counterculture.

Bing Crosby accompanied Ms. Munsel backstage at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1945.

Patrice Munsel, 91, soprano who became Met star as teen

Ms. Munsel was 17 when, in March 1943, she won a Met contract and $1,000.

Will Smith and Margot Robbie in “Suicide Squad.”


The Weekender: Bowie, Buress, and the Olympic Games

Everything fun to do this weekend in Boston and beyond.

Ginny Nightshade


Ginny Nightshade is shaking up Boston’s burlesque scene

Burlesque dancer and performance artist is unapologetically bullish on creative life in Boston.

Igor Levit

Restless piano innovator Igor Levit seeks new pathways

Largely unknown at the time of his 2013 debut recording, this prodigious Russian pianist has marked himself as an artist to reckon with.

From left: Pat Covey, Lindsay Aries, Bethany Maddock, Brian Anderson, and Ryuu Lavitz at Boston Comic Con Night at Fenway Park on July 30, 2015.


The Weekender: Cosplay, dirty dogs, and the return of Tracy Morgan

Everything fun to do in Boston and beyond this weekend.

Boston Landmarks Orchestra performing at the Hatch Shell Thursday night.

Music Review

Landmarks and friends, dancing beneath the meteors

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra enjoyed a lot of help during its Hatch Shell concert, planned and otherwise.

“I love to play Fenway Park. It’s one of the old American ballparks [built] downtown. I like a ballpark right in the middle of town,” says baseball fan Billy Joel.

Piano man Billy Joel turns a triple play at Fenway Park

Still dazzled by the scope of his success, Billy Joel returns to play Fenway for the third straight year, covering all the bases from “Allentown” to “Zanzibar.”

Andris Nelsons and Kristine Opolais

The Ticket: Classical music

Jeremy Eichler’s picks for noteworthy classical music performances in and around Boston this week.

Barbra Streisand performs at TD Garden Aug. 16.

The Ticket: Pop music

Steve Smith’s picks for noteworthy performances in and around Boston this week.

Drake dipped into a seemingly bottomless bag of tricks during his TD Garden concert on Wednesday night.

Music review

Drake, Future contrasting collaborators in Garden extravaganza

Their careers have been intertwined for years now, but Drake and Future showcased dynamically disparate styles in a Summer Sixteen Tour stop.

“I need to be able to sit in my basement and write songs that I think nobody else is going to write but me. I need to write a song that I picture myself singing in a coffee-house to 20 people, says Lori McKenna.

Lori McKenna strives to keep her creative life in balance

A Grammy winner and a chart-topping artist, Lori McKenna is spending time lately pondering how to negotiate her interests and activities.

Album Review

Young the Giant ponders outsiderdom on hopeful third album

On its third album, California pop quintet Young the Giant deals head-on with the experience of being outsiders in America.

Belly’s Tanya Donelly (left) and bass player Gail Greenwood performing at the Royale on Tuesday.


Reunited at Royale, Belly hits all the right notes

Sounding both well-drilled and spontaneous, Belly opened its reunion tour with a show that demonstrated the band’s strengths haven’t faded.

“Around the world, hip-hop still reigns supreme — nobody on this tour has hit records and it’s still sold out, so that just shows you how powerful the music is,” says Erick Sermon (left, 
with Parrish Smith, his partner of in EPMD)

Classic hip-hop duo EPMD celebrates three decades

Three decades after they epitomized early hip-hop’s party-funk aesthetic, Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith are keeping busy on an anniversary tour.

Fleur Barron (center) portrayed Anna in “Seven Deadly Sins” in Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood Monday.

Music Review

Illuminating darkness in Weill and Shostakovich

The Tanglewood Music Center presented penetrating accounts of challenging compositions on Monday.

“Drug Free School Zone” is one of the works in “Cobi Moules: New Kid — Back to the Beginning” at Carroll and Sons.

The week ahead

Picks for noteworthy concerts, shows, and other events in and around Boston this week.

Andris Nelsons, pictured at Tanglewood last month.

Andris Nelsons to conduct Tanglewood closing concert for first time

In an unexpected substitution, the Boston Symphony Orchestra music director will conduct the summer’s season-closing performance.

Eddie Vedder, lead singer with Pearl Jam, performed in concert with his band at Fenway Park on Friday.

Music review

Pearl Jam includes personal touches, local surprises in sold-out Fenway Park show

Pearl Jam’s members know their jobs and how to do them, and the result is a near-ceaseless ebb and flow, executed at an extraordinarily high level.

(FILES) This file photo taken on February 20, 2013 shows US singer-songwriter Frank Ocean accepting the International Male Solo Artist award during the BRIT Awards 2013 ceremony in London. After months of suspense on Frank Ocean's long-awaited new album

Is Frank Ocean just messing with us . . . again?

“Boys Don’t Cry,” the long-awaited new album from Frank Ocean, has not materialized despite reports that it would — and his fans are once again disappointed.

Singer Jon Davison, drummer Jay Schellen, and bassist Billy Sherwood were among the newer faces when Yes played at Lynn Auditorium Thursday.

Music review

Yes brings old sounds, new faces to rousing concert in Lynn

Though just one member of the classic lineup is currently with the band, a program devoted to two vintage albums was a mighty success.

The Ticket: Classical music

Jeremy Eichler’s picks for noteworthy classical music concerts in and around Boston this week.

The ticket: Pop music

Steve Smith’s picks for noteworthy pop music concerts in and around Boston this week.

Ludwig van Beethoven


Navigating swift cultural currents, Beethoven jumped on trends

In his Op. 11 Trio, meant to help burnish his reputation and bolster his career, Beethoven latched onto a popular operatic ditty by a composer now forgotten.

From left: Jane Wiedlin, Gina Schock, Belinda Carlisle, and Charlotte Caffey of the Go-Go’s.

The Go-Go’s say farewell with no regrets

The band’s not breaking up, says drummer Gina Schock, but the members plan to stop touring after their present road trip.

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James Taylor’s intimate songs find a home at Fenway

The singer-songwriter was able to deliver both the intimacy and joy of his songs at the outdoor venue.