Shawn Mendes parlays online stardom to chart success

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Mendes is the 16-year-old singer-songwriter who came to fame via the six-second video app Vine.

MorganEve Swain in the home she shared with her partner, the late Dave Lamb.

Widow releases album made with husband before his death

After her husband and musical partner died of leukemia, 30-year-old MorganEve Swain finished their last album.


With ‘Déserts,’ Varèse envisioned a purer world

The ever-experimental French-American composer Edgard Varèse conjured a world unstifled by conservatism and financial saturation.

Ticket: Pop music

James Reed’s picks for noteworthy pop music concerts in Boston and the surrounding area this week.

Ticket: Classical music

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

The band (from left): Billy Conway, Mark Sandman, and Dana Colley.


New film offers fresh take on beloved Boston band

Five years in the making, Mark Shuman’s new documentary, “Morphine: Journey of Dreams,” makes a case that the beloved Boston band is ripe for reappraisal.

Bernard Haitink and the BSO Thursday at Symphony Hall.

Stage review

What Ravel learned from Mozart

The distinguished Dutch composer Bernard Haitink returned to Symphony Hall to conduct the BSO in the first of two subscription programs.

behind the scene

Marquis provides Boston tour in new music video

Local punk-rock veteran Brian Marquis celebrates (and sends up) hometown pride with his new music video, “From Boston.”

Spandau Ballet returns to life onstage and on screen

Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley talks about the standard-bearing 1980s New Romantic band’s unlikely reunion.

Scott brings his latest Waterboys lineup to the Wilbur

As the U.K. roots-rock band heads out on its first U.S. tour since 2007, bandleader Mike Scott talks about his wayward, rocky quest for inspiration and spirit.

Folds teams up with yMusic for new album

Ben Folds chats about his upcoming collaborative album with yMusic, with whom he plays two sold-out shows Friday and Saturday.

Noisy Neighbors

CD review: Ran Blake/Christine Correa, ‘The Road Keeps Winding’

Longtime collaborators Ran Blake and Christina Correa pay homage to Abbey Lincoln in suitably dramatic style.


Croatian cellists 2CELLOS like AC/DC

When you think of the hardest rockers in the business, you don’t tend to look to cellists.

Special section


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Bring the kids, there’s a lot to do this spring.


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

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

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.

Classical music

Benjamin Zander in rehearsal last week.

Classical Notes

With Wagner, Zander gives young players chance of a lifetime

The Boston Youth Philharmonic Orchestra faces what might be its greatest challenge yet: a performance of the entire third act of Wagner’s “Siegfried.”