Amanda Palmer’s tribute to David Bowie

“Bowie meant so much to both of us, growing up,” says Amanda Palmer of her collaboration with composer-producer Jherek Bischoff on the string-quartet project “Strung Out in Heaven: A Bowie Tribute.”

Matthew Cavanaugh for The Boston Globe/File 2014

Palmer and friends channeled their grief over the icon’s death into “Strung Out in Heaven: A Bowie Tribute.”


// Album review: Elton John, ‘Wonderful Crazy Night’

Reunited with lyricist Bernie Taupin and producer T Bone Burnett, Elton John demonstrates ageless gusto on his 33rd studio album.

Music review

// For Bruce Springsteen at the Garden, ‘The River’ rolls on

Playing “The River” was just an opening salvo in a raucous set from Springsteen and the E Street Band Thursday.


Album review: DIIV, ‘Is the Is Are’

The second release from Zachary Cole Smith and his band offers a buoyancy that provides an airy lift to the set’s 17 songs.


Album review: Lucinda Williams, ‘The Ghosts of Highway 20’

The second self-released double-CD set since 2014 from Lucinda Williams shows that you can have too much of a good thing.


Album review: The James Hunter Six, ‘Hold On!’

James Hunter offers a few new wrinkles and a whole lot of the classic sounds he’s known for on his Daptone Records debut.


Album review: The London Suede, ‘Night Thoughts’

More than two decades in, the band known at home in the UK simply as Suede can’t maintain any stateside momentum.

Jazz artist Kyle Nasser.


Harvard/Berklee jazzer Kyle Nasser comes into his own

Inspired by his childhood discovery of the saxophone and an impactful meeting with a musical legend at Harvard, Kyle Nasser is blazing his own trails in jazz.

Antonin Dvorak depicted in 1893.


In Dvorak’s ‘Othello,’ allure and anxiety of unknown shores

The work, once plotted as part of a trio of overtures, takes its cues from voyage, alien identity, and the allure of foreign lands.

Chicago plays at the Lynn Auditorium on Friday.

David M. Earnisse

Chicago heads to Cleveland

Headed at long last into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Robert Lamm and Chicago drop by for an evening in Lynn.

Music Review

// Ophelia’s new music, in her own words at BSO

The Boston Symphony Orchestra gave an enthralling local premiere of a major new Shakespeare-themed vocal work by the Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen.

Classical Notes

// Angels in the architecture

Gabriel Kahane, a composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist, emphasizes the craftsmanship regardless of genre.

High five

// Chris Baio on his top five mixed-media muses

Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio lists five influences from outside the realm of music.

behind the scene

// Imagination and illusion in ‘Mary Poppins’

Using found objects and working with a modest budget, Wheelock Family Theatre props designer Marjorie Lusignan creates onstage magic.

Music Review

Charles Lloyd, band offer patient mix at Berklee

The saxophonist and the Marvels visited familiar tunes and folksy originals during their concert Sunday night.

Music Review

// Wilco dazzles in both rocking and quiet moments

The Chicago band played a stunning two-hour plus show to an enthusiastic crowd at the Orpheum Theatre.

// ZZ Top leader Gibbons brings his Latin outfit to town

ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons chats about his new solo album, “Perfectamundo,” and its related tour.