Scene & Heard

Ambition, unity on show at Boston Hip-Hop Fest

From left: Millyz, Avenue, Stiz Grimey, Rite Hook, Esh the Monolith, Moe Pope, Latrell James, the Arcitype, and Ned “Leedz” Wellbery.

Katherine Taylor for the Boston Globe

Returning on July 11 for the first time since 2006, the Boston Hip-Hop Fest shows growing ambition and increased cooperation among local artists.

Music Review

Death Grips brings explosive performance to Paradise

Death Grips’ performance on Sunday night at the Paradise Rock Club was explosive.

Album Review

Album review: EK, ‘Hands of Time’

Nigerian-born Boston rapper EK is hungry to make his presence known with a passionate if not entirely coherent new EP.

Music Review

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On a crisp, cool evening as close to perfect as I expect I’ll ever encounter, anticipation ran high for Keith Lockhart’s 20th anniversary.

Closing the concert in 2006.

Keith Lockhart reflects on 20 years of July Fourth Pops

As Lockhart prepares for his 21st Boston Pops’ Fourth of July concert, he looks back on highs and one major low.

Coming to New Bedford, David Crosby steers ever forward

Harboring no nostalgia for a bygone tide, the white-maned lion of the hippie era is riding a new wave.

Jon Jurgens as Ruggero in Prelude to Performance’s production of Puccini’s “La Rondine.”

RISE

Tenor Jon Jurgens hits operatic stride in Greater Boston

Jon Jurgens, an operatic based in Watertown, is building an impressive resume throughout the US.

SCORE

Sousa’s greatest hit, transformed in Horowitz’s hands

The pianist Vladimir Horowitz transformed Sousa’s march “The Stars and Stripes Forever” with old world Romantic virtuosity.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/02/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/JoeElliot2.jpg Def Leppard brings ‘Rock of Ages’ to Xfinity Center

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott discusses the long-running pop-rock band’s methods and motivations in advance of playing the Xfinity Center.

Music Review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/03/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/brianwilson-4.jpg Brian Wilson offers timeless hits, communal joy

There’s an unspoken understanding that Wilson, 73, is a damaged genius, and the fans instinctively extend deep empathy for him.

ANDY GILMORE FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Live, from the great outdoors

A look at some of the shows that will take music fans out under the sun and stars this summer.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/03/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/2015-05-14T051430Z_635453430_GF10000094277_RTRMADP_3_USA-ENTERTAINMENT.jpg Steven Tyler debuts new country music video

The Aerosmith frontman released the music video for “Love Is Your Name” on Good Morning America.

Music Review

Imagine Dragons fill Garden with larger-than-life sound

Performing live at TD Garden on Wednesday night, the Las Vegas group Imagine Dragons found a space ideally suited to its powerful pop bombast.

Eilen Jewell returns to old stomping grounds with new songs

Jewell, an Idaho singer-songwriter who based her career in Mass. for years, reminds the world that the Old West still exists.

Singer-songwriter Hayes Carll slows down for current tour

Carll, an acclaimed singer-songwriter playing repeatedly in Cambridge this month, talks about slowing down and taking stock.

Special section

summer arts preview

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/16/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Sandcastle%20fin2_150-3748.jpg 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.

Events

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/01/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/23shania.jpeg[1].jpg Week ahead: Music, theater, art, and more

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

The best albums of the year

music

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/13/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/best%20albums%20for%20Alexa.jpg 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.