A reptilian tail? A solar eclipse. Taylor Swift teases fans

Three days after going dark on social media, the pop star put out more clues leading to a possible single drop Monday.

Trump’s cultural committee resigns en masse

Eagle-eyed readers of the resignation letter noted that the first letter of each paragraph spelled out “RESIST.”

Paula Cole


Paula Cole covers the classics

With tributes ranging from Bob Dylan to Bobbie Gentry to Billie Holiday, the singer puts on a master class.

Mark Lanegan

Mark Lanegan found his voice, and it’s unmistakable

The singer’s distinctive rasp mirrors the often-weary worldview reflected in his lyrics.

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Breaking ground at Tanglewood for new four-building complex

The Tanglewood Learning Institute will be a four-building complex on the BSO’s Lenox campus.

Broadway ticket-buying now easier for fans, not re-sellers

For longtime Bruce Springsteen fan Debbie Elster, there’s never been any doubt the competition to get tickets for his upcoming Broadway shows is going to be fierce.

Boston’s Esh doesn’t care if you like his new record

“I’m old,” the rapper said recently at a small studio in North Cambridge. “I don’t care.”

Local musicians showcased at a unique venue: the lobby of the Wang

Seven Boston-based artists from a range of genres will perform Sept. 16 at an event called the Tremont Takeover.

At Tanglewood, music students learn about wellness, too

At Boston University Tanglewood Institute, students are learning that music isn’t supposed to hurt.

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Beethoven, Verdi, and . . . Razumovsky?

The Russian nobleman had a role in masterpieces from both composers.

Shelby Lynne (left) and Allison Moorer

On Lynne and Moorer’s first album as a duo, a sibling symbiosis

The sisters have been singing with each other since they were kids, but “Not Dark Yet” is the first album they’ve recorded together.

Pianist Paul Lewis on music, mentors, and ‘a mess of eggs’

Lewis talked about his long relationship with the music of Beethoven.

Stephen Stills and Judy Collins

Judy Collins and Stephen Stills have a deeper connection than just that one song

Even after “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” signaled the end of a romance, their friendship continued. And now they’re touring together for the first time.

“Whitney. ‘Can I Be Me’ ” contains footage of the singer’s radiant, sweat- and tear-streaked performances.

Whitney Houston, for better and for worse

Nick Broomfield’s latest film “Whitney. ‘Can I Be Me’ ” vividly recounts Whitney Houston’s rise and fall.

Mariah Carey teams up with Lionel Ritchie at TD Garden on Aug. 22.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world this week

This week’s picks: Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey, Nicky Jam, and SZA.

A scene at a rehearsal for Berkshire Opera Festival’s production of “Ariadne Auf Naxos”


Berkshire Opera Festival to mount ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’

Company builds on success last year of “Madama Butterfly” production.

Bonnie Tyler.

Bonnie Tyler will sing ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ during the solar eclipse

The 1980s pop star will sing the karaoke favorite aboard a Royal Caribbean ship on an eclipse-themed cruise on Monday.

Adrienne Isakovic and Howard Jones after the Retro Futura show at the Lynn Auditorium.


Howard Jones (among other ’80s acts) thrills in Lynn

The Retro Futura show drew an enthusiastic crowd to the Lynn Auditorium.

In this Feb. 4, 2007, file photo, Prince performed during the halftime show at the Super Bowl XLI football game in Miami. A shade of purple named for the late superstar Prince was announced Monday by the icon’s estate.

Pantone creates ‘Purple Rain’ hue to honor Prince

A shade of purple named for the late superstar Prince was announced Monday by the icon’s estate.

(FILES) This file photo taken on October 21, 2016 shows singer-songwriter Taylor Swift performing her only full concert of 2016 during the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. Taylor Swift's former bodyguard told how he witnessed the pop star's skirt being flipped up before she was then groped by a DJ as he gave evidence in a US courtroom on August 11, 2017. Greg Dent told a jury in Denver, Colorado, that Swift was

Jury takes Taylor Swift’s side in groping lawsuit

Taylor Swift won $1 and long-awaited vindication after a jury decided that a radio host groped her during a pre-concert photo op four years ago.

Bebe Rexha performed Sunday at the Teen Choice Awards.

Miley Cyrus was a no-show at Teen Choice Awards

The show, a bubble of teenage celebration, took time out to consider the world its young audience will inherit.

84-year-old country music legend Willie Nelson.

Willie Nelson cuts show short, cites Utah’s high altitude

The 84-year-old country music legend apologized to fans, saying “I am feeling better now and headed for lower ground.”

Giancarlo Guerrero leads the BSO Friday at Tanglewood.

Music Review

Guerrero, BSO find wildness untamed in Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ 

On Friday night at Tanglewood, Costa Rican conductor Giancarlo Guerrero led the BSO in works by Stravinsky, Dvorak, and Brahms.

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Concert review

James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt are a formidable team at Fenway

James Taylor played at Fenway Park for the third straight year, and he once again had Bonnie Raitt for an hour-long opening set.

Judge tosses DJ’s suit against Taylor Swift in groping trial

A judge on Friday threw out a former radio host’s case against Taylor Swift in a trial that delved into their dueling lawsuits over whether he groped her during a backstage meet-and-greet and whether she and her team ruined his career.

Vinay Parameswaran leads Festival of Contemporary Music cocurator Jacob Greenberg and Tanglewood Music Center Fellows in Nathan Davis’s “The Sand Reckoner” at Seiji Ozawa Hall on Thursday.

Music Review

Taking a contemporary turn at Tanglewood

The Tanglewood Music Center’s Festival of Contemporary Music began on Thursday night.

Mark Your Calendar

Atypical singers bring funny songs to Walpole Common

The guitar-fiddle combo Howie Newman and Joe Kessler, known as Knock on Wood, plays funny original songs suitable for all ages and well-known covers from the Beatles to the Dropkick Murphys on Walpole Town Common.

A vintage movie poster from 1935’s “The Bride of Frankenstein,” part of Kirk Hammett’s collection on display at the Peabody Essex.

Metallica guitarist scares up a vintage poster collection

Titled “It’s Alive!,” the show includes some of the most coveted and valuable horror and sci-fi movie posters in the world.

After her tour with Mellencamp, Carlene Carter has more roads to follow

A memoir, solo album, and Carter Family collaboration are all in the singer’s plans.


A blast of channeled energy with ‘Workers Union’

The aim of Dutch composer Louis Andriessen’s 1975 ensemble piece is to sweep away old limitations.

James Darrah and Rachel York in Reagle Music Theatre’s production of “42nd Street.”

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world this week

Globe critics’ picks for concerts, shows, and events in Greater Boston this week.

Brendan Clarke of Salem at the recent Boston Comic Con costume parade at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Cosplay, Broadway, and Lethal Ladies

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

In this courtroom sketch, pop singer Taylor Swift, front left, confered with her attorney.

Taylor Swift on witness stand in groping trial: ‘It was a definite grab’

Taylor Swift’s lawyers have said she does not know the man she accused of groping her and has no incentive to target him or to fabricate a story.

James Taylor.

James Taylor on the Beatles and Obamas, and a first album that makes him cringe

A quick Q&A with the folk-rock legend before his Fenway show revealed some interesting truths about his storied career.

Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor at a rehearsal for their first Fenway Park concert in 2015.

A show at Fenway gives Taylor and Raitt something to talk about

After sharing a bill at the ballyard in 2015, the pair return Friday to the city where each has deep roots.

Downtown Boys are on an extensive tour behind new album “Cost of Living.”

To Downtown Boys, punk rock and political dissent are inseparable

The Providence band heads out on tour to support their new album, “Cost of Living,” with a lot on their minds.

With Lo Tom, David Bazan and pals answer middle age with a blast of rock ’n’ roll

“It’s more like we made a record instead of going fishing,” says band member Trey Many.

“Good Time” directors Josh (left) and Benny Safdie at the Liberty Hotel.


How Robert Pattinson ended up in ‘Good Time,’ a gritty thriller by two BU grads

At a screening of their film Sunday, Josh and Benny Safdie talked “Twilight,” the rush of filmmaking, and what it’s really like to work with Martin Scorsese.

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 24, 2017 shows opposition activist and violin player Wuilly Arteaga during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. According to a human rights NGO report, Artega, 23, was arrested on July 27, 2017, during a protest within a 48-hour strike called by the opposition. / AFP PHOTO / FEDERICO PARRA

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A musical voice of Venezuela’s resistance, silenced by regime

Wuilly Arteaga, a 23-year-old violinist, was beaten and arrested after playing at the front lines of protests. Here’s why his message is resonating in Boston.

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2016 file photo, singer Taylor Swift attends the Vanity Fair Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. The trial of a lawsuit between Swift and David Mueller, a former radio host she accuses of groping her, begins Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, in U.S. District Court in Denver. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Taylor Swift expected to testify in groping case in Denver

Opening statements were expected to begin Tuesday in the case that could last two weeks.

From left: Danilo Pérez, Chris Potter, and Avishai Cohen play during the “Jazz 100” tribute to the centenaries of Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Mongo Santamaria at the Newport Jazz Festival.

Music Review

History in the air at Newport Jazz Festival

Saturday was typical of the latter-day, nonprofit fest — in which young and old and various adjacent genres rubbed shoulders.

The Boston Landmarks One City Choir performed with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra at the Hatch Shell Thursday.

Music Review

Beethoven by the people, for the people, with Landmarks Orchestra

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra’s all-Beethoven program Thursday was itself an ode to joy.

Khalid plays the House of Blues in Boston Sunday.

Khalid on Kylie Jenner, dealing with fame, and why it’s cool to be prom king

The 19-year-old “American Teen” sensation answered some questions in advance of his show Sunday in Boston.

Taylor Swift performed at Gillette Stadium in 2013.

An ex-radio host was fired after allegedly groping Taylor Swift. He’s suing, and now they’re headed to court

A Denver radio host who was fired after allegedly groping Taylor Swift is suing the singer. Swift is countersuing, claiming sexual assault.


In Stoneham, the shows must go on

The Summer Festival at Stoneham Theatre has scheduled six fully-staged shows performed by actors, grades 4 through 12, from Thursday, Aug. 10 through Aug. 20.

Composer Navneeth Narasimhan conducted singers during a recording session to score the music for a video game at the Berklee College of Music.


Berklee students and grads create a noteworthy niche: music for video games

They’ve worked on “Super Knight Quest,” “Mondrian,” “Call of Duty,” “Halo,” and many others.

John Lennon with son Julian.

From his former lover, a quieter portrait of Lennon during his ‘Lost Weekend’

In photos now on exhibit in Fall River, May Pang documented intimate moments with the Beatle during his 18-month separation from Yoko Ono.

The cover of Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures.”


Following a pulse, from Stockhausen to Joy Division

With signals ranging from slow beats to repetitions so fast they blur into pitch-like steadiness, the astronomical bodies known as pulsars have numerous musical connections.

Khalid performs Aug. 6 at the House of Blues.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world this week

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

James Mercer leads the Shins at the House of Blues.

Music Review

No rock-star poses from the Shins, just shimmering pop

Indie star James Mercer is still anonymous enough to have walked by unnoticed in front of fans lined up outside the House of Blues Wednesday night.