For a new album, Kristin Hersh learned to let go

The Throwing Muses frontwoman has a new double album with an accompanying book, and new artistic insight borrowed from her son.

Beyoncé pictured performing in November.

Beyoncé leads Grammy nominations with 9

The announcements were made by Nantucket’s Meghan Trainor

The new World Music/CRASHarts season includes Mali’s Tinariwen, performing April 14.

World Music/CRASHarts announces lineup

The new winter-spring season includes visits from global music and dance acts galore.

A scene from “Hamilton.”

Watch performances of songs from the Hamilton mix tape right now

The Broadway megahit “Hamilton” has already spawned a best-selling cast album, a PBS documentary and a book about its creation. Now it’s spinning off a CD by fans who happen to be some of popular music’s biggest stars.

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BSO, Andris Nelsons celebate more Grammy nominations

The orchestra earned two nominations for the 2016 installment of its “Shostakovich Under Stalin’s Shadow” album series.

Calling all Deadheads: Grateful Dead members to perform at Fenway Park

Dead & Company is coming back to Boston for two shows at Fenway Park in June.

Stoughton’s Lori McKenna gets four Grammy nods

The mother of five has somehow put together a music career that revolves around her family.

Raynoma Gordy Singleton, 79, an early Motown force

Ms. Singleton was the business partner and second wife of Berry Gordy Jr., the record label’s founder.

Luke Bryan slaps heckler from stage with microphone in hand

Bryan then continued with the song while seemingly unfazed by the incident.

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Members of the Rolling Stones performed in 2014.

Guess how many days it took for the Rolling Stones to make their new album

Hint: It’s probably a lot less than it would take you or me.

Darlene Love

Powerhouse vocalist Darlene Love is back with holiday magic

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, a top backup singer turned housecleaner who then powerfully revived her career, visits the Cabot next week.

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JACK Quartet finds motion in stillness, stillness in motion at BU

Its Wednesday performance at Boston University featured three excellent miniatures and one high-concept misstep.

Jean Carignan


Recalling Jean Carignan, a French-Canadian treasure who had to keep his day job

The fiddler, who played in dance halls and headlined folk festivals, waited many years to garner the official recognition he deserved.

Keith Lockhart conducts the Holiday Pops shows through Dec. 24.


The Weekender: Murder mysteries, folk histories, and Holiday Pops

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

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A celebratory kickoff night for the Holiday Pops

The Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus combined on a program that ranged from goofy and unselfconscious to solemn and awe-inspiring.

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Hearing Kate Bush live in London on ‘Before the Dawn’

The album was recorded during a run of shows at the Hammersmith Apollo in 2014.

Reinier van Houdt performs at Goethe-Institut Boston Dec. 6.

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Pianist Van Houdt is immersed in the sound of silence

The Dutch pianist will perform the 75-minute “Green Hour, Grey Future” in concert at the Goethe-Institut Boston.

From left: Mireille Asselin, Jesse Blumberg, and Mireille Lebel in Charpentier’s “Les plaisirs de Versailles.”

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Boston Early Music Festival presents a glittering ‘Versailles’

BEMF offers two half-hour “operatic divertissements,” Charpentier’s “Les plaisirs de Versailles” and Michel-Robert de Lalande’s “Les fontaines de Versailles,” plus excerpts from Lully’s opera “Atys.”

Michael Kiwanuka

Michael Kiwanuka brings his British soul back to America

With retro American soul influences and production that draws from modern rock, the London bandleader visits Boston this week on the strength of an intimate new album.

Al Caiola, 96, guitarist who played hit theme songs

Mr. Caiola recorded hit versions of the themes from the Westerns “The Magnificent Seven” and “Bonanza.”

A 1680 Russian engraving depicting Varlaam and Josaphat.


From Buddhist to Christian, via composer Richard Wagner

The Christian tale of Josaphat is actually based on the story of the Buddha — a translation that was later recapitulated by the composer in his operatic work.

Chloe x Halle

Chloe x Halle are a Beyoncé-backed teen sister act on the rise

Just 16 and 18, the sisters are bringing their own brand of soul-infused cool to Boston with Andra Day this week.

Michael Kiwanuka (pictured at a July performance in Stockholm) plays at Royale Nov. 29.

The Ticket: music, theater, art, dance, comedy, and more

Top picks for shows, concerts, and other events in the area this week.

Elton John performed at a benefit concert for Hillary Clinton at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in March.

No, Elton John will not perform at Trump’s inauguration

Elton John will not perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration, contrary to a report from a member of Trump’s transition team.

Boston Ballet’s soaring production of “The Nutcracker” runs Friday through Dec. 31.


The Weekender: Modern lovers, dancing Nutcrackers, and multiple Messiahs

The best things to do in Boston and beyond.

Menahem Pressler, 92, performed Mozart with the BSO on Tuesday.

Pianist Menahem Pressler plays with BSO at 92, thanks to MGH surgery and ‘love’

After surgery in Boston to repair a life-threatening aneurysm, Pressler is back in the city — not as patient, but as star performer.

Menahem Pressler (right) joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Moritz Gnann.

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Conducting debut, Pressler performance make for a BSO night to remember

Moritz Gnann made his Symphony Hall debut with an enticing program of Romantic music and a remarkable appearance by piano soloist Menahem Pressler.

The Beaux Arts Trio in 2008.

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Beaux Arts Trio to say goodbye to Tanglewood

The Beaux Arts Trio — one of the 20th century’s foremost chamber-music groups — bid farewell in 2008.

Milt Okun, 92; propelled pop acts to stardom

In an interview with the website Artists House Music in 2011, Mr. Okun said his musical interests transcended pop.

Jonathan Batiste (center) is one of many artists to have new Christmas albums.

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New holiday albums from pop, country, and soul’s finest

The best holiday albums of 2016 include entries from Jonathan Batiste, Andra Day, Kacey Musgraves, Loretta Lynn, and many more.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence

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From ‘Hamilton’ to Snapchat Spectacles, the week online

From Mike Pence’s appearance at the Broadway show to the much sought-after sunglasses.

Kanye West at the MTV Video Music Awards in August.

For Kanye West, a swirling, eventful year ends in a hospital

A relentless schedule and a churning life in the media glare with his wife, Kim Kardashian, apparently took their toll on the Grammy winner.

President Barack Obama shook hands with NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shortly before presenting him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


Obama went big for his last round of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 21 groundbreaking actors, musicians, athletes, and others.

Presidential Medals of Freedom on a table prior to the start of the ceremony at the White House on Tuesday.

Top US civilian honor going to 21 artists, athletes, others

Among those getting the Presidential Medal of Freedom: Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, and Michael Jordan.

Kanye West in 2015.

Kanye West hospitalized hours after canceling tour

West is being treated for exhaustion, his representative said late Monday.

From left: Eugene Drucker, Philip Setzer, Paul Watkins, and Lawrence Dutton performed at Jordan Hall Sunday.

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Emerson String Quartet deliver the ineffable at Jordan Hall

Now celebrating the ensemble’s 40th season, the foursome did what they do best: distill music down to its purest essence.

Kanye West kicked off his “Saint Pablo” tour in Indianapolis in August. The rest of the tour has now been canceled.

Kanye West cancels the remainder of his ‘Saint Pablo’ tour

After controversial tirades at two California concerts, the rest of West’s tour was abruptly canceled, including his scheduled show at TD Garden.

Broadway star Idina Menzel said the theater is the perfect place to provoke thought, as the ‘‘Hamilton’’ cast did on Friday.

American Music Awards guests talk ‘Hamilton’ and Pence

Stars at the American Music Awards are still thinking about the “Hamilton” cast’s statement to Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

Rapper Drake at the 2016 American Music Awards.

Drake, Bieber win big, Selena Gomez gets emotional at AMAs

Drake, who has skipped his fair share of awards shows in recent years, shined at the 2016 American Music Awards.

Jay Pharoah, Gigi Hadid impersonate Donald and Melania Trump at the AMAs

Even the American Music Awards can’t stay away from politics.

Liv Bruce (left) and Ben Hopkins of PWR BTTM.

PWR BTTM’s queer power pop duo makes a triumphant hometown return

Originally from Massachusetts, Ben Hopkins and Liv Bruce founded a band that twists mainstream guitar rock with glittery gender-bending, and is now selling out shows across the country.

Kanye West at the MTV Video Music Awards in August.

Kanye West calls out Beyoncé, praises Trump in onstage tirade

The rapper likened himself to Donald Trump at a concert Saturday in California before tumbling into a 17-minute, free-associative speech.

Benjamin Zander conducting the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra on Thursday.

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Boston Philharmonic unlocks Elgar’s ‘Enigma’

The orchestra’s program was a bit of a magical mystery tour Thursday night at Sanders Theatre, but there was no mystery about the forthright performances music director Benjamin Zander led.


‘Charlie Brown’ moves from TV screen to the stage

“This is absolutely a show for all generations,’’ said Burgess Clark of the Boston Children’s Theatre.


A Pachelbel musical pilgrimage in America

Charles Theodore Pachelbel (1690-1750), son of the German composer whose Canon in D is now ubiquitous, came to America and lived, for a while, in Boston.

Handel and Haydn Society artistic director Harry Christophers.

Holiday Arts Preview 2016

A Boston-area music lover’s ‘Messiah’ field guide

Over the holiday season, the Boston area hosts a multitude of “Messiah” performances in chapels, cathedrals, and concert halls.

Ariana Grande heads the Kiss 108 Jingle Ball lineup.

Holiday Arts Preview 2016

Pop music picks

Sparkling pop, rock, soul, gospel, and klezmer shows to light up your holidays.

Kelsea Ballerini (pictured at a Chicago performance earlier this month) will play at the House of Blues Dec. 1.

Holiday Arts Preview 2016

Kelsea Ballerini, from East Tennessee girl to holiday headliner

At just 23, the bubbly singer-songwriter has made it to the top of the Country 102.5 Holiday Jam, coming to Boston on Dec. 1.

Holiday Arts Preview 2016

Holiday Arts Preview: Classical picks

Critic’s picks for holiday-themed classical music performances around the Boston area.

“Chorus girl folding self in half” is part of “UH OH: Frances Stark 1991-2015” at the Museum of Fine Arts.”

The Ticket: Music, Theater, Dance, Art, and more

Top picks for concerts, plays, and other shows, performances, and events this week.