Andris Nelsons abruptly withdraws from Bayreuth Festival’s ‘Parsifal’

The BSO music director, who was scheduled to conduct the opera this summer, has regularly appeared at the German festival for years.

Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples reflects on luck, love, and a marriage proposal from Bob Dylan

Currently touring with Bob Dylan, the iconic soul star looks back on a longtime friendship that might have become something more.

Sheila E paid tribute to Prince at Sunday’s BET Awards.

Tributes to Prince serve as a centerpiece of BET Awards

Sheila E, Janelle Monáe, Maxwell, and many others honored the music icon throughout the 3½-hour telecast.

FILE - This March 23, 2010, file photo shows the Google logo at the Google headquarters in Brussels. Silicon Valley’s biggest businesses could face tougher regulations following Britain’s decision to withdraw from the European Union. In recent years, the EU’s chief antitrust cop has accused Google of thwarting competition by using its dominant search engine to drive traffic to its own services. And the EU is adopting stricter rules limiting how much personal information online ad companies such as Google and Facebook can collect from Europeans. Analysts say that the U.S. tech industry could face even tougher rules without Britain serving as a moderating counterbalance against countries that have taken more aggressive stances on regulation. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

Google looks to clean up its lyrics

The digital giant hopes a new partnership will allow its search engine to provide accurate, licensed lyrics from more than 4,000 music publishers.

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The Weekender: Fireworks, Dylan, and a friendly giant

Everything fun to do around Boston over the Fourth of July weekend.

‘Mike Mulligan’ and more for kids at Gloucester Stage

Classic children’s stories come to life on stage every Saturday morning through July 30.


Demi Lovato to light up this year’s Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

Touring with close friend Nick Jonas, the pop singer looks ahead to the iconic Fourth of July show.

Nigerian superstar King Sunny Adé returns with his big band, juju intact

A defining African star whose renown spanned the globe during the 1980s, King Sunny Adé continues to pursue his career and develop his sound.


Taking cues from the restless Prince, Maxwell digs deep on ‘blackSUMMERSnight’

Acting as both bandleader and head romantic, the soul singer Maxwell looks at love and its complications with compassion.

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Viol master Jordi Savall addresses social crisis with music

The new-music luminary and esteemed champion of the viola da gamba spans centuries and cultures with a mind to bridge social chasms.

Peter Gabriel (left) and Sting

The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more

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


In Bellingham, music, fireworks celebrate Independence Day

The annual Independence Day celebration will start Monday, July 4, at 5:30 p.m.

Steven Tyler performed on NBC's


After LaconiaFest ends early, where did the money go?

The city of Laconia, N.H. is owed more than $60,000 by festival organizers despite a paltry turnout.

Erykah Badu performs “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker” during a tribute to Prince at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 26, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Stevie Wonder, Hudson honor Prince; Beyoncé wins top video

Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder and Tori Kelly kept the theme of the BET Awards — paying tribute to Prince — alive with passionate performances.

Beyonce performs “Freedom” at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 26, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Full list of winners at Sunday night’s BET Awards

Winners of the BET Awards, presented Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Prince Be, 46; infused rap with mysticism

He was the frontman for the psychedelic pop-rap group P.M. Dawn, which in the early 1990s was both popular and maligned.

BOSTON, MA - 6/24/2016: Paul Simon performs at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston on Friday, June 24, 2016. (Timothy Tai for The Boston Globe)

Paul Simon spans his career in show at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Simon led a brilliant, eclectic band that played songs from throughout his canon during a concert Friday night.

The Village People performing at Kowloon Resturant in Saugus earlier this month.

This crowd has come to party like it’s 1979

A recent concert by the Village People was the latest in a long line of vintage acts whose music has enlivened the Kowloon.

The marquee for the Kanye West video premiere for

Kanye West unveils ‘Famous’ video of him, celebrities

West has unveiled a video on a subject he knows something about: fame.

26nocalendar- The second season of escorted, guided boat tours aboard landing craft, Naumkeag, to Bakers Island Light Station in Salem, hosted by Essex Heritage, has begun and runs through Labor Day. (Essex Heritage)


See the light from Bakers Island in Salem

For the second summer, a local nonprofit is hosting guided boat tours to a historic light station.


How much would you pay to see Adele at TD Garden in September?

Tickets auctioned at a recent fund-raiser fetched big dough.

The ticket: Classical music

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

Flag plays the Sinclair June 26.

TheTicket: Pop music

Steve Smith’s picks for noteworthy pop music events in and around Boston this week.

Bob Dylan, pictured performing in Denmark in 2001.

Ten classic Bob Dylan performances you’ve probably never heard, but should

With the music icon headed to the area for shows at Tanglewood, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, and elsewhere, find some time to hear his rarities.

Northeastern students Ben Gram (left) and Evan Burgener demonstrate their air guitar skills at an event in 2007.


Air guitar, from elaborate lark to utopian gesture

The Middle East in Cambridge hosts the Boston semifinal of the US Air Guitar Championships, part of a movement that spans 20 countries now.

Ken Lawrence, a.k.a. MC Hawking, in his studio in his Gloucester home.

A brief history of rhyme: Gloucester musician will rap for Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking says he’s “flattered” by MC Hawking, the gangsta rapper who parodies him.

Matthew McConaughey stars in the Civil War-era film “The Free State of Jones.”


The Weekender: McConaughey, monster trucks, and the art of wonder

Fun things to do this weekend, in Boston and beyond.

Steven Tyler's new album


Steven Tyler to perform on ‘Today’ show

Aerosmith’s frontman will preview songs from his new solo album, “We’re All Somebody From Somewhere” when he performs Friday morning at Rockefeller Plaza.

John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, and Jimmy Page in 2012.

Jury finds Led Zeppelin did not steal ‘Stairway’ riff

The trial took jurors and lucky observers who managed to pack into the courtroom on a musical journey through the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Dolly Parton performed old and new songs at the Citi Wang Theatre.

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Dolly Parton shows ‘Pure & Simple’ brilliance at Wang Theatre

Performing on a nearly bare stage with just three supporting musicians, Dolly Parton offered a generous show that spanned her astounding career.

“It’s essentially why I believe we’re here on this planet: to evolve,” say Nicholas Payton.

Best known as a jazz trumpeter, Nicholas Payton is out to break molds

Once considered a young lion of the mainstream jazz world, Nicholas Payton has emphasized versatility and eclecticism in recent projects.

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Deerhoof summons ‘Magic’ from classic rock and pop influences

“The Magic,” recorded on the fly during a week in a New Mexico office park, finds indie-rock quartet Deerhoof exposing its roots.

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Two decades after his pivotal debut, DJ Shadow hits another peak with ‘Mountain’

“The Mountain Will Fall,” the fifth album by DJ Shadow, bridges electronic music’s generation gap with live performers and sharp circuitry.

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Hannah Georgas mixes pop sheen with mature insight on intriguing ‘Evelyn’

Singer-songwriter Hannah Georges combines radio-friendly sheen with intriguing idiosyncrasies on “For Evelyn,” with mixed results well worth revisiting.

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New Zealand duo Broods polish away engaging rough edges on ‘Conscious’

In evolving its sleek, shimmering brand of electro-pop to service bigger stadiums and mainstream audiences, Broods sacrifices much of its appealing edge and elegance.


On ‘True Sadness,’ the Avett Brothers outgrow their rustic roots

Programming, synths, and other production flourishes give the Avett Brothers a modern sheen on their surprising eighth album.

Jimmy Page (left) and Robert Plant together in 2012.

Robert Plant, Jimmy Page testify about writing ‘Stairway to Heaven’

A high-stakes federal trial accuses Page and Plant of lifting a riff from an obscure 1968 instrumental song.

The band Quilt plays at The Sinclair on June 24.

The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more

Things to do and see in the arts world in Greater Boston this coming week.

Senior trumpet player Michael Diaz, second from right, and other graduating band members prepared to perform an arrangement of

A Springfield band, lifting up its community

Running counter to the trend of slashing music education budgets, the city is expanding its program — and students are better for it.

Miss Tess plays Atwood’s Tavern in Cambridge on June 23.

Miss Tess struts her stuff, onstage and on a new record

Colleagues encouraged the versatile vocalist and guitarist to put more of herself into “Baby, We All Know.”

Sarah McKinley Austin (left) in the title role of “Matilda the Musical” at the Boston Opera House.


The Weekender: ‘Dory,’ rubber ducks, and classic-rock heaven

Fun things do this weekend in Boston and beyond.

Brian Wilson performed at Symphony Hall Friday with the Boston Pops.

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Brian Wilson produces stirring ‘Sounds’ with Boston Pops

Despite muddy sound, the Beach Boys architect and his band played a generous, lively, and deeply moving concert at Symphony Hall.

The Cure performed at Agganis Arena on Thursday night.

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The Cure delivers a three-hour epic for faithful fans at Agganis Arena

The Cure proved its consistency and staying power, playing a 16-song set plus 15 more selections across four encores.

Mark your Calendar

From boxing to dancing on stage in Marblehead

Marblehead Little Theatre presents “Billy Elliot: The Musical” Friday, June 24, through July 3.

Julie Burros, Mayor Martin J. Walsh's chief of arts & culture.

Boston’s cultural plan includes more than $1 million in new arts funding

Boston Creates, the city’s 10-year cultural plan, is being unveiled on Friday.

John Cage


In Cage’s ‘Apartment House 1776,’ echoes of a newborn nation

The composer John Cage mingled and manipulated elements of early American music to create his bicentennial salute to the nation’s formative spirit.

The ticket: Pop music

Steve Smith’s picks for noteworthy pop music concerts in and around Boston this week.


Thrash-metal pioneers D.R.I. celebrate 30 years of DIY

Among the first bands to combine punk speed with metal precision, D.R.I. returns to the road with a new EP under its belt.

The ticket: Classical music

Jeremy Eichler’s picks for noteworthy classical music concerts in and around Boston this week.

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma (left) and producer Morgan Neville.

Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project shines in stirring Morgan Neville documentary

“The Music of Strangers” is a new documentary about Ma’s pan-cultural endeavor.