Steuart Pincombe serves quality sounds to thirsty listeners

Pairing Bach with beer, the cellist makes points about quality, tradition, innovation, and standards.

Jeff Rougvie, formerly of Rykodisc, in his Salem office.

Ex-Rykodisc VP talks about Salem label’s role in Bowie’s creative rebirth

Jeff Rougvie, a music-industry veteran formerly of Salem indie label Rykodisc, talks about the imprint’s transformative role in David Bowie’s career.



Anohni is sly, subversive on ‘Hopelessness’

Anohni, the soulful voice of Antony and the Johnsons, turns to electronica for a protest album that’s easy to listen to, hard to hear.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Prince was set to meet a doctor regarding his addiction to painkillers.

Prince had arranged to meet with addiction doctor before death

The doctor’s son was dispatched to Minnesota and was one of three people to find Prince unresponsive in an elevator.

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DEA, US Attorney’s Office join Prince investigation

A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation has said investigators are looking into whether the superstar died from an overdose.

Rolling Stones don’t want Donald Trump to start them up

The rock band said they have asked the Republican candidate to stop using their music at his campaign events.


Wild Nothing’s Jack Tatum on five favorite Prince songs

The mastermind of the dream-pop combo talks about Prince.


Album review: Kaytranda, ‘99.9%’

Montreal producer Kaytranda puts in 100 percent effort on his debut album, the title of which shows that he’s still not satisfied.


Album review: Gregory Porter, ‘Take Me to the Alley’

Jazz singer-songwriter Gregory Porter delivers love and protest, passion and craft, on his second album for the Blue Note label.

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Hallelujah the Hills is (from left) Joseph Marrett, Ryan Connelly, Nicholas Ward, Ryan Walsh, and Brian Rutledge.

Hallelujah the Hills maintain a winning streak

Popular Boston indie-rock band Hallelujah the Hills hits the decade mark with its fifth LP, a clutch of awards, and more than one tome in the offing.

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Passion is muted on Mary Chapin Carpenter’s ‘The Things That We Are Made Of’

The singer-songwriter conjures potent imagery on her latest album, but seems merely curious rather than genuinely driven.


Cole Swindell delivers kitschy country on ‘You Should Be Here’

A charming performer with a knack for everyman tunes, Cole Swindell sticks to tried and true modes and cliches on his second album.

Actor Sean Penn in Los Angeles.

Sean Penn settles defamation suit against Lee Daniels

“Empire” co-creator Lee Daniels apologized to Sean Penn in a statement made public as part of a confidential settlement in a defamation lawsuit.

Abdias Maleus performs as Absolute Reign & Conquer.

Aspiring Boston rappers convene at Downtown Crossing

Up and coming Boston rappers with few places to hone their craft make a Downtown Crossing T platform their stage every Sunday afternoon.

Mr. Lif plays the Middle East May 5.

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

Critics’ picks for noteworthy pop and rock concerts in Boston and the surrounding area this week.

Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra performing its first concert of the BSO's European Tour at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Germany, on  Tuesday.

In BSO Leipzig visit, glimpses of shared past and future

The Boston Symphony Orchestra will perform in Leipzig, unofficially launching an alliance with the venerable Gewandhaus Orchestra.

Retired farmer Gene Hanson plowed the football-size symbol of Prince in a corn field in Edgeley, N.D.

North Dakota man plows Prince’s symbol in farm field

A retiree in a tiny community in North Dakota has paid tribute to Prince in perhaps the most unique way a farmer can.

Thom Yorke, pictured performing with Radiohead in Indio, Calif., in 2012.

Radiohead breaks social-media silence with new song

After a tour announcement and an eerie weekend social-media whiteout, Radiohead has posted a new single with a suitably quirky video.

Artistic director Harry Christophers conducts the Handel and Haydn Society in a performance of “Saul” by George Frideric Handel at Symphony Hall Sunday.

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H&H caps bicentennial with Handel’s ‘Saul’

Harry Christophers led a vibrant and theatrical performance of the biblical oratorio at Symphony Hall.

Beyonce on the last day of the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset in 2011.

Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ debuts at No. 1 with huge streaming numbers

American royalty has a lock on the Billboard album chart this week as Queen Bey and Prince continue to dominate the conversation.

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Jack Quartet, IRCAM prove electric company at ICA

Concluding a weeklong IRCAM residency at Boston University, institute associates worked with the Jack Quartet in a powerful concert at the ICA.

Dozens of musicians have played in the shifting ensemble this year and last.

Snarky Puppy’s ‘overnight success’ was a decade in the making

The jazz-fusion outfit, whose lineup is constantly in flux, comes to the House of Blues on the heels of a new studio album.

(center) Erin Wall, as Hanna Glawari, surrounded by chorus ensemble members in Boston Lyric Opera's new production of The Merry Widow running April 29-May 8 at the Citi Shubert Theater. 01Widow

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At the Shubert, ‘Merry Widow’ offers an era’s swan song

On Friday night Boston Lyric Opera introduced its new staging of the play, its final production at the Shubert.

Rapper Drake handed out T-shirts last Sunday as he promoted his new album in Toronto.

Six standouts on Drake’s new ‘Views’

What’s clear from a first listen is that the album is a sprawling experience, bursting with atmospheric slow-jams.

Pierre Boulez (pictured at Carnegie Hall in 2010) founded IRCAM, which collaborated with Sound Icon in a concert that featured the late composer’s “Anthemes II.”

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Sound Icon, IRCAM vivid collaborators at ICA

A concert by Sound Icon, part of a weeklong IRCAM residency at Boston University, featured striking works by institute associates.


Brockton museum focuses on a handmade revolution

Fuller Craft Museum holds a reception for “CounterCraft: Voices of the Indie Craft Community,” a new exhibition showcasing the “DIY” movement.

Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key in “Keanu.”

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The Weekender: Kittens, Cubans, and a midnight bookstore

What to do in Boston this weekend, from Key and Peele’s big movie to the Boston Ballet’s “Swan Lake.”

Composer Keeril Makan

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Keeril Makan makes Ingmar Bergman’s ‘Persona’ sing

In creating “Persona,” an operatic setting of an Ingmar Bergman film, the composer Keeril Makan and his librettist, Jay Scheib, embraced the ambiguity of their source.


Encountering politics, personality in Beethoven’s Polonaise

Composed as a courtly gift for a Russian czarina, Beethoven’s Op. 89 Polonaise seems to adopt the composer’s own personal performing style.

The ticket: Classical music

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


The ticket: Pop music

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

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2007 file photo, Prince performs during the halftime show at Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. Since Prince died, YouTube and other uploading sites have been flooded with hundreds of hours of the superstar musician's songs, concert footage, TV appearances and music videos. It's a sign that the notoriously tight copyright controls the artist maintained over his material is rapidly loosening, and raising hope that hardcore fans might someday hear the Holy Grail of Prince's music: unreleased recordings from the vault at Paisley Park. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Fans’ Holy Grail: unreleased songs in Prince’s vault

‘‘If anyone could have a great album in the vault, or several great songs, it could be him,’’ said author and journalist Toure’.

Robin Van Tine and Johanna Walczak at Ladies Rock Camp Boston..

Cutting loose is the lesson at Ladies Rock Camp

Women of all ages attend Ladies Rock Camp in Jamaica Plain, shedding their inhibitions and joining bands.

Prince died April 21. Autopsy results aren’t expected for three to four weeks.

Prescription drugs found with Prince at death scene, reports say

Several news organizations are reporting that prescription drugs were discovered with Prince when he was found dead in his Paisley Park home.

Beyonce performed during the opening night of the Formation World Tour at Marlins Park in Miami.

Beyoncé slays at tour opening, offers no insight into album

Whether scorned woman or confident seductress, Beyoncé moved seamlessly between the two on the opening night of her Formation World Tour in Miami.


Album review: Katy B, ‘Honey’

Joined on her third album by a veritable army of collaborators, British singer Katy B heads straight to the dance floor.


Album review: The Jayhawks, ‘Paging Mr. Proust’

Gary Louris plays the role of a cosmic hippie looking for deeper meaning as the Jayhawks take flight anew in a bright, challenging return.

John Doe labels his album “a psychedelic soul record from the Arizona desert.”


Doe follows familiar paths to new destinations on ‘The Westerner’

By John Doe’s reckoning, there’s a lot going on on “The Westerner,” his first studio release in five years.


Album review: Brian Eno, ‘The Ship’

Mixing technical mastery with cosmic ambition, Brian Eno has produced an album that stands out for its scope and ambition.


Album review: Abnormality, ‘Mechanisms of Omniscience’

Still fierce and flamboyant in its display of technical skills, Abnormality hones its attack for brute-force efficiency on its second full-length LP.

Seth MacFarlane (pictured in a recording studio) has received Grammy nominations for his comedy and traditional pop vocal albums.


Seth MacFarlane looks forward to opening night with the Pops

The comic actor, writer, and director is completely serious about his love for the Great American Songbook, which he’ll demonstrate on opening night.

Boston Ballet presents “Swan Lake” April 29-May 26.

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

Stuart Munro’s picks for noteworthy folk, world, and country music concerts in Boston and the surrounding area this week.

Boston Lyric Opera’s “The Merry Widow” marks the American conducting debut of Alexander Joel, Billy Joel’s half-brother..

Boston Lyric Opera gets serious about Lehár

Conductor Alexander Joel and director Lillian Groag discuss the mix of tradition and innovation at hand in Boston Lyric Opera’s fresh staging of “The Merry Widow.”

Melissa Aldana performed with her band at the Regattabar Tuesday.

Music Review

Melissa Aldana Trio fiery in Regattabar homecoming

The Chilean saxophonist, an award winner who trained in Boston, brought her band to the Regattabar to celebrate a new CD.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, shown performing during the halftime show of Super Bowl XLVIII, are mentioned in a blog post that has gone viral.


Blogger’s post about harassment and Red Hot Chili Peppers goes viral

Julie Farman’s blog post recounted an incident that she says happened while working at Epic Records in LA.


Babymetal on five fiery inspirations

Suzuka Nakamoto, better known as Babymetal vocalist Su-metal, reveals five things that inspire her band’s unique brand of cutesy carnage.

The Residents, who always perform in disguise, chose lower-tech masks than these in their Boston show.

Music Review

Residents visit Royale, inscrutable as ever

Easier to admire than to listen to sometimes, the Residents brought their famous knack for willful obscurity (and a documentary film) to Boston.

The Boston Philharmonic performed Verdi’s Requiem with Chorus pro Musica at Symphony Hall.

Music Review

Day of reckoning as Benjamin Zander, Philharmonic return to Verdi

Zander and the Boston Philharmonic, with soloists and Chorus pro Musica, offered an authentically stormy account of Verdi’s operatic Requiem.

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Les Arts Florissants flourishes at Harvard

High-spirited drama was in the air as William Christie brought his exemplary ensemble to Sanders Theatre for music and more.

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Prince was an analog artist in a digital world

His complicated relationship with the Internet, like him, had a dramatic arc and astonishing range.