Music Review

Bashful Banks a ghost among the machines at Paradise

Banks demonstrated a sharp and shaky voice at a sold-out Paradise Rock Club.

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Buzzed-about California R&B performer Banks put on a surprisingly tentative, shaky, and inconclusive show at Paradise Rock Club.

Andris Nelsons, in his debut as BSO music director Saturday night, performing with soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann.

Music Review

At Symphony Hall with Andris Nelsons, a new chapter for BSO

His tenure here has just begun, but Nelsons already has the ears of the music world far beyond Boston.

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke has released his second solo album, “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes,” which is available by download.

Album Review

Thom Yorke releases ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’ on BitTorrent

The Radiohead frontman’s second solo record is enjoyable yet slight, a hedged bet on a still-unproven concept.


Lucinda Williams, ‘Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone’

Williams’s 11th album settles into a deep groove that suggests she was fired up and couldn’t whittle her latest to a standard 10 songs.


Lady Antebellum, ‘747’

Lady Antebellum stops making sense on its new fifth album, delivering contradictory moves, baffling sequencing, and well-worn cliches.

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Tove Lo, ‘Queen of the Clouds’

The Swedish singer-songwriter follows her intoxicating single, “Habits,” with a debut LP that’s addictive despite its occasional lack of depth.


Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, ‘Saturday Night/Sunday Morning’

Whether getting up to mischief on Saturday night or praising the Holy Spirit on Sunday morning, Stuart and his band deliver the goods.

Mike Piscitelli

Blake Mills brings his spirited heartache to the Sinclair

Singer-songwriter Blake Mills faces heartache with high spirits on sophomore set “Heigh Ho,” which he’ll play at the Sinclair on Tuesday.

Jeff Tweedy of the band Wilco performs solo in concert with his son Spencer Tweedy at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on Monday, June 9, 2014, in Baltimore. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP) -- 07fallalbumspicks

music review

A fine and friendly night with Tweedy

Jeff Tweedy and his 18-year old son, Spencer, made everyone right at home at the Berklee Performance Center.

Critic’s Notebook

Shape-shifter André Benjamin steps into Hendrix’s skin

Benjamin’s notorious eccentricity made it easy to take on an identity as Jimi Hendrix in “Jimi: All Is By My Side.”

Music Review

// Rich Aucoin invites fans to play at Great Scott

Aucoin, a fast-rising producer and performer from Halifax, Nova Scotia, offered a playful performance in more ways than one at Great Scott on Wednesday night.

// Sheila E. drums up her past

A chat with Sheila E. about her career, new memoir, and show at the Berklee Beantown Jazz Fest.

// Piano man Marco Benevento sings for the fun of it

Benevento has covered a wide span of stylistic turf, from jam-band grooves to jazz and beyond.

// Shovels & Rope share intimacies on screen and stage

The South Carolina roots-music duo share personal details from their musical marriage.

Classical Notes

yMusic ignores genre boundaries

The New York chamber sextet takes collaborating with pop stars as seriously as interpreting scored compositions.

Fall Arts Preview

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// Fall arts offerings

Play revisits a polarizing New England figure, Cambridge dance centers go for a spin, plus critics’ picks.


// Week ahead: Music

Critics’ picks for pop, folk, jazz and more music performances.

Album reviews

Noisy Neighbors

Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, ‘whatsnext?’

Boston composer and bandleader Mehmet Ali Sanlikol embraces his Turkish-Cypriot heritage on a crafty new album fusing jazz and folkloric forms.