Music Review

Arcade Fire brings grooves and spectacle to Mansfield

Every song had its own distinct vibe, veering from the skeletal beauty of “The Suburbs” to the narcotic disco of “Reflektor.”

Austin Mahone headlined Sunday’s four-act show at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion.

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Mahone updates the teen-idol template at Blue Hills

Four acts from the latest crop of teen-pop acts showed how flooding potential fans with information (and some music) can be effective.

Conductor Donald Teeters dies at 77

Teeters, a leading light of Boston’s choral scene for over four decades, was found dead in his East Boston apartment Thursday.

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// Jackson Browne running on full tank

Browne proved sublime Saturday, singing a mix of classics and new songs from his forthcoming album.

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Tori Amos mines her discography at Boston Opera House

Amos has an innate ability to turn the everyday into something greater, and her spare setup set the stage for a commanding performance.


A modernism-hating pope made a brief star of Perosi

Pius X’s main musical adviser was Don Lorenzo Perosi, a composer of reams of music colored by Renaissance models, techniques, and sobriety.

Bramwell Tovey leading the BSO in Tanglewood’s first-ever performance of Leonard Bernstein’s  “Candide” on Saturday night.

Hilary Scott

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At Tanglewood, remembering Bernstein in bronze and music

The benign spirit and generous artistry of Leonard Bernstein permeated a Tanglewood Music Festival weekend in which his presence was felt.

Album Review | AVANT-POP

// Imogen Heap, ‘Sparks’

The English singer-songwriter’s ambitious fourth album finds the singer seeking out the demarcation between technology and humanity.

Album Review | Indie Pop

// Bishop Allen, ‘Lights Out’

The new album from indie-pop quartet Bishop Allen is unfussy in its pursuit of jingle-jangle melodies and catchy choruses.

Album Review | SYNTH-POP

// Midge Ure, ‘Fragile’

On his first new solo album in more than a decade, Ure sticks to an ’80s synth-pop format, but delves deeper into his arch, cerebral side.

Album Review | POP

// Smokey Robinson, ‘Smokey & Friends’

The Motown legend reimagines some of his classic songs with a little help from friends like Elton John.

Album Review | HIP-HOP

// Wiz Khalifa, ‘Blacc Hollywood’

The popular rapper’s fifth record is an alarming regression and a head-shaking misfire.

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// Linkin Park works at cross purposes at Xfinity Center

The singer and guitarist/rapper of Linkin Park seem like they should be at odds with one another, but the two made for a balanced pair.


// The week ahead: Music

Critic’s picks for notable concerts around the region, including Cheap Trick at the House of Blues.

Summer Arts Preview

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// The sizzling summer of arts

Transforming the Clark Art Institute, Newport Jazz Festival, plus 90 critics’ picks.

Pop music

cd/dvd review

Elvis Presley’s Vegas run gets royal treatment

The eight CDs of “That’s the Way It Is” comprise a mix of Nashville studio cuts and Vegas live material — plus six complete shows and rehearsal excerpts.

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