Reeling through the years: Boston Celtic Music Festival turns 15

This year, the grassroots folk fest adds two additional days of programming around Harvard Square.

Jhenè Aiko

Introspective R&B artist Jhenè Aiko shapes her own soulful sound

The singer — who released a double album, a film, and a book of potery last year after the death of her brother — is exploring “the healing aspects” of her music.

The Rising Storm’s ultra-rare debut album.


The cult band that emerged from a ‘garage’ called Phillips Academy

A record label is reissuing the Rising Storm’s self-financed, ultra-rare debut album, recorded 50 years ago during the bandmates’ senior year at the prep school.

Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep star in “The Post.”

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The Weekender: Breaking news, dancing feet, and nimble fingers

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

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The Isleys are all about brotherhood — theirs and ours

Ronald and Ernie Isley, who collaborated with Carlos Santana on 2017’s “Power of Peace,” come to the Wilbur Thursday.

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California dreaming with Lana Del Rey at TD Garden

Seven years after “Video Games,” the LA singer now has the live chops and deep catalog of hits to put on the arena show of her dreams.

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At House of Blues, Passion Pit gets blissfully carried away

Frontman Michael Angelakos connected with the sold-out crowd with an enthusiastic and cathartic performance.

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In Symphony Hall, early works from modern masters

Francois-Xavier Roth led the Boston Symphony Orchestra in works by Stravinsky, Bartok, and Webern.


A repair café, a documentary, and a dance show

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.

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Nicholas Petricca and Walk the Moon play the House of Blues Jan. 14.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

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Daniel Day-Lewis stars in “Phantom Thread.”

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The Weekender: Dark designs, rough commutes, and ‘Electric Dreams’

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

Violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Jeremy Denk will perform the Violin Sonatas of Charles Ives Jan. 26 at Jordan Hall.

Following the fiddle on a ‘wild ride to heaven’ with Charles Ives

Two uncommonly eloquent musicians, pianist Jeremy Denk and violinist Stefan Jackiw, will play Ives’s set of four Violin Sonatas in an upcoming concert.

Charles Dutoit was a frequent guest conductor for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Famed conductor Dutoit faces new sex claims, including alleged rape

Women have stepped forward to accuse Charles Dutoit with alleged incidents in the United States, France, and Canada.

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Børns, sunny side down

The songs on “Blue Madonna,” the singer-songwriter’s second album, are imbued with melancholy.

Morgan Heritage adds Southern touch to Grammy-winning reggae

In Nashville, a new island-inspired sound is emerging thanks to a reggae band with roots in Springfield, Mass.

Conductor François-Xavier Roth leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra and pianist Benjamin Grosvenor in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C at Symphony Hall Saturday.

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BSO begins 2018 with blistering Beethoven, lucid Mozart

With François-Xavier Roth on the podium, pianist Benjamin Grosvenor flowed through Mozart’s concerto.

Brandon Flowers of the Killers at TD Garden.

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The Killers blend pop and rock to perfection

Led by frontman Brandon Flowers, the band played to 13,000 fans at the TD Garden Sunday night.

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Five things to do, Jan. 8-14

Kick off MLK weekend with Harlem Gospel Choir, experience Shakespearean heartbreak, and more.

Brandon Flowers and the Killers play TD Garden Jan. 7.

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He gave lounge music its exclamation point

This month sees the centenary of Juan García Esquivel, the Mexican composer, arranger, and bandleader.

Brandon Flowers (left) and Mark Stoermer of the Killers

The Killers, Eminem, and Jack White headline Boston Calling

The largest lineup yet also includes Natalie Portman, Jenny Slate, and “Pod Save America.”

‘Hero’ in Manchester blast admits stealing from victims

A homeless man characterized as a hero after the Manchester Arena bombing has admitted stealing from victims of last year’s extremist attack.

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In ‘Lamentations,’ Peter Child ties biblical texts to current refugee crisis

It was commissioned to celebrate the 35th year of the Cantata Singers and falls into a line of Cantata works animated by themes of social justice.

The present-day Nervous Eaters perform at the Midway Cafe.

Forty years on, the Nervous Eaters are still talking to Loretta

Forty years after they helped define the Boston punk scene, the Nervous Eaters continue to plug in and plug away.

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Woman accuses BSO guest conductor Dutoit of sexual assault at Tanglewood

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has launched an investigation into allegations against conductor Charles Dutoit after a former intern accused him of groping her at Tanglewood.


1968: It was a very good year

10 albums from 1968 that are still favorites 50 years later.

Cheryl Wheeler follows her bemused muse wherever it takes her

Anything — an estate sale or an article about the Westboro Baptist Church — might capture the attention of the singer-songwriter from Swansea.

Joshua Weilerstein was appointed assistant conductor at the New York Philharmonic in 2011.

Joshua Weilerstein replaces Charles Dutoit in NY Philharmonic series

Weilerstein, a New England Conservatory graduate, was appointed assistant conductor at the Philharmonic in 2011.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Fireworks are part of New Year’s Eve in Boston.

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The Weekender: Bosstones, cartoons, and New Year’s Eve

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

First Night festivities ring in the New Year

Live music by Eli “Paperboy” Reed and other bands, comedy shows from ImprovBoston, ice sculptures, and a variety of other cultural events are among the many attractions.

Deer Tick will perform at the Sinclair on New Year’s Eve.

Live music picks for New Year’s Eve

Deer Tick, Speedy Ortiz, Peter Wolf, and other artists are ringing in the new year around town.

A performance of “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” from the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall in 2015.

A wascally wabbit at Symphony Hall

“Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II,” a program being performed by the Boston Pops this weekend, accompanies screenings of cartoons with their whiz-bang orchestral music.

Tom Cadrin, Viana Newton, Izaiah Yelle, and Jimmy Coberly of Saved by the 90s.

Saved by the 90s pumps up the party, in a Smash Mouth kind of way

The cover band brings another era to the Middle East on New Year’s Eve.

Steven Rose from Ice Effects worked on a shark that is part of a nautical themed piece of ice work to be on display in Boston for First Night 2017.

Everything you need to know about First Night/First Day Boston 2018

There’s a lot to see and do at this year’s celebration, which is free and open to all. Here are some key things to know if you plan to go.

Dicky Barrett of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones at the Hometown Throwdown in 2015.


Mayor Walsh declares Thursday Mighty Mighty Bosstones Day in Boston

The band is setting up shop at the House of Blues for its annual Hometown Throwdown.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at last year’s Hometown Throwdown.


Bosstones are home between the holidays

The band’s annual Throwdown is set for three nights at the House of Blues.

Charles Dutoit (right) conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra in October.

BSO cuts ties with famed conductor Charles Dutoit

The move came after news broke on Thursday that four women had accused the Swiss conductor of sexually assaulting them.

Handel and Haydn Society performs Beethoven's Ninth Symphony conducted by Masaaki Suzuki at the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Boston’s New Year’s Eve concert celebrates African American history

The Handel and Haydn Society and the Museum of African American History said their sixth annual Jubilee Day Concert will celebrate African American history.

Conductor Charles Dutoit at Symphony Hall.

Montreal orchestra launches probe after Dutoit sexual misconduct allegations

The Canadian orchestra launched a sexual harassment investigation after receiving a complaint that names the renowned conductor, a spokesman said Sunday.

Taylor Swift is one of the few pop stars whose late-in-the-year releases can compete with streaming Christmas music.

Taylor Swift’s rivals this holiday: Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole

In today’s world of Spotify, YouTube, and Apple Music, music fans are paying less attention to late-in-the-year releases from popular artists. They’re too busy streaming Christmas music.

The Pavel Haas Quartet.

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Jeremy Eichler’s picks for 2017’s best classical albums

Recordings by the Boston Early Music Festival and Thomas Demenga are among the year’s highlights.

Lilly Hiatt brings a little bit of roots and a whole lot of thrash to her album “Trinity Lane.”

folk, country, and roots

Stuart Munro’s best albums of 2017

Recordings by Alex Williams, Kacy & Clayton, and Colter Wall top a list of folk, country, and roots music favorites.

Lorde’s “Melodrama” was a grandiose pseudo-concept album about the reckless abandon of young romance.

pop music

Terence Cawley’s picks for best albums of 2017

Julien Baker, LCD Soundsystem, and Lorde top the list of pop artists who made the year’s best records.

Miguel in concert at TD Garden in 2016.

pop music

Maura Johnston’s picks for best albums of 2017

Her favorites of the year include recordings by Zola Jesus, Casey Dienel, and Miguel.

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Jon Garelick’s picks for best albums of 2017

Favorite recordings of the year include those by Lizz Wright, Dominique Eade and Ran Blake, and Matt Wilson.


Julian Benbow’s best albums of 2017

SZA, Jay-Z, and Kendrick Lamar top the list.

Mike Hadreas of Perfume Genius

The ultimate 2017 playlist

A playlist to remember the year by.

Conductor Thomas Adès and the London Symphony combined on “Adès: Asyla, Tevot, Polaris.”

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Zoë Madonna’s picks for 2017’s best classical albums

Recordings by the Danish String Quartet and the London Symphony, led by Thomas Adès, are among the year’s highlights.

Marshall Crenshaw plays Club Passim Dec. 28.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.