‘I really don’t know what they see in me,’ says Patti Smith

Smith, who still seems stunned by celebrity, says she’s going to spend the next decade focused on writing.

Dmitri Shostakovich (pictured) was working on the Eleventh Symphony while the Soviets were crushing the revolt against the Stalinist regime in Hungary.


With the BSO, a symphony of white birds and revolution

Under the baton of Andris Nelsons, the Boston Symphony Orchestra gives its very first performances of Shostakovich’s dramatic Symphony No. 11.

Adam Granduciel at his Philadelphia rehearsal space.


War on Drugs’ Adam Granduciel sweats every detail in pursuit of perfection

The Massachusetts native took all the time he needed to craft the band’s critically acclaimed “A Deeper Understanding.”

Librettist Cerise Lim Jacobs has been hosting rehearsals of White Snake Projects’ existential farce “REV. 23” at her Brookline home since late last month.

Paradise-on-Earth? New opera envisions Revelation’s next chapter.

“REV. 23,” an existential farce by composer Julian Wachner and librettist Cerise Lim Jacobs, will premiere as part of the Boston New Music Festival.

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A Far Cry fascinates in Philip Glass world premiere

The ensemble teamed with pianist Simone Dinnerstein to perform Glass’s beguiling new Piano Concerto No. 3.

Music Review

At Symphony Hall: Haydn’s drumrolls, Mahler’s pathos

On Saturday night in Symphony Hall, Andris Nelsons led the BSO in its first subscription program of the 2017-18 season. 

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With Leonard Bernstein evening, BSO season starts with a bang

On opening night, Andris Nelsons and the orchestra lit up Symphony Hall.


The album TOKiMONSTA wasn’t sure she’d be alive to make

The L.A. producer was on the cusp of composing “Lune Rouge” when a brain disorder forced her out of the studio and into surgery.

The ‘hippie’ at Roger Waters’s side has his own squad, too

Guitarist Jonathan Wilson may resemble Dave Gilmour, but that’s not the reason the accomplished session player, producer, and solo artist landed a job with the band.

Fall Arts Preview 2017

Fall Arts preview

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A complete guide to movies, music, books, arts, theater, and family events in the Greater Boston area this season.

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Solange performs Sept. 28 at the Orpheum Theatre.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Robbie Fulks

The funny thing is Robbie Fulks can be serious, too

The irreverent singer-songwriter, who comes to Club Passim Tuesday, took a more somber turn on his recent “Upland Stories,” with its focus on society’s underdogs.

Brandon Flowers (right) and Dave Keuning of the Killers.

Album review

From the Killers, some kind of ‘Wonderful’

The new album, with a batch of strong singles and less filler than past records, may be their best yet.

Rising Nation is scheduled to perform at the Rock Off Main Street show.

Free concert celebrates a program that gives young bands an all-ages audience

For 20 years, Rock Off Main Street in Natick has been promoting music by and for teens.

Classical Notes | David Weininger

From a piano triumph to orchestral eloquence, three standout albums

Delights abound in recordings with Boston-area connections by Marc-André Hamelin, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and Either/Or.

Emerging indie artist Sidney Gish is juggling classes and her career

Just nominated for a Boston Music Award, the Northeastern student is poised for her biggest gig yet, at The Sinclair Thursday.


Alison Krauss is a daydream believer

A Q&A with the bluegrass siren, who attributes her best ideas to the pictures she sees in her head.

This Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 photo shows people looking at covers of the Rolling Stone magazines at the

A look back at some of Rolling Stone’s iconic covers

News that Jann Wenner is selling his controlling stake in Rolling Stone marks the end of an era for a magazine that defined the counterculture of its time.

Linkin Park releases a new Chester Bennington-heavy music video

Within hours of its release, the video for “One More Light” was trending at No. 3 on YouTube and had nearly half a million views.

Kate Aldrich was superb in the challenging title role of “The Maid of Orléans.”


Radiant performance launches Odyssey Opera’s Joan of Arc season

Hats off to artistic director Gil Rose for a season that began Saturday night with a concert performance of Tchaikovsky’s “Maid of Orléans.”

Lady Gaga performed during the Super Bowl LI halftime show in February.

Lady Gaga postpones European ‘Joanne’ tour

The singer has delayed her world tour’s European leg until next year because of ongoing health problems.

Arcade Fire at TD Garden Friday night.

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At TD Garden, Arcade Fire make it big

The show leaned on the band’s widescreen sonic sensibilities to turn the arena setting into a virtue.

Lowell band PVRIS

Boston Music Awards names 2017 nominees

To celebrate the awards’ 30th anniversary, music fans can also help choose the 30 greatest Boston artists of the last 30 years.

BSO music director Andris Nelsons.

Andris Nelsons is thinking big, kicking off BSO season with Bernstein

The Boston Symphony Orchestra music director is getting ready to mambo.

Artisanal chamber music, two decades strong

Deborah Boldin, artistic director of Chameleon Arts Ensemble, looks back on the eve of the group’s 20th-anniversary season.

Isang Yun in an undated photo.


A border-crossing Korean-born composer

The Korean-born composer acquired his reputation in the 1950s and ’60s, refocusing post-WWII atonal modernism through a lens of Asian philosophy and musical practice.

Emily Mure plays Club Passim Sept. 20.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Jennifer Lawrence in “mother!”

Things to Do

The Weekender: Artists, martyrs, and envelopes

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

Album review

With two albums, Deer Tick doubles the pleasure

Two new albums released simultaneously separate the unplugged songs from the rockers.

Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist Will Butler


Arcade Fire still burns in the here and ‘Now’

Multi-instrumentalist Will Butler discusses the band and its new album, “Everything Now.”

J Balvin

Reggaeton superstar J Balvin is on top of the world

A Q&A with the “Mi Gente” singer, who comes to the Wang Theatre Friday.

Paul Van Anglen.

Ambitious Rhode Island music fest ends in failure of ‘epic proportions’

The Newport Contemporary Music Series boasted a star-studded lineup, but it cratered amid charges of broken promises, rank amateurism, and more than $100,000 in unpaid musicians fees.

The Weeknd onstage at TD Garden on Tuesday night.

Music Review

The Weeknd dazzles at his futuristic house party

Tracks from “Starboy” constituted most of the singer’s propulsive set at TD Garden Tuesday night.

Tank and the Bangas play the Sinclair Thursday night.

The neon-bright world of Tarriona ‘Tank’ Ball

The powerhouse poet-diva and her funky band play the Sinclair Thursday night.

Greg Dulli and the Afghan Whigs play the Paradise Rock Club Thursday.

Transition and new textures from Greg Dulli’s Afghan Whigs

This is definitely not your older brother’s version of the band.

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.

A Far Cry paid tribute to Fritz Kreisler, Eugene Ysaye, and George Enescu on Sunday.

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A Far Cry is superb, recalling the era of the violinist-composer

At the Gardner Museum on Sunday, the ensemble honored the music of three legendary 20th-century artists.

Mr. Gentry of Montgomery Gentry died Friday in a helicopter crash.

Country star Troy Gentry, 50, dies in helicopter crash

Mr. Gentry was killed hours before he was to take the stage in New Jersey.

Mr. Williams, who toured sparingly, had a rich voice and gentle delivery.

Don Williams, 78, singer who had 17 No. 1 country hits

Mr. Williams’s mellow sound influenced a later generation of singers.

Ed Sheeran performed on NBC’s “Today” show at New York’s Rockefeller Plaza in July.


It’s Ed Sheeran’s world now

The former busker is dominating the charts and filling arenas, including his two shows at TD Garden this month.

Miley Cyrus (pictured in Miami Beach in June) releases “Younger Now” Sept. 29.


Miley Cyrus, Foo Fighters, and more must-hear albums this fall

From The Killers to Beck, there’s a lot coming out soon.

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The best concerts in Boston this fall

From Bruno Mars to Guns N’ Roses, the rash of great concerts this year does not end in the fall.

Jeffrey Foucault and Kris Delmhorst play ONCE Ballroom Oct. 21.

Folk & Country

15 top folk and country concerts in Boston this fall

15 top folk and country concerts in Boston this fall.

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Acrobats, ‘Goosebumps,’ and more kid-friendly fun

15 must-see events for family entertainment in Boston and beyond.

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Country Music

The stories Radney Foster could tell — and does

The recording artist, who appears this month at a country music festival in Amesbury, has paired his new album with a collection of short stories.



Celebrating Coltrane, Monk, and more

A preview of 15 stellar jazz gigs in the area this fall.

Violinist Aisslinn Nosky and her Handel and Haydn Society colleagues will perform Beethoven’s Triple Concerto.


BSO does Bernstein, BLO’s ‘Tosca,’ and other high notes

15 critic’s picks for fall classical music and opera performances in the greater Boston area.

Gil Rose, artistic and general director of Odyssey Opera.

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Odyssey Opera warms up for Joan of Arc-themed season

The company plans diverse takes on the visionary teenaged martyr, from a three-hour epic to a spooky oratorio.

Catherine Russell will appear in the All-Star Fred Taylor Scholarship Fund Benefit Concert at Berklee Performance Center on Sept. 12


An all-star outpouring for Fred Taylor

An endowment at Berklee named for the jazz impresario will be launched with a concert featuring the likes of Grace Kelly, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Pat Metheny.

Geodesic domes, like these, will pop up on City Hall Plaza during HUBweek.


Getting geodesic with it at HUBweek

Six large geodesic domes will host a wide variety of attractions at the festival, which comes to City Hall Plaza this October.

Johnny Clegg


A poignant farewell from Johnny Clegg as he prepares his ‘final journey’

The South African icon, who is being treated for pancreatic cancer, is holding his last concerts ever, including a show at Berklee.