The music lover’s ultimate guide to visiting Nashville

Don’t miss out on the hot chicken.

Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet performed with Elizabeth Rowe and Sato Knudsen on March 11.

For its new artist-in-residence post, BSO should think big

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has created its first artist-in-residence position and appointed the versatile French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. But it could do so much more.

Soprano Kelly Kaduce inside the Huntington Avenue Theatre.


In ‘Threepenny Opera,’ soprano Kelly Kaduce takes the cake

The Boston Lyric Opera favorite gets to show off her critically acclaimed acting chops as well as her voice in the Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht work.

James Levine had been music director for the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 2004 to 2011.

Metropolitan Opera terminates relationship with James Levine over ‘sexually abusive’ conduct

The Met said an investigation found “credible evidence” Levine had “engaged in sexually abusive and harassing conduct both before and during” his stint with the opera.

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Nokie Edwards, 82, whose guitar drove the Ventures

Mr. Edwards’s virtuosic electric guitar playing helped define the surf-rock style of the immensely popular instrumental band.

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Bernstein centenary returns ‘Kaddish’ to Symphony Hall

The BSO kicks off its observance of the composer-conductor’s centenary.

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Dropkick Murphys get their favorite holiday off to a roaring start

Back home for their traditional string of St. Patrick’s Day shows, the band held nothing back in their first of four nights at the House of Blues.

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Five things to do, March 19-25

The Turkish Film Festival, celebrating Women’s History Month at Harvard Book Store, the New England Canabis Conference, and more.

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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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The success of ‘‘Five More Minutes’’ was extra sweet for country singer Scotty McCreery, who had been dropped by Universal Music Group

Scotty McCreery is too nice to gloat about his first No. 1 song, but here’s why he should

The country singer and “American Idol” winner has a hit with “Five More Minutes.”

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2017 file photo, Martin Shkreli talks with reporters after leaving federal court in New York. Shkreli was sentenced to seven years in prison for securities fraud last week. He owns two collectible rap albums by Wu-Tang Clan and Lil Wayne albums that could be auctioned by the government since he has to forfeit more than $7.3 million in a brokerage account and personal assets. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

After Shkreli conviction, what will happen to Wu-Tang album?

Two unreleased, collectible rap albums may go up for auction following the criminal conviction of the albums’ owner, pharmaceutical company investor Martin Shkreli.

The Dropkick Murphys return to the House of Blues for St. Patrick’s Day shows this weekend.


The Weekender: Irish sojourns, Russian meltdowns, and ‘American Utopia’

It’s a special St. Patrick’s Day edition of the Weekender!

Bent Knee will perform the Boston premiere of “Paper Earth” Saturday.

‘Music that doesn’t satisfy the A.I.’ at Stave Sessions

The yearly new-music series, presented at Berklee College of Music, draws from the experimental ends of pop, jazz, classical, and various global traditions.

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k.d. lang retraces her path from ‘Ingénue’ to full-fledged star

The singer is celebrating her breakthrough album with a 25th anniversary tour that stops at the Orpheum.

The Takács Quartet (from left): Edward Dusinberre, Karoly Schranz, Andras Fejer, and Geraldine Walther in 2007.

Classical Notes

Wrestling with masterpieces — and colleagues — in a world-class quartet

Edward Dusinberre, first violinist of the Takács Quartet, offers an insightful, engaging account of his quartet and its engagement with Beethoven in the book “Beethoven for a Later Age.”

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Jon Batiste shifts speeds in a spirited solo show at the Sinclair

The singer and multi-instrumentalist delivered plenty of energy, but there was also quietude to go along with his virtuoso chops and capacious personality.

Phil Elverum is the singer/songwriter known as Mount Eerie.

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On ‘Now Only,’ Mount Eerie peers into a void

Phil Elverum’s second album after the death of his wife contemplates how absence simultaneously grows and recedes with the passage of time.

G-Eazy performing in Inglewood, Calif., earlier this month.

On G-Eazy’s latest tour, a split-screen view of fame

The rapper’s “The Beautiful & Damned” album and tour weigh the rewards and costs of a life lived in the spotlight.

Taylor Swift performing at Madison Square Garden in December of 2017.

Taylor Swift debuts ‘Delicate’ music video

The video for the pop star’s latest single may offer a clue as to why Swift has recently shunned the spotlight.

Rapper Craig Mack, 47, known for ‘Flava in Ya Ear’

Mack’s 1994 album helped launch Diddy’s Bad Boy Entertainment label.

Ben Goldwasser (far left) and Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT.

MGMT: rested, ready, and rejecting labels

Touring off their first album in five years, the band strains against “other people’s narratives about what we should be about.”

James Levine had been music director for the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 2004 to 2011.

Metropolitan Opera terminates relationship with James Levine over ‘sexually abusive’ conduct

The Met said an investigation found “credible evidence” Levine had “engaged in sexually abusive and harassing conduct both before and during” his stint with the opera.

Beyonce, Jay-Z, and their daughter, Blue Ivy.

Jay-Z and Beyonce officially announce they’ll tour together this summer

The hip-hop super couple will kick off their ‘‘On the Run II’’ tour in June and roll into Gillette Stadium in August.

Speedy Ortiz is among the local bands that will be performing at the South by Southwest music festival.


Number of Mass. music acts at SXSW doubled this year

Thirteen Massachusetts groups will perform at the South by Southwest Music Festival March 12-18.

The South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at the MBTA’s Broadway Station at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, March 12-18

The St. Patrick’s Day parade, Pi Day, Spring Sing, and more.

Van Morrison performing on Boston Common in 1968.

An ‘Astral Weeks’ origin story, told 50 years after Van Morrison fled to Boston

Ryan Walsh has turned his fan obsession into a book that places the creation story of Morrison’s legendary album against the backdrop of the city’s flourishing counterculture.

“Graduation parade, Ft. McClellan, Ala., November 1966” by Dick Durrance II is part of “Gun Country” at Addison Gallery of American Art through July 31.

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Sparkling Mozart, spellbinding Donizetti, and dancing Bach

Reviews of notable recent classical albums.

A scene from Ana DuVernay’s film adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time.”

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The Weekender: Wrinkles in time, tricks up sleeves, and ‘Pretty in Pink’ 

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

Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett finds his voice and builds his own empire

The actor and singer marked a breakthrough in 2015 when the TV series “Empire” debuted. Now he’s finally put out his own debut album, ‘‘Sum of My Music.’’

David Byrne sees a world gone wrong on ‘American Utopia’

The former Talking Heads frontman and prolific artist has some observations about American life these days, and it worries him.

“They called me ‘One-Take Chuckie,’ ’cause I could never get it right on the first take,” says Charles Laquidara of his radio days at WBCN (above, at the studio in 1972).

Charles Laquidara goes live with his life, mishegas and all

The legendary DJ returns to Boston for “Daze in the Life,” a live presentation of his “multimedia memoir” at the Paradise.

Bob Weir (left) and Phil Lesh in concert.

Music Review

Phil Lesh and Bob Weir’s explorations never get old

As the first of two shows at the Wang made clear, a sense of musical adventure still animates the Grateful Dead duo.

Jacob’s Pillow opens this year with the Royal Danish Ballet.

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42 concerts, plays, and arts events you shouldn’t miss in New England

Globe critics looked all around the region to pick events you should mark on your calendar.

Andy McCluskey (left) and Paul Humphreys of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.

For four decades, OMD has cast a wary eye toward the future

Over the course of 40 years and 13 albums, the British band has used synthesizers, high art, and dry wit to look at the relationship between man and machine

BLO to stage ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and operas by Machover, Britten, Rossini

Boston Lyric Opera, clearly aiming to stake a flag for opera in the broader cultural zeitgeist, has programmed two of next season’s four operas around the theme of violence against women.

Album review

Absent any fresh ideas, there goes the Neighbourhood

On their third full-length , the LA band hits bottom, creatively speaking

Boston Symphony Orchestra guest conductor Charles Dutoit.

Accuser stands by claim against Boston Symphony Orchestra

A woman who said she was sexually assaulted by a BSO guest conductor reiterated that an orchestra manager was aware of previous improprieties involving the conductor, despite a BSO denial.

Alice Cooper (right) jamming with bandmate Ryan Roxie while in concert at the Wang Theatre.

Music Review

At the Wang, Alice Cooper plays his part so well

Now 70, his performance seemed all the more an act — and suffered not a bit for it.

Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner of Tune-Yards

To Tune-Yards’ Garbus, it’s the thought that counts

The band’s architect self-examines to a degree that should result in creative paralysis, but you won’t hear any of that in her wildly exuberant music.

“Weird Al” Yankovic.

Comedy Review

No parodies, no problem: At the Wilbur, Weird Al’s a true original

Though Al Yankovic’s steering away from his well-known sendups of hit songs on the current tour, his Boston show packed plenty of laughs.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: (L-R) Beyonce, Jay-Z and Blue Ivy Carter attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)


Did Beyonce and Jay Z just announce a summer tour?

As quickly as it appeared, the announcement -- if that’s what it was -- was gone.

Jonathan Richman (right) with Tommy Larkins at the Somerville Theatre.


Jonathan Richman sings ‘Jersey Street’ instead of ‘Yawkey Way’

The former Modern Lovers frontman is paying attention.

The BSO is among a host of symphony orchestras to abandon Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit.

BSO report finds new claims of sexual misconduct by conductor

An investigation found evidence of sexual misconduct by BSO guest conductor Charles Dutoit with four women.

Alan Gilbert led the Boston Symphony Orchestra and violinist Leila Josefowicz in a performance of John Adams’s “Scheherazade.2” at Symphony Hall.

Music Review

At BSO, hearing anew the legend of Scheherazade

Under Alan Gilbert’s baton, John Adams’s score revisits her legend.

The Boston-based vocal ensemble Blue Heron.

Music Review

Blue Heron continues remarkable journey through Ockeghem

The Boston-based vocal ensemble presented a multicolored 15th-century program at St. Cecilia Parish.

Joseph McNamara’s “New Tait Hotel (as seen from the Hotel Finlen, Butte, MT)” is part of “Joseph McNamara: Realizations” at Gallery NAGA through March 31.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

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Bruno Major


Bruno Major aims for the stars

Prior to visiting town for a tour stop at Great Scott on Friday, the London-based musician answered some questions about his newfound fame and sonic stylings.

Jennifer Lawrence plays a prima ballerina turned Russian agent in “Red Sparrow.”

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The Weekender: Russian spies, Hollywood brains, and restless Zombies

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

French organist and composer Maurice Duruflé in 1956.


Recalling Maurice Duruflé, a composing perfectionist who kept the world at arm’s length

The French organist and composer, who often drew on the ancient Catholic tradition of plainsong, maintained a determined detachment from everyday 20th-century life.