Songs of insecurity and of experience

A mixed but textured and in depth look at the life and work of Paul Simon.

Annie Hoffman (left), Sonia Sturino, and Cam Jones of Weakened Friends.

Weakened Friends share a van, a house, and an indie attitude

Good things keep happening for the Portland, Maine, band, who’ll be performing at Boston Calling Sunday.

Summer Arts preview

The best in music, theater, art, TV, and more this summer

Your must-see guide to arts and entertainment this season, from Boston to the Berkshires and beyond.

Album Review

Courtney Barnett tells us how she really feels

On her new album, “Tell Me How You Really Feel,” the singer is more open and vulnerable, her emotions less distant.

Latest Music headlines

Album Review

Chvrches go big on ‘Love Is Dead’  

The trio is a shinier version of themselves on their third album, sacrificing some lyrical substance in the process. 

Sometimes future headliners are hidden in the small print

When Twenty One Pilots, Kendrick Lamar, and Portugal. The Man first played Boston Calling, somebody else was topping the bill.

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6 things that will make your Boston Calling experience easier

Here are a half-dozen conveniences that should make the experience more satisfying for concertgoers.


Too many choices at Boston Calling? Here’s some help.

A day-by-day guide to the musical highlights of Boston Calling.

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Your Boston Calling 2018 ‘must do’ list

Six things to eat, drink, see, and do.

Fall Arts Preview 2017

Fall Arts preview

// A guide to the best of what to see and do in Boston

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

Album reviews

// Recent Globe album reviews

Read about the latest albums reviewed by the Globe.

More Music headlines

Organizers aim for shorter lines and better sound

Boston Calling’s inaugural year at the Harvard Athletic Complex presented new problems the festival hopes to alleviate this year.

Nadya Tolokonnikova (left) of Pussy Riot performs during a festival in Mexico City.

Punk and protest from Pussy Riot, Putin’s least favorite band

The all-female performance-art group, whose members have served jail time in Russia, is wrapping up its first US tour at Boston Calling.

A woman left a hand-written message on a “tree of hope” in Manchester, England. Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of a deadly bombing in the city following an Ariana Grande concert; 22 people were killed.

Ariana Grande offers message of hope on anniversary of concert bombing

A bomb went off after Grande’s concert in Manchester, England, on May 22, 2017, killing 22 people.

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Honoree Janet Jackson performs onstage at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for dcp)

Janet Jackson honored at Billboard Music Awards

The pop star was marking the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking ‘‘janet.’’ album.

Kelly Clarkson spoke onstage Sunday during the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

Kelly Clarkson offers an emotional speech at Billboard Music Awards on shooting victims

The show’s host said she was asked to hold a moment of silence for 10 people killed Friday in Santa Fe, Texas, but chose instead to call for ‘‘a moment of action.’’

James Levine in 2009, when he was the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s music director.

Met says it has evidence James Levine abused or harassed 7 people

The Metropolitan Opera fired Levine as its music director emeritus on March 12, citing evidence of misconduct.

Wynton Marsalis appears with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at Symphony Hall June 10.


Critic’s picks: From Newport to Rockport, the best in jazz

10 great concerts to see this summer.

The Wailin' Jennys. Photo credit: Art Turner.


Critic’s picks: Jamey Johnson, Miranda Lambert, and LSD (the legal kind)

10 top summer concerts by performers ranging from the Oak Ridge Boys to the Wailin’ Jennys.

20SummerFolk Parker Millsap Photo credit: David McClister


When the spirit moves Parker Millsap, anything can happen

Over four albums, the Oklahoman raised in a Pentecostal church has crafted his own blend of folk, rock, R&B, country, and blues.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Taylor Swift performs onstage at the Z100's Jingle Ball 2017 on December 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Pop music

From Taylor Swift to Jay-Z and Beyoncé, big stars on the biggest stages

Here’s a guide to the artists who’ll draw the summer’s largest crowds, including Luke Bryan, Billy Joel, Kenny Chesney, and Journey.

American Modern Opera Company visits Williamstown in August.

Classical music

Critic’s picks: From Bach to ‘The Barber of Seville,’ 10 can’t-miss classical events

Critic’s picks for 10 great performances to take in.

20summerclassical Leonard Bernstein conducting a rehearsal in one of the Tanglewood barns, ca 1971 (Photograph by Heinz Weissenstein, Whitestone Photo, BSO Archives). Photo credit: Heinz Weissenstein Image courtesy of BSO Archives.

Classical music

Tanglewood toasts Leonard Bernstein in a summer-long tribute  

A season of Bernstein centennial programs culminates at the Koussevitzky Music Shed. 

INDIO, CA - APRIL 22: SZA performs with Cardi B onstage during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 22, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)


Critic’s picks: Summer sounds, from Paul Simon to Beck, Kendrick Lamar, and SZA

Hip-hop artists, troubadours, and more: There’s something for everyone on the season’s stages.

American jazz musician Charles Lloyd.


Jazz master Charles Lloyd’s never-ending quest leads to Newport

The composer and saxophonist, now 80, will headline all three days at the jazz festival.

A robotic dog is among the nature-inspired art and prototypes that will be featured at Peabody Essex Museum’s “Wild Design” exhibit. Sebastian Conran with Tony Prescottand Ben Mitchinson, ConsequentialRobotics, United Kingdom, MiRo,2017. Mixed media. Courtesy of Consequential Robotics.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, May 21-27

Wild Designs at the Peabody Essex Museum, Campfire Festival at Club Passim, Honoring Our Heroes on Memorial Day, and more.

Paramore is one of many bands playing Boston Calling next weekend.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Ryan Reynolds stars in “Deadpool 2.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: A snarky hero, a rebel pope, and royal to-dos

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

The Ticket: Pop and rock

This week’s picks: Kitten, Boston Calling, and Jason Aldean.

Dierks Bentley performs “Woman, Amen” at the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in April.

Country star Dierks Bentley still wants to grow

Bentley has more than a dozen hit singles, has been nominated for 13 Grammys, and is about to release his ninth studio album. But he calls himself a ‘‘born seeker’’ who can’t stop thinking about how to evolve.

xxcapone -- It was once thought that Al Capone wrote the song

They finally got Al Capone for tax evasion. But what about plagiarism?

For the longest time, it was thought that the gangster wrote and composed his own love songs.

Pianist Yuja Wang performing at Jordan Hall on Friday night.

Music Review

Yuja Wang sparkles at Jordan Hall

From the moment she stepped onstage, it was clear the pianist had come to impress.

Canadian rapper Drake.


Drake’s massive tour with Migos to hit Boston

The hip-hop heavyweights will play TD Garden Sept. 7-8.

Heather Johnson and Marcus DeLoach in “Trouble in Tahiti.”

Opera Review

Behind the white picket fence, portraits of a jagged loneliness

A new double-bill pairing Leonard Bernstein’s “Trouble and Tahiti” and his “Arias & Barcarolles” opened Friday at the DCR Steriti Memorial Ice Rink, presented by Boston Lyric Opera.

In this combination photo Kanye West speaks at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York on Aug. 28, 2016, left, and Stevie Wonder attends the TIDAL X: Brooklyn 3rd Annual Benefit Concert in New York on Oct. 17, 2017. Wonder has called out West for saying slavery is a “choice,” calling the idea “foolishness” likening it to Holocaust denial. Wonder brought up West without prompting during an interview Thursday, May 10, 2018, after a show at a West Hollywood club. (AP Photo)

Stevie Wonder says Kanye slavery comments are ‘foolishness’

Stevie Wonder has called out Kanye West for saying slavery is a choice, calling the idea “foolishness” and likening it to Holocaust denial.

Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World is at the Museum of Science.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, May 14-20

Crocs at the Museum of Science, classic rock at Symphony Hall, pirates in Plymouth, and more.

Theater produces student’s play on Hitler’s young soldiers

The Company Theatre’s student program presents an original play “The Werewolves,” written by academy student Alex Moon of Scituate.

Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak play the Sinclair May 13.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Alanis Morissette, shown performing in San Diego in 2017.

The Weekender: Alanis, Art, Alcott, and opera over ice

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

Andy Grammer joined Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops for the orchestra’s opening night Wednesday.

Music Review

Rays of sunshine from Bernstein and Grammer in Pops season opener

The orchestra’s first concert in a season-long tribute to Leonard Bernstein also featured a sprightly set from pop star Andy Grammer.

If she sings it, then Bettye Lavette is going to own it

Her recent album of Dylan compositions illustrates her fearless approach of performing songs “the Bettye LaVette way.”

Pumpkin Bread

Too many choices at PorchFest? Let’s walk you through it.

The best way to experience Somerville’s street music festival is to wander, but here are some recommendations to start you off, from pickers to punk rockers to a guy who plays theremin.

Michael Hersch is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a number of significant awards.

Classical Notes

An extraordinary late bloomer makes a musical mark

Michael Hersch grew up uninterested in classical music, but he’s since composed a series of unfailingly intense works that are seemingly indebted to no school or movement.

Album review

A moonage daydream from Arctic Monkeys

The influence of Bowie-esque sci-fi, anxious and opulent, looms large on this triumphant return from Alex Turner and the band.

Amy Ray

The VIP Lounge with Amy Ray

Amy Ray, half of the contemporary folk duo Indigo Girls, spends so much time on the road that her idea of a great vacation is being home. That said, she longs to get to Africa one of these days.

How Damien Jurado gets his inspiration from dreams and DVDs

The singer-songwriter talks about turning his nightly visions into records, the accidental origin of his music career, and why he pays attention to what’s going on in the background of movies.

Donald Glover as Childish Gambino performed

Ty Burr

Childish Gambino makes a serious statement with ‘This Is America’

Released under Donald Glover’s nom de pop, the music video appears built to function as a closed conversation for black America and an open classroom for anyone else.

Amanda Forsythe and Harry Christophers during H&H’s performance.

Music Review

Vivid Handel and Haydn chorus lifts ‘Hercules’  

On Friday night in Symphony Hall, Harry Christophers led the Handel and Haydn Society in its first-ever performance of Handel’s “Hercules.”

Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry (shown in Germany last year) joined the rest of their Aerosmith bandmates at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Saturday.

Music review

Aerosmith returns from hiatus with a roaring set in New Orleans

The band headlined Saturday at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off at the high school on May 12.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of May 7-13

Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival, Remember King at Boston Public Library, Banned in Boston, and more.

Violinist Robyn Bollinger

Music Review

Tracing the ciaccona on a journey through the centuries  

On Thursday night at the Gardner, violinist Robyn Bollinger performed a multimedia recital. 

Trampled by Turtles plays the House of Blues May 8.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.