Holiday harmonies have the divas in a twist

Divas with a Twist, five lead female singers, perform holiday favorites such as “O Holy Night,” and “Run Run Rudolph.” Holiday programs are everywhere this week.

The Downtown Boston Business Improvement District’s Dixieland band at Downtown Crossing.

Critic’s Notebook

How much Christmas music is too much?

After Thanksgiving, it seems like you can’t step into a store without being hit by an avalanche of “White Christmas.”

Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville patented his “phonautograph” in 1857.

Third Ear | Jeremy Eichler

Rehearing the history of sound, one ghostly transmission at a time 

Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, a French inventor who made the first known recordings of the human voice, is growing in renown, thanks to a bicentennial celebration of his birth this year.

Sally Hawkins in Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: Acrobats on ice, rockabilly on speed, and chestnuts on an open fire

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

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Music Review

A resounding ‘Hallelujah’ for Boston Baroque’s ‘Messiah’

The vital luminosity of Handel’s work contributes to its perpetual presence in December, but even more so does a performance like this one.

Music Review

LCD Soundsystem show Agganis crowd how to dance themselves clean

Friday’s show was an emphatic reminder that LCD Soundsystem are still, first and foremost, a dance band.

Music Review

At Longy, an intimate-scaled tribute to Leonard Bernstein  

Smaller-scaled compositions from his pen made up the program of a centennial tribute.

PVRIS repeats as the year’s best artist at Boston Music Awards

Cousin Stizz, Julie Rhodes, and STL GLD were also multiple winners.

Suzanne Vega revisits the albums that established a new voice in folk-rock

She’ll be performing “Solitude Standing” and “99.9F” at City Winery.

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.

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// Recent Globe album reviews

Read about the latest albums reviewed by the Globe.

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Greater Boston Stage Company’s production of “She Loves Me” runs through Dec. 23 in Stoneham.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

FILE - In this April 3, 2016 file photo, Taylor Swift arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. David Mueller, a former radio DJ who was ordered to pay a symbolic $1 to Swift for groping her at a photo op, says he mailed her a Sacagawea coin last week. Mueller provided a letter to The Associated Press showing the payment was sent Nov. 28, 2017. In a story published Wednesday, Dec. 6, Swift said she hadn't received the dollar. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Ex-DJ says he mailed $1 Sacagawea coin to Taylor Swift to settle groping lawsuit

A former radio DJ who was ordered to pay a symbolic $1 to Taylor Swift for groping her at a photo op says he mailed her a Sacagawea coin last week.

Kelly Clarkson is one of the headliners for this year’s installment of Kiss 108’s Jingle Ball at TD Garden.


Jingle Ball makes holidays pop

Kelly Clarkson and Fall Out Boy headline Kiss 108’s year-end showcase, which also includes newcomers Why Don’t We.

A merry month of new music

December has delivered a bounty of albums from the likes of Neil Young, Björk, Belle & Sebastian, Chris Stapleton, Miguel, and Andy Grammer.

Santa visited with Keith Lockhart at Symphony Hall Tuesday.

Music review

An abundance of holiday cheer from Keith Lockhart and the Pops

The conductor embraced the season’s joyous triumphalism practically as a mission statement Tuesday night.

A performance of Phil Kline’s sound sculpture “Unsilent Night” in Baltimore in 2009.

Classical Notes

From a ‘block-long stereo system,’ the stirring sound of ‘Unsilent Night’

Phil Kline’s electronic sound sculpture, a prized holiday tradition that has been performed around the world, is coming to the Boston area for the first time.

James Levine in the BSO library in 2009.

Metropolitan Opera suspends James Levine, while BSO says it had no complaints of sexual impropriety by him as music director

The Met suspended its relationship with Levine after three men accused the famed conductor of initiating sexual activity with them when they were teenagers.

With a more expansive sound, Odesza charts its own future in EDM

The group’s Clayton Knight and Harrison Mills are exploring soundscapes that have greater breadth.

James Levine, former music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducting the BSO on opening night at Tanglewood in July 2006.

Levine allegations prompt BSO review of sex harassment policies

In a statement, the BSO said “the classical music industry must seriously reflect on this moment and determine ways to ensure sexual misconduct has no place in our industry.”

For three months this past summer, the Stow native traveled around Massachusetts to record the video.

351 cities and towns. 351 notes. One ukulele love song to Massachusetts

Noah Wisch, a lanky Emerson College senior, filmed himself playing one note on his ukulele across the entire state and turned it into a video.

The Handel and Haydn Society returned to Handel’s “Messiah” Sunday.

Music Review

One Christmas tradition that’s not in short supply

On Sunday afternoon in Symphony Hall, Harry Christophers led the Handel and Haydn Society in the third of the weekend’s three “Messiah” performances.

St. Vincent performs at the House of Blues Thursday night.

Music Review

St. Vincent stands alone at the House of Blues

Performing without a band but singing and playing live on her guitar, Annie Clark gave a searing performance.

James Levine in the BSO library in 2009.

Metropolitan Opera suspends James Levine; BSO says it received no complaints of sexual impropriety

The Met suspended its relationship with Levine after three men accused the famed conductor of initiating sexual activity with them when they were teenagers.

Three more men have come forward to say they were sexually abused by the Met Opera’s James Levine (above) when they were teenagers.

3 men come forward and say they were abused by James Levine

The Met announced the suspension Sunday after three men came forward with accusations that Levine had sexually abused them decades ago.

Heather Buck (with Luke Scott) as Joan of Arc in “The Trial at Rouen.”

Opera Review

A world premiere glows brightly, 60 years later

The first performance for a live audience of Norman Dello Joio’s “The Trial at Rouen” was the latest stop on Odyssey Opera’s journey through operas about Joan of Arc.

James Levine conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Salle Pleyel in Paris in 2007.

Former BSO conductor James Levine accused of molestation

New York’s Metropolitan Opera will investigate claims that Levine molested an Illinois teenager decades ago.

Violinist Leonidas Kavakos performs with the BSO, under the direction of Andris Nelsons, at Symphony Hall.

Music Review

For the BSO, a vigorous ‘Alpine Symphony’ ascent

Along with the Strauss tone poem, Andris Nelsons conducted works by Derek Bermel and Prokofiev.

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: In this handout photo provided by Hand in Hand, Blake Shelton performs onstage during Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief at the Grand Ole Opry House on September 12, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/Hand in Hand/Getty Images)

Blake Shelton sends video of support to friends of West Brookfield crash victims

The country star lost his brother Richie in a car accident 27 years ago.

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Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Dec. 4-10

The Christmas Revels visit Venice, high-profile photography at the MFA, Sherlock Holmes in Arlington, and more.

A broadside advertising the 1785 Handel Festival in Westminster Abbey.


A ‘Messiah’ that was ‘sublime beyond description’

A performance of Handel’s work in 1785 linked the composer’s British eminence with the burgeoning power of Britain’s former American colonies.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

James Franco directed and stars in “The Disaster Artist.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: French kicks, fiery solos, and irreverent holiday fare

The Globe’s guide to the best things to do this weekend.

In dark times, Hiss Golden Messenger tries to deliver hope

Singer and songwriter M.C. Taylor has been searching for a way to stay positive, and he thinks he’s found the answer.


On ‘Songs of Experience,’ U2 go to their safe space

It’s a strikingly low-stakes record that seems to mark the band’s official retirement from taking risks or trying to be the biggest band in the world.

Angel Olsen navigates the ‘complicated’ parts of success

With the wider exposure she’s earned, the singer has been candid about the “constant fight to keep real.”

The Noise began in 1981 and became a must-read for local music fans and musicians. It is ending publication in December.

After 36 years, The Noise unplugs

After 36 years of chronicling the Boston music scene, T Max’s is closing down his ‘zine.

Mr. Cochran turned to preaching in his 40s. He was the born-again pastor of the Voice of Jesus ministry near Miami.

Wayne Cochran, 78, extraordinary showman of ’60s rhythm-and-blues

With his gravelly voice, gravity-defying hairstyle, and outrageously dynamic performances, Mr. Cochran became a cult favorite.

Donald Glover performs under the stage name Childish Gambino.

The full list of 2018 Grammy Award nominees

The nominees in the top categories at the 60th annual Grammy Awards were announced Tuesday.

Jay-Z’s “4:44” is nominated for album of the year.

Jay-Z leads Grammy nominations in top categories

In a contest heavily dominated by rap and R&B artists, Jay-Z is nominated for eight honors, including album, song, and record of the year.

Jay Z (shown opening his “4:44” tour in Anaheim, Calif., in October) performed a mix of hits and more serious material at TD Garden.

Music Review

At the Garden, Jay-Z delivers a fast-paced show of strength and survival

The rapper performed many of his hits Saturday but showed his serious side with material from his latest album, “4:44.”

The Amazing Nano Brothers Juggling Show, featuring comics Dan Foley (left) and Joel Harris (right), comes back to the Boston Museum of Science. In this scene, the rings and clubs represent the 0's and 1's of computer code scientists use to gather data.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Nov. 27-Dec. 3

“Black Nativity,’’ The Amazing Nano Brothers Juggling Show at the Museum of Science, and more.

Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, with soloist Rudolf Buchbinder.

Music Review

At Symphony Hall, Bruckner’s architecture of awe   

On Tuesday evening, Andris Nelsons led the BSO in the composer’s Fourth Symphony. 

Brad Barr (center), brother Andrew, and Sarah Pagé perform as the Barr Brothers.

The Barr Brothers’ story: New England roots, northern exposure

The Americana band has thrived in its adopted country of Canada.

Huntington Theatre Company’s production of “Tartuffe” is at Huntington Avenue Theatre through Dec. 10.

The Ticket: What’s happening this week in the arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” runs Nov. 24-Dec. 31 at the Opera House.

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Coco,’ Clara, Jay-Z, and Spike

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

Album review

On the luminous ‘Utopia,’ Björk approaches perfection

“Utopia” is both resolutely avant-garde and absolutely beautiful.

Hugh Wolff and the NEC Philharmonia rehearsing Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 at Jordan Hall.

Classical Notes | David Weininger

When a student orchestra tackles Mahler’s Ninth

The NEC Philharmonia takes the challenge under the baton of Hugo Wolff.

Amanda Forsythe

Talking music with soprano Amanda Forsythe

The Boston Early Music Festival stalwart is comfortable singing bel canto as well as Baroque.

Jay-Z performs onstage during the Meadows Music and Arts Festival at Citi Field in New York City in September.


Jay-Z shows hip-hop how to age gracefully

Hip-hop seems to be in the midst of a midlife crisis, but one of rap’s greatest stars has managed to sidestep it successfully.

“Everyday Is Christmas” | Sia

An over-abundance of holiday cheer from Sia

“Everday Is Christmas” decks the halls with silly ballads, uptempo ditties — and one gorgeous track that already feels timeless.

Julie Rhodes is no longer the music scene’s best-kept secret

If not for a fortuitous meeting, the Woburn native might still be singing in her car instead of on the stage.