The BSO opens its season with a Russian bang

It was a memorable evening, as BSO music director Andris Nelsons offered a fresh perspective on works by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Mussorgsky.

Bruce Springsteen.


Bruce Springsteen calls Trump a ‘moron’

“Well, you know, the republic is under siege by a moron, basically,” the musician told Rolling Stone.

Speedy Ortiz is among the local bands nominated for Boston Music Awards.

2016 Boston Music Awards nominees announced

Meghan Trainor, Speedy Ortiz, Michael Christmas, Bearstronaut, Marissa Nadler, Esperanza Spalding, and Rachel Platten are among local acts nominated.

Machine de Cirque in action.


The Weekender: Cowboys, acrobats, and the Boss

Top picks for what to do in Boston and beyond.

Latest Music headlines

New Bob Weir album borrows from traditional folk tunes

On “Blue Mountain,” the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir offers a set of new songs co-written with Josh Ritter and rooted in the early 20th century.

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox plays today’s hits the retro way

The musician has built a mini pop empire on jazzy retro covers of modern hits.


A WWII celebration, and a musical battle behind the scenes

Fractious politics, musical and otherwise, runs beneath the surface of “Toccata de la Libération.”

BLO brings lean, mean ‘Carmen’ to Opera House

Bizet’s “Carmen” is one of the most popular operas in the repertoire.

Music Review

Puff Daddy leads retro tour with Bad Boy Family Reunion

The show honored the empire Sean Combs has built over the last 20 years, but put the hits front and center.

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Meghan Trainor (pictured in Seattle in July) played to family, friends, and fans at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on Saturday.

Music Review

Meghan Trainor tries to keep it real in hometown show

It was very much a hometown crowd for the Nantucket native, who shouted out many friends, family, and teachers who were there to root her on for the conclusion of the tour behind “Thank You.”

Mr. Dural took zydeco music mainstream, launching a major-label album — the Grammy-nominated ‘‘On a Night Like This’’ — with Island Records in 1987.

Stanley Dural Jr., 68, musician with Buckwheat Zydeco

Mr. Dural rose from a cotton-picking family in southwest Louisiana to introduce zydeco music to the world.

The Ticket: Classical music

Critic’s picks for classical music performances around the Boston area.

Andris Nelsons recently rehearsing “Der Rosenkavlier” with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall.

Andris Nelsons, lifting the baton with the BSO

On the eve of his third season as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons is all in.

Meghan Trainor’s new video for her catchy single “Better” contains a serious message.


A conquering pop hero, Meghan Trainor brings it all back home

Meghan Trainor is returning for two shows in her home state, bent on showing she can be more than just cute.

Composer Jeffrey Mumford

Classical Notes

Creating a spotlight for black composers

The Roxbury-based group Castle of our Skins kicks off its season with a concert of works by composer Jeffrey Mumford.

Rostam Batmanglij (left) and Hamilton Leithauser team on “I Had a Dream That You Were Mine.”

Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam album is an indie super-duo dream

“I Had a Dream That You Were Mine,” featuring members of the Walkmen and Vampire Weekend, skillfully steals ideas from across the American pop landscape.


Leonard Cohen just turned 82. You should listen to his new song.

“You Want It Darker” faces death with all the love, anger, humor, and compassion the artist has always channeled. It is deeply moving.

Many of Adele’s songs carry a theme of heartbreak.

Adele dedicates show to Pitt, Jolie amid divorce

Count Adele as among those saddened by the Brangelina split.

Don Buchla, 79, electronic music maverick

Mr. Buchla had a lifelong fascination with the ways that humans, technology, and sounds interact.

David Snead, president and chief executive of the Handel and Haydn Society, says donors are “responding to what’s happening onstage.”

Handel and Haydn Society raises more than $13.5 million

Opening its 202nd season, the period-instrument orchestra and chorus is celebrating a successful capital campaign.

Music Review

Transporting Dinosaur Annex concert features Lee Hyla premiere

Sunday’s season opener for Dinosaur Annex featured a range of new and new-ish pieces.

Elvis Costello and Rosanne Cash performing at the PEN New England Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award ceremony.


John Prine, Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan honored for songwriting at star-studded event at JFK library

Elvis Costello, who serves on the selection committee that also includes Bono, was on hand to introduce this year’s honorees.

Gil Rose and the Odyssey Opera Orchestra with Aleš Briscein and Olga Jelínková.

Opera Review

Odyssey Opera is true to Dvořák’s ‘Dimitrij’

Jordan Hall was the scene Friday of the American premiere of the work in its uncut version, and it was a historic night for opera in Boston.

Ethan Iverson

A jazz pianist’s spot at the corner of history and what’s new

Ethan Iverson, known for his work in The Bad Plus and newly on faculty at New England Conservatory, believes his work on the cutting edge of jazz requires knowing its past.

Paul Erdos in 1992.


Six degrees of Hungarian mathematician Paul Erdos?

Tuesday marks 20 years since the death of the man whose habit of collaboration inspired the creation of Erdos numbers.

From left, Nicholas Hammond, Kym Karath, Angela Cartwright, Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Ms. Carr, Heather Menzies, Debbie Turner, and Duane Chase portrayed the von Trapp- family in the 1965 film musical ‘‘The Sound of Music.’’

Charmian Carr, 73; portrayed Liesl in ‘The Sound of Music’

Ms. Carr fully embraced audiences’ reverence for the musical, frequently appearing at sing-a-long performances.

On a stage that unspooled from a converted U-Haul, the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet rehearsed in Cambridge Friday.

Music on wheels rolls into Boston

The Music Haul, a modified U-Haul truck, will bring world-class concert performances to area streets and schools Sunday through Tuesday.

Bobbi Kristina Brown with partner Nick Gordon in 2012.

Bobbi Kristina Brown’s partner loses wrongful death case

Brown’s family blamed her death on her partner, Nick Gordon, but he has never been charged in the case.

Maya Rudolph (left) and Gretchen Lieberum performing as Prince tribute band Princess on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” in 2012.


The artists currently known as Princess

Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum are starting a tour of their Prince tribute band at the Paradise.

The Ticket: Classical music picks

Critic’s picks for classical music performances around the Boston area.

Visitors at the MFA’s Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art.


The Weekender: Fun in the (steadily dwindling) sun

Our picks for top things to do in Boston and beyond.

Foxborough, MA - 09/14/2016 - Musician Bruce Springsteen performs in concert at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, September 14, 2016. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

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Bruce Springsteen, the people’s rock god

The magic of a four-plus-hour show is that Springsteen can please the diehard and casual fans alike.

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 14: Singer/songwriter Adele performs at TD Garden on September 14, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images for BT PR)**** slug:16adele

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Adele shows why she connects with her audience

Adele played the first of two shows at TD Garden on Wednesday night.

Album review

On Against Me!’s latest, romantic truths in a punk key

On “Shape Shift with Me,” an urgent new album from Laura Jane Grace and company, raw emotion comes with delectable punk hooks.


Donovan embraces 50th anniversary of his ’60s heyday

Sean Maloney talks to Donovan, the flower-power singer, who is playing in Boston this week for the first time in nearly 30 years.

A great pretender gets spotlight in opera ‘Dimitrij’

Odyssey Opera showcases the kinder, softer side of a scheming 17th-century pretender to the Russian throne with the Boston premiere of a fascinating work by Antonín Dvořák.

Bell Biv DeVoe, from left, Ricky Bell, Ronnie DeVoe, and Michael Bivins.


Bell, Biv, DeVoe releases new single and video ahead of New Edition miniseries

And it’s old-school.

“Tabor Shoon” is part of “Sandy Litchfield: Deciduous City” at Carroll and Sons.

The week ahead: Pop, theater, dance, art, and more

Picks for the week’s best jazz, blues, and cabaret shows from Kevin Lowenthal.

Prince Buster, trailblazer of ska, dies at 78

Prince Buster, a performer and producer who transformed Jamaican music in the 1960s as a trailblazer of the ska beat, died Thursday in Miami. He was 78.

(From left) Shelly Peiken, Kay Hanley, and Michelle Lewis, with Songwriters of North America, in Los Angeles.

Songwriters sue Justice Department over licensing rules

Songwriters have become increasingly vocal about their unhappiness with the amount of compensation they receive from digital outlets.

Do not go to Quincy hoping to see a free Adele show.

No, Adele isn’t playing in a Quincy T station

Rumor had it that Adele was going to sing at the Quincy Center T station.

Susannah Biller and Michael Maniaci in “Madame White Snake.”

Opera Review

Enchanted ‘Ouroboros’ trilogy explores eternal mysteries

An impressive production brought three mystic operas, all with libretti by Cerise Lim Jacobs, to the Cutler Majestic Theatre.

A Far Cry

Music REview

A Far Cry kicks off 10th season in style

An essential pillar of Boston music life, this enterprising conductorless string orchestra began its concert by giving itself a round of applause.

File-This Aug. 28, 2016, file photo shows Kanye West appearing at the MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York. West brought his “Saint Pablo Tour” to the small stage at a New York Fashion Week party, where he performed Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, under smoky, dark lights, and ended his set with some outspoken words, per usual. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Kanye West performs at New York Fashion Week party

Kanye West brought his “Saint Pablo Tour” to the small stage at a New York Fashion Week party.

Jason Aldean poses for a photo at the 10th Annual ACM Honors at Ryman Auditorium on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Sanford Myers/Invision/AP)

Country star Jason Aldean plays a parade of hits at Fenway

All but two of the night’s songs were country top 10s (including a passel of chart-toppers), and one of the stragglers came from the new album.

fall arts preview

There’s a lot of amazing art, music, movies, and more coming this fall

Get ready, Boston, it’s going to be a busy autumn.

Jenny Lewis is celebrating the 10th anniversary of her album “Rabbit Fur Coat.”

Fall arts preview

Jenny Lewis puts back on her ‘Rabbit Fur Coat’

On a tour celebrating the tenth anniversary of one of her most acclaimed albums, indie-rock icon Jenny Lewis honors the past while charging ahead.

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque are coming to the Regattabar this fall.

Fall Arts Preview

Jazz picks

Top jazz concert picks from Jon Garelick for fall 2016.

Ticket: Pop Music

Highlights of the upcoming week in pop music.

La Yegros perform with Las Cafeteras in November at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts.

Fall Arts Preview

World music picks

Top world music shows for fall 2016.