Andy McGhee, 89, big band saxophonist who taught at Berklee

Mr. McGhee played with the big bands of Lionel Hampton and Woody Herman.

Vinnie Accardi of Brand New in concert at the Wang Theatre.

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From Brand New, a rousing return — and maybe a farewell

The band’s sold-out show at the Wang Theatre comes amid strong hints that they plan to retire in 2018.

The songs of Nick Drake, who died in 1974 of an overdose, are now commonly heard on streaming music services.

Ty Burr

My playlist is possessed

One of the songs of the forgotten or never-known artists who haunt these music services long after they’ve died will turn up in my weekly Discovery playlist and I’ll feel a cold wind on my neck.

Carly Gold as Small Alison, Robert Petkoff as Bruce, and Kate Shindle as Alison in “Fun Home.”

The Weekender: ‘Fun Home,’ funny guys, and Pooh bears

Your guide to the best things to do in Boston and beyond.

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A powerhouse show from a reunited Guns N’ Roses

Looking fully committed and in fine voice, Axl Rose performed his familiar, hip-shaking dance moves. But Slash was the center of gravity of the TD garden show.

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Soprano Amanda Forsythe lifts mixed-bag Mozart from Boston Baroque

Forsythe was a consistently enlivening presence during a concert marked by uneven ensemble playing.

5 former presidents aid hurricane relief effort

It was the first time Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama gathered since 2013.

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At BSO, an evening of incidental music

On Thursday night, Ken-David Masur led the Boston Symphony Orchestra in works by Beethoven and Grieg.  

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Boston Philharmonic hails Harbison in season opener

John Harbison’s Symphony No. 3 really must be experienced live. This weekend is your chance.

Fall Arts Preview 2017

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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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A page from Sir Georg Solti’s copy of the score to Witold Lutoslawski’s Symphony no. 3.


A symphony that — more than most — is open to interpretation

Witold Lutosławski’s Symphony no. 3 was first performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Georg Solti.

Lebanon’s Mashrou’ Leila fights the power

The indie band has drawn scrutiny from Mideast governments that consider its music — and frontman Hamed Sinno’s sexual orientation — subversive.

Album Review

The Smiths’ ‘Queen’ is a light that’s never gone out

A deluxe reissue of the band’s tour de force includes a live disc recorded at Great Woods in 1986.

Kris Delmhorst (right) collaborated with her husband, Jeffrey Foucault, on “The Wild.”

Delmhorst ventures into ‘The Wild’ with a partner by her side

Her new album is her first collboration with husband and fellow singer-songwriter Jeffrey Foucault.

Thelonious Monk at the Prudential Center’s War Memorial Auditorium in 1967.

A centennial celebration of the one and only Thelonious Monk

New England Conservatory is hosting the free event that features a tribute from pianist Fred Hersch, among many others.

South African musician Johnny Clegg performs at Berklee Performance Center on Saturday.

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A buoyant farewell from Johnny Clegg

The singer delivering a bright and celebratory performance ping-ponged through the four decades of song.

Elena Stikhina made her American debut in the title role of the BLO’s production of “Tosca.”

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BLO opens its new season with robust ‘Tosca’

The Boston Lyric Opera’s “Tosca” hit its mark, making it one of the most enjoyable BLO opening nights in recent memory.

Hilary Hahn performed Dvorák’s Violin Concerto with conductor Gustavo Gimeno and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall.

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With Gimeno, translucent music and fine fiddling at BSO

Thursday night, Symphony Hall rocked with fiddling chops.

Headphone-wearing partygoers dance at “Live Silent Disco” Thursday night at City Hall Plaza, where three DJs played. Different colors indicated which DJ were listening to. The event was part of Hubweek.

Partygoers, in headphones, groove out at Live Silent Disco

A dance party was in full swing — quietly — in the middle of City Hall Plaza Thursday night.


In Stoneham, opening a theatrical conversation

“Alligator Road,” off-beat comedy by Callie Kimball is the inaugural play in a new series at the Greater Boston Stage Company.


Peabody seniors can take in show, tour at Higgins Middle School

The Senior Appreciation Concert will give seniors a chance to see the new school and attend a concert.

Violinist Johanna Szarkowski (center) focuses as she and her fellow members of the Melrose Symphony Orchestra follow the lead of Music director Yoichi Udagawa.

In Melrose, a century of making music

The Melrose Symphony Orchestra marks its 100th season -- the nation’s oldest, continuously performing volunteer orchestra.

“Ocarinas of the Americas” at Harvard’s Peabody Museum.


Museums where music is part of the experience

Musical instruments are themselves works of art.

Jessica Harper in “Suspiria.”


Delirious dread in score to influential film ‘Suspiria’

The 1977 masterpiece is part of a double feature of horror at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

Josh Homme and Queens of The Stone Age play Agganis Arena Oct. 21.

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

Picks from Globe critics.

Ken-David Masur leading the BSO in 2015.

Classical Notes | David Weininger

Ken-David Masur, picking up the baton

The son of a great conductor, Masur radiates a quiet self-confidence on the podium, something BSO audiences can appreciate in his role as associate conductor.

“Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer” will screen during the GlobeDocs Film Festival.

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The Weekender: Great docs, cranky comics, jock gems, and Wonder Women

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


Album Review

Beck is in fine form on upbeat new album, ‘Colors’

A vibrant, catchy record, it sounds like modern pop without obscuring his singular voice.

Max Weinberg brings his Jukebox Tour to Laugh Boston Oct. 16.

Max Weinberg plays your favorite songs

When his Jukebox Tour rolls into Boston Oct. 16, the drummer — best known from the E Street Band — will take audience requests.

Album Review

St. Vincent’s ‘MASSEDUCTION’ is her first bona fide masterpiece

It’s a jittering, coruscating sucker punch of an album.

Lynn Gunn with bandmates Brian MacDonald Jr. and Alex Babinski.


A bigger sound and big plans for electro-rockers PVRIS

A lot has happened for the Lowell-born band featuring singer and multi-instrumentalist Lynn Gunn.

Kara DioGuardi (left) with Lexi James, winner of last year’s New England Sings vocal competition.

Former ‘Idol’ judge Kara DioGuardi now providing vocal support in Maine

The songwriter — a Maine transplant and Berklee instructor — is championing the New England Sings competition in Ogunquit.

The Ticket: Folk and country

This week’s picks: Gary Allan, the Dusty 45s, and Eileen Jewell.

Masaaki Suzuki leads the Handel and Haydn Society at Symphony Hall.

Masaaki Suzuki leads playful Haydn, blazing Beethoven

The Symphony Hall concert featured sprightly, taut conducting from the maestro, who was making his first appearance with the Handel and Haydn Society.

In this Oct. 1, 2017 photo released by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the BSO plays a free outdoor concert in Franklin Park, Boston's largest green space. The Orchestra is reaching out to the city's more diverse urban neighborhoods to get a better grasp of their cultural roots and needs. (Aram Boghosian/Boston Symphony Orchestra via AP)

Beyond Beyonce: Boston Symphony taking it to the streets

Wander Boston’s more diverse neighborhoods and you’re more likely to hear Beyonce than Brahms or Drake than Dvorak. The Boston Symphony Orchestra says that’s about to change.

Violinist Gil Shaham (left) performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.


With BSO and Gil Shaham, late Romantic passion at Symphony Hall

The soloist brought a megawatt smile and rip-roaring performance to the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.

Bruno Mars plays TD Garden Saturday and Sunday.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Paranoid androids, jazz heavies, and some decent costume ideas

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

FILE - In this June 10, 2016 file photo, Eric Church performs at the CMA Music Festival at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. Country star Church struggled to hold back tears in a tribute to the victims of the mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas and debuted a song he wrote in their honor called

Eric Church breaks down as he debuts song he wrote in tribute to Las Vegas shooting victims

The country star struggled to hold back tears and debuted a song he wrote in their honor called ‘‘Why Not Me.’’

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Oct. 9-15

New MFA Late Nites, AppleFest at Wachusett Mountain, Environmental Film Festival, and more.

“Merrily We Roll Along” runs through Oct. 15 at the Huntington Avenue Theatre.

The Ticket: The week ahead in the arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

From left: Larry Grenadier, Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, and John Medeski form the jazz quartet Hudson.

Jack DeJohnette and company share a musical home in Hudson

The quartet of jazz stars, whose music is inspired by the region in New York where they live, come to Berklee Performance Center on Sunday.

Thelonious Monk performing in Boston at the Globe Jazz Festival in January 1967.


How Thelonious Monk made ‘April in Paris’ his own

The jazz master cut his own facets into the classic, written by Vernon Duke, until it gleamed like a mirror.

Soyeon Shin and fellow musicians in a rehearsal space at MIT.

Third Ear | Jeremy Eichler

From these gamelans, a ‘golden rain’ of sound

A concert paying tribute to the remarkable California composer Lou Harrison on his centenary will feature the wondrous instruments he built.

Tom Petty at the Tweeter Center in 1999.

Tom Petty’s five best shows in Boston, from the first to the last

Former Globe rock critic Steve Morse recalls the rocker’s most memorable performances, from 1976 to 2017.

Kesha at the House of Blues in Boston Wednesday.

Music Review

At House of Blues, Kesha takes charge

Her energetic, glitter-bomb-filled show Wednesday showcased the pop singer’s triumphant rebirth.

Ed O’Brien of Radiohead performed at Coachella Music and Arts Festival in California earlier this year.

Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine join J. Geils Band and The Cars on rock hall nominees list

Radiohead and Rage Against the Machine are first-time nominees while local acts The Cars and J. Geils Band will again get a chance at induction.

Members of the Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble rehearse.

With help from the Internet, musical ensemble reaches out

When the Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble put out a call for scores online, the composers came flocking.

Album Review

There’s a good album hidden behind Manson’s shtick

Even when Manson’s antics threaten to overwhelm everything around him, there’s a lot to enjoy on “Heaven Upside Down.”

“To have this piece in conversation with a much broader audience — it’s humbling,” said composer Gregory W. Brown of his work “Missa Charles Darwin.”

Charles Darwin, a best-selling brother, and a musical conversation for Massachusetts composer

Gregory W. Brown’s composition “Missa Charles Darwin,” featured in a new novel by his brother Dan Brown (“The Da Vinci Code”), is having a moment.

It takes a village to create one Broken Social Scene

Though band membership goes as high as 18, fans should expect an ensemble of 10 or so when Broken Social Scene plays the House of Blues on Saturday.

“We need gun control RIGHT. NOW,” wrote Caleb Keeter, a guitarist for the Josh Abbott Band, in a statement posted on Twitter.

Las Vegas shooting forces country music industry to talk about gun control

Already, one member of a band who performed Sunday has changed his position on guns.