Paul Simon sets TD Garden aglow with a warm farewell

The singer, who is retiring from the road, offered a performance that was both a celebration of past glories and a nod toward what might come next.

04heard caption: Boston-based singer and songwriter Sarah Borges has a new album,


New Fenway music series pairs a baseball game and a band

What’s more American than a ballgame and some live music? How about a good two-for-one bargain?

Ty Burr

Every playlist tells a story

Ty Burr wanted to restore not only what it felt like to be an adolescent but an adolescent boy in the Boston area during the late spring of 1972.

John Prine’s current tour brings him to the Boch Center Wang Theatre June 15.


More gifts of song from John Prine

The crackerjack songwriter’s current tour brings him to the Boch Center Wang Theatre June 15.

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At Rockport, ushering in a new chapter with Tchaikovsky, Golijov, and high spirits

Under new artistic leadership, the Rockport Chamber Music Festival opened its summer season on Friday night with a program of festive works by Tchaikovsky and Osvaldo Golijov.

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Zac Brown Band touches all the bases at Fenway

Saturday night’s cover-packed show at the ballpark had something for almost everybody.

Jay-Z, Beyonce release surprise album ‘Everything Is Love’

Once again, the Carter clan dropped a surprise album before anyone knew it was coming.

Make Music celebrates the summer solstice with 100 free performances

Now in its fifth year, the festival continues to grow and diversify.

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Spoon (pictured) will kick off a co-headlining tour with fellow indie mainstays Grizzly Bear at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion.

Indie inspiration as Spoon, Grizzly Bear team up on tour

Brit Daniel of Spoon and Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear are feeling good about their bands’ most recent work.

“The Hourglass Equation,” composed by Alex Burtzos (left), will debut at the Aston Magna Music Festival.

New music, old instruments with Aston Magna

With a world premiere by Alex Burtzos performed on period instruments, the festival looks to the future.

Paul Simon kicks off his Homeward Bound: The Farewell Tour in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. The tour will continue on to cover North America, the United Kingdom and Europe. (Jimmy Jeong/The Canadian Press via AP)

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The Weekender: Pop papas, rockin’ dads, and the godfather of gospel

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

Dwight Yoakam (pictured performing in Nashville) played an hourlong set to close out the LSD Tour stop at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Tuesday.

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Country music — in an altered state — from LSD’s Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, and Dwight Yoakam

The tour featuring the three headliners debuted at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Tuesday with a potent almost-four-hour show.

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Heaven knows Johnny Marr is ho-hum now 

The ex-Smiths guitarist proves yet again frontman duties don’t come naturally on “Call the Comet.”

Zac Brown Band returns to Fenway Park after last playing there two years ago.

Zac Brown Band’s Clay Cook on Berklee, Boston accents, and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

The band returns to Fenway Park for two shows this weekend.

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Playing piano at Dana-Farber, he sees improvisation is not just for jazz

His audience of cancer patients helps each other muddle through the songs of their lives, even when they don’t know the next note.

Dave Gahan (left) and Martin Gore of Depeche Mode at TD Garden.

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At TD Garden, Depeche Mode lets in the light

It was a spirited performance of fundamentally gloomy material.

Australian rock band King Gizzard and Lizard Wizard plays a sold-out show at Royale in Boston on Thursday.

In prog rock, no one can match King Gizzard’s record pace

The Australian band that released five albums in 2017 is in the midst of a world tour that reaches Boston Thursday.

The ancient Roman Farnese Sarcophagus is the centerpiece of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s “Life, Death & Revelry” exhibition.

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Five things to do around Boston June 11-17

“Life, Death, & Revelry” at the Gardner museum, Alonzo Bodden at Laugh Boston, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, and more.

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Benjamin Wenzelberg, 18, conducts the Boston Pops in rehearsal during his finalist audition.

For ‘Candide,’ the Pops passes the baton to Harvard student

Benjamin Wenzelberg, 18, won an audition to conduct the orchestra.

Renée Elise Goldsberry.

‘Hamilton’ star Renée Elise Goldsberry has a date with the Pops

The original Angelica from “Hamilton” will join the Boston Pops and her Schuyler sister Phillipa Soo for a three-night engagement.

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The Weekender: Thieving divas, noir gangsters, and . . . is that the sun?!

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

Liz Phair performing at the Sinclair.

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Liz Phair slips back into ‘Guyville’ at the Sinclair

Her show, in which she still reveled in being a provocateuse, was both nostalgia and a renewal of vows.

Kendrick Lamar (pictured at the Grammys in January) headlined the TDE Championship Tour stop in Mansfield.

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Kendrick Lamar takes the prize at the Xfinity Center

“Pulitzer Kenny” delivered a strong headlining set on a bill that featured other artists from the Top Dawg label.

Erin Rae

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Erin Rae’s translucent, wistful ‘Putting on Airs’

The Nashville singer-songwriter’s sophomore album is a 12-song slice of unpretentious, lovely Americana.

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On Snail Mail’s ‘Lush,’ adolescent angst from an old soul

The debut LP from 19-year-old Lindsey Jordan shows a songwriter who’s wise beyond her years.

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

Soul survivor Nathaniel Rateliff’s big break was a long time coming

A retooled sound and a 2015 appearance on the “The Tonight Show” changed everything.

Composer Frederic Rzewski

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Category-defying music, left-wing stance in composer’s provocative piece

Percussionist Allen Otte believes that Frederic Rzewski’s “The Fall of the Empire,” featuring vibraphone, chimes, and a bewildering array of speaking parts, is a work of brilliance.

From left: Charles Altura, David Ginyard, Terence Blanchard, Fabian Almazan, and Oscar Seaton.

In Terence Blanchard’s hands, a trumpet is an instrument of protest

The jazz composer and his band, the E-Collective, have crafted music in response to rampant racism and the deaths of African-Americans.

Hall and Oates recently released “Philly Forget Me Not,” their first new song since 2002.


John Oates on pop music longevity — and never being out of touch

Hall and Oates play Thursday at the Xfinity Center.

Saxophonist JD Allen performs at Scullers Jazz Club with bassist Noah Jackson and drummer Rudy Royston.

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Passion and poetry from saxophonist JD Allen

Mixing a few standards with his compositions, Allen and his band played a soaring set at Scullers.

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Summer guide: Things to do around Boston and Cambridge

Here’s a rundown of free and cheap entertainment options, from yoga and Zumba to Shakespeare and movies, all over the 617 area code.

After more than a month of headlines not related to music, Kanye West released his eighth studio album, “Ye.”

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On ‘Ye,’ that sound you hear is Kanye cashing in

The music he’s making now seems as manufactured as the drama he creates.

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Aly Raisman is in Maroon 5’s latest music video, released on Wednesday.


Cardi B, Gal Gadot, and Aly Raisman among more than two dozen women featured in Maroon 5 video

Maroon 5’s latest music video features more than just a few Adam Levine flirtatious looks into the camera and a classic, irresistible boy band sound.


A porch festival, a Disney concert, and cycling for cancer

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.

Goddard College students pictured near Northwood dorm  in 1971.

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Maine lobsters, Vermont hippies, and a prom for readers

Three books with New England roots come out this week.

“Red Shirt,” part of “Fairgrounds: Photography by Roy DiTosti” at 6 Bridges Gallery, Maynard, through July 7.

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Ry Cooder

The gospel according to Ry Cooder

The singer explains how he was able to put his own mark on the traditional gospel tunes featured on his new album, “The Prodigal Son.”

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The Weekender: Elle Fanning, fashionistas, fierceness, and family fun

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

The Beach Boys perform “I Get Around” on TV’s “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964.


Speed, sound, and the Beach Boys’ car-culture gospel

Mechanics Hall in Worcester will host a “Hops & Harmony” event focusing on the band’s 1964 hit “I Get Around,” an ode to the liberating transience of teenage driving.

Director Reuben M. Reynolds led a rehearsal for the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus at the Boston Conservatory.


Boston Gay Men’s Chorus carries a hopeful tune to South Africa

And yes, the repertoire will include Toto’s “Africa.”

Tracy Bonham plays Club Passim on Wednesday.


The now and then of Tracy Bonham’s ‘Burdens’

The singer’s “Modern Burdens,” a rework of her 1996 breakthrough album, is a reflection of her “older and wiser” self.

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Will Dailey applies a ’70s sheen to his midlife reflections

Partly about current events, partly about middle age, “Golden Walker” is the Boston artist’s first entirely new collection of songs in four years.

The runners going over the Charles River and through the Esplanade will be hearing lots of music this summer with the GroundBeat series.

A new free music series is coming to the Esplanade

This summer, Boston music lovers can enjoy GroundBeat: The Esplanade’s Free Riverfront Music Series, which kicks off this weekend.

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The confessions of Father John Misty

On “God’s Favorite Customer,” the artist famous for his razor-sharp wit forgoes punchlines to examine heartbreak.

The finale during the Fourth of July Pops celebration on the Esplanade last year.

Rachel Platten, Rhiannon Giddens, Indigo Girls will help Pops celebrate Fourth of July

Legendary actress Rita Moreno will also perform at the celebration.

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Castle of our Skins celebrates music of black women 

The music on the program came from a span of over a hundred years, serving as a vivid reminder that black women composers do not only belong to the present day.

Boston, MA - 5/27/2018 - Singer Khalid Robinson performs at the Boston Calling music festival in Boston, MA, May 27, 2018. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

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The sky was the only limit in a strong finish to Boston Calling

Cold, wet conditions didn’t detract from the variety and strength of the Day 3 lineup, which culminated in a tour de force set from Eminem.