Soul survivor LaVette pours her life into song

Jennifer Taylor for the boston globe

A decade into a renaissance that established her as one of the greats of soul music, Bettye LaVette is relishing a new album, “Worthy.”

Hatfield reunites ’90s combo at the Sinclair

More than 21 years after the Juliana Hatfield Three released “Become What You Are,” Hatfield has gotten the old band back together.

scene and heard

Bassist Ettun builds communities

Ehud Ettun, a go-to bassist on the Boston jazz scene, has formed a label as a start to his dreams of building community, locally and globally.

Singer-songwriter Dan Wilson is the former frontman for Semisonic.

Singer-songwriter Wilson reveals the tales behind the tunes

A chat with Dan Wilson who plays songs he’s written for himself and others at a sold-out Cafe 939 Friday.

Noisy Neighbors

Bolt, ‘Shuffle’

The spontaneous collective improvisations of free-jazz quartet Bolt invariably have a transparent texture that belies their open-ended method.

high five

The Dodos on favorite DJ BoBo songs

The Dodos — San Francisco duo Meric Long and Logan Kroeber — share their appreciation for Swiss performer DJ BoBo.

Festival of Colors at the Sinclair

The Sinclair in Cambridge brings the Hindu tradition of Holi to the Boston area with its Festival of Colors party.

Sleater-Kinney — (from left) Carrie Brownstein, Janet Weiss, and Corin Tucker — at the House of Blues.

Music REview

Sleater-Kinney slays in return to House of Blues

If the Sleater-Kinney reunion show at the House of Blues Sunday night had to be summed up in one word, it would be ferocious.

Soprano Aga Mikolaj’s rendering of “So tief in Abendrot” from “Im Abendrot” was one highlight of Sunday’s concert.

Music Review

Boston Philharmonic shows its serious side

Don’t let anyone tell you Benjamin Zander doesn’t have a sense of humor.

Wolf Alice.

Week ahead: Music, theater, art, nightlife, and more

Critic’s pics for upcoming events.

Album Review | rock

Kid Rock, ‘First Kiss’

If you made a list of all things that Kid Rock likes and dislikes you’d have a pretty good summation of his 10th album, “First Kiss.”

// Screaming Females turn crisis into catharsis on new LP

Screaming Females vocalist/guitarist Marisa Paternoster transforms a health scare into potent music on a triumphant new LP, “Rose Mountain.”

Music Review

// Blue Heron celebrates Johannes Ockeghem

When it comes to the great composers of Western music, Blue Heron director Scott Metcalfe has Johannes Ockeghem up there alongside Johann Sebastian Bach.

Music Review

// Youthful energy guides Calder Quartet’s effort

The Calder Quartet’s Friday concert featured three youthful works fueled by fluidity—and one midlife crisis tempestuously brooding on it.

// Melissa Manchester shares life lessons, new music in Lowell

Next week week, singer-songwriter Manchester teaches students in master classes, and performs songs from her first new album in a decade in concert.

Television REview

// Documentary traces Lead Belly’s unlikely path to stardom

The Smithsonian Channel airs a one-hour documentary, “Legend of Lead Belly,” Monday at 8 p.m.

Album Review

// Smithsonian Folkways serves up the essential Lead Belly

A new box set presents 108 tracks by Huddie Ledbetter, the influential American singer-songwriter and bluesman better known as Lead Belly.

// A Lead Belly playlist

A selection of Lead Belly’s songs, from “Goodnight Irene” to “Black Betty.”


// Needham teenager Anna Larsen taps into musical talent

Larsen was one of several young musicians to perform during the 300th show of “From the Top,” recorded at Jordan Hall on Feb. 7.

Music Review

// Journey through land of Beethoven leads to energetic concert

A few pianists have recently been demonstrating the artistic rewards to be found in setting their own agendas, carving out dedicated projects, and building on them across several seasons.

Winter Arts Preview

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// Winter arts preview

Boston Ballet presents “Lady of the Camellias,” “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul” premieres, and critics pick the best of the winter.


// Week ahead: Music

Critic’s picks for noteworthy music events in Boston and the surrounding area this week.

The Year in Arts

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// 2014: The Year in Arts

2014 was all about the music sneak attack, twentysomethings energizing stages, fresh late-night personalities, and more.

The best albums of the year


// The best albums of 2014

From Azealia Banks to the Afghan Whigs, Schubert to Schoolboy Q, we look back at the year’s greatest sounds.



Fifth Harmony brings girl power back to the charts

The girlband, launched by the ill-fated American version of “The X Factor,” hit the Billboard 200 with the strongest dose of girl power since the Spice Girls.

Album reviews

Album Review | SOUL

The Mighty Sceptres, ‘All Hail the Mighty Sceptres!’

Nick Radford and Angeline Morrison, mainstays of the British retro-soul scene, team up in the Mighty Sceptres, debuting with a solid offering of throwback soul.

Classical music

Conductor Stéphane Denève performing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Thursday.

music review

Denève, BSO bring Paris to Boston

French guest conductor Stéphane Denève led the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a quartet of harmonically adventurous and often jazzy works that made headlines in Paris in the early 1920s.