Music Review

A Far Cry season openers cast stylistic net widely

A Far Cry was at the Gardner Museum to open this year’s Thursday-night avant-garde series Stir.

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In concerts at St. John’s Church in Jamaica Plain and the Gardner Museum, the chamber orchestra showed its range and ingenuity.

Kraftwerk performing at the Citi Wang Theatre on Saturday night.

Music Review

Kraftwerk takes a trip back to the future

3-D technology’s inclusion in the show was appropriate, given that the quartet through the years has grappled with the encroachment of the “Computer World.”

Todd Almond and Courtney Love in “Kansas City Choir Boy” at Oberon.

Stage Review

Courtney Love is attraction, but songs carry ‘Choir Boy’

It’s not a backhanded compliment to say that “Kansas City Choir Boy” has its moments.

Doug Marshall played the new digital organ after tuning and adding samples at St. Matthew’s Church in Wheeling, W.Va.

A revolution rattling the world of organ music

The passionate and proudly obscure world of organ building is torn over the revolutionary digital organ created by a Needham company.

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Handel and Haydn Society opens bicentennial season

The program included music from its very first concert; if those 19th-century audiences heard anything like Friday’s performance, they were very lucky.

Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone (front, from far left) with backing band members (from far left) Tom Tooney, and  Jim and Steve Rodford. They will be joined by other original band members Chris White and Hugh Grundy.

It’s the time of the season for reunited Zombies

A newly reunited Zombies come to Wilbur Theatre on Oct. 6, playing their classic 1968 album, “Odessey and Oracle,” in its entirety, along with tracks from their latest one.


British air disaster remembered in heavy-metal epic

“Empire of the Clouds,” an 18-minute epic on the latest album by Iron Maiden, recounts the saga of the R101 crash on Oct. 5, 1930.

Andris Nelsons (left) and Evgeny Kissin on Thursday at Symphony Hall.


BSO opens season with a return to Shostakovich

Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra opened the new season with a program chock full of serious music, including their latest Shostakovich venture.

Dropkick Murphys, from left, Al Barr, Ken Casey, and James Lynch.

Dropkick Murphys to play Beachcomber’s last show

The Beachcomber is closing Saturday, and the Boston band will see them off. Tickets will be sold online today and at the club tomorrow.

// Autechre hits the road with influential electronica

The influential electronic-music duo of Sean Booth and Rob Brown hits the road for a North American tour.


// Tom Verlaine wants Television viewers seated comfortably

Verlaine, singer and guitarist of punk-era stalwart act Television, ponders the band’s roots and routes in advance of a date at the Wilbur Theatre.

album review | POP

// Janet Jackson’s ‘Unbreakable’ solid but uneven

Janet Jackson returns with “Unbreakable,” her first new album in seven years, to mixed results.

Album review | Rock

The Dead Weather, ‘Dodge and Burn’

On “Dodge and Burn,” the Dead Weather’s third album, the songs fester with crackling guitar fuzz, breakneck percussion, curdled bass lines, and manic vocals.

Album review | ROCK

The Bottle Rockets, ‘South Broadway Athletic Club’

The best band you’ve never heard, St. Louis’s Bottle Rockets.

album review | DANCE POP

Avicii, ‘Stories’

Swedish DJ-producer Avicii doesn’t tamper with a winning formula on his second album, plying his beats behind a rotating cast of vocalists.

The ticket: classical music

Jeremy Eicher’s picks for noteworthy classical music performances in Boston and the surrounding area this week.

The ticket: pop music

James Reed’s picks for noteworthy pop music concerts in Boston and the surrounding area this week.

fall arts preview 2015

// Critics’ picks for fall arts events

Globe writers offer noteworthy exhibits, attractions, and concerts to see this season, including Courtney Love and Todd Almond in “Kansas City Choir Boy.”

fall arts preview

// A lot to see and do this fall

The best local arts events this season, from film festivals to shows, as well as movies and books to check out.


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

Critics’ picks for noteworthy events in Boston and the surrounding area this week.