Music Review

Chamber Players offer French polish at Jordan Hall

Jean-Yves Thibaudet with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players on Sunday afternoon.

Robert Torres

With the pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players presented a program that epitomized French polish and craft.

Ravi Coltrane.

Music review

Grooving double bill from Terence Blanchard, Ravi Coltrane

The Terence Blanchard E-Collective and the Ravi Coltrane Quartet performances Saturday proved at least a qualified success.

Chris Stapleton, country’s secret star

Chris Stapleton may be about to go from Nashville’s best-kept-songwriter-secret to solo star with his debut “Traveller.”


Shawn Mendes parlays online stardom to chart success

Mendes is the 16-year-old singer-songwriter who came to fame via the six-second video app Vine.

MorganEve Swain in the home she shared with her partner, the late Dave Lamb.

The ballad of Brown Bird

After her husband and musical partner died of leukemia, 30-year-old MorganEve Swain finished their last album.


With ‘Déserts,’ Varèse envisioned a purer world

The ever-experimental French-American composer Edgard Varèse conjured a world unstifled by conservatism and financial saturation.

Ticket: Pop music

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

The band (from left): Billy Conway, Mark Sandman, and Dana Colley.


New film offers fresh take on beloved Boston band

Five years in the making, Mark Shuman’s new documentary, “Morphine: Journey of Dreams,” makes a case that the beloved Boston band is ripe for reappraisal.

behind the scene

Marquis provides Boston tour in new music video

Local punk-rock veteran Brian Marquis celebrates (and sends up) hometown pride with his new music video, “From Boston.”

Stage review

What Ravel learned from Mozart

The distinguished Dutch composer Bernard Haitink returned to Symphony Hall to conduct the BSO in the first of two subscription programs.

Kevin Deas as Claudius and Susanna Phillips in the title role of Boston Baroque’s  “Agrippina.”

Opera review

Boston Baroque’s successful return to ‘Agrippina’

Director Mark Streshinsky elicited some wonderfully vivid performances in Boston Baroque’s “Agrippina.”

Spandau Ballet, an ’80s British band, is back after disbanding in 1990.

Spandau Ballet returns to life onstage and on screen

Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley talks about the standard-bearing 1980s New Romantic band’s unlikely reunion.

Mike Scott, leader of the Waterboys. The band is touring behind its new album “Modern Blues.”

Dara Munnis

Scott brings his latest Waterboys lineup to the Wilbur

As the U.K. roots-rock band heads out on its first U.S. tour since 2007, bandleader Mike Scott talks about his wayward, rocky quest for inspiration and spirit.

Ticket: Classical music

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

Special section


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Bring the kids, there’s a lot to do this spring.


//[1].jpg Week ahead: Music, theater, arts, and more

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

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.

Pop music

Folds teams up with yMusic for new album

Ben Folds chats about his upcoming collaborative album with yMusic, with whom he plays two sold-out shows Friday and Saturday.

Classical music