Why it matters that Childish Gambino is bringing back the funk

On new album “Awaken, My Love,” Donald Glover (a.k.a. Childish Gambino) returns with a controversial sound -- one that deploys funk not as pop dressing, but for its original purpose.

Lowell band PVRIS won 2016 Boston Music Awards for both Artist of the Year and Song of the Year.

PVRIS, Cousin Stizz, Meghan Trainor win big at Boston Music Awards

The winners of the 2016 Boston Music Awards were announced on Thursday night.

Ariana Grande will perform at the Kiss 108 Jingle Ball.


The Weekender: Seeing stars, Cirque Dreams, and finely tuned machines

Top picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Neil Young

Album Review

The power of protest on Neil Young’s ‘Peace Trail’

Young’s bare-bones 38th album shows he still carries protest in his heart.

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Fry Street Quartet goes deep on new album, ‘The Crossroads Project’

The Utah-based group performs commissions by Laura Kaminsky and Libby Larsen centering on themes of nature and sustainability.

Classical album review

Vintage warmth in Qasim Naqvi’s electronic album Chronology’

This music inhabits the cheerfully poignant space of a technological cutting edge worn soft.

Classical album review

Lara Downes casts a wide net on beautiful album ‘America Again’

Arriving like a balm for a country riven by disunion, this solo piano album embraces the elusive yet distinctive American spirit.


A Prokofiev overture’s Zionist moment

On Sunday, the Boston Chamber Symphony performs Sergei Prokofiev’s “Overture on Hebrew Themes,” commissioned by colleagues from St. Petersburg who had formed a sextet dedicated Zionism.

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A striking performance from percussionist Colin Currie

The Scottish musician’s solo recital rocked the house and raised the roof.

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Donald Glover in “Atlanta.”

Ty Burr

‘Atlanta’ is a must-see Donald Glover experience

Is he the hardest working man in show business? It’s getting hard to argue otherwise.

Megan Hilty performing with the Boston Pops in “A Company Christmas at Pops.”


Boston Pops gala raises record $1.25M

Megan Hilty, Governor Charlie Baker, and former New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo joined Keith Lockhart’s ensemble on Wednesday night for the 33rd annual “A Company Christmas at Pops.”

(FILES) This file photo taken on December 5, 2016 shows US singer Lady Gaga poses on the red carpet upon arrival to attend the British Fashion Awards 2016 in London. Pop icon Lady Gaga has revealed an ongoing battle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), part of the emotional fallout from having been raped as a teenager. The singer-songwriter made the revelation during a television interview on December 5, 2016 at a New York homeless shelter for gay and lesbian (LGBT) youth.

Lady Gaga discusses PTSD struggle in open letter

Lady Gaga is opening up further on her struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder in an open letter.

Music Review

New music that invites deep listening, dreaming

Dutch pianist Reinier Van Houdt’s performance of Michael Pisaro’s “Green Hour, Gray Future” invited the listener into an untethered state of hyper-sensitive listening.

Rachel Platten performing at Mix 104.1’s “Not So Silent Night” concert at the House of Blues on Tuesday.

Rachel Platten fills in for Meghan Trainor at House of Blues

The “Fight Song” singer came to the rescue because M-Train wasn’t feeling well.

Stephen King, pictured in 2013.


Stephen King thinks Bob Dylan rules

The author explains why the legendary singer-songwriter deserves the Nobel Prize.

Singer-songwriter Kristin Hersh is back, performing the songs of her long-running band Throwing Muses as well as her solo material.

For a new album, Kristin Hersh learned to let go

The Throwing Muses frontwoman has a new double album with an accompanying book, and new artistic insight borrowed from her son.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Andris Nelsons, have again received multimple Grammy nominations.

BSO, Andris Nelsons celebrate more Grammy nominations

The orchestra earned two nominations for the 2016 installment of its “Shostakovich Under Stalin’s Shadow” album series.

John Mayer, Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir, and Dead & Company at Fenway Park last July.

Calling all Deadheads: Grateful Dead members to perform at Fenway Park

Dead & Company is coming back to Boston for two shows at Fenway Park in June.

Stoughton’s Lori McKenna gets four Grammy nods

The mother of five has somehow put together a music career that revolves around her family.

Beyoncé pictured performing in November.

Beyoncé leads Grammy nominations with 9

The announcements were made by Nantucket’s Meghan Trainor

The new World Music/CRASHarts season includes Mali’s Tinariwen, performing April 14.

World Music/CRASHarts announces lineup

The new winter-spring season includes visits from global music and dance acts galore.

Raynoma Gordy Singleton, 79, an early Motown force

Ms. Singleton was the business partner and second wife of Berry Gordy Jr., the record label’s founder.

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Luke Bryan performs onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

Luke Bryan slaps heckler from stage with microphone in hand

Bryan then continued with the song while seemingly unfazed by the incident.

A scene from “Hamilton.”

Watch performances of songs from the Hamilton mix tape right now

The Broadway megahit “Hamilton” has already spawned a best-selling cast album, a PBS documentary and a book about its creation. Now it’s spinning off a CD by fans who happen to be some of popular music’s biggest stars.

Members of the Rolling Stones performed in 2014.

Guess how many days it took for the Rolling Stones to make their new album

Hint: It’s probably a lot less than it would take you or me.

Darlene Love

Powerhouse vocalist Darlene Love is back with holiday magic

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, a top backup singer turned housecleaner who then powerfully revived her career, visits the Cabot next week.

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JACK Quartet finds motion in stillness, stillness in motion at BU

Its Wednesday performance at Boston University featured three excellent miniatures and one high-concept misstep.

Jean Carignan


Recalling Jean Carignan, a French-Canadian treasure who had to keep his day job

The fiddler, who played in dance halls and headlined folk festivals, waited many years to garner the official recognition he deserved.

Keith Lockhart conducts the Holiday Pops shows through Dec. 24.


The Weekender: Murder mysteries, folk histories, and Holiday Pops

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

Music Review

A celebratory kickoff night for the Holiday Pops

The Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus combined on a program that ranged from goofy and unselfconscious to solemn and awe-inspiring.

Album review

Hearing Kate Bush live in London on ‘Before the Dawn’

The album was recorded during a run of shows at the Hammersmith Apollo in 2014.

Reinier van Houdt performs at Goethe-Institut Boston Dec. 6.

Classical Notes

Pianist Van Houdt is immersed in the sound of silence

The Dutch pianist will perform the 75-minute “Green Hour, Grey Future” in concert at the Goethe-Institut Boston.

From left: Mireille Asselin, Jesse Blumberg, and Mireille Lebel in Charpentier’s “Les plaisirs de Versailles.”

Opera review

Boston Early Music Festival presents a glittering ‘Versailles’

BEMF offers two half-hour “operatic divertissements,” Charpentier’s “Les plaisirs de Versailles” and Michel-Robert de Lalande’s “Les fontaines de Versailles,” plus excerpts from Lully’s opera “Atys.”

Michael Kiwanuka

Michael Kiwanuka brings his British soul back to America

With retro American soul influences and production that draws from modern rock, the London bandleader visits Boston this week on the strength of an intimate new album.

Al Caiola, 96, guitarist who played hit theme songs

Mr. Caiola recorded hit versions of the themes from the Westerns “The Magnificent Seven” and “Bonanza.”

A 1680 Russian engraving depicting Varlaam and Josaphat.


From Buddhist to Christian, via composer Richard Wagner

The Christian tale of Josaphat is actually based on the story of the Buddha — a translation that was later recapitulated by the composer in his operatic work.

Chloe x Halle

Chloe x Halle are a Beyoncé-backed teen sister act on the rise

Just 16 and 18, the sisters are bringing their own brand of soul-infused cool to Boston with Andra Day this week.

Michael Kiwanuka (pictured at a July performance in Stockholm) plays at Royale Nov. 29.

The Ticket: music, theater, art, dance, comedy, and more

Top picks for shows, concerts, and other events in the area this week.

Elton John performed at a benefit concert for Hillary Clinton at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in March.

No, Elton John will not perform at Trump’s inauguration

Elton John will not perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration, contrary to a report from a member of Trump’s transition team.

Boston Ballet’s soaring production of “The Nutcracker” runs Friday through Dec. 31.


The Weekender: Modern lovers, dancing Nutcrackers, and multiple Messiahs

The best things to do in Boston and beyond.

Menahem Pressler, 92, performed Mozart with the BSO on Tuesday.

Pianist Menahem Pressler plays with BSO at 92, thanks to MGH surgery and ‘love’

After surgery in Boston to repair a life-threatening aneurysm, Pressler is back in the city — not as patient, but as star performer.

Menahem Pressler (right) joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Moritz Gnann.

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Conducting debut, Pressler performance make for a BSO night to remember

Moritz Gnann made his Symphony Hall debut with an enticing program of Romantic music and a remarkable appearance by piano soloist Menahem Pressler.

The Beaux Arts Trio in 2008.

from the archives

Beaux Arts Trio to say goodbye to Tanglewood

The Beaux Arts Trio — one of the 20th century’s foremost chamber-music groups — bid farewell in 2008.

Milt Okun, 92; propelled pop acts to stardom

In an interview with the website Artists House Music in 2011, Mr. Okun said his musical interests transcended pop.

Jonathan Batiste (center) is one of many artists to have new Christmas albums.

Album reviews

New holiday albums from pop, country, and soul’s finest

The best holiday albums of 2016 include entries from Jonathan Batiste, Andra Day, Kacey Musgraves, Loretta Lynn, and many more.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence

Thing Tank

From ‘Hamilton’ to Snapchat Spectacles, the week online

From Mike Pence’s appearance at the Broadway show to the much sought-after sunglasses.

Kanye West at the MTV Video Music Awards in August.

For Kanye West, a swirling, eventful year ends in a hospital

A relentless schedule and a churning life in the media glare with his wife, Kim Kardashian, apparently took their toll on the Grammy winner.

President Barack Obama shook hands with NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shortly before presenting him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


Obama went big for his last round of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 21 groundbreaking actors, musicians, athletes, and others.

Presidential Medals of Freedom on a table prior to the start of the ceremony at the White House on Tuesday.

Top US civilian honor going to 21 artists, athletes, others

Among those getting the Presidential Medal of Freedom: Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, and Michael Jordan.

Kanye West in 2015.

Kanye West hospitalized hours after canceling tour

West is being treated for exhaustion, his representative said late Monday.