Boston Calling returns in Sept. with diverse lineup

Brittany Howard  of Alabama Shakes.

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The music festival’s fall lineup will include the Avett Brothers, Alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Hozier, Father John Misty, and more.

// Boston Calling Music Festival highlights

Musical acts like My Morning Jacket and St. Vincent performed while fans packed City Hall Plaza.

music review

//[1].jpg Beck kicks off Boston Calling with style

Is there anything that Beck can’t do?

Opera Review

// Odyssey stages British ‘folly’ and ‘extravaganza’

Odyssey Opera’s festival of English musical dramas included Arthur Sullivan’s “The Zoo” and William Walton’s “The Bear.”

//[1]-4592.jpg Dan Deacon courts chaos in manic, media-rich shows

Deacon, a formally trained musician who makes dizzying avant-pop electronica, courts chaos in shows that make the audience the focal point.

Chinese calligrapher Mike Mei in rehearsal with the Lorelei Ensemble.

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Music Review

Lorelei Ensemble revels in ‘Shelter’

The female a cappella group charted a characteristically polished old-and-new mix of musical harbors.


// Despite timeless ubiquity, ‘Taps’ retains shadowy origin

Who wrote “Taps,” the ubiquitous funereal bugle call? The answer remains shrouded in mystery.


// Awesome Day Fest shows off Boston’s indie-rock talent pool

The annual celebration spanning several clubs in Allston crams as much Boston music as possible into just two days.

High Five

// Five changes on Eli Young Band’s road to stardom

The drummer for the award-winning country group reveals five changes of direction on the road to the top.

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// Saying goodbye: ‘Mad Men,’ Letterman, B.B. King

Farewells are hard in a culture that’s all about hello.

Special section

summer arts preview

// The best of upcoming arts events

Critics suggest where you should go, what you should see, who you should hear, and what you should be reading this summer.


//[1].jpg Week ahead: Music, theater, art, 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.