Boston Lyric Opera gets serious about Lehár

Boston Lyric Opera’s “The Merry Widow” marks the American conducting debut of Alexander Joel, Billy Joel’s half-brother..

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Conductor Alexander Joel and director Lillian Groag discuss the mix of tradition and innovation at hand in Boston Lyric Opera’s fresh staging of “The Merry Widow.”


// Babymetal on five fiery inspirations

Suzuka Nakamoto, better known as Babymetal vocalist Su-metal, reveals five things that inspire her band’s unique brand of cutesy carnage.


// Doe follows familiar paths to new destinations on ‘The Westerner’

By John Doe’s reckoning, there’s a lot going on on “The Westerner,” his first studio release in five years.


// Album review: Brian Eno, ‘The Ship’

Mixing technical mastery with cosmic ambition, Brian Eno has produced an album that stands out for its scope and ambition.


// Album review: Abnormality, ‘Mechanisms of Omniscience’

Still fierce and flamboyant in its display of technical skills, Abnormality hones its attack for brute-force efficiency on its second full-length LP.


// Album review: The Jayhawks, ‘Paging Mr. Proust’

Gary Louris plays the role of a cosmic hippie looking for deeper meaning as the Jayhawks take flight anew in a bright, challenging return.


// Album review: Katy B, ‘Honey’

Joined on her third album by a veritable army of collaborators, British singer Katy B heads straight to the dance floor.

// Beyoncé slays at tour opening, offers no insight into album

Whether scorned woman or confident seductress, Beyoncé moved seamlessly between the two on the opening night of her Formation World Tour in Miami.

Prince died April 21. Autopsy results aren’t expected for three to four weeks.

Prescription drugs found with Prince at death scene, reports say

Several news organizations are reporting that prescription drugs were discovered with Prince when he was found dead in his Paisley Park home.

The week ahead: Music, art, theater, and more

Stuart Munro’s picks for noteworthy folk, world, and country music concerts in Boston and the surrounding area this week.

Music Review

Residents visit Royale, inscrutable as ever

Easier to admire than to listen to sometimes, the Residents brought their famous knack for willful obscurity (and a documentary film) to Boston.

Music Review

// Melissa Aldana Trio fiery in Regattabar homecoming

The Chilean saxophonist, an award winner who trained in Boston, brought her band to the Regattabar to celebrate a new CD.

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Prince was an analog artist in a digital world

His complicated relationship with the Internet, like him, had a dramatic arc and astonishing range.

// On a lyrical new CD, trumpeter Avishai Cohen contemplates loss

The Israeli trumpeter wrote this music after his father’s death, resulting in spacious, ruminative sounds mingled with absence.

// Dopapod comes home for a 3-night stand at the Sinclair

The Berklee-born jam band is in town for a homecoming run, abundant experience and national acclaim under its collective belt.

// Beyoncé releases new album ‘Lemonade’

The pop superstar’s mystery HBO special turned out to be a brand-new “visual album.”

// Sales of Prince songs, albums spike after superstar’s death

According to Nielsen Music, in the three days following his death there were 2.3 million Prince song sales, including nearly 1 million on Thursday.

A fan left a message on Saturday beside the growing memorial outside Prince’s Paisley Park studio compound.

‘He was family’: Music star Prince stayed home in Minnesota

Bob Dylan left Minnesota, but Prince never did.


// A groundbreaking artist, Prince astonished right to the end

There was never a time, not even a passing moment, that Prince didn’t matter.

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