Quirk and quality at Boston Calling’s opening night

The opening night of the final Boston Calling festival to be held at City Hall Plaza was compact in size, but expansive in style.

Fans at Boston Calling last September. The festival will relocate to Allston in 2017.

Boston Calling music fest finds new home in Allston

The popular music festival will move to grounds owned by Harvard University, expanding its offerings to include a film festival curated by Natalie Portman.

Boston, MA - 05/27/2016 - Sia performs at Boston Calling on Friday night. (Ben Stas for The Boston Globe)

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Scenes from Boston Calling

The seventh year of the festival began on City Hall Plaza Friday night.

Strokes resurrected on ‘Future Present Past’ EP

With its idiosyncratic blend of spiraling guitar riffs, fuzzy vocals, and grimy insouciance, the band is still tied to the early aughts.

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Photos from Boston Calling on City Hall Plaza

The seventh outing of the Boston Calling Music Festival opened Friday night.

Opera Review

Mussorgsky’s Russian epic, compact but potent in Newton

The Commonwealth Lyric Theater mounted a fully staged production of “Boris Godunov” in Newton’s City Hall.


Playing Clementi on a piano built by Clementi

A successful composer and pianist, Muzio Clementi also achieved business success as a publisher and piano builder.

The Ticket: Pop music

Steve Smith’s picks for noteworthy pop music concerts in and around Boston this week.

The Ticket: Classical music

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

Album reviews

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Lauren Mayberry shares Chvrches’ top five films for the road

For the members of this popular British synthpop trio, movies are more than just a way to kill time on the tour bus.

Police seek gunman in shooting at concert that killed 1

A man was captured on surveillance footage firing a gun during the packed hip-hop concert.

The crowd at City Hall Plaza at Boston Calling, May 2015.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Boston Calling, ‘Roots,’ and glow sword wars

Here’s everything fun to do around Boston on this Memorial Day weekend.

Julian Casablancas of The Strokes performs onstage at Samsung Galaxy Life Fest at SXSW in March in Austin, Texas.

The Strokes return with new song, announce new EP

In the wake of swirling rumors, New York rock band the Strokes unveiled a new single, “Oblivius,” and announced an EP for June 3 release.

Conductor Seiji Ozawa's last performance at Tanglewood was in 2006.

Ozawa cancels Tanglewood plans for health reasons

Seiji Ozawa had been scheduled to conduct at Tanglewood for the first time since 2006, but doctors have recommended otherwise.

Authorities stand outside Irving Plaza, near Manhattan's Union Square in New York after a shooting Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Police say several were injured in a deadly shooting inside the concert venue, where hip-hop artist T.I. was scheduled to perform. (AP Photo/Dana Schimmel)

1 dead in shooting at NYC concert venue

One person was killed and three others wounded in Wednesday’s shooting at Irving Plaza, near Manhattan’s Union Square.


Catfish and the Bottlemen play it safe on ‘The Ride’

The qualities that made the debut album by this Welsh quartet a winner are mostly absent from a by-the-numbers follow-up.


Dierks Bentley addresses heartbreak with soft-rock bombast on ‘Black’

He’s always excelled at putting his own stamp on traditional country music, but on “Black” Dierks Bentley paints love’s troubled side in soft-rock hues.

Snippets of Miles Davis’s music are used in Robert Glasper’s album.


Robert Glasper reworks Miles Davis’s sound and spirit on ‘Everything’s Beautiful’

Continuing a bold series of hybrid-jazz experiments, Robert Glasper works with Miles Davis’s sound, but not everything rises to the occasion.

Janelle Monae is part of the most impressive Boston Calling lineup to date.

Female-forward slate of stars in strongest Boston Calling festival yet

Impressive from the start, Boston Calling steps up this weekend with its most diverse, inclusive, and musically wide-ranging affair to date.

Above: Harrison Mills (left) and Clayton Knight of Odesza.

Odesza finds stardom with EDM for people who think they don’t like EDM

EDM’s newest star duo wins fans with instantly appealing pop songs, while playing fast and loose with arrangements onstage to keep things interesting.


Showing new ‘Skin,’ Flume isn’t content to repeat himself

The Australian producer Flume is more ambitious and cinematic on his second album, best when he’s working with women singers and dissonance.


Beth Orton’s return on ‘Kidsticks’ sounds like bad wiring

Folktronica trailblazer Beth Orton plugs in anew on “Kidsticks,” a tinny, cluttered disappointment.

MC Lizzo

Minneapolis MC Lizzo heats up Boston Calling stage

The rapper and singer, who’s collaborated with Prince and Speedy Ortiz, hopes to express her style and skill fully on an album in-progress.

A Far Cry (pictured at the Gardner Museum in 2015) will begin its 2016-17 season on Sept. 10.

Classical Notes | David Weininger

A Far Cry celebrates 10 years by moving ever forward

Starry collaborations and retrospective glimpses form only a small portion of the restless ensemble’s anniversary season.

A detail of “Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin killed February 2012 in Sanford, Florida’’ is among the works featured in Sylvia Maier: The Circle of Mothers Project at gallery josephine in Oak Bluffs.

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

Globe critics’ picks for noteworthy music, theater, and arts events in and around Boston this week.

Gord Downie (left) with The Tragically Hip.


Quote of the day: The Tragically Hip

Canadian rock band, in announcing that singer Gord Downie has brain cancer but they plan to tour one last time.

The hat comes with a typed and signed letter explaining how the fan got it.


What price tag would you put on a fedora worn by Michael Jackson?

The hat is up for auction in Amesbury.

Jeremy Baxa cleaned a metal frame at the burial site for Grammy-winning Tejano star Emilio Navaira at San Juan Cemetery in Berg’s Mill, Texas, Monday

Emilio Navaira, 53, Tejano music star

Mr. Navaira lifted the style to greater prominence in the US while breaking into the wider country music landscape in the 1990s.

Madonna sang “Nothing Compares 2 U” at the Billboard Music Awards as part of a tribute to the late music icon Prince.

Billboard Music Awards goes purple in tribute to Prince

Madonna took the stage Sunday for a much-hyped — and by some, hotly debated — tribute to the late music icon.

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22: Singer Celine Dion performs onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Celine Dion gives emotional performance at Billboard Awards

Celine Dion lost her husband and brother in the same week in January, and her son presented her with the Billboard icon award.

Kesha performs

Kesha performs at Billboard Music Awards

It was on, then it wasn’t, then it was, and then it happened. No controversy, no conflict, no grand statement — simply a dignified, soulful performance.

Johannes Brahms’s tombstone in Vienna Central Cemetery.


In final Johannes Brahms prelude, rage against dying light

In the last work Brahms finished, restless harmonies seem to signify the composer fighting death.

Jane Little, a bassist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, was shown at the Atlanta Symphony Hall in February.

Jane Little, 87; played bass for 71 years in Atlanta symphony

Ms. Little had plied her trade without interruption from 1945 to the end of her life.

Brian Church is Beowulf in the Guerilla Opera production.

Opera review

In Hannah Lash’s ‘Beowulf,’ an unconventional monster to grapple

The new opera, which debuted in its premiere Friday, recast a legendary battle in psychological terms.

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First Person

Danny Mekonnen on Debo Band’s new album and upcoming show

Saxophonist and founder Danny Mekonnen reflects on the 11-member ensemble’s brand of Ethiopian music.

Dr. Luke and his record label said they’re giving Kesha approval to perform at the Billboard Music Awards.

Dr. Luke gives OK for Kesha to perform at Billboard Awards

Kemosabe Records said it had reversed an earlier decision after Kesha reassured them she was not going to highlight their ongoing lawsuit onstage.

Sutton Foster.

Sutton Foster has made the most of her breaks

The two-time Tony winner will perform with the Boston Pops May 26-27.

The ticket: Classical music

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

Weakened Friends

The Ticket: Pop music

Steve Smith’s picks for noteworthy concerts in and around Boston this week.

Lukas Nelson (second from right) and his band the Promise of the Real.

Lukas Nelson moves from charmed childhood to grown-up success

The son of country-music icon Willie Nelson was too busy to join Bob Dylan’s band, but has made waves since on his own and with Neil Young.

Demi Remick danced during Somerville Porchfest 2011.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Buddy movies, thumb wars, and LBJ

The Globe’s top picks for things to do this weekend, in Boston and beyond.

Album REviews

Ariana Grande and Fifth Harmony, stretching pop’s parameters

New albums by singer-actress Ariana Grande and vocal group Fifth Harmony prove there’s plenty of life left in the contemporary pop album.

A scene from Boston Calling in City Hall Plaza.

What is the union at heart of city official’s extortion case?

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local 11, is at the heart of the federal case against Kenneth Brissette.

Madonna will perform to honor Prince at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards.

Billboard producer defends choosing Madonna to honor Prince

“It’s going to be very, very intimate and very respectful,” he said.

Andris Nelsons conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra on tour in Frankfurt, Germany, on May 3.

Andris Nelsons signs exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon

Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Andris Nelsons’s relationship with the classical music label Deutsche Grammophon is expanding to keep pace with his career on both sides of the Atlantic.

Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead

album review | Indie Rock

New Grateful Dead compilation is uneven, but interesting

Compiled by the National, “Day of the Dead” features prominent indie musicians reinterpreting the Grateful Dead canon, with mixed results.

“Really, if you put a mustache and a chin on a puppet, it pretty much looks like Arthur Fiedler,” Sarah Nolen joked about her creation.


Bringing Arthur Fiedler back to life — as a puppet

Arthur Fiedler returns to Symphony Hall in puppet form, featured in the orchestra’s animated accounts of “Peter and the Wolf.”

album review

Bent Knee favors songcraft over showboating on new album ‘Say So’

Boston progressive-rock sextet Bent Knee favors songcraft over showboating and self-examination over escapism on a potent, rangey third LP.


Hugues Payen of Caravan Palace on five elements of style

As the popular French electro-swing combo comes to the House of Blues, its violinist and co-founder reveals the ingredients that make up its style.


Album review: Eric Clapton, ‘I Still Do’

The guitar’s god’s reunion with prime-years producer Glyn Johns generates some sporadic heat when old friends are involved.