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Crowd belongs to Chesney at Gillette

Foxborough, MA -- 08/28/15 -- Kenny Chesney performed during the Kenny Chesney's Big Revival Tour at Gillette Stadium on August 28, 2015, in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY NO FURTHER DISTRIBUTION BEYOND GLOBE BRAND. NO GETTY, NO SALES.

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Country fans turned out as Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean co-headlined a show at Gillette Friday night.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: (L-R) Michael Clifford, Calum Hood, Luke Hemmings, and Ashton Irwin of 5 Seconds Of Summer Perform on ABC's

Concert review

5 Seconds of Summer defies categories and pleases fans

Friday night, 5 Seconds of Summer showed how rock bands in 2015 can still combine big guitars and straight-up pop appeal in a massive — and most importantly fun — way.

Ashley Frangipane performs under the name Halsey.

Candid and in charge, pop newcomer Halsey comes of age

With her pointed debut, Halsey is a refreshing new voice in pop music, with songs written from the perspective of a young artist in charge.

Classical Notes | David Weininger

BU Center for New Music hosts IRCAM, Beat Furrer residencies

A residency by IRCAM, one of the most important institutions in the European avant-garde, highlights the center’s fourth season.

King Louis XIV of France, circa 1661.


Taxing legacy of Louis XIV lingers in musical realm

A term originally applied to taxation of peasants’ land during the rule of Louis XIV, “taille,” has lingered as a musical term with varying meanings.

Aldean tall in the saddle for Gillette shows with Chesney

Country star Jason Aldean rolls back into town with co-headliner Kenny Chesney and a clutch of strong support acts for two shows at Gillette Stadium.

Renewed, Melissa Etheridge declares independence

With a recent album that explores a more contemporary direction, Melissa Etheridge decides to “stay in the game.”

Album review | POP

Beach House, ‘Depression Cherry’

Baltimore pop duo Beach House get deep inside the music on their fifth album “Depression Cherry.”

album review | HIP-HOP

Esh the Monolith + Grey Sky Appeal, ‘Moon Balloon’

Conceived in a hotel room during a tour stop, “Moon Balloon” demonstrates a potent chemistry between Boston rapper Esh the Monolith and Brooklyn trio Grey Sky Appeal.

Album review | SOUL

Willis Earl Beal, ‘Noctunes’

On “Noctunes,” a play on “nocturnal tunes,” singer Willis Earl Beal continues his exploration of time-warped spectral soul.

Album review | speed METAL

Motörhead, ‘Bad Magic’

The latest set from veteran English speed-metal trio Motörhead will happily surprise fans while serving notice to wannabes: Lemmy & Co. aren’t done yet.

Converse elevates support of music at new Boston headquarters

Converse launched itself into the world of live music with a free show headlined by the Brooklyn band Caveman and the Somerville outfit Eternals.


Felice Regan’s “Whale, Endangered.’’

Week ahead: Music, theater, art, and more

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