Can a violinist bring Boston police and youth together through music?

Shaw Pong Liu hopes a new musical collaboration will help heal divisions between police and city youth.

Gucci Mane

Album review

With ‘Everybody Looking,’ Gucci Mane comes clean at last

Despite a ceaseless gush of mixtapes appearing while he was in prison, the Atlanta rapper finally clears the air on his first LP since his release.

Jane's Addiction’s Dave Navarro (left) and Perry Farrell in Madrid in June.


Jane’s Addiction aerial sideshow disturbs some fans

The band brought its peculiar brand of bawdy burlesque to Boston this week, and it didn’t fly with everyone.

From left: Chris Pine, Sofia Boutella, and Anton Yelchin in “Star Trek Beyond.”

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The Weekender: ‘Star Trek,’ ’80s rock, and a dancing pilot

Everything fun to do this weekend in Boston and beyond.

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George Wein assures that beat goes on for Newport Jazz Festival

Overseeing his last Newport Jazz Festival as executive director this weekend, George Wein discusses steps he’s taken to keep the fest alive and timely.

Tony Joe White pursues a leisurely path to success

After an initial splash , the swamp-rock veteran Tony Joe White has been content to pursue a career on his own no-frills terms.

Classical Notes

Yellow Barn mounts illuminating residency for Italian modernist Gervasoni

Though his renown in the US lags far behind his European stature, the composer Stefano Gervasoni is a favorite among young American performers.

‘I can take a risk and be whatever I want,’ Steven Tyler says

As Tyler nears 70, why did he put out a country album?

Week Ahead: Critics’ picks

Noteworthy concerts, shows, and other events in and around Boston this week.

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Stefan Asbury leads the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, George Xiaoyuan Fu on piano, and Genevieve Grenier on ondes Martenot Monday.

Music review

Tanglewood’s contemporary festival ends with glittering Benjamin premiere

The Tanglewood Music Center fest concluded Monday night with the keenly anticipated “Dream of the Song.”

Dr. Dre told sheriff’s deputies he didn’t have a gun and that the man was blocking his driveway.


Dr. Dre handcuffed by police in his driveway

A man says the rapper pointed a handgun at him.

Rob Gronkowski joins Paul McCartney on stage at Fenway Park

Above: Erin Gee and TMC fellows Harry Chang, Joseph Burke, and Charles Paul performing Gee’s world premiere of “Mouthpiece 29.”

Music review

At Tanglewood, new sounds beckoning from just down the path

Over several days in Ozawa Hall, the FCM focuses mostly on the works of living composers, while the BSO continues with its populist bread-and-butter programming.

Images of Björk from a SubSpace presentation at the Charles Hayden Planetarium.

A Boston planetarium embraces Beyoncé and Björk

The Museum of Science’s Hayden Planetarium features SubSpace music shows.

The ticket: Pop music

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

Femi Kuti performing at the New Afrika Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria in 2013.

Femi Kuti continues his restless pursuit of positive change

Though he shuns the word “activist,” Nigerian singer and bandleader Femi Kuti continues to promote change through his music.


Remembering Justin Holland, guitarist and crusader

Born in Virginia and based for a time in Chelsea, Justin Holland pursued a successful classical-music career while quietly fighting racial discrimination.

The Ticket: Classical music

Jeremy Eichler’s picks for noteworthy classical music events this week in the Boston area and beyond.

Devonte Hynes of Blood Orange performing in March in Austin, Texas.

Album Review

The top 10 albums of the year, including a surprise from Blood Orange

“Freetown Sound” has rewarding depths and a quiet urgency, placing it among the likes of Beyoncé and Bowie on a list of 2016’s strongest albums so far.

David Kravitz (left) and Jason Budd in “Love, Italian Style.”

Opera Review

Boston Midsummer Opera offers boisterous, appealing Italian comedies

With “Il Campanello” and “L’Amico Fritz,” the company had an ideal Italian double bill to open its new home in Watertown.

Bluegrass ace Del McCoury.

Del McCoury carries a torch for Woody Guthrie, with official blessing

After numerous tributes to iconic folk singer Woody Guthrie by disparate artists, a new one from Del McCoury sounds the most like Guthrie might have.

From left: Laura Veirs, k.d. lang, and Neko Case have collaborated on a new album and tour.


Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs find harmony in collaboration

Sparked by an e-mail, a new project from Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs finds three disparate singers discovering common ground.

Guns N’ Roses performed Tuesday in front of adoring fans at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

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Reunited Guns N’ Roses provide classic thrills at Gillette Stadium

The reconstituted band, combining newly returned original members with more recent arrivals, impressed in the first of two shows.

Femi Kuti brings The Positive Force to Brighton Music Hall July 26.

The week ahead

Critics’ picks for noteworthy concerts, shows, and other performances and events in and around Boston this week.

Zap Mama, led by Belgian singer Marie Daulne, performing at the Outside the Box festival on Boston Common on Sunday.

Zap Mama closes Boston’s Outside the Box festival with warmth and energy

Zap Mama and Red Baraat provided a rightly rousing conclusion to the latest installment of the popular festival on Boston Common Sunday.

Luke Bryan in concert at Gillette on Friday.

Concert review

Country star Luke Bryan shows winning moves with all-star team at Gillette

If you wanted a representative sampling of mainstream country circa now, this was the place to be.

Paul McCartney was animated on stage during Sunday’s show at Fenway Park.

Concert review

Paul McCartney weaves in new bits amidst familiar tunes at Fenway Park

McCartney truly is a living legend, yet he’s still playing three-hour shows with the same boyish grin from his Beatles days.

Soprano Renée Fleming and conductor Ken-David Masur performing with the BSO on Saturday night.

Music REview

At Tanglewood, musical questions in search of answers

That Christoph von Dohnányi was forced to withdraw from the program for medical reasons and to cede responsibilities to a younger man, BSO assistant conductor Ken-David Masur, seemed only to deepen the program’s broader resonance.

Marissa Nadler

From a Jamaica Plain apartment, Marissa Nadler illuminates loneliness

The singer-songwriter presents a paradox on “Strangers,” suiting songs of isolation and loneliness with her richest arrangements to date.

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Music Review

Dead & Company keeps the spirit alive at Fenway

The Grateful Dead refuses to go gentle into that good nightfall of diamonds.

Gergely Bogányi performs on the specially designed “Bogányi piano” at the Newport Music Festival.

Music Review

New ‘bat piano’ takes wing in Newport

A pianist pursuing the sound in his mind introduces a rethought grand piano in its North American debut at the Newport Music Festival.


Music Festival fills the ‘Tent Events’ on Duxbury Town Green

The Duxbury Music Festival features an intensive program of chamber music, a cabaret concert by Billy Joel’s longtime guitarist, and Motown and Rhythm & Blues events under a tent on Duxbury Green, and a free concert by festival students.

Representatives of Mick Jagger (left) confirmed a report that Jagger’s girlfriend, Melanie Hamrick (right) is pregnant.


Mick Jagger expecting his 8th child with ballerina girlfriend

Jagger, 72, has children who range in age from 45 to 17. Girlfriend Melanie Hamrick , 29, is a ballerina who’s performed with the American Ballet Theatre.

Paul McCartney

The ticket: Pop music picks

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

New air-conditioning equipment installed at Symphony Hall in 1973.


Sound insights about the birth of air conditioning

Air conditioning, developed 114 years ago by engineer Willis Carrier, was a latecomer to the classical concert hall.

The ticket: Classical music

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

Frank Zappa in the documentary “Eat that Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words.”

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A revealing look at Frank Zappa

Get to know the real Zappa in “Eat that Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words.”


Guitar god Jeff Beck proves he hasn’t stopped growing on ‘Loud Hailer’

Working quickly with the British blues-rock duo Bones, Jeff Beck weighs in with an album that hits topical points while covering a vast range of styles.

Dancers on Boston Common for the opening of the Outside the Box festival.


The Weekender: ‘Ghostbusters,’ McCartney, and back-flipping chefs

Everything fun to do this weekend in Boston and beyond.


Boston University grad Benjamin C. Taylor makes operatic splash in Colorado

Benjamin C. Taylor, a baritone who trained at Boston University’s Opera Institute, will play Marcello in Puccini’s “La Bohème” at the Crested Butte Music Festival.

Pokémon Go is all the rage and will be incorporated into this weekend’s Outside the Box festival.

Seeking to catch audience, Outside the Box employs lure of Pokémon Go

Outside the Box is tapping into the craze around the game, seeking to lure enthusiasts to Boston Common to take in music and arts.

Paul McCartney performing in Paris on May 30.

‘Granny music’?! Paul McCartney’s still rocking at 74

The Fab Four bassist hasn’t slowed down much with age.

From left: John Mayer, Mickey Hart, and Bob Weir of Dead & Company at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in June.

How did John Mayer join the Grateful Dead?

Dead & Company is coming to Fenway Friday and Saturday.

Composer Steven Stucky, who died in February at age 66 from brain cancer.

Classical Notes

Steven Stucky celebrated by peers and students at Tanglewood

The highly regarded composer Steven Stucky curated the Festival of Contemporary Music for this year’s Tanglewood season just before his untimely death.

Amanda Palmer joins her father, Jack Palmer, on a new album.

Amanda Palmer teams with long-estranged father for album, tour

“You Got Me Singing,” a new album of covers performed by Amanda and Jack Palmer, spans generations while exploring enduring social issues.

Alicia Keys calls on famous friends to star in racial justice video

Alicia Keys and other stars are appearing in a powerful video describing “23 ways you could be killed if you are black in America.”

A fan sings “Down in the DM” with Yo Gotti at a Trap Karaoke event.

Trap Karaoke puts hip-hop fans at center of experience

The nationwide 40-stop phenomenon comes to the Middle East in Cambridge on Thursday.


Steven Tyler’s new country album is surprisingly strong

“We’re All Somebody from Somewhere,” the Nashville-spawned solo debut from Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, is better than expected.

Gwen Stefani performs at the Xfinity Center Tuesday.

Music Review

Bitten by technical bugs, Gwen Stefani’s tour opener falls flat at Xfinity Center

Things came together for an impressive final stretch on Tuesday night, but it took a long, long time for Stefani and her band to get there.

Luke Bryan plays Gillette Stadium July 15 and 16.

The week ahead

Picks for noteworthy concerts, shows, and other events in and around Boston this week.