How to listen in an age of infinite music


The New York Times critic Ben Ratliff offers insights into his new book, which considers “Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty.”

//,smcreditMichelleShiers.jpg Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart recalls ‘Sweet Dreams’ of his long career

The veteran musician, songwriter, and producer tells his tale in his captivating new memoir, “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This: A Life in Music.”


// Amanda Palmer’s tribute to David Bowie

Palmer and friends channeled their grief over the icon’s death into “Strung Out in Heaven: A Bowie Tribute.”

// Revolutionary Snake Ensemble celebrates 25 years

Inspired by the music and culture of New Orleans, Cambridge saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Ken Field founded a sassy, brassy Boston institution.

Music Review

// Zander and the BPYO start the revolution

Two of the most revolutionary works in music history made up the bill of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s concert Friday at Symphony Hall.


// Album review: Elton John, ‘Wonderful Crazy Night’

Reunited with lyricist Bernie Taupin and producer T Bone Burnett, Elton John demonstrates ageless gusto on his 33rd studio album.

Music review

// For Bruce Springsteen at the Garden, ‘The River’ rolls on

Playing “The River” was just an opening salvo in a raucous set from Springsteen and the E Street Band Thursday.


Album review: DIIV, ‘Is the Is Are’

The second release from Zachary Cole Smith and his band offers a buoyancy that provides an airy lift to the set’s 17 songs.


In Dvorak’s ‘Othello,’ allure and anxiety of unknown shores

The work, once plotted as part of a trio of overtures, takes its cues from voyage, alien identity, and the allure of foreign lands.


Harvard/Berklee jazzer Kyle Nasser comes into his own

Inspired by his childhood discovery of the saxophone and an impactful meeting with a musical legend at Harvard, Kyle Nasser is blazing his own trails in jazz.


Album review: Lucinda Williams, ‘The Ghosts of Highway 20’

The second self-released double-CD set since 2014 from Lucinda Williams shows that you can have too much of a good thing.


Album review: The London Suede, ‘Night Thoughts’

More than two decades in, the band known at home in the UK simply as Suede can’t maintain any stateside momentum.


Album review: The James Hunter Six, ‘Hold On!’

James Hunter offers a few new wrinkles and a whole lot of the classic sounds he’s known for on his Daptone Records debut.

Chicago plays at the Lynn Auditorium on Friday.

David M. Earnisse

Chicago heads to Cleveland

Headed at long last into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Robert Lamm and Chicago drop by for an evening in Lynn.

Music Review

// Ophelia’s new music, in her own words at BSO

The Boston Symphony Orchestra gave an enthralling local premiere of a major new Shakespeare-themed vocal work by the Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen.

Classical Notes

// Angels in the architecture

Gabriel Kahane, a composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist, emphasizes the craftsmanship regardless of genre.

High five

// Chris Baio on his top five mixed-media muses

Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio lists five influences from outside the realm of music.

behind the scene

// Imagination and illusion in ‘Mary Poppins’

Using found objects and working with a modest budget, Wheelock Family Theatre props designer Marjorie Lusignan creates onstage magic.