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Music REview

Belle and Sebastian invites devotees to dance

Belle and Sebastian performing at the House of Blues.

Ben Stas for The Boston Globe

Performing at the House of Blues, the Scottish band played its hopeful songs with customary meticulousness, but loosened up a bit in between them.

Lisa Batiashvili.

Music review

Batiashvili, Lewis sound in perfect accord at Jordan

Performing music by Schubert and Beethoven on Sunday afternoon, the violinist Lisa Batiashvili and the pianist Paul Lewis proved ideal partners.

“I'm trying to take in these tunes and fashion them in a way that feels authentic for me,” says Jayme Stone.

Stone dips into Lomax’s deep river of song for new project

Canadian banjo player and bandleader Jayme Stone recently made an album featuring new takes on traditional folk songs recorded by Alan Lomax.

Album review | Pop

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/30/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Stevens2.jpg Sufjan Stevens, ‘Carrie & Lowell’

Written in the wake of his mother’s death, Sufjan Stevens’s devastating new album is a beautiful elegy to loss and grief.

Album Review | ROCK

Death Cab For Cutie, ‘Kintsugi’

The title refers to a Japanese artform in which broken pottery is repaired in a manner that highlights cracks rather than hiding them — an apt metaphor.

Album Review | COUNTRY

Sarah Gayle Meech, ‘Tennessee Love Song’

“Tennessee Love Song” is a variegated testament to Meech’s facility as a songwriter and to the players she assembled to make it.

Album Review | INDIE POP

Jam City, ‘Dream a Garden’

British producer Jack Latham takes aim at a “no hope, no future” atmosphere.

Album Review | ROCK

Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts, ‘Blaster’

Scott Weiland has been through the mill, but he’s back with a low-key and surprisingly decent album.

Charlie Starr leads Blackberry Smoke at the House of Blues.

Music REview

Blackberry Smoke shows off its Southern-rock swagger

A high-octane set on Friday at the House of Blues showed why their tracks transcend genre and generational appeal.

Music Review

Chameleon Arts Ensemble explores loss and love

Saturday’s concert was a study in grief, a rhetorically varied gathering of pieces that dealt, openly or obliquely, with the loss of life and love.

Music Review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/28/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/TheNileProject_06.jpg Disparate styles converge and flow in the Nile Project

The Nile Project, a collective of performers representing 11 countries of Africa’s Nile basin, presented a consistently appealing show.

RISE

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/20/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/mckee_20150213_519_pnt-001.jpg After ‘The Wiz,’ Quiana Holmes is following her own road

The Berklee College of Music sophomore reminds us of a younger version of Jennifer Hudson.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/23/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/175900445.jpg Famous for a viral ‘country’ hit, Steve Grand looks beyond his roots

Steve Grand took a country road to fame with “All-American Boy,” but his new debut makes it clear he’s got his sights on so more.

Opera Review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/27/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/RinaldoThurs&SatCast3(1).jpg Boston Opera Collaborative gets to the heart of ‘Rinaldo’

The production at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology proves that a “Rinaldo” doesn’t have to be fancy to be good.

Events

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/01/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/475476277[1].jpg Week ahead: Music, theater, arts, and more

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

The best albums of the year

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/13/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/best%20albums%20for%20Alexa.jpg The best albums of 2014

From Azealia Banks to the Afghan Whigs, Schubert to Schoolboy Q, we look back at the year’s greatest sounds.

Album reviews

Classical music

From left: Miles Rind, Adam Klein, and Ryne Cherry in Lowell House Opera’s production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Queen of Spades.”

Lowell House Opera plays a winning ‘Queen of Spades’

Tchaikovsky’s opera “The Queen of Spades” is an ambitious undertaking, but at its opening performance, Harvard’s Lowell House Opera showed a winning hand.