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Turning music lessons into ‘trauma informed care’ for frontline health care workers

The Boston Hope Music Teaching Project connects frontline caregivers with New England Conservatory musicians for private Zoom lessons.


Celebrate New Year’s Eve with HipStory and its vision for Boston’s hip-hop future

The Boston-based media production company and artistic incubator is ringing in 2021 with a new digital concert platform.


The music that got these Bostonians through 2020

Some songs and artists captured anguish and anxiety; others reflected hope, humor, and connection. All of them hit the spot.

Jon Garelick

Top 10 jazz albums of 2020

The year's best releases span several generations of jazz, from 84-year-old pianist Carla Bley to 23-year-old saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins.

Maura Johnston

Top 12 best pop albums of 2020

Brandy remained at the forefront of modern R&B, Fiona Apple captured the spirit of early quarantine, while Sault and Taylor Swift both doubled up.

Julian Benbow

Top 10 hip-hop albums of 2020

Tough year? Not for Hit-Boy, who thrived, while other artists like Jay Electronica, Spillage Village, Elzhi, and Rico Nasty released standout albums.

Stuart Munro

Top 10 country, folk, and Americana albums of 2020

Albums by Margo Price and Chris Stapleton were among the year's highlights, while debuts from Logan Ledger and Bonny Light Horseman stood out.

Jeremy Eichler

Top 10 classical music albums of 2020

The year's best include the fruit of the multiyear collaboration between the BSO and British composer Thomas Adès.