What do composers hear in birdsong?

This week, Tanglewood and Mass Audubon will join forces for an imaginative four-day minifestival called “Tanglewood Takes Flight,” a celebration of birds and music.

Dawn Richard: on the edge of everything, and at the controls

Her music is the product of her own ever-expanding horizons, and her independent spirit suffuses every aspect of it.

Stephanie Blythe and Thomas J. Mayer performing with Andris Nelsons (right) and the BSO.

Music Review

At Tanglewood, BSO wades into the watery depths of Wagner’s ‘Ring’

Andris Nelsons and the orchestra did not disappoint. This was a cogent, organically paced performance that held a large Shed audience firmly in its grasp, hour after hour.

Chris Stapleton performing in Nashville last November.

music review

Chris Stapleton proves ready for the big country stage

Friday night, Stapleton remarked that his appearance at the Xfinity Center was the first show he’d played as a headliner in Boston. He proved more than up to the moment.

Latest Music headlines

More than 90 hospitalized during Chance the Rapper show in Hartford

Many were taken to hospitals for excessive drinking. Police made 50 underage drinking referrals.

Music Review

Voices and viols close out Aston Magna at Brandeis

Isabella d’Este and Josquin des Prez were on the program for Thursday night’s concert.

Music Review

The hits just keep on coming as Petty and band mark a milestone

In the first of two 40th-anniversary shows at TD Garden Thursday, the Heartbreakers focused on fan favorites from their extensive catalog.

Chester Bennington’s death mirrors that of close friend Chris Cornell

The Linkin Park frontman was found dead on Thursday from an apparent suicide. He was 41.


Recalling the father of Latvian classical music

The case of Jazeps Vitols — composer, critic, and educator — is an example of how political histories retroactively affect fame.

Album reviews

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Read about the latest albums reviewed by the Globe.

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Akrobatik (left) and Mr. Lif are releasing “Resolution,” their second studio album as the Perceptionists.

With Perceptionists’ long-awaited reunion, perspectives have changed, chemistry hasn’t

Boston MCs Mr. Lif and Akrobatik have both experienced life-altering events whose impact helped shape their new album, their first as a duo since 2005.

Austin Davidson, Betsy Hogg, and Ben Getz in Barrington Stage Company’s production of “Speech & Debate.”

The Ticket

Music, theater, dance, art, and more

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Fatoumata “Fatou” Diawara in “Mali Blues.”

Doc Talk

Love is all around, along with great music

Documentary offerings include a look at Clive Davis, the birthplace of the blues, and the Summer of Love.

A scene from Christopher Nolan’s ”Dunkirk.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: Heartbreakers, rescuers, and star-crossed lovers

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

D.R.A.M.’s smile says it all: He’s had a great couple of years

Opening alongside Travis Scott for Kendrick Lamar on the DAMN. tour, D.R.A.M. speaks by phone about his rise to fame.

Kendrick Lamar performs at TD Garden Saturday.

Five tracks that reveal why Kendrick Lamar is king

These are the songs to anticipate before the rapper’s show at TD Garden Saturday.

Bang on a Can cofounder Julia Wolfe

Classical Notes

After three decades, Bang on a Can still finds the new

The musical collective marks three decades together with the new piece “Road Trip,” to be previewed at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra will perform “The Blue Planet” by Peggy Stuart Coolidge (above) in its season debut concert.

A ‘gentle rebel from the Back Bay’ comes home with Boston Landmarks Orchestra

A Wednesday performance on the Esplanade features “The Blue Planet” by Peggy Stuart Coolidge (1913-81), a now little-known composer who had a prolific musical life in Boston and elsewhere.

Cutting-edge technology is making headphones easier on your ears

Consumer Reports on earphones and headphones.

Man in swim dress running isolated on white background

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, July 17-23

City Splash on the Charles, an autism-aware theater production, ArtWalk in Natick, and more.

Beyoncé performing at the Grammys in February.

We’re trying to figure out exactly what Beyoncé named her baby

If the baby’s first name is “Sir Carter,” what’s the last name? Or is the first name “Sir”?


A wildlife presentation, a tomato cooking class, and an r&b show

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.

Beyonce performed at the 59th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in February. The singer debuted her newborn twins Sir Carter and Rumi in an Instagram post Thursday.

Beyonce introduces the world to her newborn twins, Sir and Rumi

“Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today,” the singer wrote on Instagram Thursday. She didn’t mention the babies’ genders.

Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench was a student at Phillips Exeter Academy and saw Led Zeppelin at the Boston Garden when he was a teenager.

Petty and the Heartbreakers’ love affair with Boston has lasted forever

“Y’all were the first place that liked us,” says keyboardist Benmont Tench, as the band prepares for two dates at the TD Garden.

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.

Anne-Sophie Mutter, a John Williams premiere, and Bambis at Tanglewood

The acclaimed violinist will premiere a new piece by Williams with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Sunday afternoon.

Franz Schubert


Exploring Schubert’s approach to a mountaintop reverie

The composer’s setting of Goethe’s “Wanderers Nachtlied II” limns the poem’s atmosphere while delicately teasing out its shadows — more shadows, perhaps, than the poet may have preferred.

Kendrick Lamar (pictured in April at Coachella in Indio, Calif.) plays TD Garden July 22.

The Ticket

What’s happening this week in the arts world

Picks by Globe critics.

Broken Social Scene shown performing in Pasadena, Calif., in June.

Album Review

Rumbles of anxiety in Broken Social Scene’s ‘Thunder’

The band’s signature big sound suggests euphoria, but the lyrics tell a different story.

“War for the Planet of the Apes” opens Friday.

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Apes,’ crooks, and dragons

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

“See You Again” was co-written and co-produced and features a chorus sung by Berklee alum Charlie Puth (’13).

A Berklee alum’s song is now the most-viewed YouTube video of all time

And it replaced a song by another former Berklee student.

Producer Dave Cobb


Nashville’s cool kids have a partner in Dave Cobb

The producer with the Midas touch has collaborated with Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Lori McKenna, and Lake Street Dive.

Gaelynn Lea

A Tiny Desk win put Gaelynn Lea on the road to wider exposure

After winning NPR’s music contest last year, Lea and her husband sold their house, bought a van, and began touring the country.

Preston Gannaway’s “Watermelons.”

Photography review

At the Griffin, a juried show and photographs that perform

Three new shows at the Winchester museum remind us how varied photography can be.

Charlie Puth (left), and Wiz Khalifa performed at the Kids’ Choice Awards last year.

Wiz Khalifa’s ‘See You Again’ now most-viewed YouTube video

Move over, “Gangnam Style.”

Soprano Kristine Opolais performs with her husband, conductor Andris Nelsons, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood.


Andris Nelsons departs Met production

Nelsons’s wife, soprano Kristine Opolais, earlier pulled out of the planned production of “Tosca.”

Donnie Wahlberg performs in concert with New Kids on the Block at Fenway Park July 8. The Dorchester native expressed his appreciation to fans on FB Live after the show.


Donnie Wahlberg gets emotional on FB Live after Fenway show

You can’t go home again, but you can go to Fenway Park, which for some can be just as meaningful. It certainly was for Wahlberg.

Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra on opening night at Tanglewood.

Music Review

Andris Nelsons, BSO ring in summer with Mahler’s epic vision of rebirth

The Boston Symphony Orchestra began its Tanglewood season with music director Andris Nelsons leading opening night there for the first time.

New Kids on the Block onstage Saturday night at Fenway Park.

Music REview

At Fenway, New Kids show they still know how to have a good time

Time hasn’t quelled New Kids on the Block’s fans’ ardor.

Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line in Nashville last month.

music review

Florida Georgia Line has some summer fun at Fenway

The duo’s first stadium-headlining show was brisk, packed with twangy hooks and strong support from Nelly and the Backstreet Boys.

New Kids on the Block will perform at Fenway Park Saturday night.

New Kids bring grown-up appreciation to Fenway

Saturday night, Fenway Park will host a home-grown celebration of the musical kind when New Kids on the Block take the stage.

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson onstage Thursday at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport.

Music Review

Pianist Ohlsson takes on Schubert and Scriabin in Rockport

He put his vast talents on display in a concert Thursday at the Shalin Liu Performance Center.

Jay-Z lyric plays into Jewish stereotypes, Anti-Defamation League says

Jay-Z’s newest album ‘‘4:44’’ may be a critical and commercial smash, but not everyone is pleased with it.

Graham Nash

Graham Nash talks about touring and his first solo album in 14 years

The “N” of CSNY looks back on a half-century career.

Polish-German pianist and composer Xaver Scharwenka


Once upon a time, a musical celebrity in America

When pianist and composer Xaver Scharwenka undertook a concert tour in the United States in the late 19th century, he discovered just how famous he was.

The best classical albums this year, so far

It’s only July, but these albums should give you plenty to listen to until the temperature drops.

The cast of “Ragtime” at Barrington Stage Company.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

Critic’s picks for what to see and hear this week.

UK police: Others may be at large in Manchester attack

The attacker who bombed an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester wasn’t part of a large network, but other people involved in the crime may still be at large, a senior police officer said Thursday.

Tom Holland in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Spider-Man,’ boy bands, and women roommates

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

The Emerson String Quartet in rehearsal for its upcoming performance of “Shostakovich and the Black Monk: A Russian Fantasy.”

Classical Notes

Exploring a Shostakovich obsession

“Shostakovich and the Black Monk: A Russian Fantasy,” presented by the Emerson String Quartet, seeks to unlock Shostakovich’s fascination with a Chekhov short story.

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Pops fireworks broadcast fizzles with some TV viewers

For the first time in years, the Pops’ July 4 concert was not carried on CBS — either the national network or its local affiliate, WBZ-TV.

Andy Grammer performed in the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.


Pyrotechnics and patriotism from the Boston Pops

This year’s Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular represented a rebirth of sorts for the long-running, city-beloved concert.