Mark Lanegan found his voice, and it’s unmistakable

The singer’s distinctive rasp mirrors the often-weary worldview reflected in his lyrics.

In this Feb. 4, 2007, file photo, Prince performed during the halftime show at the Super Bowl XLI football game in Miami. A shade of purple named for the late superstar Prince was announced Monday by the icon’s estate.

Pantone creates ‘Purple Rain’ hue to honor Prince

A shade of purple named for the late superstar Prince was announced Monday by the icon’s estate.

Giancarlo Guerrero leads the BSO Friday at Tanglewood.

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Guerrero, BSO find wildness untamed in Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ 

On Friday night at Tanglewood, Costa Rican conductor Giancarlo Guerrero led the BSO in works by Stravinsky, Dvorak, and Brahms.

Boston, MA - 8/11/2017 - James Taylor in concert at Fenway Park. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Arts, Reporter: Marc Hirsh, Topic: 13TaylorRaitt, LOID: 8.3.3376335075.

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James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt are a formidable team at Fenway

James Taylor played at Fenway Park for the third straight year, and he once again had Bonnie Raitt for an hour-long opening set.

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Berkshire Opera Festival to mount ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’

Company builds on success last year of “Madama Butterfly” production.

Bonnie Tyler will sing ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ during the solar eclipse

The 1980s pop star will sing the karaoke favorite aboard a Royal Caribbean ship on an eclipse-themed cruise on Monday.


Howard Jones (among other ’80s acts) thrills in Lynn

The Retro Futura show drew an enthusiastic crowd to the Lynn Auditorium.

Jury takes Taylor Swift’s side in groping lawsuit

Taylor Swift won $1 and long-awaited vindication after a jury decided that a radio host groped her during a pre-concert photo op four years ago.

Miley Cyrus was a no-show at Teen Choice Awards

The show, a bubble of teenage celebration, took time out to consider the world its young audience will inherit.

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84-year-old country music legend Willie Nelson.

Willie Nelson cuts show short, cites Utah’s high altitude

The 84-year-old country music legend apologized to fans, saying “I am feeling better now and headed for lower ground.”

Judge tosses DJ’s suit against Taylor Swift in groping trial

A judge on Friday threw out a former radio host’s case against Taylor Swift in a trial that delved into their dueling lawsuits over whether he groped her during a backstage meet-and-greet and whether she and her team ruined his career.

Vinay Parameswaran leads Festival of Contemporary Music cocurator Jacob Greenberg and Tanglewood Music Center Fellows in Nathan Davis’s “The Sand Reckoner” at Seiji Ozawa Hall on Thursday.

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Taking a contemporary turn at Tanglewood

The Tanglewood Music Center’s Festival of Contemporary Music began on Thursday night.

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Atypical singers bring funny songs to Walpole Common

The guitar-fiddle combo Howie Newman and Joe Kessler, known as Knock on Wood, plays funny original songs suitable for all ages and well-known covers from the Beatles to the Dropkick Murphys on Walpole Town Common.

A vintage movie poster from 1935’s “The Bride of Frankenstein,” part of Kirk Hammett’s collection on display at the Peabody Essex.

Metallica guitarist scares up a vintage poster collection

Titled “It’s Alive!,” the show includes some of the most coveted and valuable horror and sci-fi movie posters in the world.

After her tour with Mellencamp, Carlene Carter has more roads to follow

A memoir, solo album, and Carter Family collaboration are all in the singer’s plans.


A blast of channeled energy with ‘Workers Union’

The aim of Dutch composer Louis Andriessen’s 1975 ensemble piece is to sweep away old limitations.

James Darrah and Rachel York in Reagle Music Theatre’s production of “42nd Street.”

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world this week

Globe critics’ picks for concerts, shows, and events in Greater Boston this week.

Brendan Clarke of Salem at the recent Boston Comic Con costume parade at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

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The Weekender: Cosplay, Broadway, and Lethal Ladies

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

In this courtroom sketch, pop singer Taylor Swift, front left, confered with her attorney.

Taylor Swift on witness stand in groping trial: ‘It was a definite grab’

Taylor Swift’s lawyers have said she does not know the man she accused of groping her and has no incentive to target him or to fabricate a story.

James Taylor.

James Taylor on the Beatles and Obamas, and a first album that makes him cringe

A quick Q&A with the folk-rock legend before his Fenway show revealed some interesting truths about his storied career.

Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor at a rehearsal for their first Fenway Park concert in 2015.

A show at Fenway gives Taylor and Raitt something to talk about

After sharing a bill at the ballyard in 2015, the pair return Friday to the city where each has deep roots.

Downtown Boys are on an extensive tour behind new album “Cost of Living.”

To Downtown Boys, punk rock and political dissent are inseparable

The Providence band heads out on tour to support their new album, “Cost of Living,” with a lot on their minds.

With Lo Tom, David Bazan and pals answer middle age with a blast of rock ’n’ roll

“It’s more like we made a record instead of going fishing,” says band member Trey Many.

“Good Time” directors Josh (left) and Benny Safdie at the Liberty Hotel.


How Robert Pattinson ended up in ‘Good Time,’ a gritty thriller by two BU grads

At a screening of their film Sunday, Josh and Benny Safdie talked “Twilight,” the rush of filmmaking, and what it’s really like to work with Martin Scorsese.

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 24, 2017 shows opposition activist and violin player Wuilly Arteaga during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. According to a human rights NGO report, Artega, 23, was arrested on July 27, 2017, during a protest within a 48-hour strike called by the opposition. / AFP PHOTO / FEDERICO PARRA

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A musical voice of Venezuela’s resistance, silenced by regime

Wuilly Arteaga, a 23-year-old violinist, was beaten and arrested after playing at the front lines of protests. Here’s why his message is resonating in Boston.

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2016 file photo, singer Taylor Swift attends the Vanity Fair Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. The trial of a lawsuit between Swift and David Mueller, a former radio host she accuses of groping her, begins Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, in U.S. District Court in Denver. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Taylor Swift expected to testify in groping case in Denver

Opening statements were expected to begin Tuesday in the case that could last two weeks.

From left: Danilo Pérez, Chris Potter, and Avishai Cohen play during the “Jazz 100” tribute to the centenaries of Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Mongo Santamaria at the Newport Jazz Festival.

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History in the air at Newport Jazz Festival

Saturday was typical of the latter-day, nonprofit fest — in which young and old and various adjacent genres rubbed shoulders.

The Boston Landmarks One City Choir performed with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra at the Hatch Shell Thursday.

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Beethoven by the people, for the people, with Landmarks Orchestra

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra’s all-Beethoven program Thursday was itself an ode to joy.

Khalid plays the House of Blues in Boston Sunday.

Khalid on Kylie Jenner, dealing with fame, and why it’s cool to be prom king

The 19-year-old “American Teen” sensation answered some questions in advance of his show Sunday in Boston.

Taylor Swift performed at Gillette Stadium in 2013.

An ex-radio host was fired after allegedly groping Taylor Swift. He’s suing, and now they’re headed to court

A Denver radio host who was fired after allegedly groping Taylor Swift is suing the singer. Swift is countersuing, claiming sexual assault.


In Stoneham, the shows must go on

The Summer Festival at Stoneham Theatre has scheduled six fully-staged shows performed by actors, grades 4 through 12, from Thursday, Aug. 10 through Aug. 20.

Composer Navneeth Narasimhan conducted singers during a recording session to score the music for a video game at the Berklee College of Music.


Berklee students and grads create a noteworthy niche: music for video games

They’ve worked on “Super Knight Quest,” “Mondrian,” “Call of Duty,” “Halo,” and many others.

John Lennon with son Julian.

From his former lover, a quieter portrait of Lennon during his ‘Lost Weekend’

In photos now on exhibit in Fall River, May Pang documented intimate moments with the Beatle during his 18-month separation from Yoko Ono.

The cover of Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures.”


Following a pulse, from Stockhausen to Joy Division

With signals ranging from slow beats to repetitions so fast they blur into pitch-like steadiness, the astronomical bodies known as pulsars have numerous musical connections.

Khalid performs Aug. 6 at the House of Blues.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world this week

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

James Mercer leads the Shins at the House of Blues.

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No rock-star poses from the Shins, just shimmering pop

Indie star James Mercer is still anonymous enough to have walked by unnoticed in front of fans lined up outside the House of Blues Wednesday night.

Coldplay’s singer Chris Martin (right) and guitarist Jonny Buckland, performing in July.


The Weekender: Hot jazz, Coldplay, and global warming

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

Henry Threadgill


Anything is possible when jazz master Henry Threadgill plays at Newport

The Pulitzer winner has a deep well of material to draw from, which he’ll “always redo.”

Geri Allen in 2014

At Newport, a tribute to an artist who wanted to be there

Three pianists will take turns filling in for the late Geri Allen in the trio she had formed with Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding.

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Mappe Of casts an ethereal spell

The Canadian artist’s ‘‘A Northern Star, A Perfect Stone” bears a kinship to the music of Bon Iver but manages to find its own way home.

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The Gospel Love Tones keep on spreading the good news

Together for decades, the group’s timeless music still resonates inside and outside the church.

Pavel Haas


Capturing the brash melodies of ‘Monkey Mountains’

Pavel Haas’s String Quartet No. 2 reveals his capacity for delight, finding radical hedonism in the sounds of summer days and nights.

Gordon Lightfoot


The road beckons to Gordon Lightfoot

Now 78, the Canadian troubadour still enjoys connecting with live audiences.

Eric Barry and Joanna Mongiardo in Boston Midsummer Opera’s production of Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love.”

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Midsummer Opera brews up a potent ‘Elixir’

On Sunday afternoon at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, this small company hit the mark with Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore.”

Hans Zimmer constantly (in a promotional photo) put the spotlight on the musicians of the band, orchestra, and chorus sharing the stage.

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A night of endless catharsis with soundtrack superstar Hans Zimmer

The Oscar-winning composer demonstrated that good music has power whether it’s coursing through a film score or blazing out from center stage.

Shirley Manson and Garbage at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Sunday.

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A vibrant show from Garbage and Blondie

Led by charismatic frontwomen, both bands played rousing sets at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Sunday night.

MTV VJs taped the final episode of “Total Request Live” in November 2008. The network says it plans to resurrect the once-popular show.

MTV gives new life to ‘Total Request Live’

The show, which propelled Carson Daly to stardom, is making a comeback.

Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy onstage Saturday at the Newport Folk Festival.

Music Review

Persistence is rewarded at the Newport Folk Festival

From up-and-coming acts on smaller stages to Wilco’s main-stage, day-closing set, there were many gems to be found around the grounds.

Flames engulf the outdoor stage during the

20,000 flee spectacular fire at music festival in Barcelona

Images showed towering flames consuming a large outdoor stage Saturday night at the ‘‘Tomorrowland’’ electronic music festival.

20hyannis - Notable artists from newcomers to legends perform at the Cape Cod Melody Tent. (Handout)

Classic rockers to raise money and awareness

The Hope Music Festival, a concert featuring classic rockers raising money for substance abuse prevention, at Cape Cod Melody Tent.