The best in music, theater, art, TV, and more this summer

Your must-see guide to arts and entertainment this season, from Boston to the Berkshires and beyond.

Album Review

Courtney Barnett tells us how she really feels

On her new album, “Tell Me How You Really Feel,” the singer is more open and vulnerable, her emotions less distant.

xxcapone -- It was once thought that Al Capone wrote the song

They finally got Al Capone for tax evasion. But what about plagiarism?

For the longest time, it was thought that the gangster wrote and composed his own love songs.

Canadian rapper Drake.


Drake’s massive tour with Migos to hit Boston

The hip-hop heavyweights will play TD Garden Sept. 7-8.

Latest Music headlines

Met says it has evidence James Levine abused or harassed 7 people

The Metropolitan Opera fired Levine as its music director emeritus on March 12, citing evidence of misconduct.


Critic’s picks: From Newport to Rockport, the best in jazz

10 great concerts to see this summer.


Critic’s picks: Jamey Johnson, Miranda Lambert, and LSD (the legal kind)

10 top summer concerts by performers ranging from the Oak Ridge Boys to the Wailin’ Jennys.


When the spirit moves Parker Millsap, anything can happen

Over four albums, the Oklahoman raised in a Pentecostal church has crafted his own blend of folk, rock, R&B, country, and blues.

Pop music

From Taylor Swift to Jay-Z and Beyoncé, big stars on the biggest stages

Here’s a guide to the artists who’ll draw the summer’s largest crowds, including Luke Bryan, Billy Joel, Kenny Chesney, and Journey.

Fall Arts Preview 2017

Fall Arts preview

// A guide to the best of what to see and do in Boston

A complete guide to movies, music, books, arts, theater, and family events in the Greater Boston area this season.

Album reviews

// Recent Globe album reviews

Read about the latest albums reviewed by the Globe.

More Music headlines

American Modern Opera Company visits Williamstown in August.

Classical music

Critic’s picks: From Bach to ‘The Barber of Seville,’ 10 can’t-miss classical events

Critic’s picks for 10 great performances to take in.

20summerclassical Leonard Bernstein conducting a rehearsal in one of the Tanglewood barns, ca 1971 (Photograph by Heinz Weissenstein, Whitestone Photo, BSO Archives). Photo credit: Heinz Weissenstein Image courtesy of BSO Archives.

Classical music

Tanglewood toasts Leonard Bernstein in a summer-long tribute  

A season of Bernstein centennial programs culminates at the Koussevitzky Music Shed. 

INDIO, CA - APRIL 22: SZA performs with Cardi B onstage during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 22, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)


Critic’s picks: Summer sounds, from Paul Simon to Beck, Kendrick Lamar, and SZA

Hip-hop artists, troubadours, and more: There’s something for everyone on the season’s stages.

American jazz musician Charles Lloyd.


Jazz master Charles Lloyd’s never-ending quest leads to Newport

The composer and saxophonist, now 80, will headline all three days at the jazz festival.

A robotic dog is among the nature-inspired art and prototypes that will be featured at Peabody Essex Museum’s “Wild Design” exhibit. Sebastian Conran with Tony Prescottand Ben Mitchinson, ConsequentialRobotics, United Kingdom, MiRo,2017. Mixed media. Courtesy of Consequential Robotics.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, May 21-27

Wild Designs at the Peabody Essex Museum, Campfire Festival at Club Passim, Honoring Our Heroes on Memorial Day, and more.

Paramore is one of many bands playing Boston Calling next weekend.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Ryan Reynolds stars in “Deadpool 2.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: A snarky hero, a rebel pope, and royal to-dos

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

The Ticket: Pop and rock

This week’s picks: Kitten, Boston Calling, and Jason Aldean.

Dierks Bentley performs “Woman, Amen” at the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in April.

Country star Dierks Bentley still wants to grow

Bentley has more than a dozen hit singles, has been nominated for 13 Grammys, and is about to release his ninth studio album. But he calls himself a ‘‘born seeker’’ who can’t stop thinking about how to evolve.

Pianist Yuja Wang performing at Jordan Hall on Friday night.

Music Review

Yuja Wang sparkles at Jordan Hall

From the moment she stepped onstage, it was clear the pianist had come to impress.

Heather Johnson and Marcus DeLoach in “Trouble in Tahiti.”

Opera Review

Behind the white picket fence, portraits of a jagged loneliness

A new double-bill pairing Leonard Bernstein’s “Trouble and Tahiti” and his “Arias & Barcarolles” opened Friday at the DCR Steriti Memorial Ice Rink, presented by Boston Lyric Opera.

In this combination photo Kanye West speaks at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York on Aug. 28, 2016, left, and Stevie Wonder attends the TIDAL X: Brooklyn 3rd Annual Benefit Concert in New York on Oct. 17, 2017. Wonder has called out West for saying slavery is a “choice,” calling the idea “foolishness” likening it to Holocaust denial. Wonder brought up West without prompting during an interview Thursday, May 10, 2018, after a show at a West Hollywood club. (AP Photo)

Stevie Wonder says Kanye slavery comments are ‘foolishness’

Stevie Wonder has called out Kanye West for saying slavery is a choice, calling the idea “foolishness” and likening it to Holocaust denial.

Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World is at the Museum of Science.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, May 14-20

Crocs at the Museum of Science, classic rock at Symphony Hall, pirates in Plymouth, and more.

Theater produces student’s play on Hitler’s young soldiers

The Company Theatre’s student program presents an original play “The Werewolves,” written by academy student Alex Moon of Scituate.

Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak play the Sinclair May 13.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Alanis Morissette, shown performing in San Diego in 2017.

The Weekender: Alanis, Art, Alcott, and opera over ice

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

Andy Grammer joined Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops for the orchestra’s opening night Wednesday.

Music Review

Rays of sunshine from Bernstein and Grammer in Pops season opener

The orchestra’s first concert in a season-long tribute to Leonard Bernstein also featured a sprightly set from pop star Andy Grammer.

If she sings it, then Bettye Lavette is going to own it

Her recent album of Dylan compositions illustrates her fearless approach of performing songs “the Bettye LaVette way.”

Pumpkin Bread

Too many choices at PorchFest? Let’s walk you through it.

The best way to experience Somerville’s street music festival is to wander, but here are some recommendations to start you off, from pickers to punk rockers to a guy who plays theremin.

Michael Hersch is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a number of significant awards.

Classical Notes

An extraordinary late bloomer makes a musical mark

Michael Hersch grew up uninterested in classical music, but he’s since composed a series of unfailingly intense works that are seemingly indebted to no school or movement.

Album review

A moonage daydream from Arctic Monkeys

The influence of Bowie-esque sci-fi, anxious and opulent, looms large on this triumphant return from Alex Turner and the band.

Amy Ray

The VIP Lounge with Amy Ray

Amy Ray, half of the contemporary folk duo Indigo Girls, spends so much time on the road that her idea of a great vacation is being home. That said, she longs to get to Africa one of these days.

How Damien Jurado gets his inspiration from dreams and DVDs

The singer-songwriter talks about turning his nightly visions into records, the accidental origin of his music career, and why he pays attention to what’s going on in the background of movies.

Donald Glover as Childish Gambino performed

Ty Burr

Childish Gambino makes a serious statement with ‘This Is America’

Released under Donald Glover’s nom de pop, the music video appears built to function as a closed conversation for black America and an open classroom for anyone else.

Amanda Forsythe and Harry Christophers during H&H’s performance.

Music Review

Vivid Handel and Haydn chorus lifts ‘Hercules’  

On Friday night in Symphony Hall, Harry Christophers led the Handel and Haydn Society in its first-ever performance of Handel’s “Hercules.”

Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry (shown in Germany last year) joined the rest of their Aerosmith bandmates at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Saturday.

Music review

Aerosmith returns from hiatus with a roaring set in New Orleans

The band headlined Saturday at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off at the high school on May 12.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of May 7-13

Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival, Remember King at Boston Public Library, Banned in Boston, and more.

Violinist Robyn Bollinger

Music Review

Tracing the ciaccona on a journey through the centuries  

On Thursday night at the Gardner, violinist Robyn Bollinger performed a multimedia recital. 

Trampled by Turtles plays the House of Blues May 8.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Liz Phair

Liz Phair revisits the triumph and burden of ‘Guyville’

The singer talks about the reissue of her seminal album, being an “accidental feminist spokesperson,” and the impact of Lilith Fair on Guyville.

Jake Brennan’s first podcast episode made Apple’s Top Ten ranking.


Welcome to ‘Disgraceland,’ where music and true crime meet

Boston musician Jake Brennan has told stories of music industry misbehavior and mayhem for years. Now he tells them on his new hit podcast.

Andy Grammer performed at the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular in 2017. He comes to Symphony Hall on Wednesday.

Andy Grammer shifts from pop to the Pops with ease

The Top 40 singer is reuniting with the orchestra for its spring season opener at Symphony Hall.

From left: Cory Chisel, Jonny Fritz, and Robert Ellis of Traveller.

Sort-of supergroup Traveller lets the good times roll

Robert Ellis, Cory Chisel, and Jonny Fritz have had fun shedding their individual personas as singer-songwriters.

Clark Wilson

Making music with Laurel and Hardy

Organist Clark Wilson talks about accompanying silent films, including the five shorts he’ll perform along with on Sunday at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester.

Cantata Singers and conductor David Hoose


Cantata Singers perform a heavenly masterpiece

William Henry Harris’s “Faire Is the Heaven” was first performed in 1925.

Bernard Haitink leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 on Tuesday night.

Music Review

At the BSO, Blaise Déjardin steps forward in excellent company

On Tuesday night in Symphony Hall, Bernard Haitink led the orchestra in a Brahms program.

Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile’s thing: Sing every song like it’s your last

The singer, who plays two sold-out shows at the Orpheum, talks about testing her vocal limits, mimicking her mom, and resisting the temptations of Chik-fil-A.

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2016, file photo. Kanye West appears at the MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York. West has called American slavery “a choice.” In an interview Tuesday on “TMZ Live,” West said, “When you hear about slavery for 400 years, for 400 years, that sounds like a choice.” West also told TMZ that he became addicted to opioids that doctors prescribed after he had surgery for liposuction in 2016. He was hospitalized for a week and had to cut short a tour. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Kanye West calls slavery a ‘choice’ during TMZ interview

‘‘When you hear about slavery for 400 years, for 400 years, that sounds like choice,’’ the rapper said Tuesday on ‘‘TMZ Live’.’

After years of allegations, R. Kelly faces a #MeToo reckoning

For more than two decades, R. Kelly — the singer repeatedly accused of sexual misconduct — has outrun his reputation. In the age of #MeToo, it may finally be catching up to him.

Jonathan Meiburg, Emily Cross, and Dan Duszynski of Loma.

In the band Loma, a test of relationships, musical and otherwise

Many musicians liken being in a band to being married. Loma almost ended prematurely in divorce.

Graham Parker plays City Winery May 5.


Graham Parker is a soul man to this day

The British singer, who plays a solo show at City Winery, has stayed true to himself.