Asa Brebner, at 65; guitarist/songwriter in Boston bands and alone

Mr. Brebner had early success in Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers and Robin Lane & the Chartbusters before chopping out a path for his own music.

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Host Kelly Clarkson speaks onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


A local woman got a huge surprise during Kelly Clarkson’s Boston show

“It was the best night of my life by far.”

Michael Tilson Thomas says he wants to turn his attention to composing and writing.

Classical Notes

The second act of Michael Tilson Thomas

Michael Tilson Thomas talks about his exit from San Francisco Symphony and future plans

The Story Behind the Book

How a high schooler’s obsession became a biography

Holly Van Leuven’s “Ray Bolger” is the first biography of the legendary Boston native.

Latest Music headlines

George Strait and Blake Shelton will play Gillette Stadium this summer

The country stars will visit the home of the Patriots in August.


Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford discusses the history of the band’s original tour van

“Something was taking root in the streets of Boston,” he said on the History Channel’s “American Pickers.”

Music Review

Adès and Gerstein join forces, this time at Jordan Hall

A week after Gerstein premiered Adès’s new piano concerto, the two played a duo-piano recital.

Stage Review

Alessandro Sciarroni juggles time at the ICA

His “UNTITLED_I will be there when you die” deploys four jugglers in a perpetual-motion meditation where time never stops; neither do the performers.

Music Review

With all-Strauss program, the BSO and Renée Fleming honor André Previn

It comes as a somber synchronicity that the composer, pianist, and conductor died two weeks ago at the age of 89; one couldn’t have planned a more suitable memorial.

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Upcoming concerts, shows, performances in theater, music, dance, art, and television.

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Huma Bhabha, Four Nights of a Dreamer, 2018.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of March 18-24

Huma Bhabha: They Live sculptural exhibit at the ICA, a bike travel film festival in Arlington, Maker Supply Market, and more.

FILE - In this June 2, 2018 file photo, Ariana Grande performs at Wango Tango in Los Angeles. Grande will return with a new tour in 2019 nearly two years after a terrorist attack during her concert in the United Kingdom. Grande announced Friday, Oct. 26, that her 42-date Sweetener World Tour will kick off March 18 in Albany, N.Y. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Boston, MA - 3/15/2018 - Vocalist Al Barr performs with Dropkick Murphys at the House of Blues in Boston. (Ben Stas for The Boston Globe)

Things to do

The Weekender: Dropkicks (and left hooks), prowling bros, and a rising son

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

How Mike Gordon, band member, complements Mike Gordon, band leader

The Phish bass player and sometime solo artist says shifting between those roles has made him better at each.

Album Review

On ‘Girl,’ a more generic version of Maren Morris

Perhaps the vagueness that oozes throughout her scattershot new album is attributable to the chart success of “The Middle.”

Oracle Hysterical will perform at Stave Sessions.

At Stave Sessions, novel compositions and Pan-American grooves

As in past years, the five days of concerts at Berklee highlight artists innovating at the edges of classical, world, folk, jazz, and pop.

Duncan Rock and Kelley O’Connor in Boston Lyric Opera’s “The Rape of Lucretia.”

Opera Review

Boston Lyric Opera does right by ‘The Rape of Lucretia’

Boston Lyric Opera is staging its production of Benjamin Britten’s “The Rape of Lucretia.’’

03/11/2019 BOSTON, MA Robyn (cq) performs on stage at the House of Blues in Boston. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

Music Review

At House of Blues, Robyn moves to her own beat, and the crowd follows

The Swedish pop star’s show, which focused mostly on her 2018 album, “Honey,” reflected that record’s idea about the redemption you can find while dancing.

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2017 file photo, Justin Timberlake performs at the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival in Franklin, Tenn. Timberlake previewed his new album “Man of the Woods” Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at a venue that was decorated with bushes and trees, and served ants coated in black garlic and rose oil and grasshoppers, showcasing the album’s theme. Timberlake, who will headline next month’s Super Bowl halftime show, worked again with his mega-producer Timbaland on the album. First single and album opener, “Filthy,” debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File) 02TimberlakeAlbum

Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliott, Alex Lacamoire to receive honorary degrees from Berklee

The trio will be present at the music college’s commencement ceremony in May.

Verdine White with Earth Wind & Fire performs at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, June 13, 2015 in Manchester, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP).

Earth, Wind & Fire coming to Tanglewood this summer

The Grammy-winning band joins an already stacked summer lineup at the Lenox venue.

Asa Brebner.

Asa Brebner, Boston music scene mainstay, dies at 65

Brebner was a force across multiple eras and genres of the city’s musical culture, playing with groups from the Modern Lovers to Robin Lane & the Chartbusters and his own band Asa Brebner’s Idle Hands.

Ella Mai (shown on New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles) performed most of the songs from her debut album Saturday at Royale.

Music Review

For Ella Mai, ‘Boo’d Up’ brings cheers at Royale

On Saturday, the sweetly vivacious Brit showed that “Boo’d Up,” which won this year’s best R&B song Grammy and was nominated for song of the year, was no fluke.

Music review

Boston Baroque’s ‘Jephtha’ finds its way at Jordan Hall

The whole show was worth seeing just for soprano Ava Pine, who illuminated the lamb-like Iphis’s airs with gorgeous lyricism and silvered ornaments.

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Amanda Palmer releases emotional song, music video about abortion

This week, the Lexington native put out both a new album, “There Will Be No Intermission,” and a music video for the album’s second single, “Voicemail to Jill.”

Thomas Adès led the Boston Symphony Orchestra and pianist Kirill Gerstein during the world premiere of Adès’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.

Music Review

Adès piano concerto receives impressive world premiere from BSO

The orchestra commissioned the work, with a solo part written for Kirill Gerstein.

John Mayer will be one of the producers of the drama, which follows siblings who learn as adults that they are related.

TV Critic’s Corner

John Mayer song ‘Heart of Life’ inspires an ABC pilot

It’s not clear exactly how the story connects to Mayer’s lyrics, which are about how life throws bad things at you but life is beautiful nonetheless.

(L-R) Donny Wahlberg, Danny Wood, Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight and Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block perform on New Year's Eve on December 31, 2018 in Times Square, New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images

Watch New Kids on the Block perform their biggest hits on ‘Good Morning America’

The boys in the band visited the show in honor of the 30th anniversary reissue of their breakout album.

This image released by Disney-Marvel Studios shows Brie Larson in a scene from

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Captain Marvel,’ Kelly Clarkson, Aretha Franklin, and other heroes

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

Stilt walkers at the 2018 South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston, March 11-17

A jazz concert, a comic book extravaganza, Southie’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and more.

Talking Points | Larry Edelman

Michael Jackson’s Leon Kompowsky is expunged from ‘The Simpsons’ archive

The 1991 episode guest starring Jackson is being pulled after HBO aired a documentary featuring two men who allege the singer molested them as children.

Cover art for the New Kids on the Block “Hangin’ Tough (30th Anniversary Edition)”

Album Review

Thirty years later, ‘Hangin’ Tough’ still has the right stuff

An anniversary reissue of the New Kids’ hit album affirms it as one of the better pure pop records of the late ’80s.

Drake White performs at the Faster Horses Music Festival in the Brooklyn Trails Campground at Michigan International Speedway on Friday, July 21, 2017, in Brooklyn, Mich. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Russian soprano Elena Stikhina will play the title character in Bellini’s “Norma” in March 2020.

Boston Lyric Opera announces lively 2019-20 season

A community carnival, a gay love story, and a foray into Baroque opera are among the highlights of the season.

Singer-songwriter José González (in blue shirt) with the String Theory.

José González scales up his spare sound with String Theory

José González didn’t think he wanted to collaborate with an orchestra. Then he met String Theory. They’re playing Symphony Hall together March 18.

An image of Bill Monroe circa 1958 from Ken Burns’s “Country Music”

With ‘Country Music,’ Ken Burns tunes into a sound that is uniquely American

The documentary filmmaker discusses the artists and inspiration behind his latest project, an eight-part series that premieres on PBS in September.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Singer Brynn Cartelli performs at Staples Center on January 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

Brynn Cartelli is not your average Longmeadow 15-year-old. She’s performing at TD Garden on Friday

The winner of “The Voice” is currently on tour with Kelly Clarkson, her former coach on the NBC singing competition.

Vermont native Anaïs Mitchell at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York.

The Arts Issue

A folk opera from Vermont heads to Broadway

Anaïs Mitchell grew up on a sheep farm in Vermont. Now her musical “Hadestown” is headed for theater’s brightest lights.

Malpaso Dance Company returns to The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard this summer.

The Arts Issue

39 must-see performances, exhibitions, and arts events in New England

The lowdown from the Globe’s arts writers on the new season’s most eagerly anticipated performances, shows, and exhibitions across the region.

Joey McIntyre (Rene Cervantes)

Joey McIntyre on why he moved his family across the country last year to pursue a Broadway career

“Not to be dramatic, but on my deathbed, I wouldn’t say, ‘I wish I had hung in there for a few more pilot seasons in LA,’” said McIntyre, who’s currently starring on Broadway in the musical “Waitress.”


album review

Solange’s ‘Home’ is in her headspace

Her new album, ‘‘When I Get Home,’’ feels generous in its half-presence: There’s enough space in this music for the listener to live inside.

Music Review

With her Boston debut, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato came to play

Italian art songs danced with American jazz standards in “Songplay,” a bold blend of genres, time periods, and styles.

Music Review

Boston Symphony Chamber players flow with world premiere and more

A modern-minded concert on Sunday offered total immersion and a solid sense of presence in each moment.

Meek Mill (right) and Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin recently helped launch the REFORM Alliance, which is an organization dedicated to lobbying for changes to state probation and parole laws.

Meek Mill discusses his criminal justice reform effort at MIT

The rapper said he wanted to attend the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference so that he can continue his mission of spreading awareness about flaws within the system.

Ethan Iverson at Jordan Hall Thursday.

Music Review

Ethan Iverson, NEC students pay tribute to Bud Powell

“Bud Powell in the 21st Century” got its American premiere Thursday at Jordan Hall, with Iverson on piano alongside the NEC Orchestra conducted by Ken Schaphorst.

New Kids on the Block performed Dec. 31 in New York.

New Kids on the Block’s new music video has so many cameos

The group is still hangin’ tough more than 30 years later.

An Ha Lim, a.k.a. “The Manipulator.”

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston, March 4-10

Take in the magic of The Illusionists, celebrate International Women’s Day, head to belated Chinese New Year festivities, and more.

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Luke Bryan is coming back to Gillette

The country music star announced Friday that he has added a June 21 stop at the stadium as part of his “Sunset Repeat Tour.”

Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and soloists (standing, from left) Rachel Willis-Sorensen, Violeta Urmana, Dmytro Popov, and Matthew Rose at Symphony Hall Thursday.

Music review

Nelsons leads BSO in Dvořák’s ‘Stabat Mater’

It’s only the third time the orchestra has programmed the work.

Esperanza Spalding at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Dorchester.

Esperanza Spalding inspires Dorchester students with visit

The Grammy-award winning jazz bassist and vocalist headed to one of the two campuses for Dorchester’s Conservatory Lab Charter School on Tuesday.

A scene from HBO’s documentary “Leaving Neverland.”

Television review

Michael Jackson documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’ is riveting, shattering

The film, airing on HBO, alleges that Jackson strategically groomed boys, seduced their parents into submission with elaborate trips and money, and sexually abused the boys for years. Full of agonizing detail, it will change forever the way I hear Jackson’s music.

Amanda Palmer will release her first full solo album in seven years, “There Will Be No Intermission,” on March 8.


An open letter to Amanda Palmer

The singer’s new album, “There Will Be No Intermission,” is lengthy, full of her personal truth, and alternately inspiring and maddening.


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