At UMass Amherst, Cardi B dazzles the crowd with rapping, twerking, and a pep talk

Nothing made college students at UMass Amherst marvel more than when Cardi B twerked onstage while pregnant Wednesday night.

Then-president-elect Donald Trump and rapper Kanye West posed for a picture in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York in December 2016.

Kanye West went on a tweetstorm about Trump — and Trump responded

After tweeting praise for “my brother” Donald Trump, West posted that his wife — Kim Kardashian West — asked him to clarify that he doesn’t “agree with everything Trump does.”

John Linnell (left) and John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants.


Talking new instruments and old technology with They Might Be Giants’ John Linnell

The band, which released its 20th studio album in January, plays the House of Blues on Friday.

Tig Notaro (pictured in Beverly Hills in January) headlines the Women in Comedy Festival show at the Chevalier in Medford Saturday.

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The Weekender: Women in comedy, ‘Top Girls,’ and really long guitar solos

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

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Los Angeles Philharmonic splashes down at Symphony Hall

Led by Gustavo Dudamel, the orchestra shook the rafters with pieces by Varèse and Shostakovich.

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The Weekender: ‘Avengers’ heroes, fierce queens, and They Might Be Giants

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

Lord Hurons enter the void on ‘Vide Noir’

A cosmic conversation with Ben Schneider of the Los Angeles-based indie-folk group, which comes to Boston on Monday.

Avicii’s family says the DJ ‘could not go on any longer’ and ‘wanted to find peace’

The Grammy-nominated musician, born Tim Bergling, was found dead last week at age 28. Details about his death were not revealed.

Trump says rapper Kanye West has ‘good taste’ for liking him

President Donald Trump is praising Kanye West, saying the rapper has “good taste” because he supports Trump.

Fall Arts Preview 2017

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// 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.

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From left: Didi Gutman, Aaron Johnston, Jesse Murphy, and Sabina Sciubba.

Brazilian Girls return with radio-ready album ‘Let’s Make Love’

A decade after their last disc, Brazilian Girls remain puckish hedonists, and they wisely make little attempt to update their global alt-dance sound. The band plays Brighton Music Hall on May 6.

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Speedy Ortiz headier, poppier than ever on ‘Twerp Verse’

The Northampton indie rockers’ engaging, thought-provoking new album achieves its lofty goals far more often than not.

Placido Domingo performs Thursday at the Boch Center Wang Theatre.

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Placido Domingo, at 77, still savors ‘this privilege, to make people happy’

The world-renowned singer, who performs Thursday at the Boch Center Wang Theatre, has enjoyed a career of extraordinary longevity, seemingly defying the strictures of time and aging.

Bob Dorough 94; composed songs for ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ series

Mr. Dorough performed with jazz greats Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, but was perhaps best known for his whimsical compositions.

Kim Schifino and Matt Johnson of Matt and Kim.

For the band Matt and Kim, ‘this is what it takes for our lives to feel complete’

A joy of performing drives the two New Englanders who make up the band.

Prince performed in Worcester in 1985.

Prince’s heirs sue hospital, Walgreens over post-overdose care

The lawsuit claims that a doctor and pharmacists failed to provide the musician with reasonable care after an overdose days before he died.

Cardi B performed Sunday at the Coachella festival in Indio, Calif.


UMass Amherst bests Northeastern to win party with Cardi B

Students at 64 universities across the country went head-to-head in the “Tinder U Swipe Off” contest.

Shania Twain in 2017.

Shania Twain apologizes after saying she would have voted for Donald Trump

The Canadian singer told The Guardian she would have voted for Trump because “even though he was offensive, he seemed honest.”

Benjamin Zander conducted “Dream of Gerontius.”

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In Symphony Hall, Elgar’s dream of a soul drifting free

On Friday night, Benjamin Zander led the combined forces of the Boston Philharmonic and the Chorus pro Musica in an affecting performance of Elgar’s “Dream of Gerontius”

Tugan Sokhiev leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra and pianist Jan Lisiecki in Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor Thursday at Symphony Hall.

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Pianist Jan Lisiecki leads a youth movement at Symphony Hall

All three pieces on the Boston Symphony Orchestra program were written by composers in their 20s.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of April 23-29

“Wig Out!” in Cambridge, Fusion Cuisine in Somerville, Pathways to Freedom in Boston, and more.


Diversity awards, a DIY drone, and a concert

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

Caitlin Canty performs at Club Passim on April 25.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Joe Perry at the House of Blues Wednesday.

Music Review

Joe Perry rocks his way at House of Blues

For two hours, the Aerosmith guitarist plugged in and let ’er rip.

Margo Price will do just what she wants, thanks

With acclaim, awards, and a strong second album, the singer who calls herself “too country for country” is doing just fine.

A spin through some Record Store Day treasures

Here are 11 records on one music hound’s must-have list.

Yu-Hui Chang’s “Pixelandia” gets its world premiere at Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s Saturday concert.

Composer goes for the high score with video game-inspired ‘Pixelandia’

Yu-Hui Chang’s piece is one of three world premieres in Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s Saturday concert.

Phil Wilcox, store manager at Tres Gatos Bookstore, prepares for Record Store Day on Saturday.

It’s the vinyl countdown to Record Store Day

The event turns 10 this year, and Boston retailers say its appeal is growing.

A scene from “Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami,” Sophie Fiennes’s documentary on the singer, style icon, and actress.

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Grace Jones is back on the big screen, as exultant, funny, and fierce as ever

A new documentary explores the life of the singer and style icon, now nearly 70, and it is a bracing experience.

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On ‘Live,’ Terence Blanchard steps into the firing line

The jazz trumpeter’s new album was recorded in three cities steeped in police-related violence: Cleveland, Dallas, and St. Paul.

Jeff Rosenstock plays a sold-out show Saturday at the Paradise in support of his new album, “POST-.”

Punk artist Jeff Rosenstock has more to give

A paragon of DIY generosity, he is maintaining a fans-first approach to guide him through greater career success.

Mary Gauthier brings the war home, with vets as her collaborators

The singer-songwriter’s talks about her album “Rifles & Rosary Beads,” and the kinship she formed with the veterans and their family members who helped write all the songs.

Kendrick Lamar was the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the Pulitzer Prize for music.

Kendrick Lamar just won a Pulitzer for ‘DAMN.’

Lamar is the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the award.

Jason Aldean performed

Jason Aldean wins entertainer of the year at Academy of Country Music Awards

Aldean paid tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas massacre in his acceptance speech. He was on stage when the shooter opened fire on the crowd.

INDIO, CA - APRIL 14: Beyonce Knowles performs onstage during 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Field on April 14, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

Beyonce’s Coachella set includes Destiny’s Child reunion

Beyonce has paid tribute Saturday to historically black colleges and universities and also reunited with Destiny’s Child during her headlining performance at Coachella.

Jon Bon Jovi performed Saturday during the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Bon Jovi and The Cars formally inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Saturday’s ceremony also included tribute to Tom Petty and Chris Cornell, who died in 2017.

Audra McDonald at Lincoln Center in April of 2017.

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Down-to-earth diva Audra McDonald dazzles at Symphony Hall

The Broadway star offered a fabulous program, and some refreshing onstage honesty as well.

Andrew Stenson as Jaquino in Boston Baroque’s “Fidelio.”

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From darkness to light with Boston Baroque’s rousing ‘Fidelio’

On Friday night in Jordan Hall, Martin Pearlman led the first of two semi-staged performances of Beethoven’s opera of liberation.  

Reenactors take aim on the Battle Green in Lexington.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of April 16-22

Patriots Day events, the Folk & Americana Music Series, April school vacation week ideas, and more.

Album Review

The hidden charms of Tinashe’s ‘Joyride’

The singer’s third album took its time getting here, but the tracks she recorded in her home studio were especially worth the wait.

JD McPherson (pictured last September in Nashville) plays the Sinclair April 17.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Lenox, Massachusetts - 8/11/2015 - John Oliver, founding director of the Tanglewood Chorus, sits on stage after leading the chorus during a rehearsal at the Seiji Ozawa Hall in Lenox, Massachusetts, August 11, 2015. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

John Oliver, 78; founded Tanglewood Festival Chorus

In his 45-year tenure with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Oliver shaped more than 1,000 performances without even being on the stage.

Joaquin Phoenix in “You Were Never Really Here.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: A marathon pre-Marathon weekend

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

Lucy Dacus performs at the Sinclair.

Music Review

Lucy Dacus turns understatement into something beguiling

The singer-songwriter’s sold-out show at the Sinclair shone with the quiet self-assurance of an emerging star.

Broadway veterans (from left) Ashley Brown, Merle Dandridge, Heidi Blickenstaff, and Alton Fitzgerald White will perform with the Boston Pops in “Disney’s Broadway Hits.”

Family Entertainment 2018

When the Pops performs Disney, it’s an all-ages show

Four Broadway veterans whose credits range from “The Lion King” to “Mary Poppins” will join the orchestra for “Disney’s Broadway Hits.”

The high-energy, audience-participation-intensive show “Sesame Street Live!: Let’s Party!” is at Agganis Arena April 20-22.

Family Entertainment 2018

Sing along with monkeys, pigs, and one beloved tiger

Ten pop music picks for kids and their parents.

Music director Federico Cortese leads a Boston Youth Symphony rehearsal.

Family Entertainment 2018

Young Boston musicians build a bridge to Leipzig

A Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras collaboration will include a performance featuring youth choirs from Leipzig; later, young local musicians will perform in Germany.

Radius Ensemble will perform at Concord Children’s Center April 29.

Family Entertainment 2018

Family Entertainment: Classical picks

From high-definition opera screenings to an instrumental petting zoo, a look at family-friendly classical offerings in the greater Boston area.

Boston Calling music festival at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston on May 26, 2017.

Boston Calling’s food lineup is music to our ears

New this year: Wood-fired pizza from Area Four, sandwiches from chef Steve “Nookie” Postal at Commonwealth, and sweets from Union Square Donuts.

Ric Ocasek performing with the Cars at Boston Garden in 1987.

10 of the best Cars songs

Former Globe rock critic Steve Morse picks his favorites.

From left: Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes, Ric Ocasek, David Robinson, and Benjamin Orr of the Cars in an undated photo.

After a long wait, the Cars enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Boston band’s crafty, quirky New Wave sound produced more than a dozen Top 40 hits and four straight Top 10 albums over the course of a decade.