Amid the noise, Ray LaMontagne seeks peace in the music he creates

“All I can do,” says the singer-songwriter, “is to try to put something positive into the world, whatever that is, and not add to any dark place.”

Speedy Ortiz

Fast times for Speedy Ortiz

The Massachusetts band and its frontwoman, Sadie Dupuis, have plenty on their plate — including upcoming dates with the likes of Frank Turner, Foo Fighters, and Liz Phair.

Beyoncé performed at a Get Out the Vote concert in Cleveland Saturday.


When Beyoncé called, ‘Jagged Little Pill’ choreographer left Cambridge for Paris

Celebrated choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui missed a few previews of the ART production to work with Queen Bey on her new video.

Zac Brown onstage with his band Saturday night at Fenway Park.

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Zac Brown Band touches all the bases at Fenway

Saturday night’s cover-packed show at the ballpark had something for almost everybody.

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A pop quiz on pot in popular culture

Did you know about these marijuana references from songs, movies, and books?

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The Weekender: Bono, Beyoncé, Neko, and Hamlet

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

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A short, not-at-all sweet dispatch from Nine Inch Nails

Even at a mere 30 minutes or so, “Bad Witch” still packs a considerable punch.

Sisters Aly & AJ are doing it for themselves

With a self-funded EP out now and an album in the works, the former Disney stars have taken control of their sound.

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A musical haven with a vision — and a view — in Western Mass.

Michi Wiancko and Judd Greenstein’s Antenna Cloud Farm in Gill is a place where creative musicians can perform, try out new things, recharge, and connect with the community.

Summer Arts Preview 2018

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// 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.

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Beyonce and Jay-Z


Choreographer reveals what it was like to work with Beyonce, Jay-Z

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui was finishing up previews on “Jagged Little Pill” at the ART when he got a call about a project — one that had to be kept under wraps.

Alon Nashman performed the one-man theater piece “Kafka and Son” in Rockport.

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Kafka encaged, writing to his father

On Saturday, the Rockport Chamber Music Festival presented the immensely compelling one-act play “Kafka and Son,” with music by Osvaldo Golijov. 

Gennady Rozhdestvensky in the Bolshoi Theater after he was named artistic director in 2000. He abruptly left after one season, describing “vicious’’ criticism by the Moscow press.

Miffed at BSO, famed maestro backs out

In an extremely rare public flare-up in the outwardly genteel world of major symphony orchestras, conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky has pulled out of the entire run of four concerts he was scheduled to conduct with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

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At Rockport, ushering in a new chapter with Tchaikovsky, Golijov, and high spirits

Under new artistic leadership, the Rockport Chamber Music Festival opened its summer season on Friday night with a program of festive works by Tchaikovsky and Osvaldo Golijov.

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2016 file photo, Beyonce, center, and Jay-Z perform during a Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaign rally in Cleveland. Beyonce performed a 2-hour set at Coachella, Saturday, April 14, 2018, paying tribute to the marching bands, the dance troupes and step teams at historically black colleges and universities. Jay-Z also came out for a collaboration.( AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

A guide to Beyonce and Jay-Z’s surprise joint album ‘Everything is Love’

The record is a victory lap from a couple who have mined their relationship for universal truths and then presented them as art.

Jay-Z, Beyonce release surprise album ‘Everything Is Love’

Once again, the Carter clan dropped a surprise album before anyone knew it was coming.

Paul Simon played a 26-song set Friday night at the TD Garden.

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Paul Simon sets TD Garden aglow with a warm farewell

The singer, who is retiring from the road, offered a performance that was both a celebration of past glories and a nod toward what might come next.

Make Music celebrates the summer solstice with 100 free performances

Now in its fifth year, the festival continues to grow and diversify.

04heard caption: Boston-based singer and songwriter Sarah Borges has a new album,


New Fenway music series pairs a baseball game and a band

What’s more American than a ballgame and some live music? How about a good two-for-one bargain?

17ticketgaller Michael Mazur: Along the Shoreline at Albert Merola Gallery through July 4, 2018. Busy Beach 2008 60 x 96 oil paint on canvas. Image courtesy of the Albert Merola Gallery.

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Spoon (pictured) will kick off a co-headlining tour with fellow indie mainstays Grizzly Bear at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion.

Indie inspiration as Spoon, Grizzly Bear team up on tour

Brit Daniel of Spoon and Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear are feeling good about their bands’ most recent work.

Ty Burr

Every playlist tells a story

Ty Burr wanted to restore not only what it felt like to be an adolescent but an adolescent boy in the Boston area during the late spring of 1972.

“The Hourglass Equation,” composed by Alex Burtzos (left), will debut at the Aston Magna Music Festival.

New music, old instruments with Aston Magna

With a world premiere by Alex Burtzos performed on period instruments, the festival looks to the future.

Paul Simon kicks off his Homeward Bound: The Farewell Tour in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. The tour will continue on to cover North America, the United Kingdom and Europe. (Jimmy Jeong/The Canadian Press via AP)

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The Weekender: Pop papas, rockin’ dads, and the godfather of gospel

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

John Prine’s current tour brings him to the Boch Center Wang Theatre June 15.


More gifts of song from John Prine

The crackerjack songwriter’s current tour brings him to the Boch Center Wang Theatre June 15.

Dwight Yoakam (pictured performing in Nashville) played an hourlong set to close out the LSD Tour stop at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Tuesday.

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Country music — in an altered state — from LSD’s Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, and Dwight Yoakam

The tour featuring the three headliners debuted at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Tuesday with a potent almost-four-hour show.

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Heaven knows Johnny Marr is ho-hum now 

The ex-Smiths guitarist proves yet again frontman duties don’t come naturally on “Call the Comet.”

Zac Brown Band returns to Fenway Park after last playing there two years ago.

Zac Brown Band’s Clay Cook on Berklee, Boston accents, and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

The band returns to Fenway Park for two shows this weekend.

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Playing piano at Dana-Farber, he sees improvisation is not just for jazz

His audience of cancer patients helps each other muddle through the songs of their lives, even when they don’t know the next note.

Dave Gahan (left) and Martin Gore of Depeche Mode at TD Garden.

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At TD Garden, Depeche Mode lets in the light

It was a spirited performance of fundamentally gloomy material.

Australian rock band King Gizzard and Lizard Wizard plays a sold-out show at Royale in Boston on Thursday.

In prog rock, no one can match King Gizzard’s record pace

The Australian band that released five albums in 2017 is in the midst of a world tour that reaches Boston Thursday.

The ancient Roman Farnese Sarcophagus is the centerpiece of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s “Life, Death & Revelry” exhibition.

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Five things to do around Boston June 11-17

“Life, Death, & Revelry” at the Gardner museum, Alonzo Bodden at Laugh Boston, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, and more.

US singer Paul Simon performs on stage at the Bilbao Exhibition Centre in the Spanish Basque city of Barakaldo on November 17, 2016. / AFP / ANDER GILLENEA (Photo credit should read ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images) 10ticketpop

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Benjamin Wenzelberg, 18, conducts the Boston Pops in rehearsal during his finalist audition.

For ‘Candide,’ the Pops passes the baton to Harvard student

Benjamin Wenzelberg, 18, won an audition to conduct the orchestra.

Renée Elise Goldsberry.

‘Hamilton’ star Renée Elise Goldsberry has a date with the Pops

The original Angelica from “Hamilton” will join the Boston Pops and her Schuyler sister Phillipa Soo for a three-night engagement.

(L-R) SANDRA BULLOCK as Debbie, CATE BLANCHETT as Lou, RIHANNA as Nine Ball, MINDY KALING as Amita, AWKWAFINA as Constance, HELENA BONHAM CARTER as Rose, ANNE HATHAWAY as Daphne Kluger and SARAH PAULSON as Tammy in the 2018 film

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The Weekender: Thieving divas, noir gangsters, and . . . is that the sun?!

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

Liz Phair performing at the Sinclair.

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Liz Phair slips back into ‘Guyville’ at the Sinclair

Her show, in which she still reveled in being a provocateuse, was both nostalgia and a renewal of vows.

Kendrick Lamar (pictured at the Grammys in January) headlined the TDE Championship Tour stop in Mansfield.

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Kendrick Lamar takes the prize at the Xfinity Center

“Pulitzer Kenny” delivered a strong headlining set on a bill that featured other artists from the Top Dawg label.

Erin Rae

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Erin Rae’s translucent, wistful ‘Putting on Airs’

The Nashville singer-songwriter’s sophomore album is a 12-song slice of unpretentious, lovely Americana.

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On Snail Mail’s ‘Lush,’ adolescent angst from an old soul

The debut LP from 19-year-old Lindsey Jordan shows a songwriter who’s wise beyond her years.

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

Soul survivor Nathaniel Rateliff’s big break was a long time coming

A retooled sound and a 2015 appearance on the “The Tonight Show” changed everything.

Composer Frederic Rzewski

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Category-defying music, left-wing stance in composer’s provocative piece

Percussionist Allen Otte believes that Frederic Rzewski’s “The Fall of the Empire,” featuring vibraphone, chimes, and a bewildering array of speaking parts, is a work of brilliance.

From left: Charles Altura, David Ginyard, Terence Blanchard, Fabian Almazan, and Oscar Seaton.

In Terence Blanchard’s hands, a trumpet is an instrument of protest

The jazz composer and his band, the E-Collective, have crafted music in response to rampant racism and the deaths of African-Americans.

Hall and Oates recently released “Philly Forget Me Not,” their first new song since 2002.


John Oates on pop music longevity — and never being out of touch

Hall and Oates play Thursday at the Xfinity Center.

Saxophonist JD Allen performs at Scullers Jazz Club with bassist Noah Jackson and drummer Rudy Royston.

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Passion and poetry from saxophonist JD Allen

Mixing a few standards with his compositions, Allen and his band played a soaring set at Scullers.

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Summer guide: Things to do around Boston and Cambridge

Here’s a rundown of free and cheap entertainment options, from yoga and Zumba to Shakespeare and movies, all over the 617 area code.

After more than a month of headlines not related to music, Kanye West released his eighth studio album, “Ye.”

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On ‘Ye,’ that sound you hear is Kanye cashing in

The music he’s making now seems as manufactured as the drama he creates.

Summer Arts preview

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.

Aly Raisman is in Maroon 5’s latest music video, released on Wednesday.


Cardi B, Gal Gadot, and Aly Raisman among more than two dozen women featured in Maroon 5 video

Maroon 5’s latest music video features more than just a few Adam Levine flirtatious looks into the camera and a classic, irresistible boy band sound.


A porch festival, a Disney concert, and cycling for cancer

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

Goddard College students pictured near Northwood dorm  in 1971.

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Maine lobsters, Vermont hippies, and a prom for readers

Three books with New England roots come out this week.