For Chris Smither, it’s been 50 years of digging deep into existential folk-blues
The singer-guitarist-almost-anthropologist returns to Passim Friday for a show drawing on a half-century’s worth of songs.
A musician and audience member meet in a shipping container for one minute, and it’s a concert
For 10 days at pop-up venues in Cambridge and Boston, you can treat yourself to a Concert for One.
The ‘superpower’ that sharpens Ezra Furman’s punk perspective
The queer artist has moved back to Boston after scoring Netflix’s “Sex Education” and releasing a new album, “Twelve Nudes.”
At Agganis Arena, Lizzo seizes the spotlight
Riding high with the No. 1 song in the country, the singer more than proved she was arena-ready.
In those early Boston days, Ric Ocasek was a rock star waiting to happen
Artists, DJs, and others who knew the Cars’ frontman pay tribute to him and the band he led.
Plenty of hits as Billy Joel makes a triumphant return to Fenway
The piano-playing troubadour’s sixth show in as many years at the home of the Red Sox was a showcase of his songwriting and performance talents.
The Waterboys’ Mike Scott is a man of action
A conversation with singer about the band’s longevity touches on technology, politics, hip-hop, literature, and the Clash.
The Who orchestrate a night of classic rock at Fenway
Backed by horns and strings, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend were in fine form Friday night.
With a big Beethoven concerto, A Far Cry in full cry at Jordan Hall
A Far Cry has never outgrown the image of the young, hungry chamber orchestra — but with its 13th season kickoff concert and a successful fundraising campaign, it’s reaching outward and upward.
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See the off-Broadway hit “Black Light,” check out the inaugural Latinx Heritage Night, catch a sugar buzz at What the Fluff?, and more.
An opening blast from the Hold Steady at the Sinclair
On the first of four nights in Cambridge, the band held nothing back.
Eddie Money, ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ singer, dies at 70
The husky-voiced, blue collar performer, known for such hits as ‘‘Two Tickets to Paradise’’ and ‘‘Take Me Home Tonight,’’ had recently announced he had stage 4 esophageal cancer.
Here's what the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge thinks of Lana Del Rey’s new album title
“It caught our attention and we were definitely intrigued,” said Laurie Norton Moffatt, director and chief executive of the museum.
BSO concertmaster Malcolm Lowe retires after 35 years
Lowe, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s concertmaster, has announced that he will be retiring from his position, ending his decades-long tenure with the orchestra.
‘Country Music’ is a grand ole epic from Ken Burns
With his 16-hour PBS documentary, the filmmaker presents a vivid aural portrait across the 20th century.
Singing in the USA in ‘Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice’
New documentary follows her from ’60s start, to ’70s heyday, to the present.
Between ‘Love + Fear,’ Marina found herself
The Welsh pop star (née the Diamonds) was lost after releasing three albums that leaned heavily on artifice. Before making “Love + Fear,” she took time off, changed her stage-name, and got in touch with her own nature.
The Pixies’ ‘Eyrie’ offers only glimpses of the old magic
Much of the new album is textbook Pixies, except for the fact that the songs come and go without incident, hardly a band trademark.
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At Jordan Hall, an old Irish song tradition meets the modern musical palette
Composer Donnacha Dennehy borrowed from sean-nós singing for a contemporary work based on Ireland’s Great Famine.
Mark Wahlberg is getting into the CBD business, because of course he is
First it was Paul Pierce. Then it was Rob Gronkowski. Now, you can count Mark Wahlberg as the latest local celebrity looking to cash in on the CBD craze.
Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Weezer will play Fenway in 2020
Tickets will go on sale to the general public later this month.
Dominic Fike is bringing back the sound of the 2000s
The genre-meshing South Florida rapper, who plays Brighton Music Hall on Wednesday, is rising fast off the success of singles like “3 Nights” and “Phone Numbers.”
Willie Nelson returns in good health and fine form at Outlaw fest
With guests Alison Krauss and Bonnie Raitt, the 86-year-old singer resumed his tour in New Hampshire after missing more than a month of shows due to respiratory trouble.
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Celebrating the bond between Boston and Kyoto, Char & Bar Wars, David Byrne’s “American Utopia,” and more.
Nicki Minaj says she’s going to ‘retire’
The pop star said she was stepping away from the music world to start a family.
Police: Man broke into Taylor Swift’s R.I. mansion, took off shoes
Police say a man who broke into Swift’s beachfront mansion took his shoes off because he wanted to be polite.
Boston’s 15 must-see classical music groups for fall
A busy season brings everything from innovative chamber groups to a giant BSO collaboration with colleagues from Germany.
Ian Anderson on 50 years of Jethro Tull, tinny Garden acoustics, and never being too old to rock and roll
The flute-playing frontman reflects on his band’s heyday and why it’s still fun to get out on the road and play those songs.
Highwomen pave their own road to country radio
The debut by the supergroup of Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires, Maren Morris, and Natalie Hemby is modern, distinctly country music that revisits classic genre themes, with a twist here and there.
You may ask yourself: How did David Byrne end up with a Broadway show?
Adapted from his highly choreographed concert tour, “American Utopia” will debut at the Colonial before heading to New York.
Vampire Weekend is worth the wait
Tuesday’s show at Agganis Arena was the band’s first in Boston in six years.
At Fenway, Zac Brown Band is game for anything
Veering from twang to “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Brown and his band had plenty of twists on offer, and the crowd soaked it up.
Not just for movies anymore
SuperLux Chestnut Hill extends its arts initiative into fall
Man arrested after trespassing at Taylor Swift’s Rhode Island home said he was there to marry her
A man was arrested at Taylor Swift’s beachfront home in Westerly, R.I. Thursday morning after brushing his teeth at her gate and claiming he was there to marry her, police said.