Wide-ranging explorations and rock explosions from Robert Plant

Singer even slaked the thirst of the Led Zeppelin fans at the Orpheum with several songs, but in every case, they were far from recapitulation.

The CRASHfest bill includes the Zimbabwean band Mokoomba.

Music of a borderless world takes the stage at CRASHfest

The performers hail from as far away as Niger and as close by as Somerville, and all have the same goal: to make you dance.

With Robert Plant, the song never remains the same

As a solo artist, the former Led Zeppelin frontman continues to push forward on a creative path that seldom repeats.

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Before the deluge

Though they were written during the Obama years, Zadie Smith’s essays on politics and culture still feel insightful and relevant.

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Sincerity and fervor in Odyssey Opera’s production of Honegger’s ‘Joan of Arc’ oratorio

On Saturday night in Sanders Theatre, the young company performed the penultimate offering in its Joan of Arc-themed season. 

Fergie’s unusual national anthem rendition before NBA All-Star game widely panned

The Grammy Award-winning singer’s raspy interpretation of “The Star-Spangled Banner” did not go over well with many.

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Noel Gallagher and High Flying Birds do their jobs, as usual

The architect behind Oasis delivered a workmanlike show with his band at the Boston Opera House, but that was more than enough.

Drake touts giveaways, urges fans to do something nice, too

Drake wants to spread the love, and he’s challenging his fans to do the same.

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Jacques Lacombe leads ‘Daphnis and Chloé’ in BSO subscription debut 

The Canadian conductor’s program included works by Ravel and Debussy.

Fall Arts Preview 2017

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

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Steven Barkhimer and Mara Sidmore in Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s production of “Richard III,” at Swedenborg Chapel through March 11.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Chadwick Boseman in “Black Panther.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: The protector of Wakanda, god of funk, and king of England

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

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Superchunk fights political despair with exuberant rock ’n’ roll

“What a Time to Be Alive,” the indie band’s response to the current administration, bristles with anxious energy.

The Boston Symphony Chamber Players performed Ligeti’s “Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet” Sunday.

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Bringing ‘Leipzig Week in Boston’ to a happy conclusion

Chamber players from the BSO and Leipzig Gewandhaus collaborated on Sunday.

Andris Nelsons leads the BSO with pianists Kirill Gerstein, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Thomas Adès at Symphony Hall.

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BSO Leipzig Week program pulls on threads through time

A substantial program marks the culmination of “Leipzig Week in Boston.”

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Ideas for fun things to do around Boston

Your calendar of events, music, theater, and more for the late winter and early spring.

Haneefah Wood in “Bad Dates” at Huntington Theatre Company.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Carla Bruni was a supermodel and later French first lady — while still playing and recording her own music.


The first lady of French pop has a date at Berklee

Carla Bruni is still producing breathy gems, just as she did before and her doing her years as France’s first lady.

The second Leipzig Gewandhaus opened in 1884 and was destroyed during World War II.

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With ‘Leipzig Week in Boston,’ BSO rolls out new orchestral alliance

Andris Nelsons, music director both here and with the Gewandhaus Orchestra, is the connection.

From hip-hop beats to ’70s-style fusion, jazz artists are mixing it up in 2018

Here’s a look at a half-dozen notable albums released so far this year, from the likes of Chick Corea, Julian Lage, and Dr. Lonnie Smith.

From left: Candi Carpenter, Tiera Leftwich, Kalie Shorr, Chloe Gilligan, and Jenna Paulette are among the members of the Song Suffragettes.

Female songwriters in Nashville say ‘Time’s Up’

A music video by the Song Suffragettes features 23 singers dressed all in black, linked arm in arm.

Dakota Johnson in “Fifty Shades Freed.”

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The Weekender: ‘Shades,’ shorts, and shows – a pre-Valentine preparedness kit

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

Ian Hunter will play City Winery on Feb. 10 and 11.

Ian Hunter is proof that rock isn’t just for young dudes

At 78, the former Mott the Hoople frontman has never stopped recording and touring.

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More weirdness from MGMT, but with hooks

“Little Dark Age” has set the duo free to make mildly warped, ’80s-indebted synth-pop just like all the other indie kids.


BØRNS a millennial Beach Boy, but the style is all Gucci

The electro-pop singer, who plays a sold-out show at the House of Blues, discusses his musical influences and renowned fashion sense.

David Buskin (left) and Robin Batteau.


Buskin & Batteau retaking the stage in a healthier state

Robin Batteau joins his partner David Buskin for two shows at Passim this weekend after a four-year break that resulted from a succession of health problems, including cancer.

Musician Paul Simon in 2016.

Paul Simon says his upcoming tour will be his last

Only a few days after Elton John announced he will retire from touring in three years, another venerable music figure is throwing in the touring towel — Paul Simon.

Justin Timberlake performed at halftime of Sunday’s Super Bowl.

This time, Justin Timberlake avoids a Super Bowl ‘wardrobe malfunction’

If his halftime performance appeared well oiled, consider Timberlake’s track record in this event.

Mr. Edwards (second from right) with group members (from left) Otis Williams, Richard Street, Melvin Franklin, and Glenn Beonard.

Dennis Edwards, 74, Temptations singer

Mr. Edwards replaced founding member David Ruffin in 1968, and his soulful, passionate voice defined the group for years.

Juliana Hatfield performing at the Hot Stove Cool Music concert at the Paradise Saturday night.

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At Hot Stove Cool Music, new takes on old favorites

The annual baseball/rock ’n’ roll mashup concert/benefit wasn’t overwhelmed by football fever.

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J. Lo shout-outs A-Rod, covers Prince at pre-Super Bowl show

Jennifer Lopez raised money for Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico, celebrated an anniversary with beau Alex Rodriguez and covered Prince songs at a pre-Super Bowl concert.

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Janet Jackson: I’m not performing at Super Bowl with Timberlake

Janet Jackson has shut down any rumors that she will be joining Justin Timberlake during this year’s Super Bowl halftime show.

Andris Nelsons (with the BSO and soprano Kristine Opolais) conducted only the Shostakovich portion of Thursday’s program.

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Nelsons, BSO arrive at Shostakovich’s harrowing Fourteenth Symphony 

This weekend’s program also includes Mozart’s “Gran Partita” Serenade.

“Americas : Veritas” is part of “Renée Green: Within Living Memory” at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Joan Tower at 80: tough love and lots of laughs

In the early 2000s, the American composer thought she was done with orchestral music. Then an unusual offer changed her mind.

Compagnie Accrorap presents Kader Attou’s “The Roots” at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre.

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The Weekender: Big games, French kicks, and pop smarts

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

Johanna and Klara Söderberg of First Aid Kit.

’70s Americana, by way of Sweden, from First Aid Kit

Johanna Söderberg talks about how she and her sister Klara arrived at their sound and adopted their style.

“Ein Kinderspiel” composer Helmut Lachenmann in 2005.


At the piano, taking ‘Child’s Play’ beyond the familiar

In Helmut Lachenmann’s remarkable 1980 suite “Ein Kinderspiel,” the play is not entirely the thing, but a conduit for a more lucid way of hearing.

Civil rights song ‘We Shall Overcome’ part of public domain

The civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome,” which has been quoted by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and was made popular by folk singer Pete Seeger, has been declared a part of public domain.

Singer Milosh of Rhye.

Album review

‘Blood’ showcases Rhye’s evolving, more groove-oriented sound

The album’s 11 tracks are infused with a sultry, often carnal warmth and raw energy.

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Timberlake gets lost in the ‘Woods’

Flannel isn’t a good look on JT, who sounds out of touch with the modern pop landscape on his new album.

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Listen to ‘Amen-dola,’ an ode to the Patriots wide receiver

The musicians that brought Patriots fans “Brady Pull Me Closer” before last year’s Super Bowl are back with another song before Sunday’s matchup with the Eagles.

Rostam played a festival in San Pedro, Calif., in October.

Rostam explores musical connections, wherever they lead

As a collaborator, he’s worked with the likes of Frank Ocean and Charli XCX; as a solo artist, he’s fused Western and Middle Eastern influences in his own music.

 Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood, Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, and Jon Knight have hosted the four-day NKOTB cruise nine times.

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My four days at sea with New Kids on the Block and 3,000 everlasting fans

The other passengers have been Blockheads since they were tweens, and as a nonstop party cruise shows, the crush may last forever.

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Super Bowl week to feature Snoop Dogg, J. Lo, Pink, Cardi B

Before he headlines the halftime show, Justin Timberlake will hold a listening party Thursday at Paisley Park for his new album.

At the front of the stage are concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky (with red hair) and violist Max Mandel, performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante.

Music Review

A 25-year friendship brings Mozart magic with Handel and Haydn Society

Concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky and violist Max Mandel delivered a phenomenal performance Friday night, in music that crackled with playful rivalry and delight.

The best of what to see and do around Boston this winter

From art shows to music performances, theater, TV, and dance, Boston’s scene has you covered.

Pianist Jeremy Denk and violinist Stefan Jackiw performed an all-Ives program at Jordan Hall.


Celebrating Ives’s landscapes of montage and memory

A remarkable performance of the complete Ives Violin Sonatas by Jeremy Denk and Stefan Jackiw brought one marvel after another.

At the Grammy Awards, Maren Morris (left) and Eric Church performed a tribute to those killed in the Las Vegas massacre.

Country artists deliver tribute to Las Vegas attack victims at Grammy Awards

Eric Church, Maren Morris, and Brothers Osborne were performing at the show where the attack took place.

Tom Petty died in October, just weeks after performing at TD Garden.

‘It’s such a loss’: Rocker Tom Petty mourned at Grammy Awards

A diverse collection of artists said Petty’s music was the soundtrack of their lives.

Bruno Mars received the Grammy for the Best Song of the year.

Grammy Awards

Big wins for Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars, but women take the night at Grammys

Lamar and Mars took most of the trophies, but Kesha gave the most cathartic, and resonant, performance.