Offa Rex brings a blend of olde and new to Newport

The band, a collaboration between Olivia Chaney and the Decemberists, mines traditional British folk for a sound that seems uniquely their own.

Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos is charting fresh personal horizons ahead of “Tremendous Sea of Love” hitting streaming services this Friday.

With new album, Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos is connecting directly with listeners

The frontman initially made the new music available months ago, sending it directly to Twitter followers in exchange for retweets in support of the #weneedscience campaign.

Chester Bennington (left).


Linkin Park says their hearts are broken after loss of lead singer

The group said “shock waves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened.”

A Northern parula at Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary.

Third Ear

What do composers hear in birdsong?

This week, Tanglewood and Mass Audubon will join forces for an imaginative four-day minifestival called “Tanglewood Takes Flight,” a celebration of birds and music.

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The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Justin Bieber accidentally hits a photog with a pickup truck

The photographer was hospitalized Wednesday night with injuries that were not life-threatening.

History of the Newport Folk Festival was a book waiting to be written

The author of the recently released “I’ve Got a Song” compiled dozens of interviews with performers and dug deep into the American Folklife Center archives.

Some folks at Newport who warrant more attention

If you’re going to the folk festival, take the time this weekend to check out some of these lesser-known artists.

Album Review

An overload from Arcade Fire

The band’s fifth album, “Everything Now,” is a bloated effort without much to say.

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Michael Ostrzyga at rehearsal with the Harvard Summer Chorus.

Mozart’s Requiem is completed anew

Composer Michael Ostrzyga will conduct the Harvard Summer Chorus in the world premiere of his new completion of Mozart’s famously unfinished Requiem.

Guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor, and Adam Lambert at TD Garden Sunday.

Music review

Adam Lambert, Queen prove to be a marriage made for an arena

At Tuesday’s TD Garden show, the frontman showed that his flamboyant style and theatrical vocals are of a piece with Freddie Mercury’s aesthetic, if a bit more amped-up.

Adam Lambert and Queen performed Tuesday at TD Garden.


Queen and Adam Lambert draw a crowd at the Garden

The artists played at the Boston venue on Tuesday.

Carolyn Armistead meeting Graham Nash for the second time, at his Lowell Summer Music Series concert last week.

Decades after her photo with Graham Nash, a fan gives it another shot

The writer was a 21-year-old college journalist when the singer posed for a picture with her in 1980. Could she find a way to make it happen again?

Barbara Sinatra, widow of entertainer Frank Sinatra and a children's advocate, died Tuesday of natural causes at her California home. She was 90.

Barbara Sinatra, Frank’s 4th wife and widow, dies at 90

The couple was married for 22 years, until Frank Sinatra’s 1998 death.

Kendrick Lamar (seen at a show in Quebec on July 7) performed at TD Garden Saturday night.

Music Review

Kendrick Lamar is a man of his word at TD Garden

The rapper occupied center stage Saturday night in a show that had the audience serving as a chorus.

Chance the Rapper performed earlier this month in London.

More than 90 hospitalized during Chance the Rapper show in Hartford

Many were taken to hospitals for excessive drinking. Police made 50 underage drinking referrals.

Laura Jeppesen (pictured) conceived Thursday’s program, which celebrated music from the court of Isabella d’Este.

Music Review

Voices and viols close out Aston Magna at Brandeis

Isabella d’Este and Josquin des Prez were on the program for Thursday night’s concert.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers onstage at TD Garden Thursday night.

Music Review

The hits just keep on coming as Petty and band mark a milestone

In the first of two 40th-anniversary shows at TD Garden Thursday, the Heartbreakers focused on fan favorites from their extensive catalog.

Chester Bennington.

Chester Bennington’s death mirrors that of close friend Chris Cornell

The Linkin Park frontman was found dead on Thursday from an apparent suicide. He was 41.

Jazeps Vitols


Recalling the father of Latvian classical music

The case of Jazeps Vitols — composer, critic, and educator — is an example of how political histories retroactively affect fame.

Akrobatik (left) and Mr. Lif are releasing “Resolution,” their second studio album as the Perceptionists.

With Perceptionists’ long-awaited reunion, perspectives have changed, chemistry hasn’t

Boston MCs Mr. Lif and Akrobatik have both experienced life-altering events whose impact helped shape their new album, their first as a duo since 2005.

Austin Davidson, Betsy Hogg, and Ben Getz in Barrington Stage Company’s production of “Speech & Debate.”

The Ticket

Music, theater, dance, art, and more

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Fatoumata “Fatou” Diawara in “Mali Blues.”

Doc Talk

Love is all around, along with great music

Documentary offerings include a look at Clive Davis, the birthplace of the blues, and the Summer of Love.

A scene from Christopher Nolan’s ”Dunkirk.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: Heartbreakers, rescuers, and star-crossed lovers

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

D.R.A.M.’s smile says it all: He’s had a great couple of years

Opening alongside Travis Scott for Kendrick Lamar on the DAMN. tour, D.R.A.M. speaks by phone about his rise to fame.

Kendrick Lamar performs at TD Garden Saturday.

Five tracks that reveal why Kendrick Lamar is king

These are the songs to anticipate before the rapper’s show at TD Garden Saturday.

Bang on a Can cofounder Julia Wolfe

Classical Notes

After three decades, Bang on a Can still finds the new

The musical collective marks three decades together with the new piece “Road Trip,” to be previewed at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

Dawn Richard: on the edge of everything, and at the controls

Her music is the product of her own ever-expanding horizons, and her independent spirit suffuses every aspect of it.

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra will perform “The Blue Planet” by Peggy Stuart Coolidge (above) in its season debut concert.

A ‘gentle rebel from the Back Bay’ comes home with Boston Landmarks Orchestra

A Wednesday performance on the Esplanade features “The Blue Planet” by Peggy Stuart Coolidge (1913-81), a now little-known composer who had a prolific musical life in Boston and elsewhere.

Stephanie Blythe and Thomas J. Mayer performing with Andris Nelsons (right) and the BSO.

Music Review

At Tanglewood, BSO wades into the watery depths of Wagner’s ‘Ring’

Andris Nelsons and the orchestra did not disappoint. This was a cogent, organically paced performance that held a large Shed audience firmly in its grasp, hour after hour.

Chris Stapleton performing in Nashville last November.

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Chris Stapleton proves ready for the big country stage

Friday night, Stapleton remarked that his appearance at the Xfinity Center was the first show he’d played as a headliner in Boston. He proved more than up to the moment.

Cutting-edge technology is making headphones easier on your ears

Consumer Reports on earphones and headphones.

Man in swim dress running isolated on white background

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, July 17-23

City Splash on the Charles, an autism-aware theater production, ArtWalk in Natick, and more.

Beyoncé performing at the Grammys in February.

We’re trying to figure out exactly what Beyoncé named her baby

If the baby’s first name is “Sir Carter,” what’s the last name? Or is the first name “Sir”?


A wildlife presentation, a tomato cooking class, and an r&b show

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

Beyonce performed at the 59th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in February. The singer debuted her newborn twins Sir Carter and Rumi in an Instagram post Thursday.

Beyonce introduces the world to her newborn twins, Sir and Rumi

“Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today,” the singer wrote on Instagram Thursday. She didn’t mention the babies’ genders.

Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench was a student at Phillips Exeter Academy and saw Led Zeppelin at the Boston Garden when he was a teenager.

Petty and the Heartbreakers’ love affair with Boston has lasted forever

“Y’all were the first place that liked us,” says keyboardist Benmont Tench, as the band prepares for two dates at the TD Garden.

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.

Anne-Sophie Mutter, a John Williams premiere, and Bambis at Tanglewood

The acclaimed violinist will premiere a new piece by Williams with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Sunday afternoon.

Franz Schubert


Exploring Schubert’s approach to a mountaintop reverie

The composer’s setting of Goethe’s “Wanderers Nachtlied II” limns the poem’s atmosphere while delicately teasing out its shadows — more shadows, perhaps, than the poet may have preferred.

Kendrick Lamar (pictured in April at Coachella in Indio, Calif.) plays TD Garden July 22.

The Ticket

What’s happening this week in the arts world

Picks by Globe critics.

Broken Social Scene shown performing in Pasadena, Calif., in June.

Album Review

Rumbles of anxiety in Broken Social Scene’s ‘Thunder’

The band’s signature big sound suggests euphoria, but the lyrics tell a different story.

“War for the Planet of the Apes” opens Friday.

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Apes,’ crooks, and dragons

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

“See You Again” was co-written and co-produced and features a chorus sung by Berklee alum Charlie Puth (’13).

A Berklee alum’s song is now the most-viewed YouTube video of all time

And it replaced a song by another former Berklee student.

Producer Dave Cobb


Nashville’s cool kids have a partner in Dave Cobb

The producer with the Midas touch has collaborated with Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Lori McKenna, and Lake Street Dive.

Gaelynn Lea

A Tiny Desk win put Gaelynn Lea on the road to wider exposure

After winning NPR’s music contest last year, Lea and her husband sold their house, bought a van, and began touring the country.

Preston Gannaway’s “Watermelons.”

Photography review

At the Griffin, a juried show and photographs that perform

Three new shows at the Winchester museum remind us how varied photography can be.

Charlie Puth (left), and Wiz Khalifa performed at the Kids’ Choice Awards last year.

Wiz Khalifa’s ‘See You Again’ now most-viewed YouTube video

Move over, “Gangnam Style.”

Soprano Kristine Opolais performs with her husband, conductor Andris Nelsons, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood.


Andris Nelsons departs Met production

Nelsons’s wife, soprano Kristine Opolais, earlier pulled out of the planned production of “Tosca.”

Donnie Wahlberg performs in concert with New Kids on the Block at Fenway Park July 8. The Dorchester native expressed his appreciation to fans on FB Live after the show.


Donnie Wahlberg gets emotional on FB Live after Fenway show

You can’t go home again, but you can go to Fenway Park, which for some can be just as meaningful. It certainly was for Wahlberg.

Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra on opening night at Tanglewood.

Music Review

Andris Nelsons, BSO ring in summer with Mahler’s epic vision of rebirth

The Boston Symphony Orchestra began its Tanglewood season with music director Andris Nelsons leading opening night there for the first time.