‘My heart is heavy today’: Local rapper BIA, who performed at doomed British concert

BIA opened for Ariana Grande on Monday night before an explosion at the show killed 22 people.

Pixies frontman Black Francis, drummer David Lovering, and bassist Paz Lenchantin onstage at the House of Blues on Friday.

Music Review

Reunion summons the spirit of peak-era Pixies

The reunited, Boston-spawned band sounded fully in command at the House of Blues.

What to expect at Boston Calling this year

While the switch from City Hall Plaza to a 16-acre site in Allston may take some getting used to, a diverse roster of artists remains a constant.

Katie Overfield-Zook at A Far Cry rehearsal.


A Far Cry at 10: nourishing one another through music and more

As the ensemble finishes its 10th season, the musicians have stepped up to a new level both artistically and professionally, without losing sight of the egalitarian approach that got them this far.

Latest Music headlines

Ariana Grande’s tour is not canceled or postponed

Ariana Grande’s tour has not been canceled or postponed despite reports online, according to a person close to the situation.


Aerosmith’s Joe Perry says he’ll ‘fight back’ after Manchester bombing by performing

The guitarist tweeted, “If there’s one thing I learned touring all these years, [it] is that you carry on. This is the way you fight back.”

8-year-old girl among those killed in Manchester arena blast

Saffie Roussos was among the 22 people who died in the bombing.

Islamic State group claims responsibility in Manchester blast

The Islamic State group says one of its members planted bombs in the middle of crowds in Manchester, England.

A much-anticipated evening ends in blood and horror

Ariana Grande’s concert ended in horror after police said a suicide bomber detonated explosives at the Manchester Arena.

Album reviews

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Read about the latest albums reviewed by the Globe.

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Rapper Drake accepted Top Billboard 200 Album for “Views” onstage.

Drake breaks Adele's record at Billboard Music Awards

The rapper, who walked into the show Sunday with 22 nominations, won top artist, top male artist and top Billboard 200 album ("Views"), among others.

Volunteers are needed to help plant the Memorial Day Flag Garden on Boston Common.

Your week ahead

Five things to do, May 22-28

Memorial Day events, theater therapy, an arts festival in Marshfield, and more.


A festival, a support group, and a concert

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

Map of the Boston Calling grounds at the Harvard Athletic Complex, Allston.

Where to find it? Your map of Boston Calling

Where’s the Ferris wheel? How about the free water? Your guide to the Boston Calling stages and amenities at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston.

Romy Madley Croft of the xx

From the xx, an expanded sound and sing-along moments

The British trio has found a new groove on its third album, and live audiences are responding.

Boston Calling on City Hall Plaza in 2016. The festival will be in a new location this year: the Harvard Athletic Complex.

The scene at Boston Calling: Good food, lots of grass, and a Ferris wheel

A much bigger site, a wider array of food and drink choices, and grass instead of concrete are intended to improve the experience for concertgoers.

Ellen Kemper and Palehound at Boston Calling in May 2016.

7 Boston Calling tips, plus some travel suggestions

Don’t miss these sights, sounds, and tastes if you’re heading to the festival.

From left: Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford, Winston Marshall, and Ted Dwane of Mumford & Sons performing in Mansfield in 2015.

Mumford & Sons returning to their ‘spiritual home’

For the record, Boston fans: They’re British, not Irish.

Can Cousin Stizz put his hometown on the hip-hop map?

The Dorchester native seems poised for national success.

Refugee Orchestra Project conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya

Refugee Orchestra Project spreads a musical message of inclusion

Through its performances, the ensemble strives to proclaim the importance of welcoming all who flee danger in their home countries.

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, file photo, musician Chris Cornell of Soundgarden performs during the Lollapalooza music festival in Grant Park in Chicago. According to his representative, rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died Wednesday night in Detroit at age 52. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Chris Cornell, 52, singer and founder of Soundgarden, Audioslave

The powerful, dynamic singer died Wednesday night in Detroit of an apparent suicide.

Amanda Palmer performing at the Middle East Wednesday night.

Music Review

Amanda Palmer mesmerizes in concert with Edward Ka-Spel

The obsessively insular material of their new album, “I Can Spin a Rainbow,” isn’t the most obvious fit for a rock club, but this performance was gripping.

Micaela Spina, Juan Cupini, and band member Julio Dominguez in “Arrabal.”


The Weekender: ‘Alien’ invaders, resurgent Pixies, Agent Cooper

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

The Ticket: Music, theater, dance, art, and more

This week’s picks for concerts, plays, performances, exhibitions, and other events in the area.

Album review

Buffalo Tom’s angst has aged well

The Boston alt-rockers release a 25th-anniversary reissue of their third album, “Let Me Come Over,” which includes a live disc recorded in 1992.

Morton Feldman


The art of Morton Feldman

The Chameleon Arts Ensemble is presenting a program intersecting the musical and visual arts, including Morton Feldman’s 1962 sextet “For Franz Kline.”

The Pixies


Pixies making it up as they go

The Boston alt-rock legends play three sold-out shows at the House of Blues and Paradise this weekend.

Laura Marling onstage at the Paradise Rock Club on Tuesday.

Music Review

Laura Marling preserves small moments of transcendence at the Paradise

Instead of exuding energy to cover the audience, she invited them to lean in.

Marshfield native Samantha Hankey will sing in San Francisco and Norway.

Marshfield-raised mezzo-soprano ready to soar

Samantha Hankey is on her way, with a Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions win, a Leonore Annenberg fellowship, and more.

New album to help Chelsea Manning return to civilian life

The album “Hugs for Chelsea,” with songs from Graham Nash, Talib Kweli, and Lexington’s Amanda Palmer, among others, will help Manning with expenses after leaving prison.

Gisele has a night out

Gisele Bundchen made it to Medford’s Chevalier Theatre to see Snatam Kaur, a singer and songwriter of new age Indian music.

Garfunkel wasn’t like the other kids, and he knew it

From an early age, that voice — that voice! — has shaped an identity and career.


Cambridge honors Dutch contributions to the Together music festival

The festival kicked off May 14 and runs through May 21.

Steven Tyler (left) talked with the new US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, after the two met by coincidence following a visit to the Western Wall in the old city of Jerusalem.


Steven Tyler bumps into the new ambassador to Israel at the Western Wall

The Aerosmith frontman was in the area for a concert in Tel Aviv. David Friedman said he had just arrived from the airport and had come straight there to pray.

TJ Connelly waves from his booth at Fenway Park.

Globe Magazine

How the DJ for the Red Sox and Patriots gets fans psyched up

Meet TJ Connelly, who has perfected the art (and science) of a winning soundtrack for some of Boston’s best players and their fans.

The Ticket: Folk & blues

This week’s picks: Deb Talan, Patriot Fest at Lawn on D, and Kris Delmhorst.

Musician Lionel Richie walked in the procession during Berklee’s commencement.

‘Your parents can be paid off,’ Lionel Richie tells Berklee College grads

After accepting an honorary degree, Richie relayed the story of when he told his father his plans to go into music.

The Meat Puppets at Brighton Music Hall on Friday.

A tour de force from Mike Watt, Meat Puppets in Boston

In a sold-out show Friday at Brighton Music Hall, Watt and his band were comically good.

Gustav Mahler, whose only surviving work of instrumental chamber music will be performed by the Boston Chamber Music Society.

The music of the spheres, from Kepler to Mahler

On Sunday, May 14, the Boston Chamber Music Society affords an (admittedly oblique) opportunity to mark a scientific milestone: 399 years ago this week, Johannes Kepler discovered his third law of planetary motion.

Psychedelic surf-rock band The Growlers headlines two nights of groovy fun at The Sinclair.

Your week ahead

Five things to do, May 15-21

The Growlers at the Sinclair, ‘The Princess Bride’: An Evening with Cary Elwes, Boston Handbell Festival, and more.

Composer Yehudi Wyner, at his Medford home in 2009.

With Yehudi Wyner’s liturgical work, ‘a recovery of the spirit’

The Cantata Singers will perform Wyner’s “Torah Service With Instruments” on May 12.

U2 comes to Gillette Stadium to mark the 30th anniversary of “The Joshua Tree”

Pop Music

Summer pop picks

A guide to summer concerts, including Boston Calling, U2, and Kendrick Lamar.

Wilco hosts the Solid Sound festival at Mass MoCA.

Pop Music

Festival host Wilco is at home in the Berkshires

The band has gone from being an unexpected guest in Western Massachusetts to a linchpin of the summer season there.

The Roots’ Questlove (left) and Black Thought will perform at the Newport Jazz Festival.


Summer jazz picks

A guide to summer concerts, including Noah Preminger, the Newport Jazz Festival, and Joshua Redman.

Dayme Arocena performs at the ICA in June.

World Music

Summer world music picks

A guide to summer concerts, including Dayme Arocena, Die Antwoord, and Beausoleil.

Chris Stapleton will perform in Mansfield in July.

Folk & Country music

Summer folk and country picks

A guide to summer concerts and shows, including Chris Stapleton, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Jason Isbell.

BSO artistic partner Thomas Adès makes his first Tanglewood appearances this summer.

Classical Music

Summer Arts Preview: Classical picks

Critic’s picks for classical music concerts in Boston and beyond.

Las Cafeteras has become a major act on the booming alt-Latino and new-roots scenes.

World music

Las Cafeteras adds new hues to music rooted in activism

The band has evolved into a major act on the booming alt-Latino and new-roots scenes.

Yoko Miwa will celebrate the release of her first album in five years with a May 19 performance at Regattabar.


Regattabar showcase is pianist Yoko Miwa’s well-earned reward

One of the hardest-working musicians in Boston’s jazz scene will celebrate the release of her new CD at the venue.

Vince Gill


At 60, Vince Gill rolls with the changes

Once a chart-topping star, the singer is philosophical about his career and the state of country music.

Costume sketches for Boston Early Music Festival’s performance of “Le Carnaval de Venise.”


BEMF gears up for kaleidoscopic ‘Carnaval’

The Boston Early Music Festival’s centerpiece production this June will be the North American premiere of a spectacular opera-ballet, “Le Carnaval de Venise.”