BSO and Andris Nelsons open the Symphony Hall season with a sweet, eclectic program

Will the orchestra’s musicians sound as alive and engaged all season as they did Thursday? Let’s hope!


No Britney Spears, no decisions made at closed court hearing

A hearing Wednesday on the future of the court conservatorship that for 11 years has controlled the pop star’s money and affairs ended with no decisions made and no appearance by her.

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 17, 2019: (center/left - right) Shammua Peter, 15, Roger Curley, 13, and Shawn Eddy, 10, sing in the choir stalls during a rehearsal of the Ashmont Boy Choir at All Saints Church (Parish of All Saints) in Boston, MA on September 17, 2019. Members of the choir with be will be participating in the Ashmont Hill Chamber Music's season opening concert on Sunday. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: Metro reporter:

Performing Bach with musicians who ‘reflect the diversity’ of Dorchester

Under artistic director Mary Beth Alger’s leadership, the long-running Ashmont Hill series has been flourishing, expanding, and forging partnerships in the Dorchester community.

Taylor Swift.

Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover Fest’ tour is only playing 2 US cities — and one of them is in Mass.

Swift announced a series of concerts tied to her new album “Lover,” with the singer planning to visit Belgium, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Poland, France, Portugal, and Brazil starting in June 2020.

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White Snake Projects’ immigration opera is a timely tale haunted by American dreams

Founder-librettist Cerise Lim Jacobs’s collaboration with Mexican-born composer Jorge Sosa might be White Snake’s least logistically complex project to date. It’s also the best.

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Five things to do around Boston, Sept. 23-Oct. 6

HubWeek brings its annual idea fest to the Seaport, country artist Hunter Hayes plays City Hall plaza, “Disney’s The Lion King” opens in Boston, and more.

Future Teens, Clairo, STL GLD among Boston Music Awards nominees

Voting runs through Nov. 1, culminating in an awards show at House of Blues Dec. 11.

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The Milkwood years: When Ric Ocasek and Ben Orr played ’70s soft rock

Jim Goodkind met Ocasek through an ad, they added Orr, recorded an album as an acoustic trio, then dissolved. He eventually left the business; they became the Cars.

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The Weekender: The Crawleys return, ‘The Crucible’ churns, and ‘Between Two Ferns’

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

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.

Rayna Yun Chou.

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.”

Lizzo performed at Agganis Arena in Boston.


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.


The hits came and went, but Ric Ocasek stayed true to himself

His perennially dry, stream-of-conscious wit was at the core of his art.

Ric Ocasek of the Cars outside Syncro Sound Studio in Boston in 1984.

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.

Billy Joel’s show Saturday was his sixth in as many years at Fenway.

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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.

Mike Scott of the Waterboys

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.

From left: Zak Starkey, Roger Daltrey, and Pete Townshend at Fenway Park Friday.

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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.

New England Conservatory’s Soovin Kim performed with A Far Cry.

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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.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Sept. 16-22

See the off-Broadway hit “Black Light,” check out the inaugural Latinx Heritage Night, catch a sugar buzz at What the Fluff?, and more.

Craig Finn (center) and the Hold Steady shown at a show in 2009.

Music Review

An opening blast from the Hold Steady at the Sinclair

On the first of four nights in Cambridge, the band held nothing back.

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2004 file photo, Eddie Money performs during Grandstand Under the Stars at the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, Iowa. Eddie Money says he has stage 4 esophageal cancer. The singer known for such hits as “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Take Me Home Tonight” says his fate is in “God’s hands.” Money’s comments appear in a video released Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, from his AXS TV reality series “Real Money.” The full episode airs Sept. 12. (Jessica Reilly/Telegraph Herald via AP)

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.

CARSON, CA - MAY 20: Singer Lana Del Rey performs onstage at KROQ Weenie Roast y Fiesta 2017 at StubHub Center on May 20, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for CBS Radio Inc.) 16lana

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.

The Seven Woes No. 1, 2019. 31.5 x 50” Inkjet print.

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Boston Symphony Concertmaster Malcolm Lowe. Photo credit: Stu Rosner -- 23BSOseason

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.

Composer Philip Glass says “Koyaanisqatsi” still has the power to move audiences after 35 years.


Philip Glass on scoring the 1982 film that sent out ‘a big signal’ on the environment

Philip Glass visits Boston to play his original score for the 1982 film “Koyaanisqatsi.”

Ken Burns' PBS program COUNTRY MUSIC

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‘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.

Linda Ronstadt with Emmylou Harris

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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.

Album review

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.

Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy thought about writing a piece about the Great Famine for years.

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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.

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Mark Wahlberg attends Steven Tyler’s Second Annual GRAMMY Awards Viewing Party to benefit Janie’s Fund presented by Live Nation at Raleigh Studios on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. at Raleigh Studios on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Janie's Fund)


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.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 10: Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day performs during the Hella Mega Tour announcement show at Whisky a Go Go on September 10, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Timothy Norris/Getty Images for Live Nation)

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 performs to a sold out crowd during his Outlaw Musical Festival Tour, held at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford NH. Friday September 6, 2019. Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe.

Music Review

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.

Makimasa Imai, crane-shaped container, ceramic from the Kogei-Kyoto at SA + C Boston showcase.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Sept. 9-15

Celebrating the bond between Boston and Kyoto, Char & Bar Wars, David Byrne’s “American Utopia,” and more.

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2019, file photo, actor Kevin Hart gestures during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers in Los Angeles. Hart has been injured in a car crash in the hills above Malibu on Sunday, Sept. 1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

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On the Internet, microaggressions can be freeze-framed and studied

In our digital world, interruptions and slights become case studies in bias.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 28: MARINA performs at the Love Above All Ball at The Rainbow Room on June 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)

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Nicki Minaj says she’s stepping away from music.


Nicki Minaj says she’s going to ‘retire’

The pop star said she was stepping away from the music world to start a family.

A man who broke into Taylor Swift’s beachfront mansion in Westerly, R.I., took his shoes off because he wanted to be polite, according to police.

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.

Hatidze Muratova, in

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The Weekender: Hard bops, soft fruits, honeybees, and ‘The Donkey Show’

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

Mistral Music performance.

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 of Jethro Tull

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.

The Highwomen (from left: Amanda Shires, Maren Morris, Brandi Carlile, and Natalie Hemby) performed at the SiriusXM Studios in New York City in July.

Album review

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 played for well over two hours Tuesday at Boston University’s Agganis Arena.

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Vampire Weekend is worth the wait

Tuesday’s show at Agganis Arena was the band’s first in Boston in six years.

The Zac Brown Band onstage Sunday night at Fenway Park.

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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.

The live music program at the Showcase SuperLux in Chestnut Hill is curated by musician Will Dailey.


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.