Carissa Johnson sets Rock & Roll Rumble ablaze

A fire alarm interupted the set of this year’s eventual winner, who prevailed over Hey Zeus and the Rupert Selection.

Brie Larson in “Free Fire.”

The Weekender

Funny women, big guns, and divine art

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

Aimee Mann


Aimee Mann is fine with being the mistress of melancholy

The sad-siren label used to vex her, but not anymore.

Scarlet Falcon is among the students chosen to go to LA.


Local music students will lift their bows at LA music fest

Students from Boston String Academy, a nonprofit that provides music instruction to underprivileged kids, were selected to play at a prestigious festival with superstar conductor Gustavo Dudamel.

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Staging of ‘Cesare’ distracts from Boston Baroque’s brilliance

The presentation of George Frideric Handel’s “Giulio Cesare” worked best when minimal directorial intervention left room for the singers to just sing.


Scholarship in Fred Taylor’s name announced at JazzBoston event

The jazz impresario feted at dinner Friday night.

Music Review

With an all-Mozart program, BSO starts small and goes big

Andris Nelsons led a concert that was a revelatory study in size and scale.

Classical Notes | David Weininger

Finding his voice with Skylark Vocal Ensemble

Artistic director Matthew Guard makes sure all of his choral group’s programs are thematically based, bringing an unconventional approach to history and context.

The unbounded world of Daniel Bernard Roumain

Collaboration across disciplines and genres lies at the heart of this violinist-composer’s work, and he has little patience for the boundaries classical music seems to enforce.

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Carl Newman (left) and the New Pornographers bring a revamped lineup to Boston.

Shifting lineups for the New Pornographers, but a singular sound

Band leader Carl Newman describes his state of mind as a “permanent sense of impermanence.”

Erykah Badu plays the House of Blues on April 28.

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

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

A scene from Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1983 feature film, “Nostalghia.”


‘Nostalghia’ in sound and moving image

Toru Takemitsu’s “Nostalghia” was composed as a tribute to the Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky, whose penultimate feature was “Nostalghia.”

Haux, a.k.a, Woodson Black, got a call from iTunes that got his music career going.

As Haux, Northeastern grad weaves hazy electro-folk dreams

The Northeastern grad — real name Woodson Black — is playing an intimate show at the Great Scott next Tuesday.

Album Review

Ray Davies’s ‘Americana’: This land is his land, too

It’s the musical memoir of a Brit who has worked and lived in the States for decades.

Bruce Langhorne, inspiration for ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’

In his 2004 memoir, “Chronicles,” Bob Dylan said of Mr. Langhorne, “If you had Bruce playing with you, that’s all you would need to do just about anything.”

Benjamin Zander leads the Boston Philharmonic on Friday night.

Music Review

From BPO and Zander, Mahler as it is meant to be

Benjamin Zander and his Boston Philharmonic gave the Mahler Second a superlative reading on Friday.

A Far Cry

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A Far Cry, Roomful of Teeth prove a match made in new-music heaven

Two vibrant musical streams converged at Sanders Theatre on Thursday.

Kendrick Lamar performed on the second day of the Austin City Limits Music Festival last October.

Album review

On ‘DAMN.,’ Kendrick Lamar wonders if he’s worthy. Yes, he is.

“I got so many theories and suspicions,” he raps on his new album, a 55-minute blitz of thumping beats and head-spinning rhymes.

Stephin Merritt performed with the Magnetic Fields at the Berklee Performance Center Friday.

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Magnetic Fields mine ‘Memoir’ for an ever-shifting musical tour

At Berklee Friday night, Stephin Merritt’s band played the first 25 songs from his latest project, each representing a year of his life.

Sound Icon playing at theTsai Performance Center.

Music Review

Exploring spectral music with Sound Icon

At a Spectral Music Festival, Sound Icon performed music that zoomed in on the fundamental natures and hidden complexities of pitches and sounds.

Charles Dancla


An old-school French violinist and composer navigates a new world

Charles Dancla’s long career formed a précis of his era as he navigated 19th-century French institutional and national politics.

Andris Nelsons leads the BSO and pianist Mitsuko Uchida on Thursday.

Music Review

BSO gets serious about Mozart, Bruckner

This week’s Boston Symphony Orchestra program, under music director Andris Nelsons, is a study in light and dark.

The Boston Children’s Chorus will perform at the Shalin Liu center in Rockport on May 6.


Family Entertainment: Classical picks

Critic’s picks for family-friendly classical music events all around the Boston area.

Jerry Spatch has used his card game Vers to get people all over the world to rap with him.

Can Jerry Spatch teach you to rap?

Want to be a witty wordsmith, dreaming up rhymes off the top of your head? A Northeastern student thinks you can, freestyling with the best -- minus the dread.

North Cambridge Family Opera’s Science Chorus presents “Singin’ of the Rain” April 22-23.

Weather-inspired tunes from an all-ages chorus

The Cambridge Science Festival will welcome back the Science Chorus this year for “Singin’ of The Rain.”

The Zumix Walk for Music takes place April 28 in East Boston.

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Pop music: 10 picks for families

From Jacob Sartorious to Super Cool Beans, recommendations for kid-friendly shows.

Galvin Joseph was among the students taking part in a recent musiConnects program at the Lena Park Community Center.

Bringing classical music to underserved Boston kids, one ‘petting zoo’ at a time

With a vision of making classical music more accessible, musiConnects offers free performances and free music education.

Bob Hesse’s “Unquiet City II’’ is part of “New England on Paper” at the Boston Athenaeum.

The Ticket: What’s coming up in the arts world

This week’s picks from our critics.

Joseph Rascoff; brought money management to rock ‘n’ roll

His company pioneered tour management that oversaw nearly everything but the artistic side.

Anne Hathaway in “Colossal.”


The Weekender: Rampaging monsters, reclusive poets, and a revived ‘Rent’

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

From left: Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Esperanza Spalding.

Allen, Carrington, Spalding enjoy playing on an all-star team

The trio is reuniting for four shows at Scullers this weekend.

Album Review

A ‘Comedy’ in name only from Father John Misty

His new album offers only small measures of comic relief amid songs that take a bleak view of the human condition.

J. Geils during a J. Geils Band show at the Music Hall in 1977.


A working man’s guitarist, Geils’s riffs got the party started

Anyone who talks about the best rock concert act in Boston history has to start with the band that bore the name of J. Geils.

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While it was frustratingly short, Gucci Mane’s show cast a spell

After a mysterious last-minute cancellation last week, the rapper did appear at the House of Blues last night. For 45 minutes.

Guitarist J. Geils performed with the J. Geils Band in Boston in 2011. Geils was found dead Tuesday at his Groton home.

J. Geils, 71, of Groton; guitarist led iconic band

Geils, born John Warren Geils, formed the popular Boston-area band in the late 1960s. He was 71.

‘Lord of the Rings’ composer Howard Shore counts his achievements by the score

The Berklee alum, who has shaped the music from the “Rings” trilogy into a symphony, is coming back to his old school to lead a free clinic in composing.

From Tinariwen, a desert storm of electrified roots music

The Grammy-winning band from the Sahara plays Royale Friday.

Looking back: Performances by The J. Geils Band

J. Geils formed the band in the late 1960s. He was best known for such early 1980s albums as Love Stinks and Freeze Frame, including the single “Centerfold.”

Ms. Bermejo, a Buenos Aires native, taught for more than 32 years at Berklee College of Music.

Mili Bermejo, 65; gave voice to Latin-fused jazz in Boston and at Berklee

Ms. Bermejo came to Boston to study at Berklee and perform, but teaching became a parallel calling.

Katy Perry.


Katy Perry laughs off rumors that she’s dating Ryan Phillippe

After Phillippe tweeted that he’s not dating Perry, she had a pretty funny comeback.

John Mayer performed at TD Garden on Sunday.

Music Review

John Mayer was rockin’ — when he got out of his own way

Mayer may be caught between being James Taylor and Robert Cray, but at times during Sunday’s show, he found the right balance.

Music director Harry Christophers leads Friday night’s performance.

Music Review

Handel and Haydn Society weaves a sonic tapestry with Monteverdi

Under Harry Christophers’s baton, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 rings out.

Mr. O’Neill was remembered for his deep generosity by legions of fans on social media.

Paul O’Neill, 61, Trans-Siberian Orchestra founder

Mr. O’Neill’s progressive metal band was known for its spectacular holiday concerts filled with theatrics, lasers, and pyrotechnics.


Not spring chickens, but their art springs forth

The Saltbox Gallery’s 29th annual Spring show runs through Sunday, April 9, at the Topsfield Fairground’s Coolidge Hall.

The cover of one of British composer Ronald Stevenson’s albums.


Premiering a kind of Holy Grail of contemporary music

Ronald Stevenson was a composer quite unlike any other.

Buddy Rich in 1970.

From one drummer to another, a celebration of Buddy Rich

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, featuring Ali Jackson, pays tribute to the late, great virtuoso and showman Sunday at Symphony Hall.

The colorful tale of Maggie Rogers

The tricky thing about going viral is that you have little control after the fact to calibrate your image. But singer Maggie Rogers was ready for her close-up.

John Mayer performs April 9 at TD Garden.

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

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

Joan Baez at Cambridge’s Club 47.

Recalling when a precocious Joan Baez rocked the folk world

In her earliest days in the Cambridge and Boston club scene, peers of the future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee sensed a star was being born.

The chorus rehearses for Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass,” at Boston Conservatory Theater.

Classical Notes

Bernstein’s ‘Mass’ reimagined for 2017

The Boston Conservatory is Berklee is mounting the composer’s famous, and controversial, 1971 work.