Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. nominated for rock hall of fame

The pair of late musical icons are among the 16 acts nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2020 class. See who else made the cut.

The ME2/Orchestra performs at South Station in a scene from the film “Orchestrating Change.”

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Conductor started Boston ensemble for musicians with mental illness: ‘I wanted to form an orchestra of people like me’

Ronald Braunstein left the “rat race” of conducting to launch the Me2/Orchestra in 2011.


Post Malone dines out in Boston, greeting fans in the Seaport Tuesday night

The chart-topping rapper greeted fans and restaurant staff at Strega.

Rihanna posed for a picture at The Pour House.


Rihanna visited The Pour House in Boston 3 times over the past 2 days

The pop star apparently loved the Boylston Street pub so much she went not once, not twice, but three times over the past two days, according to management there.

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Sphinx Virtuosi play in living color at Gardner Museum

The 18-member self-conducted orchestra includes some of the nation’s top black and Latinx string players.

Miss June frontwoman mixes med school with a degree in pop-punk

From the road, singer/guitarist Annabel Liddell spills details on personality quizzes, balancing med school with music, and what happens when women musicians get pitted against each other.

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At TD Garden, the Black Keys keep it lean

The blues-rock duo served up 90 minutes of no-nonsense rock.

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In Somerville, Anaïs Mitchell traces her roots

Her show at Arts at the Armory was a homecoming of sorts for the “Hadestown” composer and playwright.

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Carrie Underwood takes the wheel at TD Garden

The concert showcased the country superstar in full control of her music and stage presentation.

Winter arts guide 2019

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Upcoming concerts, shows, performances in theater, music, dance, art, and television.

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Guest conductor Dima Slobodeniouk led the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall Thursday night.

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Guest conductor Dima Slobodeniouk leads the BSO to walk less-traveled paths

A Boston Symphony Orchestra program with no repertoire from Germany, Russia, or France? What will they think of next?

A work from Sophie Calle’s “What Do You See?” at the Gardner Museum.

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Things to do in Greater Boston this fall and winter

Your seasonal calendar of events, music, theater, and more.

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


Idles leads a growing new wave of rowdy, strident bands from the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia with something urgent to say.

From today’s punk bands, the sound of solidarity and outrage

Idles lead a growing new wave of rowdy, strident bands from the UK, the US, and Australia with something urgent to say.

Meryl Streep and Jeffrey Wright in

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The Weekender: Global grifters, the other Schumann, and ‘The Lion King’

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

Tanglewood's new Linde Center for Music and Learning, home of the Tanglewood Learning Institute, which launches its first summer season of programs in June 2019 4 (Robert Benson)

Tanglewood Learning Institute kicks off year-round music, food, and movie events in the Berkshires

With the opening of the new Linde Center for Music and Learning, Tanglewood isn’t just for summer anymore.

Portrait of pianist and composer Clara Wieck who married Robert Schumann.


Boston music series honors the ‘incredible genius’ of Clara Schumann on her 200th birthday

An important musician escapes the footnotes of history and hits the stage at Jordan Hall.

To indie rocker Mark Mulcahy, inscrutability makes perfect sense

Over the years, the former Miracle Legion singer/guitarist has honed an ability to write lyrics that are casually offhand, and sometimes off-kilter.

Balafon master Balla Kouyaté, a Medford resident, is music director of Worcester-based Crocodile River Music.

NEA fellow Balla Kouyaté carries the sound of his people’s history

The Medford artist, music director of Worcester-based Crocodile River Music, is one of the preeminent masters of the “balafon,” a West African xylophone.

13socalendar - Plymouth Rock Music, led by singer-songwriter Frank Albani, second from right, will perform at South Shore Folk Music Club in Duxbury on Saturday, Oct. 19. (South Shore Folk Music Club)


What’s happening this week?

Frank Albani will lead his band, Plymouth Rock Music, in a performance of original songs and tasteful covers at the South Shore Folk Music Club.

Patrick Carney (left) in Nashville with Black Keys bandmate Dan Auerbach.

The beat goes on for the Black Keys’ Patrick Carney

The drummer isn’t eager to hit the road and spend time away from his family, but there’s new music that needs playing.


Watch: This Worcester singer had ‘The Voice’ judges on their feet

Twenty-nine year old Ricky Duran had the judges cheering Monday night during his performance of “River.”

Mary Lambert talks mental health and Madonna at Berklee

The body-positive singer, best known for co-writing and singing on the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis hit “Same Love,” splits her time between Seattle and western Massachusetts.

Moonchild members Max Bryk, Amber Navran, and Andris Mattson (from left) met at the University of Southern California.

Moonchild brings its ever-evolving neo-soul sound to Boston

On its new album, the LA trio’s groove has gotten groovier.

Eugenie Besserer and Al Jolson in “The Jazz Singer.”


On this day in history, artistic world premieres rang with new technologies

Separated by more than 300 years, these world premieres capitalized on print and audio advances.

Conductor Andris Nelsons (center), principal trumpeter Thomas Rolfs, and pianist Yuja Wang after the performance Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on Thursday.

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Pianist Yuja Wang dazzles with Shostakovich concerto at the BSO

Nothing about Wang’s performance was understated, but she saved the biggest fireworks for last.

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Sakurako Konishi, left, and Masataka Kubota in

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The Weekender: GlobeDocs, presidential drama, spooky sounds, and a love supreme

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

With a creative burst and a record ‘that’s actually selling,’ Joe Pernice surprises himself

After a long layoff, the Holbrook-bred singer-songwriter has just released his seventh album from his primary band, the Pernice Brothers.

Kiss at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield in 2014.

Kiss set to play concert on boat for sharks swimming below

The event is part of Airbnb Animal Experiences, and is designed to have people entertain animals instead of the other way around.

Amy Grant is here to help

The singer, who comes to Lowell to perform a benefit concert for a local nonprofit that operates an orphanage in Haiti, reflects on her audiences, aging, and her Airstream.

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2014, file photo, Placido Domingo speaks at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. The cancellation Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, of Domingo's Metropolitan Opera performance in

Placido Domingo resigns as general director of LA Opera

The opera star stepped down following multiple allegations of sexual harassment reported by the Associated Press.

Opera star Placido Domingo has resigned as general director of the Los Angeles Opera following multiple allegations of sexual harassment reported by The Associated Press.

Placido Domingo resigns as general director of LA Opera

In a statement Wednesday, the singer said the allegations have “created an atmosphere in which my ability to serve this company that I so love has been compromised.”

From left: Nels Cline, Jeff Tweedy, and John Stirratt of Wilco in New Orleans in 2017.

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Wilco leans away from rock to craft a quiet ‘Ode to Joy’

On the band’s 11th studio album, you have to listen hard for the joy, but in the end it’s there.

02chainsmokers - The Chainsmokers perform at an afterparty at Memoire at Encore Boston Harbor on Friday night. (Erik Lorch)


After show at TD Garden, the Chainsmokers closed out the night with a set at Memoire

Fans of the Chainsmokers had a chance to see them not once but twice on Friday night.

In a file photo, singer R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on Sept. 17, 2019 in Chicago.


R. Kelly complains about being able to see only one of two girlfriends at a time in jail

Lawyers want the judge in the singer’s federal case to reconsider and grant him bond, saying the hardships of being jailed include being able to see just one of two previous live-in girlfriends at a time.

Jessye Norman.

International opera star Jessye Norman dies at 74

The renowned international opera star’s passionate soprano voice won her four Grammy Awards, the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honor.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 20: Steve Aoki performs onstage during the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Big Night Live, new music venue at Hub on Causeway, announces inaugural lineup

The 40,000-square-foot venue will kick off the fall season on Oct. 31 with UK DJs Camelphat & Gorgon City.

Rafael Rojas rises to the challenge of “Vesti la giubba” in “Pagliacci.”

Opera Review

Boston Lyric Opera takes ‘Pagliacci’ to the circus

It’s a lot of fun, but at times the opera gets lost in the sideshow.

Andris Nelsons led Augustin Hadelich (front) and the BSO on Thursday.

Music Review

For BSO regulars, this week brings a very different take on Beethoven’s violin concerto

The piece sounds cool and crisp compared with a BSO performance at Tanglewood last month.

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KISS 108’s Matt Siegel isn’t just a morning guy anymore

The radio host’s enduring popularity has reached new heights with a run of 10 sold-out live shows at the Wilbur Theatre.

Nick Cave (shown performing with the Bad Seeds at the Wang Theatre in 2017) sang solo and conducted a Q&A at Sanders Theatre Wednesday.

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Nick Cave, unplugged and unfiltered at Sanders Theatre

In “Conversations With Nick Cave: An Evening of Talk and Music,” the artist stood alone onstage and combined a freewheeling Q&A with sporadic songs at a piano.

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/Susanna MŠlkki: Bartok: The Wooden Prince and The Miraculous Mandarin Suite (BIS)

Classical Notes

Get ready for Boston’s fall classical season with these four new releases

These commendable recordings come from topnotch musicians performing soon in Boston.

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.


Chicopee High chorus to sing with Foreigner at the Big E

Twenty-five lucky students will join the band to close out the annual state fair.

This combination photo shows actress-singer Jennifer Lopez performing at the Directv Super Saturday Night in Minneapolis on Feb. 3, 2018, left, and Shakira performing at Madison Square Garden in New York on Aug. 10, 2018. The NFL, Pepsi and Roc Nation announced Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, that Lopez and Shakira will perform at the 2020 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show on Feb. 2, 2020 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP)

J. Lo, Shakira to perform at Super Bowl halftime show

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira are going to bring the heat to the 2020 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show.

Renée Zellweger,

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The Weekender: ‘Judy’ in the flesh, yetis in the snow, and Jomama in the spotlight

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

Tyshawn Sorey forcefully pushes past the boundaries between classical and jazz

With mentors such as Anthony Braxton, the composer and drummer epitomizes a kind of music that blurs conventional lines.

Billy Bragg: a lover — and a fighter — sings

Bragg’s passion for progressive causes has been ingrained in his music forever, but “if you think I’m just a political songwriter, you don’t understand me at all.”

Ahead of Boston show, Cousin Stizz reflects on the city’s burgeoning music scene 

The Globe chatted with Stizz before the show to hear his thoughts on Boston’s music scene and his experiences in it.

FILE -- Peter Gelb, left, the Metropolitan Opera’s general manager, presents Plácido Domingo with a piece of the Met’s stage to mark the singer’s 50th year of performing at the opera house in New York, Nov. 23, 2018. Domingo withdrew on Sept. 24, 2019, from the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Verdi’s “Macbeth” and indicated he would not return to the Met amid rising tensions over how the company was responding to allegations that he had sexually harassed multiple women. (Karsten Moran/The New York Times)

Critic’s Notebook

Peter Gelb, step down! Why the Met Opera’s general manager is unfit to lead

In doubling down on his defense of Plácido Domingo, the Met Opera’s general manager privileged one powerful, profitable man over the well-being of everyone else.