Taylor Swift calls out homophobes on new song, announces 7th album

The pop star on Thursday released a new tune called ‘‘You Need to Calm Down,’’ where she addresses her own haters but also calls out those who attack the LGBTQ community.



Linde Center for Music and Learning at Tanglewood to open June 28

Designed by William Rawn Associates Architects, the Linde Center is a massive, four-building component of the $64 million “Tanglewood Forever” initiative.


Someone stole a bunch of unreleased Radiohead music so now the band is releasing it

About 18 hours of material from around the time of Radiohead’s 1997 album ‘‘OK Computer’’ was stolen last week and held for ransom, but the band had other plans for the tunes.

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Can a year-round arts scene and a giant model train museum save Western Mass.?

The creative culture’s roots run deep in the Berkshires, where manufacturing once ruled. It may be the ticket forward for the region’s economy.

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The Jonas Brothers, Sophie Turner join Priyanka Chopra to celebrate her mom’s birthday in Boston

The Beehive was buzzing Sunday night.

Opera Review

Odyssey Opera’s ‘La belle Hélène’ has flair, flaws

Mezzo-soprano Ginger Costa-Jackson took a star turn as the fabled beauty, but a clunky English translation weighed the show down.

Taylor Swift’s new music video is a who’s who of LGBTQ entertainers

Taylor Swift’s new music video features a number of famous faces, including Ellen DeGeneres, Laverne Cox, RuPaul, and the cast of “Queer Eye.”

Music Review

An electric return to ‘slacker’ pop-rock with Evan Dando and the Lemonheads

The Lemonheads’ Paradise gig on Saturday night was their first hometown show in six years. And they delivered, cramming almost 30 songs into about 90 minutes.

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

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

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Billie Eilish performs at the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion Friday night.


In concert, Billie Eilish shows she’s ready for her moment

At Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, the teenpop supernova was as cool and confident as her debut album suggests.

Cambridge, MA - 11/19/2017 - Soprano Amanda Forsythe (cq) will sing as Princess Edilia (cq) in Handel's (cq)

Music review

BEMF festival concerts, from ‘Beowulf’ to bedlam

The biennial early music extravaganza’s festival concerts on June 12 and 13 included music spanning a millenium, with nary a sour note.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston June 17-23

Outdoor movies return to the Greenway, all things Morocco come to Revere, Cirque du Soleil tumbles into town, and more.

Madonna links characters to concept on her new album.


Madonna unbound on ‘Madame X’

On her 14th studio album, she makes her multifaceted nature explicit, linking the title character’s many guises (secret agent, dancer, equestrian, nun, et cetera) to the hooky album’s overall concept.

Jane Lynch with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall.

music review

Showbiz sparkle from Jane Lynch, moon shots from the Pops

The actress added a touch of Vegas to a program that also featured musical and multimedia tributes to the moon landing.

Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) and Agent M (Tessa Thompson) in Columbia Pictures' MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL.

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Men in Black,’ ‘City on a Hill,’ and dad jokes galore

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

ECHO IN THE CANYON - Courtesy of Greenwich Entertainment

In Focus

When Byrds of a feather, and other bands, flocked together

The documentary “Echo in the Canyon” celebrates the mid-’60s LA rock scene.

Cambridge, MA 4/14/14 Local jazz fixture Fred Taylor at Scullers, the jazz club he helped found which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. He's also receiving the Roy Haynes Award for exceptional service to jazz and the jazz community during Boston Jazz Week. (Michele McDonald for The Boston Globe)

Benefit show is a thank-you to Fred Taylor and all that jazz

Grace Kelly — who was mentored by the jazz impresario — as well as James Montgomery and Livingston Taylor will perform at the concert.

“Western Stars” is Bruce Springsteen’s new solo album.

album review

On ‘Western Stars,’ Bruce Springsteen is singing for the lonely

On his superb new solo album, songs that examine wanderlust, heartbreak, and the need for connection are framed by orchestrated pop and country and western.

The works in Vox Luminis’s two-hour program ranged from the obscure to the familiar.

Music Review

Bushels of Bach at Boston Early Music Festival

The composer’s work was performed by Dunedin Consort and Vox Luminis, while Zachary Wilder and Josep Maria Martí Duran offered northern Italian lovers’ laments.

Aaron Sheehan and Amanda Forsythe in “Orlando generoso.”

Opera REview

With ‘Orlando generoso,’ a generous helping of baroque opera

The North American premiere of the work, presented by Boston Early Music Festival, is determined to entertain, with dynamic singing actors, versatile dancers, fantastical scenery, opulent costumes, and enough bawdy sight gags to shake a shepherdess’s crook at.

Nahant Music Festival founder Donald Wilkinson (pictured at the 2017 festival) died in September. He and his late father are linked to a work receiving its world premiere at this year’s festival.

At the rebuilding Nahant Music Festival, a new North Shore opera honors lost heroes

Festival founder Donald Wilkinson gave composer Francine Trester his blessing to compose an opera about the boat “Can Do,” on which his father perished. Sadly, he didn’t live to see it realized, but the festival lives on.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston June 10-16

Monster Jam comes to Gillette, world-class athletes compete in a “street meet,” Fenway homes double as musicians’ stages for Porchfest, and more.

top view of background made from vinyl records

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Mission of Burma’s bassist finally gets rid of his record collection

What does it take to get an aging rocker to part with his beloved vinyl records?

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

@ Large

Dancing on iTunes’ grave

The app turned the simple joys of blithely browsing through and adding to one’s music collection into something more like a sequence of tiny tortures. 

Landmarks Orchestra throws a party on the Esplanade

Sponsored by the Free for All Concert Fund, the July 10 event kicks off the Landmarks Orchestra summer performances.

George Clinton (center) performed with Parliament Funkadelic at the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion.

Music Review

An otherworldly farewell show from George Clinton and P-Funk

At 77, the bandleader known as Dr. Funkenstein took over the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion for a 100-minute dash through greatest hits and more recent moonshots.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MAY 25: (L-R) Singers Danny Wood, Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre and Jonathan Knight of New Kids on the Block perform during a stop of the Mixtape Tour at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 25, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


New Kids drop new music video, offer peek into the band’s current tour

“It ain’t nothing like an old school track to get the party jumping just like that.”

With music and memories, friends and fans will celebrate Asa Brebner’s life

A pillar of the Boston music scene, Brebner died in March. On Sunday, Arlington’s Regent Theatre will host a tribute to him.

Rick Steves

The symphonic politics of Rick Steves

A chat with travel guru Rick Steves, who joins the Boston Pops to take audiences on a musical trip through Europe.

Ellen Kempner

Album review

With ‘Black Friday,’ Palehound’s Ellen Kempner is even deeper in her feelings

Her songs capture the experience of being young, anxious, queer, and simultaneously in love with and enraged at the world.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 27, 2019 Colombian singer Shakira leaves a court in Madrid. - Colombian superstar Shakira was questioned by a judge near Barcelona on June 6, 2019 over alleged evasion of 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million) in taxes. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP)OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP/Getty Images


Shakira appears before Spanish judge in tax fraud case

The Colombian pop musician’s public relations firm says she denied any wrongdoing when she testified before a judge as part of an investigation into her alleged tax evasion in Spain.

As it turns out, Jane Lynch would fit right in with the glee club

Best known as a comic actress, Lynch is eager to show off her vocal chops with the Boston Pops.

Christopher Lowry sings during a rehearsal for Boston Early Music Festival’s “Orlando generoso” on Saturday evening at Emmanuel Church.

Classical Notes

A Baroque innovator basks anew in the spotlight

Once a major figure, composer Agostino Steffani is little known today. But the Boston Early Music Festival has showcased his work in recent years, and it’s presenting the North American premiere of his opera “Orlando generoso,” a work notable for its psychological depth.

At left (from left): Jess Collins, Jim Healey, and Rob Davol of the band Set Fire (above, playing in Somerville).

Set Fire are feeling the burn after winning the Rock & Roll Rumble

The Boston hard rock trio plays big music. Viking music. Epic stormcloud music.

Lamar Williams Jr. (center) with the New Mastersounds members (from left) Simon Allen, Pete Shand, Eddie Roberts, and Joe Tatton.

Finding a groove never gets old for the New Mastersounds

The British band is celebrating 20 years of making music together with a new tour — including a stop at the Sinclair Friday — and a guest singer.

Daniel Laurent


Boston hip-hop artist Daniel Laurent takes on gun violence 

His new track “Outside” — which gets its video release this week — was inspired in part by the murder of Nipsey Hussle.

Newport, RI - 8/5/2018 - George Clinton, right, performs with Parliament Funkadelic during day three of the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival at Fort Adams State Park. (Ben Stas for The Boston Globe)

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Frontman Matty Healy and The 1975 played Agganis Arena Thursday.

Music Review

Raucous rock from The 1975 in Agganis show

That its catalog is full of genuinely great pop songs only adds to the band’s appeal, particularly in a live setting.

From left: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo and Jasmine Cephas Jones perform in

‘Hamilton’ tickets to go on sale in Providence June 8

Missed your shot at the Boston production? Looks like you’ll have another chance to be in the room where it happens, and soon.

This week, the Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl returns to Boston’s City Hall Plaza.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston June 3-9

Indulge in ice cream to benefit a good cause, take in some music at the Boston Public Library, experience all things Greek at a Woburn festival, and more.

Mrs. Bracegirdle


It’s a mad world (but it wouldn’t be nothing without a woman or her song)

In Restoration England, some of the biggest musical hits were mad songs, and the most notable mad-song singer was Anne Bracegirdle.

Passionate about ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’

The Berklee Silent Film Orchestra has composed and will be performing a new score.

Barbara Bosworth’s “Full Moon, Meadow, Carlisle, Massachusetts,” 2004.

Critic’s Notebook

It must have been moonglow

It’s the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, time to celebrate a cultural lunar love affair.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Julian Edelman attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)


Julian Edelman checks in with Diplo on summer music festival at Gillette

In a promotional video that dropped Thursday, the Patriots wide receiver had a few questions about the massive block party that’s coming to Foxborough July 20-21.

From left, Ciara, Kevin Love, and Joanna and Chip Gaines. (Noam Galai/Getty Images for SiriusXM, Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Child Mind Institute, and Larry Busacca/Getty Images for TIME)


These celebrities are all taking the same Harvard class right now

School is in session for some famous faces.

FILE - This March 13, 2019 file photo shows R. Kelly and his publicist Darryll Johnson, right, leaving The Daley Center after an appearance in court for Kelly's child support case in Chicago. Prosecutors in Chicago have charged Kelly with 11 new sex assault charges, some that are more serious than those first filed against him in February. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday, May 30, on its website that the charges include counts that carry a potential sentence of up to 30 years in prison. The charges say the alleged offenses happened in 2010. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)


R. Kelly charged with 11 new sex-related crimes in Chicago

Prosecutors in Chicago have charged R&B singer R. Kelly with 11 new sex-related counts, including some that carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

The late tenor Luciano Pavarotti (pictured in 1997) is the subject of a documentary by Ron Howard.

Movie Review

In Focus: ‘Pavarotti’ has limited range

Much of Ron Howard’s documentary about the famed tenor consists of talking heads heaping praise.

FILE - This March 28, 1998 file photo shows Leon Redbone performing at the eighth annual Redwood Coast Dixieland Jazz Festival in Eureka, Calif. Redbone, the acclaimed singer and guitarist who performed jazz, ragtime and Tin Pan Alley-styled songs, died Thursday, May 30, 2019, according to a statement released by his family. No details about his death were provided. (Patricia Wilson/The Times-Standard via AP, File)

Leon Redbone, acclaimed 1970s musician, dies

Leon Redbone, the acclaimed singer and guitarist who performed jazz, ragtime and Tin Pan Alley-style songs, died Thursday, according to a statement released by his family.

“Every individual person has their own experience,” said Grace Reader (above), a BMA-winning sound engineer. “I’ve been very lucky in that everywhere I work I feel respected. I’m friends with all my bosses.”

Women find happiness in the music industry, but face disparities too

A study sponsored by the Berklee College of Music gathered its findings from 2,000 women.