Music

Raphael Saadiq on working with Solange, Mary J. Blige and being a musical chameleon

When Raphael Saadiq plays Union Transfer on July 24 with pal and A Tribe Called Quest co-founder Ali Shaheed Muhammad, a history lesson will unfold, of R&B modern and ancient, of the roots of hip hop, of Saadiq’s own career which commenced at the end of the sleek soul '80s and...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 5:19pm

Ritchie Blackmore on his big night out

What’s left to do for an encore after you have spent one decade inventing a musical form (heavy metal with Deep Purple), then another 10 years-or-so refining it, making it louder and more artful (Rainbow with the late Ronnie James Dio)? If you’re British thunder god guitarist and epic...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 10:45am

Queens Jazz Orchestra turns 10, honors iconic longtime leader Jimmy Heath

Queens has a very storied history when it come to jazz, from the venues that celebrated the iconic genre to many of its greatest artists — like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie to name a few — calling it home. For decades, Flushing Town Hall has...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 8:47am

Here are the ways to listen to and download XXXTentacion music

As fans mourn the tragic death of XXXTentacion, his music has experienced a significant spike in sales and streaming on popular streaming and digital download platforms such as Amazon, Apple Music and Spotify. The 20-year-old rapper was shot and killed in his car Monday after leaving a...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 5:33pm

Michael Brun talks 'Positivo,' World Cup predictions and remembering Avicii

If you've tuned into Telemundo to watch the World Cup, chances are you've heard the music of Michael Brun at some point during the broadcast. The network is using "Positivo," the hit track by Brun and Colombian reggaeton singer J Balvin, as its musical anthem for this...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 12:41pm

New Drake music video features a few people you might recognize

If you watched the new Drake music video for his latest single "I’m Upset," you may have noticed some familiar faces. That’s because it features cast members from the teen drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation. The video begins with Drake waking up and getting out of a...

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 12:42pm

28 performers added to MTA’s Music Under New York program

From drumming duos and ukulele pop covers to Native American neo-jazz and acoustic rock, the newest performers in MTA Arts & Design’s Music Under New York program will add even more diverse sounds to the city’s underbelly. Twenty-eight new performers have been added to what is also...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 4:11pm

The magic of 'Motown' comes to Boston this summer

The sweet sounds of "Motown: The Musical" will take over the Boston Opera House this summer. Based on the life and successes of acclaimed music mogul Berry Gordy, the Tony-nominated production will have audiences grooving to tunes by Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Stevie...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 1:51pm

Boston Calling 2018: 3 questions with Manchester Orchestra

There will be no shortage of awesome rock stars and bands at Boston Calling this weekend, especially on Saturday night. Before Jack White takes over the Green Stage for his headlining gig this weekend, indie rockers Manchester Orchestra will get in on the fun with a special late afternoon...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 11:31am

Everything you need to know about the new YouTube Music streaming service

YouTube will launch a new music streaming service called YouTube Music to provide users with another option for people to stream their favorite tunes. YouTube Music streaming service will offer users access to thousands of playlists, millions of songs, albums and artist radio stations. While many...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 3:18pm

Put this waterfront concert series on your NYC summer agenda

Between boat bars, free cruises of New York Harbor and all the exciting new things happening on Governors Island, you were already going to spend your New York City summer on the water. Now, add a waterfront concert series to that list. Already the hottest district for new entertainment, Lower...

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 6:52pm

82 finalists to audition for MTA’s Music Under New York

Very often, we New Yorkers hear subway performers long before we see them as we traverse through the stations and along the platforms. But on Tuesday, you can watch as some of them audition to play for us as part of the MTA’s Music Under New York program. Also known as MTA Music, the program...

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 10:43am

3 questions with EDM superstar Afrojack

Chart-topping Dutch DJ Afrojack brings the beats to Boston later this month. We caught up with the EDM superstar for a quick chat ahead of his show at The Grand on May 14. How pumped are you to perform in Boston? It's been a minute since I've played in Boston, I'm excited to be back...

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 11:49am

This Southie band is taking the world of country by storm

Most fans wouldn't expect great country music to come out of Southie, but one local band is changing those perceptions. The bars of South Boston have given birth to Dalton & The Sheriffs, one of the most promising, up-and-coming country groups in the nation. Over the years, the band has...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 4:26pm

'90s band Belly is ready to rock Boston again

Belly plans to rock out like it's 1995 when they take the stage at Boston Calling later this month. The local band, which formed in Rhode Island but cut its teeth in the Hub's music scene, reunited for a small tour in 2016 and recently went back to the studio to work on their new record,...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 1:06pm

'Jagged Little Pill' brings the music of Alanis Morissette to life

Alanis Morissette joined the pantheon of international music superstars when her breakout album "Jagged Little Pill" debuted in 1995. Offering a voice to a generation of angsty teens, the alt-rock record was an immediate success, selling more than 30 million copies and earning a spot on...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 11:09am

Trump protestors call for mass download of Green Day's 'American Idiot' before U.K. visit

Last week we reported that Trump’s on-again, off-again, on-again, off-again (on-again!) trip to London was finally scheduled for July 13 — Friday the 13th. Human rights activists are already planning on protesting at the time of this "working visit" where Trump will...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 11:44am

The boy band behind the "It’s Gonna Be May" meme, NSYNC then and now

Today, NSYNC was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — and it’s a very special day indeed. April 30 marks the end of a rain-plagued, weather-confused month and (as we’re finally seeing here on the East Coast) the beginning of springtime sunshine and budding flowers....

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 3:53pm

Score $20 tickets to Boston shows during National Concert Week

Music lovers can rock out all summer long without breaking the bank, thanks to Live Nation's National Concert Week. Through May 8, fans can score $20, all-in tickets to more than 2,000 shows across the country, including dozens of awesome performances right here in the Boston area. The one-...

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 11:05am

Patti LaBelle's recipe for a Monte Cristo sandwich

Take your sandwich game up a notch with this awesome recipe by Patti LaBelle. The "Godmother of Soul" turned queen of the kitchen has shared with us her take on the classic Monte Cristo sandwich, which she concocted as part of her partnership with Hood Calorie Countdown. The dish is...

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 2:21pm