Music

Dispatch takes on politics, mental health issues on stage

Frontman Chad Urmston says, almost ironically, that Dispatch is the “biggest band nobody’s heard of,” but that quip doesn’t necessarily ring true in Boston, the band’s home base. The indie rock sensation did, after all, draw 166,000 people to the Hatch Shell for what...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 1:44pm

Andy Grammer on fatherhood and how Isaac Newton influences his songs

Andy Grammer, the multi-platinum hit maker behind "Honey, I'm Good" and "Fresh Eyes," brings his feel-good pop sounds to Boston for this year's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular. The 33-year-old singer-songwriter will rock out with "Hamilton" star...

Monday, July 3, 2017 - 7:26pm

This hike close to NYC will make you feel like you're high

Certain sounds never leave us. Almost 20 years after my family and I sold our house in the Catskill mountains, my dad and I returned. Walking around our neighborhood, the crunch of gravel and distinct way the breeze hits the mountains and rolled into our courtyard felt as nostalgic as tasting your...

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 4:34pm

What's your favorite song cue in 'Baby Driver'?

To make a great film soundtrack requires more than good taste. Anyone can make a killer playlist. What you need to do is use the songs right. And Edgar Wright — like Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino and Sofia Coppola, among others — is someone who makes great soundtracks. When we...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 10:56am

Did British DJ Goldie reveal Banksy's identity?

Banksy is arguably one of the most controversial street artists in the world and he’s been able to keep is identity a secret for many years — until now. A British DJ may have revealed his true identity. It’s possible DJ Goldie may have revealed one of the art world...

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 10:54am

Taylor Swift has seriously cashed in on her return to Spotify, to the tune of $400K

Remember that old Taylor Swift Spotify feud? It’s easy to forget when the megastar is constantly making headlines for her beef with Katy Perry or romance with new beau, Joe Alwyn, but the Taylor Swift Spotify ordeal should still be on your radar. Your killer workout playlist hung in the...

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 3:38pm

Ed Sheeran's backstage demands aren't what you think

Rock n' rollers and music superstars are known for their usually outrageous backstage demands before their shows.  Justin Bieber reportedly requested a "yoga casket," jacuzzi and even food named after his hits prior to a recent performance in Mumbai, while Lady Gaga once asked...

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 12:10pm

Trump's super-conservative new lawyer has a rock band that critics have indicted

President Trump's new personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow, has made some questionable moves recently. The most prominent: Appearing on last Sunday's news shows and insisting the president was not under investigation, contradicting the president's own admission on Twitter that he was. In one...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 5:52pm

Mobb Deep rapper Prodigy dies at 42

Prodigy, half of the New York City hip-hop crew Mobb Deep, died Tuesday at the age of 42. "It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep," Mobb Deep's...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 3:58pm

Sen. Ben Sasse tormented by someone signing him up for Nickelback emails

While his caucus continued to punk the American public by refusing to allow anyone to see the healthcare bill that could kick 23 million Americans off health insurance, Ben Sasse, the Republican senator from Nebraska, experienced a fate that's second worst to lifetime benefit caps: Someone kept...

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 3:53pm

Whitney Houston was never ready for fame, says new documentary

Before the millions of record sales, hundreds of awards and international acclaim, Whitney Houston was simply "Nippy from Newark", a naive young girl, ill prepared for fame. A new documentary, titled "Can I Be Me", looks at how Houston, who graduated from child performer to...

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 8:30pm

The worst part of 'All Eyez on Me' is how it handles 2Pac's alleged sexual assault

We don’t want to dogpile on “All Eyez on Me,” the new 2Pac movie, any more than we have already. It’s a bad film, but it’s the kind of bad film that tries so, so hard to be good. It just has too many things conspired against it — including, we should note, a...

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 3:36pm

Obama sends message to Jay Z for Songwriters Hall of Fame — and possibly lets a big secret slip

Last night, Jay Z was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and received one of the biggest congratulatory messages anyone could get — a thank you for from former President Barack Obama. Jay Z took to Twitter to share a list of the many people who have inspired him through the...

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 1:09pm

'All Eyez on Me' is a depressingly awful movie that fails 2Pac

‘All Eyez on Me’ Director: Benny Boom Stars: Demetrius Shipp Jr., Danai Gurira Rating: R 2 (out of 5) Globes It’s no fun to report that the 2Pac movie is bad. Bad comes in many flavors, and “All Eyez on Me” is bad in a way that breaks your heart. It’s...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 6:13pm

5 songs to rock out to before Dead and Company’s Fenway Park show

Local Deadheads are in for a treat this weekend as Dead and Company makes its highly anticipated Fenway Park return. Comprised of Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, as well as New England's own John Mayer, the superband will perform at back-to-back shows in...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 1:18pm

Noel Gallagher and Liam Gallagher's feud is exactly what made Oasis so great

Looking at the news from Great Britain this week some of you might have been mistaken for thinking it was the mid-1990s all over again: a Conservative government embarrassed itself in a general election, and the media once again clung to a quarrel between Liam and Noel Gallagher, the estranged...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 5:50pm

Boston Pops and BSO team up for a free Franklin Park show

The Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestra will make history this fall. The storied institutions are teaming up for a free concert in Franklin Park on October 1. The event will mark the first time that the BSO has performed at the Roxbury park in its 136-year history, as well as the first time...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 5:00pm

Common on the love story behind 'Megan Leavey'

There aren’t many people as positive as Common. On his records, he speaks truth to power. In person, though, he’s all about love — a word he uses as though it was about to go out of style. In the drama “Megan Leavey,” the rapper-actor, 45, plays another tough character...

Friday, June 9, 2017 - 4:23pm

Phil Collins postpones London concerts after gashing head

British pop singer Phil Collins has canceled two London concerts due to take place this week after gashing his head in a fall at his hotel, his concert promoter said. Collins, 66, slipped while going to the toilet on Wednesday night and hit his head on a chair, according to the promoter, Live...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 4:54pm

See Dave Matthews play tearjerking tribute to friend Gregg Allman

Summertime means three things: Hot weather, complaining about the aforementioned and Dave Matthews hitting the road in his perennial gig as King of the Outdoor Amphitheater Tour. This summer, the full band is taking a break, and he’s on an acoustic zigzag across the country with longtime...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 3:56pm