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A Met Orchestra of Mixed Quality Returns to Carnegie Hall

The tenure of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Metropolitan Opera’s music director, can be difficult to assess. That much was evident over two concerts.

Published on: June 16, 2024, 5:24 pm

Jelly Roll’s Anthem of Perseverance, and 9 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Zsela, the Decemberists, Khalid and others.

Published on: June 14, 2024, 4:21 pm

The Ultimate Dad Rock Playlist

What is dad rock? You know it when you hear it, so listen to 10 songs from Wilco, the Grateful Dead, Steely Dan and more.

Published on: June 14, 2024, 6:00 pm

A New Opera Mashes Up Monteverdi and W.E.B. Du Bois

“The Comet/Poppea” radically pares down a classic and blends it with a premiere by George E. Lewis for an original show that will travel widely.

Published on: June 14, 2024, 6:38 pm

Nick Jonas and Adrienne Warren to Star in ‘Last Five Years’ on Broadway

Whitney White will direct the first Broadway production of Jason Robert Brown’s popular musical, which plans to open next spring.

Published on: June 16, 2024, 12:00 pm

A Hungarian Rapper’s Bandwagon Gets an Unlikely New Rider

Azahriah, who has rapped about the joy of cannabis, has shot to fame in Hungary. That may explain why he has been applauded by the country’s conservative leader, Viktor Orban.

Published on: June 15, 2024, 4:01 am

Sam Smith Throws a Gay Pride Party

The British singer selected Julius’, a Manhattan tavern with a storied past, as the place to celebrate the 10th anniversary of “In the Lonely Hour.”

Published on: June 14, 2024, 10:35 pm

Four Takeaways From the Metropolitan Opera’s Risky Season

The company has bet that new operas will attract new, more diverse audiences and revitalize a stale repertory. Is the gamble paying off?

Published on: June 14, 2024, 3:00 pm

Mark James, Writer of ‘Suspicious Minds’ and Other Songs, Is Dead at 83

His songs became hits for Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Brenda Lee and many other artists. They were also heard on movie soundtracks.

Published on: June 15, 2024, 2:42 pm

Audiences Are Returning to the Met Opera, but Not for Everything

The Met is approaching prepandemic levels of attendance. But its strategy of staging more modern operas to lure new audiences is having mixed success.

Published on: June 14, 2024, 12:22 pm

Pay $1 to Hear Wu-Tang Clan’s Secret Album (Eventually)

An online art collective that spent $4 million on “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” is telling fans their purchases will accelerate the one-of-a-kind album’s 2103 release date.

Published on: June 13, 2024, 6:14 pm

Listen to the Best Songs From 8 Tony-Nominated Shows

“Hell’s Kitchen,” “Stereophonic” and others are up for top prizes at Sunday’s ceremony. Our critic takes stock of their cast albums, all available now.

Published on: June 13, 2024, 3:05 pm

Françoise Hardy: A Life in Photos

The French pop star pulled listeners close and always struck the perfect pose.

Published on: June 13, 2024, 3:13 pm

Popcast (Deluxe): What’s an Aging Rapper to Do?

New songs from Eminem, Drake and J. Cole — plus Will Smith’s post-Slap “Bad Boys” comeback — demonstrate different paths for maturing (or not).

Published on: June 12, 2024, 8:00 pm

The Apollo Theater Celebrates Its 90th Anniversary With Usher, Babyface and More

More than 1,000 musicians, politicians and philanthropists gathered in Harlem on Tuesday night to celebrate the theater’s 90th anniversary.

Published on: June 13, 2024, 3:34 pm

Listen to 8 Songs From the Bewitching Françoise Hardy

From her start in the yé-yé 1960s to the depths she plumbed as a singer-songwriter, Hardy, who died Tuesday, continued to entrance new generations of listeners.

Published on: June 12, 2024, 5:57 pm

Françoise Hardy, Moody French Pop Star, Dies at 80

With hit songs and an understated personality, she incarnated a 1960s cool still treasured by the French.

Published on: June 14, 2024, 5:27 pm

Who Am I Without My Voice?

I was a singer heading out on tour. Losing my voice was terrifying — but it ended up teaching me everything about myself.

Published on: June 12, 2024, 7:50 pm

Diplo’s Jamaica

The Grammy-winning D.J. and music producer recommends spots in a city he loves on Jamaica’s northeast coast. A dance party makes the cut.

Published on: June 13, 2024, 3:53 pm

Julius Rodriguez Fuses Styles on ‘Evergreen’

The multi-instrumentalist Julius Rodriguez hones a bigger, more audacious sound on his second album, “Evergreen.”

Published on: June 12, 2024, 2:32 pm

Norman Carol, Violinist in Historic Concert in China, Is Dead at 95

The concertmaster and first-chair violinist with the Philadelphia Orchestra for decades, he took part in a diplomatic breakthrough in 1973 with concerts in Mao Zedong’s Beijing.

Published on: June 11, 2024, 10:32 pm

Young Thug Lawyer Clashes With Judge in Chaotic Gang Case

Brian Steel, a lawyer for the Atlanta rapper, was ordered to serve 10 weekends in jail after a dispute with the judge, further complicating a messy gang conspiracy trial.

Published on: June 11, 2024, 9:48 pm

Four Tops Singer Sues Hospital Over Being Put in Restraints

The lawsuit by Alexander Morris, who joined the group six years ago, said the staff thought he was “delusional” when he told them he was in the Motown band.

Published on: June 11, 2024, 6:03 pm

Rock Around the Clock: 8 Songs About Very Specific Times of Day

Hear tracks by the Strokes, beabadoobee, Normani and more.

Published on: June 12, 2024, 12:40 pm

Mitsuko Uchida Keeps the Focus on Young Artists at Ojai

Mitsuko Uchida appeared every night at her edition of the Ojai Music Festival. The rest of the time was given to other performers.

Published on: June 11, 2024, 2:19 pm

When Vienna’s Opera Tradition Got Too Traditional, They Stepped In

Bogdan Roscic and Lotte de Beer are shaking the dust off Vienna’s two biggest repertory companies.

Published on: June 11, 2024, 5:46 pm

Santana and Rob Thomas’s ‘Smooth’ at 25

Santana’s track featuring Rob Thomas turns 25 this week. Why is it still a rock blockbuster?

Published on: June 11, 2024, 9:02 am

The Constant Metamorphosis of Nona Hendryx

“Lady Marmalade,” her hit with Labelle, is turning 50. She’s nearing 80. But the singer, designer and technologist isn’t slowing down. She’s entering a new virtual world.

Published on: June 11, 2024, 7:14 pm

Taylor Swift Bests K-Pop Band to Stay No. 1 for Seventh Week

Swift’s “The Tortured Poets Department” holds off Ateez’s “Golden Hour: Part.1.” The singer-songwriter Shaboozey opens at No. 5.

Published on: June 13, 2024, 4:54 am

Jean-Philippe Allard, Jazz Producer and Musicians’ Advocate, Dies at 67

He called himself a “professional listener,” and he tended to develop lifelong relationships with the artists he worked with.

Published on: June 10, 2024, 12:36 am