1. Monadnock Music, Electric Earth music festivals try to get along

    As Monadnock Music emerges from controversy with new leadership, it faces the upstart classical series Electric Earth.


  2. Great Scott and T.T.’s join forces with all-access pass

    - With all-access Bridge Badge, CQ Presents hopes to get more fans into clubs.

  3. Local theaters ready to bow to tweeters in the audience

    - Live-performance venues are starting to offer "tweet seats" for patrons who feel the need to tweet about what they are seeing, and these sections are gaining a fingerhold in Massachusetts.


    Sting brushes time aside

    - Sixty looks good on Sting. More importantly it sounds terrific.

  5. Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar

    - The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week’s ranking is in parentheses.

  6. Dropkick Murphys and friends at Fenway Park

    - The Dropkick Murphys transformed hallowed ground into a hell of a time on Sept. 8 when its six-band package of acoustic upstarts and Boston-bred punks converged on Fenway Park. (13 photos)

  7. For ticket resellers and fans, the game may be changing

    - Newlyweds Michael and Samantha Bono postponed their honeymoon to attend a Red Sox-Yankees game last month. Ten minutes before the first pitch, the couple exited the Ace Ticket store around the corner from Fenway Park with a pair of tickets. They paid $135 apiece for $28 bleacher seats. And they were happy.



  9. "I’ve seen a fight out here over thongs. There were two women, and it was the last one. The very interesting part about this is, I’m positive it couldn’t fit on either one of them."
    — Bank of America Pavilion, house merchandise manager Donna Marshall. From a Boston Globe story on the evolution of concert keepsakes.
  10. Idyllic country setting adds some pop

    - Earlier this month, Los Lobos fans got to see the band in a new light: a cool wash of moonlight courtesy of the celestial silver disc looming above the Indian Ranch stage while the group coursed through a Saturday-night repertoire of Latino-laced blues, rock, folk, and dance music. (Peter Wolf gives Loretta Lynn a kiss after introducing her at Indian Ranch last August. Photo by Robert Klein.)

  11. Newport and Lowell music festivals have strikingly different strengths, audiences

    - On paper at least, it has all the makings of a showdown. For the first time that anyone can remember, two of New England’s most venerable folk festivals are happening the same weekend. Cue the dueling banjos, right?

  12. Warm nights, sweet sounds

    - It’s an open secret about summer concerts in this area: If the venue is outdoors, the time is near dusk, and the ticket price is low or nonexistent, the program doesn’t matter all that much.