Rick Stevens, Funk-Soul Singer Convicted of Murder, Dies at 77

Mr. Stevens’s promising career with the band Tower of Power was derailed when he was sentenced to life in prison. He was paroled after 36 years.

That Decisive Moment: Cue the Castanets: The Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments on YouTube

A “Pinocchio” opera, an Amy Beach concerto and Puccini are among the highlights.

Pop and Jazz Fall Preview: 66 Albums, Shows and Festivals

A number of big-name stars have new records this fall, including St. Vincent, Beck, The-Dream, Liam Gallagher, Leon Russell, Jessie Ware and Miley Cyrus.

Lions of New York: Hal Willner’s Vanishing, Weird New York

The music producer came to New York for the sleaze and the flea circus. He stayed to make the mixtapes of a city’s imagination.

Playlist: The Playlist: Sam Smith Guards His Heart, and 12 More New Songs

Hear the 13 songs that caught our critics’ ears this week, from the pop-soul of Kelly Clarkson to the giddy rock of the Fluids.

Jerry Garcia Goes Off Broadway in ‘Red Roses, Green Gold’

A new musical at Minetta Lane Theater in Greenwich Village will feature music from Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter and other Grateful Dead members.

Pierre Bergé, Transformative Fashion Executive and Opera Czar, Dies at 86

He was the managerial genius behind Yves Saint Laurent, his former lover, and had a stormy run as the head of Paris’s opera houses.

Lizz Wright’s ‘Grace,’ an Ode to the South and to Forgiveness

Ms. Wright, who will celebrate this album’s release on Sept. 15 at the Highline Ballroom, said she was finding language for how real healing is possible.