The instant classic Led Zeppelin IV turns 46 today, released officially on November 8th, 1971. Packed with some of the band’s most recognizable music, Led Zeppelin was actually in somewhat of a lull when they released IV. Their third album, Led Zeppelin III, garnered something of a lukewarm reception following their first two successful releases, and the band took time off to really define themselves.Though the album is frequently referred to as Led Zeppelin IV, it is technically an untitled release. The album cover doesn’t even feature Led Zeppelin’s name or the tracklisting, only the artwork seen above and the four symbols, chosen by each of the four band members. The band’s publicists were shocked at their decision, and strongly encouraged them to deliberately represent themselves in an attempt to restore their rock and roll reputation. Despite not listening to the publicists’ advice, the band undeniably revitalized their legacy, proving themselves millions of times over with some of their best music.“Black Dog”. “Rock and Roll”. “The Battle Of Evermore”. “Stairway To Heaven”. “Misty Mountain Hop”. “Four Sticks”. “Going To California”. “When The Levee Breaks”.With those eight songs on the album, Led Zeppelin didn’t need to put their name on the cover. “We decided that on the fourth album, we would deliberately play down the group name, and there wouldn’t be any information whatsoever on the outer jacket”, said guitarist Jimmy Page at the time. “Names, titles and things like that do not mean a thing.” Thus, Led Zeppelin IV cemented its place as one of the all-time great efforts in the history of rock and roll.Take a few moments and listen to this classic album on the day of its release. Enjoy!
This weekend, Phil Lesh invited a number of heavy-hitters to join him for a special three-night Phil & Friends run at his San Rafael, California venue, Terrapin Crossroads. Friday and Saturday night served as special “Dead Blues” performances, featuring guitarist Luther Dickinson, drummer Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi All-Stars), keyboardist John Medeski, sacred steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier, guitarist Tash Neal (The London Souls), guitarist Grahame Lesh (Midnight North, Terrapin Family Band), and J.D. Simo, before Sunday offered a more-traditional Phil & Friends show. Sunday night once again featured Luther and Cody Dickinson, John Medeski, and Roosevelt Collier, with special guests, guitarist Anders Osborne and vocalist Nicki Bluhm.Thanks to a free stream from nugs.tv, you can watch the full show below, which featured an energetic mix of Grateful Dead originals and classic covers, below:This three-night run comes ahead of Terrapin Crossroad’s Unbroken Train run, which will see Phil Lesh & Terrapin Family Band, Midnight North, and Twiddle team up in various configurations over the course of June 14th to 16th.Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends | San Rafael, CA | Terrapin Crossroads | 6/10/18Set I: In The Midnight Hour (LD), Deal (NB), Friend Of The Devil (AO), Bird Song (PL), Easy Wind (NB), Operator (LD), Going Down the Road Feelin’ Bad (AO, NB, LD, PL)Set II: Shakedown Street (AO), Scarlet Begonias (AO, NB), The Other One > (PL) New Speedway Boogie (CD), Caution (LD), Windows (AO), Morning Dew (NB, Alex Koford), Franklin’s Tower (AO)Encore: Donor Rap, Black Muddy River (AO)
In June of 2017, Bruce Springsteen had unprecedented news for fans, with The Boss beginning to plan his Broadway debut at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Stripping down his traditional arena show, Springsteen wanted to perform a smaller, more-intimate house, renting out the 975-person theater for a sold-out eight-week, five-nights-a-week run. Due to the overwhelming popularity of the pared-down, one-man live show, as the residency unfolded, the iconic musician continued to add more Broadway shows to his schedule—by the time the residency wraps up in December of this year, Bruce Springsteen will have performed 236 sold-out shows as Springsteen on Broadway.Earlier in the summer, Springsteen fans received good news, as The Boss announced a partnership with the giant streaming service Netflix for a special film commemorating his historic Broadway run, which earned him a special Tony Award in 2018. The new concert film, Springsteen on Broadway, will premiere on the final, closing night—December 15th—of Springsteen’s one-man residency at New York City’s Walter Kerr Theatre.On December 14th, a day before the release of his Netflix special film, Springsteen will release a double album spanning 30 tracks, which includes his spoken word introductions for each song. Springsteen on Broadway will be available in a variety of digital and hardcopy configurations, including a standard CD set and as a 4xLP vinyl set.A pre-order for the upcoming double album is currently underway here.Springsteen on Broadway Tracklist:Disc 101. Growin’ Up (Introduction)02. Growin’ Up03. My Hometown (Introduction)04. My Hometown05. My Father’s House (Introduction)06. My Father’s House07. The Wish (Introduction)08. The Wish09. Thunder Road (Introduction)10. Thunder Road11. The Promised Land (Introduction)12. The Promised LandDisc 201. Born In the U.S.A. (Introduction)02. Born In the U.S.A.03. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out (Introduction)04. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out05. Tougher Than the Rest (Introduction)06. Tougher Than the Rest07. Brilliant Disguise (Introduction)08. Brilliant Disguise09. Long Time Comin’ (Introduction)10. Long Time Comin’11. The Ghost of Tom Joad (Introduction)12. The Ghost of Tom Joad13. The Rising14. Dancing In the Dark (Introduction)15. Dancing In the Dark16. Land of Hope and Dreams17. Born To Run (Introduction)18. Born To RunView Full Tracklist[H/T Consequence of Sound]
On December 15th and 16th, Ween will head to the historic Capitol Theatre for a pair of performances because, as the band noted in their initial announcement, “one night in Port Chester, NY is never enough.” Now, as Ween’s trip to The Cap approaches, the band has announced that they will host a toy drive during their two-night stint.Hosted in partnership with The Capitol Theatre, Ween’s toy drive will benefit the Port Chester Carver Center, an organization that aids children and their families in the local community. Founded in 1943, the Port Chester Carver Center provides individuals and families with the resources and support needed to lead productive, healthy, and independent lives. As the largest and longest running community center in Port Chester, the Port Chester Carver Center continues to meet people where they are and provide them with the tools and resources to help them “build brighter futures.”Fans are encouraged to bring an unwrapped, unopened toy for children ages newborn to 14 years to either of Ween’s Capitol Theatre shows. There will be clearly-marked boxes located inside The Capitol Theatre lobby where fans can drop their donation and help make a child’s holiday dreams come true.The Capitol Theatre has been known to make musical dreams come true even when Ween isn’t hosting a charity toy drive there. As Ween bassist Dave Dreiwitz noted in an interview with Live For Live Music earlier this year,I mean, that place is a just a magical temple of rock music, and it’s one of the greatest venues I’ve had the fortune to play at. All the shows I’ve seen there have been amazing. All my favorite artists play there; YES, King Crimson, and Cheap Trick all played there this past fall. It’s always great—the sound, the vibe—it’s just the greatest.Tickets for the first night (12/15) are sold-out, but a limited amount of tickets remain for Ween’s second show (12/16) here. For ticketing and a full list of Ween’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website here.
Con Brio, the electrifying rock outfit based out of San Francisco’s vibrant music scene, will stop in Denver for a headlining performance at Cervantes’ Other Side on Saturday, March 23rd. The weekend performance will fall just two shows into the band’s upcoming spring tour, which begins the night prior with a gig in Fort Collins, CO. The band will be joined at the March 23rd show in support by Emma Mayes & The Hip and Em Possible.Related: The Big Melt Adds Robert Randolph, Eddie Roberts, Casey Benjamin, & More To Inaugural LineupThe upcoming performance and tour follow the summer 2018 release of the band’s sophomore studio album, Explorer, which arrives on July 6th via Fat Beats Records. The 11-track album features a mix of recordings which vary in sound and styles ranging from electro-soul to experimental psych-pop. Fans can watch the video below to see and hear the band perform “I Wanna”, one of the singles featured on Explorer.Con Brio – “I Wanna” (Live)[Video: Con Brio]The seven-piece band is comprised of Ziek McCarter (vocals), Brendan Liu (trumpet), Marcus Stephens (tenor sax), Benjamin Andrews (guitar), Patrick Glynn (keyboard), Jonathan Kirchner (bass), and Andrew Laubacher (drums). Their sizable lineup may make for a tough squeeze while performing at venues with smaller stages, but certainly adds to the depth of their sound and liveliness of their already-highly energetic shows. While the group is considered by some as “the best new live band in America,” fans won’t know for sure until they get their ticket to see Con Brio in action while on tour across America this spring!Tickets to the band’s March 23rd performance at Cervantes’ Other Side are now on sale here.
Over the weekend, singer-songwriter Todd Snider made a stop at Nashville, TN’s historic Ryman Auditorium in support of his recent studio release, Cash Cabin Session, Vol. 3.Cash Cabin Session, Vol. 3 sees Todd Snider take a step away from his rock-centered side, and moves closer to folk and country. The recently released studio album was inspired by a recurring dream Snider had involving Johnny Cash, which led to him recording Cash Cabin Session Vol. 3 at the icon’s Cash Cabin Studio.On Saturday, following a set full of new material and fan-favorites, Snider invited up iconic songwriter John Prine for an acoustic take on his 1971 tune “Illegal Smile”. The collaborative effort was an appropriate way to close out the 4/20 holiday celebration, which you can watch below:Todd Snider with John Prine – “Illegal Smile”[Video: Kimberly Lord]Next up for Todd Snider is a performance at St. Louis, MO’s Sheldon Concert Hall on Wednesday, April 23rd.For ticketing and a full list of his upcoming tour dates, head to Todd Snider’s website here.[H/T Jambands.com]
The Peach Music Festival has detailed a number of additions to the lineup for their 2019 event set to take place from July 25th through 28th at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA.Leading the list of artist additions are Warren Haynes and Grace Potter, who will mount a very special collaborative set at The Peach. The decorated pair of singer/guitarists will play together, solo, and backing each other as they perform songs from each of their respective repertoires and beyond. Cory Wong, the enigmatic guitarist often seen onstage with Vulfpeck, will also bring his solo band to Montage Mountain to join in the fun. Fan-favorite Colorado jam quartet Magic Beans has also been added to the Peach lineup, in addition to jam scene stalwarts Percy Hill and talented blues-rock guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor.The Peach has also announced a new tradition, the Peach Guitar Pull. The festival will reimagine the traditional southern front porch guitar pull by gathering the best shredders in the rock, blues, and jam worlds and putting them together for the ultimate guitar aficionado’s experience. The Guitar Pull will be led by Scott Sharrard, former musical director for the late Gregg Allman, with guitar talents like Steve Kimock, Samantha Fish, and more set to participate. Additional Peach Guitar Pull participants will be announced as the event draws closer.Related: The Peach Festival, Live For Live Music Announce 2019 Media PartnershipThe newly added artists join and already-stellar lineup featuring two sets of Phil Lesh & Friends featuring Haynes and John Molo, two sets from Trey Anastasio Band, three by The String Cheese Incident, and a myriad of other exciting acts including Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, moe., Greensky Bluegrass, Lotus, Blues Traveler, Lettuce, Stephen Marley, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (2 sets), The Marcus King Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Yonder Mountain Sring Band, Billy Strings, Allman Betts Band, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Aqueous, Ghost Light, Fruition, BIG Something, Larkin Poe, Magic City Hippies, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Southern Avenue, Organ Freeman, Kitchen Dwellers, Mungion, Hayley Jane & The Primates, and many more.See below for a full updated lineup. For more information, or to grab your passes to The Peach Music Festival 2019 now, head here.
At its eighth meeting of the year on Jan. 26, the Faculty Council heard reviews of the chemical biology program, the standing committee on writing and speaking, and the rules concerning honors.The council next meets on Feb. 9. The next regular meeting of the faculty will be on Feb. 1. The preliminary deadline for the regular meeting of the faculty on Feb. 15 is Feb. 1.
This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Drew Petersen sits comfortably at a piano, looks briefly at its 88 keys, shuts his eyes, positions his fingers, and plays from memory a complex piece by Fr???déric Chopin.Petersen welcomes challenging adventures, musical and otherwise. He enrolled in Harvard’s Extension School at 14, while maintaining a demanding concert schedule.“I wanted to find a program with academic rigor and with a lot of flexibility to allow me to work around some of my performances and competitions,” said Petersen, a classically trained, professional pianist who will graduate this month from the School and from a two-year diploma program at Juilliard.The running joke in his family is that he has never graduated from anything, having jumped among public, private, and performing arts high schools in his search for the right academic challenge, and a schedule that could fit in with his piano playing. Harvard provided the perfect solution.“I liked the Harvard program so much I just kept going with it, and here I am,” said Petersen, adding that the experience has “drastically improved my quality of life in addition to improving my academic work.”He completed almost all of his coursework remotely through the Harvard Extension School’s bachelor of liberal arts program. In between studying, competing, and performing, whenever he could he traveled to Cambridge to meet with professors and classmates on his way to his bachelor’s degree with a concentration in social science.Those visits to campus proved invaluable.“I feel like meeting the people here really was the best part. … Over the years I think I’ve learned to value the kinds of people who are really, really interested and interesting much more than I would have if I didn’t go to a place like Harvard.”Petersen also took advantage of Harvard Summer School’s eclectic offerings, heading to Greece for an intensive, five-week comparative cultures seminar. He even lived in the Yard one summer on the first floor of the Matthews freshman dorm while taking classes. The only drawback to campus living: tourists.“Waking up and having some people peering into your room at times was very funny.”Petersen can’t remember a time when he wasn’t fascinated by music. He loved everything from ringing church bells to the notes he pounded out on his family’s old upright piano as a toddler. “Any music at all made me very interested, very excited, and I just had to know more about it.”Lessons started at age 5. Less than a year later, he was at Carnegie Hall as part of a young artists program, and at ease in the spotlight. Stage fright wasn’t a problem. “I loved it,” he said. “It’s as simple as that.”Since then his life has been a rush of concerts and competitions and days spent practicing for upwards of six hours. After graduation, he will fly to California for another competition and prepare for concerts in Florida, North Carolina, and New York.His goal when playing is to “communicate something that is inexpressible in any other way. That’s a really beautiful thing.” Unsurprisingly, if he wasn’t a musician, Petersen said he would work in another artistic field, or perhaps do something related to psychology. “Anything that allows me to muse on beauty and art, or human capacity to appreciate beauty and art, would probably suit me.”But for now, the life of a concert pianist beckons.“That is absolutely what I would like to do, what I’ve been aiming at for a very long time now. It’s very unpredictable, but it’s an adventure,” he said, “and I always like a good adventure.”To see a list of 2012-13 Harvard Extension School prize and award recipients, visit the Extension School website.