Soulful San Fran septet Con Brio has shared a brand-new, reimagined take on a grunge classic: Nirvana‘s “Heart-Shaped Box”. To Con Brio, their take on the smash hit track from Nirvana’s third and final album, 1993’s In Utero, hold more significance than just simply being a fun cover. As Billboard explains, the idea for the cover came as the band was plotting an entire EP of reworked grunge classics. While the project never came to fruition, the band’s experience arranging and recording the cut last year in Atlanta gave them the creative spur they needed to begin work on their next full album, Explorer, due out July 6th.As frontman Ziek McCarter tells Billboard:We had a day off and I thought of a way I wanted to remake it and we came up with that (version) within two or three hours. … Right after that, we wrote a few more songs to propel our writing process in a positive way. We were touring a whole lot at that time and it’s hard to find time to really get seven people in a room to pump out the hits. But after [‘Heart-Shaped Box’] we were able to really dial in the writing process a little bit more. It served us wellI really feel like we’ve honored the life of not just Kurt Cobain but also Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington,” he explains. “Those were people I was listening to growing up. I loved ‘Black Hole Sun.’ I loved Chester Bennington; I loved his voice. And I feel like we have some of that same resilience they possessed in their performances if not necessarily the same way.The fantastic Con Brio take on “Heart-Shaped Box” lends the song an almost Thriller-era Michael Jackson aesthetic, layered with downtempo breaks, swelling brass accents, and powerful psych-pop peaks as the song barrels into its cathartically howling chorus. Give it a listen below via the Con Brio SoundCloud page:Con Brio – “Heart-Shaped Box” [Nirvana cover]For a list of upcoming Con Brio tour dates, head to the band’s website.[H/T Billboard]
Several European countries including France and Britain on Thursday moved to further lift crippling coronavirus lockdown measures, but fresh restrictions in parts of Asia signaled the crisis is far from over.As much of the world grapples to find the path forward, with the deadly virus still spreading in some places and a vaccine at best a distant reality, Europe is slowly emerging from isolation.France is set to reopen its bars, restaurants and museums next week — when Britain will send some children back to school and shops throw open their doors. Fresh restrictions Amid all the reopenings, there were renewed signs of caution as well.South Korea — held up as a global model in how to curb the virus — reimposed some social distancing rules after a series of new clusters emerged, many in the capital Seoul. Museums, parks and art galleries will all be closed again from Friday for two weeks, while companies were urged to reintroduce flexible working, among other measures. And in Sri Lanka, some lockdown rules will be rolled out again from Sunday after more than 250 returnees from Kuwait were found to be infected with coronavirus. In a bit of happier news in Asia, a Bali zoo named a newborn giraffe after the virus. “Corona is healthy and is still breastfeeding. We’ll keep her under observation for three months,” said zoo spokesman Anak Agung Ngurah Alit Sujana.But visitors will have to wait to meet the young calf, as the zoo remains closed to the public. On the economic front, the number of unemployed climbed as well — more than 40 million in the United States have filed jobless claims since the crisis began, and Brazil shed five million jobs in the first quarter.British carrier EasyJet said it would axe up to 30 percent of its staff, and Japanese car manufacturer Nissan reported a huge $6.2 billion annual net loss. And in Asia, restrictions were reimposed in South Korea and Sri Lanka after a spate of new infections sparked fears of a second wave of contagion. The picture remained grim in Latin America, now fully in the throes of the pandemic, with deaths in Brazil topping 26,000, and Chile recording a new record daily death toll Thursday.In the Chilean capital Santiago, residents have taken to the streets to demand state aid as their livelihoods vanish.”We don’t even get a little help from the government here. They believe that we can live without money. But how can we buy food?” asked welder Oscar Gonzalez. Topics : ‘Real sense of freedom’ In France, residents enjoyed the reopening of iconic department store Printemps on Thursday — and the news that restaurants can serve patrons on outside terraces from June 2.At the country’s museums, face masks will be required.Citizens will also be allowed to travel more than 100 kilometers from their homes, just in time for the summer holidays. “The virus is still present to varying degrees across the territory,” Philippe warned as he unveiled the new measures, urging citizens to respect social-distancing guidelines and be vigilant about hand-washing.France has recorded 28,662 virus-related deaths — the fourth highest total in the world.In Britain, football fans rejoiced as the Premier League announced play would resume on June 17. In Italy, Serie A competition will begin again three days later.Both leagues will play without supporters in the stands, but in Russia, a limited number will be allowed to attend matches when play restarts next month.”Football is back soon,” tweeted England captain Harry Kane, who plays for Tottenham Hotspur.Elsewhere in Europe, Spaniards were revisiting old joys — belting out tunes from “Grease” at a 50s-themed drive-in theatre.”It gives you a real sense of freedom. We really wanted to get out of the house,” said 22-year-old Belen Perez, who came with her flatmate. ‘Heartfelt sympathy’ In the United States, the country processed a grim milestone — more than 100,000 Americans have succumbed to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.”To all of the families & friends of those who have passed, I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy & love for everything that these great people stood for & represent. God be with you!” President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday, as the US death toll reached 101,573.More and more US states are moving to open up their economies, but health experts have warned not to move too quickly.The US capital Washington will slowly move into its phase one of reopening on Friday.The new unemployment data — another 2.12 million workers filed claims for benefits — along with US-China tensions, including over the virus, sent Wall Street tumbling at the close. On the sporting front, the English Premier League and Italy’s Serie A unveiled plans to resume play in mid-June.”Freedom will be the rule and restriction the exception,” French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said.But of course, there was somber news as well. The death toll mounted to more than 357,000 around the world. More than 5.7 million have been confirmed as infected since the virus emerged in China late last year.
A 66-year-old Trinidadian man was doused with boiling water in a robbery that occurred in his home in La Romaine Tuesday morning.Around 7 a.m., two men entered the home of the elderly man and his 66-year-old wife, they tied the couple’s hands and feet then proceeded to demand the location of the couple’s cash and valuables.After taking the couple’s cellphones valued at $500 and $300, the men demanded more valuables and cash.According to reports, a pot of boiling water in which the couple was using to boil peas was taken from the stove top and dumped on the elderly man.The men fled the home of the couple with both cellphones and $500.The couple remained tied for an hour until a visiting relative found them and alerted the police.San Fernando CID and Southern Division Task Force responded to the call and are currently investigating.The elderly man was taken to the San Fernando General Hospital to be treated for burns on his back and head.This is the second home robbery of the elderly to occur within San Fernando’s jurisdiction this year.In February, an elderly couple in San Fernando was also tied up and robbed at gun point in their home at Retrench Village.Two men robbed the victims after they bound their hands and feet with telephone cords and taped their mouths, robbing them of cash and valuables totaling $8,000.The couple took two hours to untie themselves and alerted police, but no arrests were made in that incident.