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]
Realizing dreams, Harvard’s newest scholars unveil plans for Oxford years Joining the ranks of Rhodes Related Ten Harvard students and alumni have been selected to attend Tsinghua University in Beijing as Schwarzman Scholars.The one-year master’s degree program is designed to assist future leaders who are now pursuing public policy, economics and business, or international studies and wish to tackle the many challenges facing China’s rapidly changing political, economic, and social landscape and ultimately build greater understanding and closer relationships between 21st-century China and the world.Kayla Chen, 22, received an A.B. in government in 2016. While at Harvard, she served in many leadership roles with the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) and was a senior staffer for Harvard Model Congress. Chen also enjoyed participating in the Modern Company and Harvard Dance Project, taking circus classes, and singing. Following graduation, Chen served as a Fulbright teaching assistant in Yilan, Taiwan. She plans to enter public service to link resources and conversations between East and West on human rights, international law, and civil society to combat global issues of inequality.Janet Eom, 25, received an A.B. in social studies in 2014. She is currently the research manager at the China-Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Following graduation, she worked as a social development consultant at the World Bank before moving to Beijing to study Mandarin at Peking University and research China’s social and environmental impact in Africa at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. At Harvard, Eom was chief of the copy board of the Harvard International Review. Her own writing has been published in Foreign Policy, Forbes, and The Diplomat. She aspires to strengthen relations between the United States, China, and African countries to create new opportunities for economic development.Anatol Klass, 21, is a senior living in Mather House pursuing a joint concentration in history and East Asian studies. He has conducted research in archives from Cambridge to Shanghai to Beijing to Taipei, publishing several papers and presenting original research at graduate school conferences. At Harvard, he is an active member of the ultimate Frisbee team and the First-Year Outdoor Program.Quynh-Nhu Le, 22, is a Harvard College senior from Vietnam and the United States who studies gender and development as a social studies concentrator. She has been involved in several campus organizations, including as director of BRYE Extension, a PBHA after-school program for immigrant children, a staff writer for The Crimson on gender and sexuality, and president of the Harvard Vietnamese Association. Passionate about social justice and social impact, Le previously interned at the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program in Vietnam and founded a nonprofit summer camp there. She intends to pursue a career in academia studying social change in the Asia-Pacific.Tonatiuh Liévano, 25, graduated with an S.B. in engineering sciences and a secondary concentration in economics in 2014. During his time in College, Liévano conducted research on tissue engineering and biomedical devices at SEAS, worked with the Colombian government on policy, was vice president of Engineers without Borders, represented Adams House on the Undergraduate Council, and studied economics and business in Portugal. Following graduation, Liévano worked with Partners In Health and the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery and spent a year in Brazil and Mozambique as a Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Fellow. As a Schwarzman Scholar, he hopes to develop perspectives that will help him become an effective contributor to the public good in a rapidly globalizing world. Sophia Lugo, 22, a senior at Lowell House, is studying history and science with a secondary concentration in global health and health policy. At Harvard, she has served in several leadership roles, including president of HACIA Democracy, vice president of the Harvard Organization for Latin America, and chief of strategy and social impact for the International Relations Council. Lugo is interested in exploring how business and politics interact with the production of knowledge in China. She will be joining the Boston Consulting Group after her Schwarzman fellowship.A senior living in Dunster House, Rhea Malik, 21, studies regenerative biology and education policy. She has established a system of virtual classrooms in rural India and directs Harvard College Alzheimer’s Buddies, which led her to help develop a national nonprofit for Alzheimer’s care. She has also served on the executive board of the Harvard Political Opinion Project and has worked at the U.S. Department of Education, the National Institutes of Health, and the Greek Institute of Preventive Medicine. An aspiring physician-economist, she works at Harvard’s Stem Cell Institute developing cellular models for schizophrenia research.A 2012 graduate of Harvard College with an A.B. in government, Jonathan Padilla, 27, is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government, to which he received a full scholarship as a Start-Up Nation Fellow. Prior to his time at Oxford, Padilla worked in local, state, and national politics, including in the White House and for former California controller Steve Westly. Outside of work, he is passionate about his involvement with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and its mission to train the next generation of Latino leaders. He hopes to pursue elected office in the not-so-distant future.Senior Bo Seo, 22, from Sydney, lives in Pforzheimer House and concentrates in social studies with a secondary concentration in English. His research in political theory focuses on human rights, identity politics, and the status of migrants. A winner of both the World Universities and World Schools debating championships, Seo is currently the coach of the Australian national debating team and has also held many positions with the Australian Human Rights Commission. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior, Seo is editing an anthology of diasporic writings on North Korea and has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He hopes to pursue a career in Australian politics.Bob Wu, 23, is a 2015 College graduate who studied economics and lived in Winthrop House. As a student, he was a Class Marshal and the director general of the World Model United Nations conference. Following graduation, he worked for the Australian government and was a founding member of the Behavioural Economics Team of Australia. He aspires to apply the insights from behavioral economics to global economic policy. Wu grew up in Sydney.
1 Available for download from Dell.com/support2 The X-Rite i1Display Pro colorimeter is available in selected countries for purchase from Dell. Contact a Dell representative to find out if it is available in your country. i1Display Pro is also available from X-Rite’s North American and Pantone online stores, and also from X-Rite’s worldwide network of resellers.3 Dell’s software development kit enables you to customize Dell UltraSharp Monitors to your preferred in-house custom system, allowing you to easily manage color space and control video layout. There’s nothing worse than editing photos on one display and then seeing them on a different screen and the colors are “wonky” a photographer friend recently told me.You want a monitor that not only provides precise, accurate colors right out of the box with broad coverage of industry color standards, but also offers crisp images and consistent color viewing at any angle.To find that, I looked both inside Dell and outside to professional photographers and reviewers.Dell Pros Say Go UltraSharp with PremierColorWhen I asked some of our Dell display experts which monitor is best for photo editing, they recommended one from our Dell UltraSharp monitor with PremierColor family because it offers the ideal tools for color-critical projects.And there are several of Dell UltraSharp with PremierColor monitors to choose from to meet your specific needs and budget, including:Dell UltraSharp 32 8K Monitor – UP3218K – The world’s first 31.5 inch monitor with 8K resolution, announced at CES 2017Dell UltraSharp 32 4K Monitor – UP3216Q– 32 inch UltraHD 4k MonitorDell UltraSharp 30 Monitor – UP3017” 32 inch 16:10 aspect ratio, UltraHD 4k MonitorDell UltraSharp 27 4K HDR Monitor – UP2718Q – 27 inch 4k monitor is the world’s first UHDA Premium certified HDR10 monitorDell UltraSharp 27 Monitor – UP2716D – 27 inch QHD monitor with ultrathin bezelsDell UltraSharp 25 Monitor – UP2516D-25 inch QHD monitor with ultrathin bezelsDell UltraSharp Monitors with PremierColor offer the ability to calibrate and color match to a specific color space, for consistent color results with very little deviation between individual monitors. They have compatibility to major industry standards, such as AdobeRGB and sRGB, giving photographers the flexibility to select and use their preferred color space.You can also calibrate the monitor in-house using Dell UltraSharp Color Calibration Solution software¹ with the optional X-Rite i1Display Pro colorimeter² (sold separately), or tweak color parameters according to their proprietary color solution with the SDK3.Reviewers and Professional Photographers ConcurBut don’t just take our word for it that the UltraSharp with PremierColor monitors are great for photo editing. TechRadar recently listed the Dell UltraSharp UP3216Q and the Dell UltraSharp UP3218K among their top screens for photographers.And professional photographer Jack Fusco, whose work has focused on the landscape-astrophotography field, recently shared an in-depth review of that 8K model.“In a year where I plan on upgrading one of my main camera bodies, I believe this monitor will be an even bigger asset in improving the quality of my work,” Fusco said.This monitor was called “stunningly ahead of its time” by The Verge last year, who also noted that the world needed to do some catching up “to Dell’s impressive technological achievement.” (their words, not mine.)But, Fusco believes that it can be good to be ahead of the curve.“Very often, expensive gear needs to be replaced or is outdated in a short amount of time,” he said. “Because people are still making the move to 4K, moving your workspace to 8K now means you’ll have plenty of time before you have to worry about upgrading again.”The World’s Favorite MonitorsYes, we can claim to be the world’s favorite because Dell monitors have been #1 worldwide for five consecutive years (2013 to 2017) according to IDC Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker, Q1 2018.By choosing a top-tier monitor with added features specific for color critical tasks, photographers can enjoy color depth of 1.07 billion colors (64 times more color depth than standard monitors) for smooth gradations in color and exceptional clarity – even in dark areas.Each monitor mentioned in this post is factory color calibrated on AdobeRGB and sRGB to a Delta-E < 2 and comes with a complete factory calibration report, giving you the confidence that colors will be accurate right from the start.All of this means photographers who chose Dell UltraSharp Monitors with PremierColor can feel confident that they’ve picked a winner.