Load remaining images Photo: Adam Barnard A rock and roll thunderstorm rolled through Pittsburgh, PA on July 19th, as The Struts and Foo Fighters brought the Concrete and Gold Tour to the PPG Paints Arena. For this correspondent, the four-and-a-half-hour voyage from native West Chester, PA to Steel City was worth every pit stop coffee and radio station readjustment. A hot and steamy day’s weather gave way to a gusty evening in Pitt, as fans lined the block for miles to enter the sold-out performance. The tour itself has been met with sterling reviews, and their previous performance in Camden, NJ was nothing short of exhilarating and spectacular. Pittsburgh fans were in for a real treat tonight, and both bands did not disappoint.The evening began with a raucous affair by the Struts, with lead singer Luke Spiller giving a Freddie Mercury-inspired and energy infused performance. Setting the tone for the remainder of the evening’s festivities, the Struts ran through seven songs of pure bliss. Beginning with the bouncy “Put Your Hands Up” and into entertaining joints like their brand new single, “Body Talks”, “Kiss This”, and their massive radio hit “Could Have Been Me”, Spiller and Co. ran through a medley of new and old, conducting a concise and spirited presentation. With their new album’s release on the horizon, The Struts have inspired a well deserved and solidly earned enthusiasm for themselves and continue to provide a quality rock and roll product.Foo Fighters took the stage shortly after to thunderous applause. Dave Grohl never fails to impress, and his ability to maintain the level of dynamism throughout the duration of the set is a feat unmatched by most current lead vocalists, and performers in general. I’m convinced that just being in his aura added twenty years to my lifespan. The band dove right in, blasting through timeless records like “All My Life”, this correspondent’s favorite Foo Fighters song, “Rope”, and a remarkably extended performance of “The Pretender”. One of the most incredible points of the evening, however, belonged to drummer Taylor Hawkins, presenting a nearly ten-minute drum solo whirlwind that was equal parts focus, perfection, and showmanship. As every snare smash and cymbal crash was effortlessly exuded as the next, Hawkins cements himself as a permanent candidate for the Drummer’s Mount Rushmore. After a hilariously entertaining tease medley of Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”, Van Halen’s “Jump”, and The Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop”, the band performed a cover of David Bowie and Freddie Mercury’s “Under Pressure” with The Struts. Just when the show felt its most zenith, the band returned for a two-song encore, completing this incredible moment with the iconic “Everlong”.The performance in Pittsburgh highlights a prolific portfolio from the Foo Fighters, spanning almost two decades, and accented by the majesty of The Struts. A mighty capstone to a fantastic voyage, the Concrete and Gold Tour remains as pure as the performers, timeless in their sound and tenor.Check out the gallery below, courtesy of photographer Adam Barnard.Setlist: Foo Fighters | PPG Paints Arena | Pittsburgh, PA | 7/19/18All My Life, Learn To Fly, The Pretender, The Sky Is A Neighborhood, Rope, Drum Solo, Sunday Rain, My Hero, These Days, Walk, Imagine / Jump / Blitzkrieg Bop, Under Pressure, Monkey Wrench, Run, Breakout, Dirty Water, Best of YouE: Times Like These, EverlongFoo Fighters | PPG Paints Arena | Pittsburgh, PA | 7/19/18 | Photos: Adam Barnard
It’s that time of year again… In twelve short days, Phish will return to New York’s Madison Square Garden for their annual four-night New Year’s run. Each year, we like to celebrate the season in the days leading up to Phish at MSG with the 12 Days of Phishmas, a daily series that gives you your Phish fix and helps stoke your excitement in the days leading up to the run. In 2016, we took you back to 12 historic Phish performances at The Garden. In 2017, with the Baker’s Dozen barely out of sight in the rearview, we relived the magic and mystery of the band’s historic residency.For years, we’ve been earmarking some of our favorite Phish interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and other cool content that we haven’t found the right occasion to share with you…until now. For 2018, we’ve made you a very special Phishmas Advent calendar to help spice up your countdown to showtime. As we approach the start of the run on the 28th, we’ll open up one panel a day and reveal a fun surprise inside—a little something sweet and Phishy once a day until the Garden party begins. No peeking! By the time we’re finished with the calendar, it will finally be time for the gift we’ve all been waiting for: Four nights of Phish on their home court at the World’s Most Famous Arena.12 Days Til’ Phish: The Big Daddy Show (1994)On the first day of Phishmas… The Big Daddy Show! This 1994 interview with all four members of the band comes courtesy of an oh-so-very-90s Michigan community access TV show hosted by Sean “Big Daddy” Duross ahead of Phish’s 6/19/94 performance at Kalamazoo’s State Theater. At this point, the band was a few months into their ’94 tour following the release of Hoist, and their mid-tour demeanor was in full effect.The two-part interview is an endlessly amusing snapshot of the band at their silliest: While Big Daddy is understandably super stoked to be interviewing the men of Phish, the band remains totally aloof throughout the segment, trolling the interviewer with deadpan answers and riffing on each other’s sarcastic commentary. It’s just as hilarious as it is painfully awkward.Watch the clips below to see Jon Fishman in his “Glide” lot t-shirt, hear Trey Anastasio‘s thoughts on Dixieland jazz as the “music of the gay 90s,” learn Mike Gordon‘s views on “inter-amongst weaving of the patterns,” and get Page McConnell‘s insight into the various roles (rolls?) of the band’s members.Phish on The Big Daddy Show – Part 1[Video: Sean Duross]Phish on The Big Daddy Show – Part 2[Video: Sean Duross]We’ll be back tomorrow to open the second panel on our Phishmas 2018 Advent calendar. What other Phishmas surprises are in store? You’ll just have to wait and see…On the first day of Phishmas… The Big Daddy Show
Indie-rock outfit MGMT has announced their first batch of 2019 tour dates which are set to take them across the U.S. this spring. The band continues to promote their latest studio album, 2018’s Little Dark Age, which arrived last February via Columbia Records.The rock band’s 16-date spring run of shows is scheduled to begin on May 2nd in Oakland, and continues throughout the month before wrapping with a trio of shows at New York City’s Webster Hall on May 22nd-24th as part of the venue’s long-awaited reopening in 2019. Some of the stops along their month-long concert tour include shows at the Rialto Theatre in Tucson, AZ (5/5); The Criterion in Oklahoma City, OK (5/8); Masonic Auditorium in Cleveland, OH (5/11); Fillmore Detroit in Detroit, MI (5/13); 20 Monroe Live in Grand Rapids, MI (5/15); Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA (5/16); and even a hometown show at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven, CT (5/17), just to name a few. The band is also slated to appear at Just Like Heaven Fest in Long Beach, CA on May 3rd & 4th.MGMT had spent much of 2018 on the road in promotion of their latest studio album as well. They were the main act selected to help open New York City’s Sony Hall on March 27th of last year.Fan presale for the upcoming concert run begins tomorrow (Wednesday) February 27th, with general on-sale beginning this Friday, March 1st. Fans can head over to the tour page on the band’s website for more info and tickets when they become available.MGMT Spring 2019 Tour DatesMay 2 – Oakland, CA – Fox TheatreMay 3 – Long Beach, CA – Just Like Heaven FestMay 4 – Long Beach, CA – Just Like Heaven FestMay 5 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto TheatreMay 7 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music HallMay 8 – Oklahoma City, OK – The CriterionMay 9 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown TheatreMay 11 – Cleveland, OH – Masonic AuditoriumMay 12 – Columbus, OH – Express Live!May 13 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore DetroitMay 15 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe LiveMay 16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AEMay 17 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music HallMay 22-24 – New York, NY – Webster HallView All Spring Tour Dates
Chris Robinson Brotherhood is currently in the pre-release stages of their forthcoming studio album, Servants of the Sun, which is set to arrive this summer. On Wednesday, the rock band fronted by former Black Crowes co-founder Chris Robinson shared their new music video for a song titled “Chauffeur’s Daughter”, which will appear on Servants of the Sun when the album arrives on June 14th via Robinson’s Silver Arrow Records.Related: Chris Robinson Brotherhood Brings Their Winter Tour To Denver’s Ogden TheatreThe new video was directed by well-known rock photographer Jay Blakesberg, and takes viewers inside the Phil Lesh-owned Terrapin Crossroads venue and out to the wilderness of northern California. After starting out with the band performing the lively new rock track in front of fans at Terrapin Crossroads, Robinson is picked up by his real-life partner Camille Johnson, who stylishly chauffeurs him around town and beyond in a retro white limo. The two don’t waste much time before ditching the city in exchange for a lovely drive through the rural landscape of northern California Bay Area.Fans can watch the new music video for “Chauffeur’s Daughter” below.Chris Robinson Brotherhood – “Chauffeur’s Daughter”[Video: Chris Robinson Brotherhood]“‘Chauffeur’s Daughter’ is an effervescent little love song brought to life in the wilds of Marin country with my partner Camille,” Robinson said in a statement to go with the song’s premiere on Wednesday. “We cut in live footage of the band performing at Terrapin Crossroads. Our friend Jay Blakesberg directed and captured a perfect little day in our north Cali scene.”“[Chris’] manager sent me songs and lyrics and several of the ones they were thinking about for singles immediately jumped out at me,” Blakesburg also added about his latest project. “I have a friend who owns a 1990 Lincoln Stretch Limo, and if I could convince his girlfriend to drive it I figured it would be super cool.”Chris Robinson and his band will head out on their upcoming North American spring tour beginning on Saturday, May 4th, with a show in Hermosa Beach, CA. Fans can head to the band’s website for tickets and tour information for their upcoming performances.
Shelter from the season’s pounding rains, a jump-start for earthquake-stalled classrooms, and employment for those robbed of work by Haiti’s Jan. 12 quake top the list of needs in the disaster-stricken nation, a former prime minister said during an interview while visiting the Harvard Kennedy School.Michèle Pierre-Louis, who was the island nation’s prime minister for a year until last September, said Haitians should salute the international outpouring of aid for her country. But she added that, despite the aid, many people remain homeless, and their frustration is rising. During a trip to one of the smaller displaced-persons camps in Port-au-Prince in early March, Pierre-Louis said several people told her that she was the first nonmedical person to visit.Pierre-Louis, who runs the nonprofit Knowledge and Freedom Foundation, was at the Kennedy School on a weeklong visiting fellowship. She said Haiti’s most immediate problem is what to do with the million or so people made homeless by the quake, many of them huddled in makeshift settlements that have sprung up around the city. Making their plight worse, she said, is that the rainy season has begun, making the camps a muddy mess and the leaky shelters uncomfortable.“It’s a big problem. To me, that’s urgent,” Pierre-Louis said. “People are extremely frustrated. Nobody speaks to them except for the doctors.”Beyond the housing problem, Pierre-Louis said another important concern is education. Five thousand schools collapsed, she said, and the quake affected more than a million students. All of the nation’s universities were damaged.“How are we going to restore education? Is it time to rethink the educational system in Haiti?” Pierre-Louis asked.Jobs are another critical issue, she said. Haitians are willing to work — and to spend what they earn to stimulate the economy — if only they can get jobs. She said international organizations in Haiti should conduct their operations with a mind to employing Haitians whenever possible.“Frustration will grow if people are sitting in the mud doing nothing,” Pierre-Louis said.Overall, she said, the quake’s toll of many thousands dead and wounded shows how inadequate everyday conditions are in Haiti. The many deaths, the large number of buildings that collapsed, and the inability of social structures to function properly all need to be addressed in a nation prone to natural disasters.Several such issues are likely to be addressed at a donor conference scheduled for March 31 in New York, she said. The “International Donors’ Conference Towards a New Future for Haiti” will be held at the United Nations and will feature representatives of Haiti’s government and of several major donor nations. They will discuss Haiti’s development needs and priorities for future aid.In addition to the many dead and the large number of damaged buildings, Port-au-Prince lost 600,000 residents who left the city to live with family members in the countryside. Pierre-Louis said the capital city has lost nearly a third of its pre-quake population.Despite the tragedy, Pierre-Louis said that Haiti in the end will have an opportunity to renew itself. As donor nations plan future aid, she said, they should consider infrastructure upgrades. The limitations of Port-au-Prince’s small airport and lone port were clearly illustrated early in the catastrophe. The poor condition of the nation’s roads also is well-known. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January, Pierre-Louis said she was surprised at the strong interest from entrepreneurs willing to do business in Haiti.“I said, ‘My God, we should not miss that opportunity.’”
The District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) has announced that a team of five Harvard graduate students — Jonathan Bailey, Christopher Cummings, Marvin Figueroa, Kendall Fitch, and Hanseul Kang — were named the 2010 winners of The Urban Education Redesign Challenge, for their public engagement and mobilization strategy for DCPS.The challenge is a case competition, showcasing a critical and pressing issue and offering graduate students the opportunity to propose innovative solutions and strategies within the context of urban education reform at DCPS.The Harvard team’s first-place finish comes with a $5,000 prize, a meeting with the DCPS Chancellor Michelle Rhee, and an offer to join the Urban Education Leaders Internship Program for the summer, which comes with a stipend.
Harvard’s interdisciplinary Initiative on Contemporary Islamic Societies, led by Vehbi Koç Professor of Turkish Studies Cemal Kafadar, was recently awarded a $156,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. The grant enables Kafadar, Research Associate Derya Honça, and Harvard Law School’s Wertheim Fellow Emran Qureshi to develop a collaborative research network exploring peace, coexistence, and conflict in Muslim-majority and Muslim-minority countries spanning Europe, the Middle East, and South and Southeast Asia. The research network, to be launched during a conference in fall 2011, will bring together scholars whose expertise in particular geographic, religious, social, and political contexts contributes to a broader understanding of pluralism and human diversity across Muslim societies. The initiative is housed at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.
A new effort between researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and Harvard has been created to help improve teaching and learning through educational innovation and technology.Steven W. Leslie, executive vice president and provost at the University of Texas, Austin, said the endeavor brings together top educational researchers from the Mazur Group at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Harvard’s Department of Physics with educational innovators from the University of Texas, Austin.They will lead the implementation and dissemination of cutting-edge, evidence-based, interactive strategies of instruction that leverage educational technology to improve student learning and success.The primary vehicle used by the team will be the university’s new Course Transformation Program, a state-of-the-art effort to advance pedagogical innovation, effective teaching, and student success in general education courses.“The Course Transformation Project’s integration of educational technology and scientific approaches to ensuring student academic success is unique,” said Julie Schell, a SEAS postdoctoral fellow, senior educational researcher in the Mazur Group, and lead collaborator on the project.Eric Mazur, the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics and area dean for applied physics at SEAS, heads one of the largest physics and engineering research groups at Harvard. Mazur is also the developer of Peer Instruction, an innovative, evidence-based teaching and learning method used in thousands of classrooms throughout the world.
Noah Feldman, Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School, will deliver a lecture titled “The Constitution and the Question of Power” at 1 p.m. Sept. 19 in Emerson Hall, Room 101. The event is free and open to the public.The lecture commemorates Constitution Day, the annual celebration of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. In accordance with a bill signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2004, all educational institutions receiving federal funding are required to hold an educational program pertaining to the Constitution.The Constitution is the central instrument of American government and the “supreme law of the land.” It is the oldest written constitution in the world still in force. It outlines the structure and powers of the three branches of the federal government, and the division of power between the federal and state governments. The Constitution, which took effect in 1789, has served as a model for similar documents in many other nations. The original document, covering four pages, is housed in the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C.Feldman specializes in constitutional studies, with particular emphasis on the relationship between law and religion, constitutional design, and the history of legal theory. He is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2003 he was senior constitutional adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, and subsequently advised members of the Iraqi Governing Council on drafting the Transitional Administrative Law, or interim constitution.
Two alumni of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) won the Nobel Prize for economics Monday for their work on change and the macroeconomy.The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel — officially called the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel — to Professor Christopher A. Sims of Princeton University and to Professor Thomas J. Sargent of New York University. Both scholars got their Ph.D. in economics from Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) in 1968. Sims also graduated magna cum laude in mathematics from Harvard College in 1963. The two will split the award’s $1.5 million prize.In their award citation, the members of the academy listed some of the important questions that Sargent and Sims addressed in their research.“How are GDP and inflation affected by a temporary increase in the interest rate or a tax cut?” they wrote. “What happens if a central bank makes a permanent change in its inflation target or a government modifies its objective for budgetary balance? This year’s laureates in economic sciences have developed methods for answering these and many other questions … ”Sargent and Sims are the sixth and seventh Harvard alumni recognized with 2011 Nobels. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Harvard Kennedy School alumna, was a co-winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. Saul Perlmutter ’81, Brian P. Schmidt, GSAS Ph.D. ’93, and Adam G. Riess, GSAS Ph.D. ’96, won the Nobel Prize in physics. For the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, the late Ralph M. Steinman, Harvard Medical School ’68, was honored posthumously.For more information.