Listening to Lez Zeppelin is really, really enjoyable, and also jarring. Tribute bands aren't supposed to be this good. LZ pull all of it off: the musicianship (ironically, probably the easiest), the look and swagger (more difficult to be convincing) and the charisma and chemistry (nearly impossible). That said, the concept of an all-female Zeppelin tribute band isn't off-the-wall; everybody, Zeppelin included, was gender-bending in the early '70s. Lez Zep tosses some cheek into the stolid Zep-ness as well; the cover of Lez Zeppelin I, their excellent 2010 release, uses the iconic/phallic Hindenburg image in, shall we say, a provocative fashion. Their first, self-titled album, found them working with famed producer Eddie Kramer, who was personally behind the desk during the recording of five Led Zeppelin albums. (It's a producer's dream: what recording engineer wouldn't want to re-create, note-for-note and tone-for-tone, the most celebrated rock recordings of the last 50 years?) Following the release of I, you have to imagine they plan to cover the entire catalog, which means fans have many years of great music to look forward to. They'll be at Up or On the Rocks on Friday. (The kicker? They've got Harford roots.)
Nov. 2, 8 p.m., $20-$25, Up or On the Rocks, 50 Union Place, Hartford, (860) 247-6257, uporontherocks.com.