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#HotTakes | Week of 01.14.2019

Songs that we think you should hear without all the pomp and circumstance. The Wire // Shovels & Rope Weird Ways // Strand of Oaks Upcoming Boston Area Show: Wednesday, May 8th @ The Sinclair River // Patty Griffin Upcoming Boston Area Show: Tuesday, April 9th @ Sanders Theatre – Harvard University One Thing // Night Beats Upcoming Boston Area Show: Friday, May 10th @ Once Ballroom Woman // Karen O and Danger Mouse I Get No Joy // Jade Bird Your Love is Holy // Rosie Carney Alien // Thumpasaurus Legends // Joyia Faraway Look // Yola Warm Animal…

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Photos | An Evening with Shovels & Rope @ Columbus Theatre

Who wouldn’t want to spend an evening with Shovels & Rope? The Music Savage gang have been following this dynamic duo for about seven years now, seeing them in venues ranging from the intimate and sweaty Great Scott, to the legendary and now defunct Johnny D’s, to the magical land that is Newport Folk Festival, and quite honestly, we can’t imagine not following them where ever they may roam. On this occasion, a handful of us traveled to one of our favorite venues in the land—The Columbus Theatre in Providence, RI—for a sold-out “evening with.” Playing the main theatre, the…

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New Music | Shovels & Rope – Botched Execution

We are just two weeks away from the release of the new album, Little Seeds, from Shovels & Rope and earlier today the duo premiered their latest tune, “Botched Execution,” accompanied by a super-slick video made to look like a retro comic book. The song is hip-shaking, boot-stomping fun about a man on the run from the law after surviving a poorly executed execution, and the video keeps up the frenetic pace with a Sin City type flare. I bet this is going to be a helluva lot of fun live! Speaking of live, don’t forget Shovels & Rope will be in Boston on…

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New Music | Shovels & Rope – St. Anne’s Parade

There’s a whole lot of anticipation building for the new album, Little Seeds, and it goes without saying that we are pretty big fans of Shovels & Rope, so it’s my pleasure to be able to share with you the lovely video for the new single, “St. Anne’s Parade,” which premiered over on NPR this morning. The song is a beautiful tribute to life itself, as in you should realize it’s all too brief a moment so make the time you have count. With a gentle mandolin strumming the two sing into an old-timey microphone while images of a wedding march for friends…

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New Music | Shovels & Rope – I Know

To say we are excited to get new music from Shovels & Rope is an understatement and we are super happy to share the super-fuzzy new single, “I Know,” with y’all today. The new album, Little Seeds, won’t be out until the autumn weather arrives so we have a while to go yet, but this track is great way to weave some South Carolina sweetgrass into your summertime rock n’ roll basket. Yes, that Charleston slang was added to the post for maximum effect. Delving into the subject of jealousy, and revealing the darker side of success, “I Know” is a kick-drum response of kinetic energy and distorted reverb…

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Photos + Review | Shovels and Rope + John Fullbright @ Royale

Photos by Boston Concert Photography [W]e have come to expect great things from a band like Shovels & Rope. They have given us amazing performances in the past, from the days when they were the little engine that could, playing opening shows for Butch Walker, Hayes Carll, or Jason Isbell; to now the inspiring husband-wife duo that delights our ears, eyes, body and soul on two awesome headlining nights at the Royale. I personally got to catch Cary Ann and Michael (I’m on a first name basis obviously) sing their hearts out on Saturday night, and although Cary Ann may…

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Review | Shovels & Rope – Swimmin’ Time

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[T]here is an inherent sense of foreboding and unease layered throughout the new sophomore release titled Swimmin’ Time from Charleston, South Carolina duo Shovels & Rope, which is almost a complete 180 from the uplifting merriment found in the pair’s first album released under the moniker Shovels & Rope, 2012’s O’ Be Joyful. It’s as though our favorite southern charmers, Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, took a peek through the curtain of popularity that was opening wider for the singer-songwriters and were slightly taken aback by the response of the ever-growing crowd.

Now, don’t read that opening paragraph as a condemnation on the more introspective outlook the new Shovels & Rope album brings to the (turn)table. I am crazy about this record and have been listening pretty much non-stop since it arrived at Music Savage, however with each push of the play button I can’t help but wonder what the catalyst was for creating this musical shift in gears.

There are quite a few heavy topics Hearst and Trent wade through throughout Swimmin’ Time, most notably (as the title suggests) the songs focus on the power of water and the struggle to move forward through fluctuating tides, or to pick oneself up and dry off after the storm subsides. Whether it’s the plea for guidance and hope found in the beautiful song, “After the Storm,” the impassioned call of the album’s title track to swim or drown as the ocean waves pull you away from shore, or the true story of “Thresher,” a submarine lost at sea in 1963 with 129 souls on board, the main theme here is the struggle.

The struggle of ol’ fashioned good versus evil is also explored. The album’s stellar opening track, “The Devil Is All Around,” focuses on finding salvation and turning against temptation. With the glory of a church organ, and the almighty power of a kick-drum, the song perfectly sets the fight or flight tone of the album. You also find the theme in the 50’s inspired numbers as well. The Doo Wop style of “Coping Mechanism” looks for answers away from the obvious inebriants, and my favorite track, the rockabilly, “Mary Anne & One Eyed Dan,” delves into the topic of redemption through love.

While the emphasis of Swimmin’ Time is on the trials and tribulations of a life in the spotlight, I think the message is pretty clear. The road (or river) may be tough going but if you keep your chin up, and swim against the current, eventually you will find your way back to shore. As with most sequels the storyline cautiously dives into the heart of the conflict with the determination to rise above and conquer. Shovels & Rope have created the Empire Strikes Back to their Star Wars, the Superman II to their Superman: The Movie. We all know the heroes win in the end!

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Happy Valentine’s Day | Shovels & Rope – Birmingham

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvQBgm1QyVE[/youtube] [I] can’t think of a band that we here at Music Savage love more than the husband and wife duo Shovels & Rope. I also can’t think of readers we love more than all of you! D’aaawww sappy I know, but if it wasn’t for the fact that you enjoy music as much as we do then this little ol’ site wouldn’t exist. Thought we should post this sweet video for “Birmingham” for you fine folks today in lieu of flowers or a heart-shaped box of chocolates. Happy Valentine’s Day from Music Savage!

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Tonight | Shovels & Rope – Royale Boston

[R]egular readers of our little music loving site know how much we here at Music Savage love Charleston, South Carolina’s dynamic husband & wife duo Shovels & Rope. Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst are amazingly talented, switching back and forth between instruments faster than a jackrabbit on moonshine, and constantly engaging the crowd with their charming brand of southern warmth and kindness. They have graced many a greater Boston area stage in 2013, the last time was just this past June at the Royale, and if you have not yet jumped on the S&R train tonight is your chance…

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