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Shovels & Rope Showcase Their Talents @ The Vic, 10/2


Shovels & Rope's debut album, O Be Joyful, was one of my favorite releases from 2012. The way that they effortlessly crafted their heartfelt folk music immediately draws you in, as the partnership between coupled duo Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent reinforces that their meeting was pure destiny, as it allowed them to merge their talents to create such a unique sound.

They've just released their sophomore album, Swimmin' Time, this past August, and it is able to bring their original sound to unprecedented levels of greatness. Approaching their folk tunes from a bit of a darker storytelling angle, the duo is able to present us with a diverse array of tunes that maintains their original sound but adds in a new layer of emotional candor. They've built a career on the pillars of authenticity, as they made their way through musical circuits by touring and gaining popularity merely through word of mouth, and now they have crafted a follow-up album that is able to build upon the successes they began with.

They'll be making their tour stop in Chicago this Thursday evening at the Vic, sure to showcase their talents in front of a full and watchful crowd. Join the group of individuals sure to be beaming from their soulful tunes, which are guaranteed to make us dance, sing along, and feel a little wistful, all at the same time.

Shovels & Rope will be playing The Vic Theater on Thursday, October 2. Tickets are available for $25 with doors opening at 7pm and the show beginning at 8pm. John Fullbright will be the opening act for the show. The Vic is located at 3145 N. Sheffield Avenue, (773) 472-0449.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock


Abbey Pub
Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
Concord Music Hall
Congress Theater
Cubby Bear
Double Door
Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
Logan Square Auditorium
Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

  Labels, Promoters
  & Shops:

Alligator Records
Beverly Records
Bloodshot Records
Dave's Records
Delmark Records
Drag City
Dusty Groove
Flameshovel Records
Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
Laurie's Planet of Sound
Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records

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