Album reviews: Shovels and Rope, Sleep Cycles, Justin Townes Earle

Album reviews: Shovels and Rope, Sleep Cycles, Justin Townes Earle

Shovels and Rope Swimmin’ Time/Dualtone On Swimmin’ Time, their third album, Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent are in top form. Whether they amble through Americana numbers like “The Devil Is All Around,” or stomp out ominous rockers like “Evil,” the duo demonstrates they have a firm handle on a variety of genres (plus the […]

A sober-yet-still-cynical Justin Townes Earle plays cuts from his new album Single Mothers at the Jefferson on Sunday. Photo credit: Joshua Black Wilkins

Justin Townes Earle avoids the artistic slump of maturity

The highlight of the back half of Justin Townes Earle’s Single Mothers, the 32-year-old singer-songwriter’s superlative fifth record, is “White Gardenias,” a tribute to one of Earle’s favorite musicians, jazz singer Billie Holiday. Holiday seems an unlikely inspiration on Earle, who’s nominally an alt-country troubadour. But a close listen to the way he sings on […]

Ancient greek enchantress Medea, portrayed by Helen McCrory, goes on a murderous bender when family matters become complicated. Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Medea

Cure your back-to-school blues with a little Greek life—ancient Greek, that is. The Paramount kicks off a fresh season of live streaming from London’s National Theatre with Euripedes’ classic tragedy Medea. Helen McCrory takes the title role as a wronged wife who exacts a terrible revenge in this modern production by playwright Ben Power and […]