It’s tough to describe the appeal of Shovels & Rope without drowning the duo’s powerful, pure embodiment of rock in the many genres their music touches. Yes, it really is rock, country, punk and folk, but instead of some manufactured attempt to appeal to a mass audience, this husband-wife pair digs into each genre deeply and extracts an original sound that, as on “Coping Mechanism” on their new release, Swimmin’ Time, (which they performed earlier this month on Late Show With David Letterman), lures you in with a sweet country spirit just to bash your brains in (in the best way possible) with a rock-fueled buildup and eventual punk tension. Since Swimmin’ Time debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard 200 chart, we can’t say you’re necessarily getting in early on this rapidly rising alt-country duo, but we can say it’s worth joining the fanfare to support this authentic act.
SHOVELS & ROPE with Caroline Rose
| 7 p.m. Wedneday, Jan. 21 | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | thesocial.org | $20-$25