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Watch Strand Of Oaks perform “Ruby” with Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, and members of My Morning Jacket

Strand Of Oaks performs on Thr Late Show with Stephen Colbert | Still from YouTube video

Last month, Strand Of Oaks’ Timothy Showalter took to Twitter shortly after releasing the official music video for “Ruby” saying “this is by far one of the happiest songs I’ve ever written”. And by the grin on his face during much of last nights performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, it was clear to see the joyous memories come to life.

I’m sure it didn’t hurt having an all-star Americana-Folk group of friends behind him, including Jason Isbell (who is featured on the album), Amanda Shires, and Bo Koster and Tom Blankenship of My Morning Jacket who played a role in the creation of Strand Of Oaks’ forthcoming record Eraserland Continue reading →

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From the Archives: My Morning Jacket brings Z to PA in 2005

My Morning Jacket at the Chameleon Club, 2005 | still from video

Louisville rock adventurers My Morning Jacket turned a corner in October of 2005. Previously beloved as an indie band with an impressive knack for roots / Americana-infused songwriting and a penchant for heady jamming, that fall’s release of Z, their fourth LP, saw them bringing tones and textures into the fold that they hadn’t previously touched — atmospheric ambient flourishes, deep dub vibrations, and some of Jim James’ poppiest hooks, sometimes all in the same song (see the still-killer “Off The Record”).

On tour in support of that record, the band hit the Southeastern Philadelphia region several times that fall, beginning with a gig at Lancaster’s Chameleon Club on October 11th. Watch a few video clips from that show down below.  Continue reading →

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Strand Of Oaks’ Winter Classic IV features guests Joe Pug and My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel

Strand of Oaks | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

In what’s become something of a Philly tradition, Strand of Oaks will return to South Broad Street’s Boot and Saddle this December for three nights in a row: the storied Oaks Winter Classic, edition IV. This year, the shows take place Thursday, December 6th; Friday, December 7th; and Saturday, December 8th.

Unlike last year’s gigs, where Showalter hand-picked different openers each night, these shows will all feature Greenbelt, Maryland singer-songwriter Joe Pug — a full-circle moment, since one of Showalter’s first tours in the wake of Pope Killdragon‘s success was opening for Pug — as well as Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket, who Strand of Oaks opened for at the Tower Theater in 2015. Continue reading →

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Scranton’s Peach Festival announces 2017 lineup including Widespread Panic, My Morning Jacket and more

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My Morning Jacket | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | koalafoto.com

The lineup for 2017’s Peach Festival in Scranton was just announced, and we’ve got ourselves a doozy.

Taking place August 10th through the 13th at Montage Mountain, Widespread Panic (who will be performing two sets) are joined by My Morning Jacket, Gov’t Mule & Friends and Joe Bonamassa as headliners, complemented by sets from Umphrey’s McGee, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Lettuce featuring Chaka Khan and a whole lot more. This is the jam band festival of the decade, my friends, so do yourself a favor and head up north for a weekend. Continue reading →

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Remember that time My Morning Jacket played the Electric Factory and it was broadcast on XPN?

My Morning Jacket at the Electric Factory | photo via Sweet Oblivion | meanether.blogspot.com

I remember the night vividly. It was a chilly Philadelphia night in December of 2006, back when December nights used to be chilly. It was my first My Morning Jacket show. It was one of my first shows as a volunteer for WXPN, and the entire gig was broadcast live on the air. It went crazy late, and none of us minded. Continue reading →

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Listen to a new anti-violence song by My Morning Jacket: “Magic Bullet”

My Morning Jacket
Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | koalafoto.com

My Morning Jacket have shared a new song, “Magic Bullet,” in response to the recent spate of violence here in the States. “Violence is never the answer. Only love,” wrote the band on their Facebook page, quoting Martin Luther King: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Continue reading →

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A Hail of Hair and Hot Lamps: My Morning Jacket powers through a Tower Theater extravaganza

Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller | koalafoto.com
Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller | koalafoto.com

There’s often a marked shift in stage presence between opening and headlining bands, an amplification of the energy or the crowd command – or even more fundamentally the volume of the show – that tends to be testimony to the experience of the latter. Maybe they’ve been around longer. Maybe they’re just more comfortable up there.

Whatever it is, that transition was seamless on November 19th at the Tower Theater, between the headliners – Louisville psych-rock vets My Morning Jacket – and the band who opened for them that night, Timothy Showalter’s Strand Of Oaks. Continue reading →

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Strand of Oaks covers My Morning Jacket, announces acoustic double-header at Boot and Saddle

It’s been a long year and a half since Strand of Oaks released its breakout album HEAL, and the band has been on the road more or less constantly ever since. Last night it opened for My Morning Jacket and today frontman Tim Showalter appeared on the XPN Morning Show with Helen Leicht to cover a beautiful MMJ cut and make an exciting announcement he first told the crowd from the Tower stage: next month, Oaks is playing two intimate, “anything goes” acoustic sets at Boot and Saddle in South Philly. Tickets for the December 11th and December 12th shows are on sale now. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: My Morning Jacket at The Tower Theater; Brother Sun at Lansdowne Folk Club; HiSoft at Boot and Saddle

Jim James | My Morning Jacket | XPoNential Music Festival 2015 | Photo by Rachel DelSordo | http://www.racheldelsordophotography.com/
Jim James | My Morning Jacket | XPoNential Music Festival 2015 | Photo by Rachel DelSordo | http://www.racheldelsordophotography.com/

Tonight, My Morning Jacket brings their brand of psych rock to a sold out crowd at the Tower Theater with support from Strand of Oaks. The Kentucky five-piece recently released their sixth studio album, The Waterfall, as well as a video for their song “Compound Fracture.” Get concert info and tickets at the XPN Concert calendar, and watch the cool video after the jump. Continue reading →