Hear Strand of Oaks discuss and play tracks from Hard Love on World Cafe

Strand of Oaks | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN |
Strand of Oaks | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN |

If you haven’t been able to get enough of Strand of Oaks since the release of their brand new album Hard Love, World Cafe has you covered. The band’s Timothy Showalter recently sat down with David Dye to discuss the process of recording the album and the events that inspired it. In between stories, you can hear performances of some of the album’s tracks from the band’s recent Free At Noon performance at World Cafe Live, including a heartbreaking take on the whisper-quiet “Cry”. Check out the whole interview now below, via NPR. Continue reading →


Drive-By Truckers, Angel Olsen, Strand of Oaks, Joseph and more will play Wiggins Park at XPoNential Music Festival 2017

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You’ve heard about the Friday night show at BB&T with Wilco, Conor Oberst and Hop Along; you’ve heard that Saturday will be headlined by Spoon, Amos Lee and more. This morning, we bring you the first wave of artists performing at Wiggins Park during the 2017 XPoNential Music Festival. Continue reading →


Strand of Oaks spaces out Hard Love, rocks out with Baroness at Union Transfer

Strand of Oaks | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN

Almost ten hours after walking offstage at the World Cafe Live, Strand of Oaks walked onstage at Union Transfer to play their second show of the day. Donned in all black attire and carrying a Goldtop Les Paul, Tim Showalter and co. blasted out the first chords of “Taking Acid and Talking to My Brother,” the psychedelic closer off the band’s latest album, Hard Love. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Strand of Oaks at Union Transfer, Valerie June at The Trocadero, Creepoid at Underground Arts, and more

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Strand of Oaks | photo by Joe del Tufo |

After taking over our airwaves for our Free at Noon concert, Strand of Oaks heads to Union Transfer for a headliner with Twin Limb. These Philly rockers just released their full-length banger Hard Love, so head out for some manic, high energy tunes. The show is all ages, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Feel the laughter and tears with rock’s best couple in Strand of Oaks’ video for “Cry”

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With their latest record Hard Love still fresh on the shelves and a U.S. tour about to kick off at Union Transfer on Friday, Philly rockers Strand of Oaks just released a beautiful video for the album’s centerpiece, the aching piano ballad “Cry.”

The stark and minimal footage spotlights Oaks’ frontman Tim Showalter and his wife Sue, filmed in an intimate portrait style, listening to and reacting to the song. Sue looks pensive, she and Tim embrace; they step away, return to the center, tears are shed; and in the end, there’s goofy mugging for the camera and copious amounts of laughter. Continue reading →


Hear Strand of Oaks cover Phish, Primal Scream, and The Stone Roses in new Lagniappe Session

With Hard Love finally out in the open and an extensive touring schedule imminent, you’d think we wouldn’t be hearing anything new from Strand of Oaks for a while. Well, rhetorical third person, you’d be very, very wrong.

Somewhere in the midst of the album’s busy press cycle, Timothy Showalter found time to record a few homemade covers for Aquarium Drunkard as part of their Lagniappe Sessions series. There’s a laid-back, groovy take on Phish’s “Dirt” — a recent convert as of last summer, Showalter refers to himself as “the newest Phish fan in the world” — a stripped-back, acoustic rendition of Primal Scream’s “Damaged,” and space-y exploration of The Stone Roses’ “Made of Stone.” You stream and download the set here. Continue reading →


Strand Of Oaks brings extroverted Hard Love to Main Street Music for album release party

Strand of Oaks Hard Love release party | photo by Tyler Asay for WXPN
Strand of Oaks Hard Love release party | photo by Tyler Asay for WXPN

February 17th, 2017: A big day for rock and roll. On Friday, records from Ryan Adams, Dave Hause, Jens Lekman, and of course, Strand Of Oaks, hit the stands at at Main Street Music in Manayunk (which just celebrated its 25 year anniversary back in October). Tim Showalter’s brainchild has been blooming for years now, and even more recently with the release of his new record, Hard Love. It comes as a followup to HEAL, Strand Of Oaks’ last record released in 2014.

To celebrate the occasion, Showalter, who lives not too far from Manayunk in the Mt. Airy section of Philly, announced that he would be holding his record release listening party at Main Street Music. He said the store’s support for him has been huge and he’s developed a friendship with the store’s faithful staff, owner Pat Feeney and Jaime Blood. Listening parties like this are pretty common at Main Street Music; they’ve also held them and live performances for acts such as Wilco, Dawes, and many more. Less common is the artist being on hand personally. Continue reading →


Strand of Oaks talks ecstasy, joy, and losing control with NPR Morning Edition

Strand of Oaks | photo courtesy of the artist
Strand of Oaks | photo by Maclay Heriot | courtesy of the artist

In the midst of celebrating the release of Hard LoveStrand of Oaks‘ Tim Showalter spoke with NPR’s Steve Inskeep on Morning Edition earlier today. After recalling his early musical days in the basement sewing room of the Goshen, IN home that he grew up in, Showalter goes on to discuss some of the inspirational threads of the songs that fill his fifth record.

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Strand Of Oaks’ sketches up a storm in new “Rest Of It” lyric video

Strand of Oaks | via the artist's Facebook page
Strand Of Oaks | via the artist’s Facebook page

Philadelphia’s Strand Of Oaks is just one week away from dropping its latest LPHard Love. We’ve already heard two of its anthemic, hard-rocking singles, “Radio Kids” and “Rest Of It”, and while the former boasted both a traditional music video and a lyric video, the latter enjoyed no such luxury. That is, until now. Stream the lyric video for “Rest of It” below. Continue reading →