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Watch Strand of Oaks cover Smashing Pumpkins and Ryan Adams at Boot and Saddle

Strand of Oaks at Boot and Saddle | Photo by John Vettese
Strand of Oaks at Boot and Saddle | Photo by John Vettese

If you did a YouTube search on Strand Of Oaks prior to 2013, you were likely to see a lot of videos of a lone Tim Showalter on stage or in a studio, chatty and engaging, wearing a guitar and possibly performing a cover. This was how Oaks got its start prior to expanding to full band status with the release of Dark Shores, and this was the Oaks we saw at Boot and Saddle this weekend for Showalter’s final shows in support of 2014′s HEAL.

For night one of the sold-out two night stand, Showalter played his breakout record in its entirety, backed by singer-songwriter Jason Anderson (of the band Tracks) on Rhodes keyboard, and introduced a few new Oaks cuts to the crowd.

Night two, however, was a  bit looser. Continue reading →

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Rounding up the best and brightest of Governors Ball 2015

Governors' Ball | Photo by Rachel Barrish
Governors Ball | Photo by Rachel Barrish

The annual Governors Ball festival is held at Randall’s Island in New York, wedged in between Upper Manhattan and Queens. The rain trickled down on Friday but that didn’t stop the ticket holders from trekking through to make it over for their favorite acts, most especially Philly’s The Districts who started off the fest Friday afternoon at 12:15. A bit too early for most, one would think, but they ripped through their set with a medium sized but lively crowd cheering along to the words of “Young Blood.” Continue reading →