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Strand of Oaks rise with new material, message at Arden Gild Hall

Strand of Oaks | photo by Joe del Tufo | www.moonloopphoto.com
Strand of Oaks | photo by Joe del Tufo | www.moonloopphoto.com

Well Philly, you are in for a treat. But it happened in Delaware first.

The debut of Strand of Oaks‘ new material from the forthcoming Hard Love album happened in a barn in Delaware in front of a crowd that ranged in age from 10 to 70. “This music is for everyone who needs it right now,” frontman Timothy Showalter mentioned before the show. “As much as Heal was pointing inward, Hard Love [points straight out]. It’s an important time for that, we’re not playing around anymore.”

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Listen to the new Strand of Oaks anthem, “Radio Kids”

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

Tim Showalter, the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of Strand Of Oaks, was three albums deep into his career when he released his breakthrough, 2014’s HEAL. It changed the Philadelphia musician’s life, led him to months on the road, playing in front of increasingly larger crowds than ever before. An ensuing series of very personal life experiences took emotional toll on Showalter’s being. Continue reading →

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Strand of Oaks adds a third intimate show at Boot & Saddle after first two sell out

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

Last December, after a hard year and a half on the road promoting the HEAL LP, Philly’s Strand of Oaks closed the year by playing back to back intimate gigs at South Philly’s Boot and Saddle. It was billed as an anything goes night: covers, deep cuts, comedy. And the resulting shows were such a positive experience that Oaks main man Tim Showalter decided to revive the Oaks Winter Classic this year. Continue reading →

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Strand of Oaks announce return of the Winter Classic, playing two nights at Boot & Saddle

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Photo by Noah Silvestry | http://silvestography.tumblr.com/

For the second year in a row, hometown hero Strand of Oaks will close out twelve months of big moments with back to back shows at Boot & Saddle, dubbed the “Winter Classic.” Tim Showalter will perform two nights of “stripped way down” sets on December 2nd and 3rd, playing songs from his own catalog as well as some covers (and maybe even a few new tracks, if we’re extra lucky).

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Strand of Oaks at Parliament Summer Arts Market, Garbage at The Fillmore, Big Thief at Boot and Saddle

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photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Local rockers Strand of Oaks are taking part in an awesome FREE concert this afternoon in York, Pa., orchestrated by the Summer Art Market in York. The show will also feature New York’s Quilt, the psychedelic Boogarins and Big Thief on the York College Stage at Royal Square District. More info on this first-year event can be found right here; watch a video for Strand of Oaks’ “Same Emotions” below. Continue reading →

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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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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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Get ready for My Morning Jacket’s Tower show with a live video for “Compound Fracture”

My Morning Jacket | Photo courtesy of the artist
My Morning Jacket | Photo by Danny Clinch | courtesy of the artist

As we reported earlier this month, rockers My Morning Jacket will be returning to the Philadelphia area with a show at Tower Theater in Upper Darby on November 19. If you didn’t get a chance to catch the band when they completely rocked their headlining performance at the XPoNential Music Festival, then maybe their newest video for “Compound Fracture” off their album The Waterfall will effectively whet your appetite. Continue reading →

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Get ready for a deluxe edition of Strand of Oaks’ HEAL

Strand of Oaks | Photo by Dusdin Condren
Strand of Oaks | Photo by Dusdin Condren

As if the album couldn’t be more impressive, Strand of Oaks‘ HEAL is getting a digital-only re-release with a handful of new tracks. Some highlights include a cover of Ryan Adams’ “My Wrecking Ball” that was recorded here at XPN (!), as well another cover – this one of The National‘s “Pink Rabbits.” That’s not to mention incredible alternate mix of “HEAL” thanks to producer John Congleton. Continue reading →