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Watch Strand of Oaks’ electric performance on Late Night with Seth Meyers

Strand Of Oaks | Photo by Dusdin Condren
Strand Of Oaks | Photo by Dusdin Condren

Last night Philly’s Strand of Oaks made its television debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers with a rousing performance of “Shut In,” a moving song from this year’s critically acclaimed album HEAL. Frontman Tim Showalter played with the same zeal he showed at this year’s XPoNential Music Festival and Free at Noon. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free mp3s, incl. Dave Hause, Strand of Oaks, Kate Faust

Dave Hause
Dave Hause | photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com

NYC Taper paid a visit to the XPoNential Music Festival to record the Saturday performances, capturing the sets of wonderful acts like Dave Hause and Hurray for the Riff Raff.  Both of those recordings are now available to download for free.  Take a listen to “Here It Comes” by HFTRR below and download both complete sets here.

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Watch Strand of Oaks’ powerful performance of “JM” for Out of Town Films

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

Philly’s Strand of Oaks released a session with local music videographers Out of Town Films today, an intense performance of their song “JM.” Earlier this year, the band released the critically acclaimed album, HEAL, where the song comes from; last week, it released a dark video for “Same Emotions”; they also played an intense set at this year’s XPoNential Festival and a phenomenal Free at Noon. Tim Showalter, lead singer, recently did a cover of Gillian Welch’s “Time (The Revelator)” live on WXPN with Dan Reed.

“JM” is one of the more emotional songs on HEAL - it’s an homage to the late Jason Molina of Magnolia Electric Company and Songs: Ohia, one of Showalter’s favorite songwriters – which may explain why it’s so mesmerizing to watch him perform it with his band during their Out of Town session. Continue reading →

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Congrats on selling out Boot and Saddle, Strand of Oaks! Watch their supernatural “Same Emotions” video

Strand of Oaks | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Strand of Oaks | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

After playing a fantastic set at this year’s XPoNential Festival and a great Free at Noon a few weeks back, excitement for Philly’s Strand of Oaks and their outstanding new record HEAL is high. Today, we got word that the band’s two homecoming shows at Boot and Saddle on September 19th and 20th are now sold out.

Today, we also saw their newest music video for “Same Emotions.” Continue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: Strand of Oaks plays an emotional set at the River Stage

Strand of Oaks | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Strand of Oaks | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Heading into this year’s XPoNential Music Festival, Philadelphia’s Strand of Oaks was one of the most anticipated performers, and the band more than delivered during their Saturday afternoon set. Fronted by singer and songwriter Tim Showalter, the band worked through an emotional set drawing from its critically acclaimed 2014 release HEAL.

Drummer Mike Sneerenger kept a propulsive rhythm driving the set onward, while keyboardist / vocalist Eliza Hardy-Jones added graceful harmonies and bassist Deven Craige contributed a driving, rumbling energy. Continue reading →

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XPoNential Artist Spotlight: Strand of Oaks talks prepping for tour, summer hangouts and the songs that didn’t end up on Heal

via instagram.com/strandofoaks
via instagram.com/strandofoaks

It’s pretty much impossible to miss the gleeful buoyancy in Strand of Oaks frontman Tim Showalter’s voice when chatting with him. Maybe it’s something encoded into his personality, or maybe he’s still riding the waves of critical and commercial acclaim that the fourth Strand of Oaks record, Heal (Dead Oceans), has been generating since its release last month. Regardless, his cheer is infectious, and that acclaim for HEAL, an examination of catharsis steeped in the burst and bloom of a decades-spanning rock ‘n’ roll (as opposed to “rock”) tradition, is well deserved. But in that month since its release, Showalter has been taking this summer relatively easy, and was happy to catch up with The Key to chat about HEAL, how he manages his songwriting, and his (lack of) preparation for a nearly three-month tour, which starts this Saturday at the XPoNential Music Festival.

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Download a free World Cafe session with #XPNfest band Strand of Oaks

Strand of Oaks | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Strand of Oaks | Photo by Cameron Pollack

One of the bands we’re super psyched to see this weekend at the XPoNential Music Festival is Philly’s Strand Of Oaks, fronted by singer, songwriter and guitarist Tim Showalter. Tim’s new album, HEAL, has been getting universal acclaim for its strong narrative, songs that are biographical in nature, and the albums’ stylistic nod to classic rock and postpunk. Continue reading →

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Second Strand of Oaks show added to Boot & Saddle on September 20th

Strand of Oaks | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Strand of Oaks | Photo by Cameron Pollack

With the first Strand Of Oaks show at Boot & Saddle on September 19th selling out, a second show has been added on Saturday, September 20th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 11th.

XPN Artist To Watch Strand Of Oaks is also performing at the XPoNenatial Music Festival presented by Subaru on Saturday, July 27th. Go here to purchase weekend passes to #xpnfest.

Below, download Strand Of Oaks’ cover Gillian Welch’s “Time (The Revelator).”