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.
“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 →
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.
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 →
Local five-piece Roof Doctor stopped by for this week’s Key Studio Session, recording four songs taken from their new Mobile Freedom Home LP. Get a free download of “Bulldog” below and check out the full set here, along with upcoming show dates.
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.
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 →