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Listen to Strand Of Oaks cover Ryan Adams’ “My Wrecking Ball”

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

It’s been an extraordinary year for Philly’s Strand Of Oaks. Fronted by singer, songwriter and guitarist Tim Showalter, the band released their phenomenal album HEAL to critical acclaim and lifted the band to their most far reaching, and well deserved success to date. From the first song to the last, including stand out tracks like “Goshen ’97,” “Shut In,” and “JM,” Showalter wrote a powerful and introspective rock record. Continue reading →

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Strand of Oaks makes an electrifying homecoming at Boot and Saddle

Strand of Oaks | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Strand of Oaks | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Before the first of two sold-out homecoming shows for Strand of Oaks on Friday at Boot & Saddle, I briefly told Oaks’ leader, Timothy Showalter, how much I loved the record and how excited I was for the show. Returning my handshake, Showalter reciprocated his excitement for what was to come with a beaming smile and utter giddiness. This genuine excitement for the performance was palpable throughout his band’s 75-minute set. It was a sea of joy and pathos, misery and head banging; it was rock of the highest order. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Strand of Oaks at Arden Gild Hall, Zion 80 at World Cafe Live, Scott and Charlene’s Wedding at Johnny Brenda’s and more

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

Philly rockers Strand Of Oaks will headline Arden Gild Hall in Wilmington this evening. The project of lead singer Timothy Showalter continues to capture listeners’ attention, especially with the release of their recent album HEAL, Showalter’s nod towards his cathartic healing process after overcoming a dark period in his life. The album’s anthemic tracks carry heavy topics easily with stream-of-consciousness lyrics, emotive drumming and raw guitar riffs. Most recently, Showalter released his personal cover of The National’s “Pink Rabbits,” hinting at the song’s importance in his own life. For more information on tonight’s performance, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch Strand Of Oaks’ music video for “Goshen ’97″ below. Continue reading →

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Listen to Strand Of Oaks cover The National’s “Pink Rabbits”

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

Strand of Oaks frontman Tim Showalter just released a powerful cover of The National’s “Pink Rabbits,” a song from the Brooklyn epic rock band’s 2013 album Trouble Will Find Me. The Oaks version is immediately original from the get-go, drawn out in layered synths and 80′s-style backbeats and centered around Showalter’s raw vocals. Noted by Stereogum for its powerful nature, Showalter alludes to the song’s personal relevance in his life. Continue reading →

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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 →