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Following a stellar performance at WXPN’s Free at Noon this past Friday, Strand Of Oaks frontman Tim Showalter has apparently ventured across the pond to Europe, where he performed an acoustic version of “Woke Up To The Light” upon his visit to the Berlin Wall. Check out this chilled-out performance by the Philadelphia musician, whose bands’ popularity is increasing by the day, below. Also, be sure to pick up tickets for when Strand Of Oaks comes back to Philly at Boot & Saddle September 19th. Ticket information can be found here.
Top of the Key is our occasional sports column written by Dave Hartley, bassist for The War on Drugs, frontman for Nightlands, and an all-around music and basketball enthusiast.
On Sunday Matt Bonner, his brother Luke Bonner, Tim Showalter (aka Strand of Oaks) and I snuck into The University of Pennsylvania’s historic Palaestra to get a few shots up. It was my first time shooting hoops with an NBA player (Matt plays for The San Antonio Spurs), so I was nervous. It should also be noted that Luke is seven feet tall and played professionally in Europe and in the D-League. He can dunk, quite easily. Thankfully the lights were dim so my woefully atrophied basketball skills were partially cloaked. Matt’s insanely automatic long distance jump shot glowed in the dark, though. He set his feet, aimed, and drilled shots from downtown as nonchalantly as walking up to a salad bar for seconds. Truly something to behold.
Ok, I should back up. Last year Adam Granduciel and I interviewed Matt for Paste Magazine because Matt loves music (specifically a bunch of bands on Secretly Canadian, home of both The War on Drugs and Nightlands) and we love hoops. It was a great opportunity for us to ask questions that we thought were never asked of professional ball players. Continue reading →