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Join us for the Free At Noon at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, asStrand of Oaks performs a live midday concert on Friday.

This week's Free At Noon will be Philly's own Strand of Oaks Their latest release is titled Hard Love. Strand of Oaks is also performing at the Union Transfer, on March 10, 2017. Visit the XPN concert calendar for details

Upcoming Release: Hard Love
Release Date: February 17, 2017
Release Label: Dead Oceans

Adversity Leads To Strand Of Oaks’ Best Album Ever
August 2014 CD of the Month

Strand of Oaks is the performing and recording name of singer-songwriter Tim Showalter. Featured as WXPN's Monthly Artist to Watch in June, Strand of Oaks has since released their new rock album Heal, featuring the bold single Goshen 97, and been featured on WXPN's The Key.

Join us for a Free at Noon at the World Cafe Live as Strand Of Oaks performs a live midday concert on Friday.

XPN Artist to Watch Strand of Oaks played a standout set at NonCOMM this spring, and the Philadelphia band is back to perform at Free at Noon this week. Frontman, songwriter and guitarist Timothy Showalter crafts intensely personal music, backed up by keyboardist Eliza Hardy-Jones, bassist Deven Craige and drummer Michael Sneerenger, and the band will release its new album, Heal, on Dead Oceans Records just three days before their Free at Noon performance. Strand of Oaks' heavy yet melodic sound is evident in tracks such as "Shut In" and the rollicking single Goshen '97," featuring J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. on guitar, and the album will make you proud to be a part of the Philly music scene. Sign up to see Strand of Oaks at World Cafe Live on Friday, tune in to hear them on 88.5 XPN, and make plans to catch their tour homecoming show at Boot & Saddle on September 19. Click here for tix.

Recent Release: Heal
Release Date: June 24, 2014

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Strand of Oaks is the recording and performing name of singer-songwriter and guitarist Tim Showalter. They release their new album, Heal, on June 24th on Dead Oceans records. HEAL is Showalter’s coming out rock and roll record. His previous releases were more rooted in the singer-songwriter, indie-acoustic tradition.

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