Strand Of Oaks’ Tim Showalter & Surviving Magnolia Electric Co. Members Form Goshen Electric Co.

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Goshen Electric Co. - "The Gray Tower" b/w "Ring The Bell"The centerpiece of Strand Of Oaks’ 2014 breakout album HEAL was “JM,” a mammoth tribute to the late Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. frontman Jason Molina. The song was a seven-minute powerhouse that artfully mimicked Molina’s signature style, one of those brooding folk-rock ballads that bloomed into a towering classic rock guitar-slinger. More »

Strand Of Oaks’ Harder Love Is A Glimpse Of What Hard Love Could Have Been

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Almost exactly 11 months ago today, Tim Showalter released his fifth album under his moniker Strand Of Oaks, Hard Love. After the breakthrough and acclaim that came with 2014’s HEAL, there was some anticipation: That he’d finally settled into his groove as a songwriter and performer, that there could be another record’s worth of deeply … More »

Strand Of Oaks – “Passing Out”

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On his way to the most recent Strand Of Oaks album Hard Love, there were a few other albums Tim Showalter could have made. And, in fact, he did make an entire different album in late 2015, before scrapping that and decamping to New York in 2016 to re-arrange and re-record some of the key … More »

Watch Strand Of Oaks Cover Tom Petty’s “Learning To Fly” In Columbus

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Strand Of Oaks’ Tim Showalter shared his thoughts on Tom Petty’s “Don’t Come Around Here No More” with us yesterday, and last night his band covered another classic by the late songwriter when they opened for Drive By Truckers in Columbus. Watch Strand Of Oaks do “Learning To Fly” in tribute below. More »

74 Artists On Their Favorite Tom Petty Song

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I once got busted trying to steal a magazine from my hometown library. The 8/8/91 issue of Rolling Stone apparently had one of those sensors on the last page and it beeped from my backpack on the way out. I was gonna bring it back. I just wanted to take it home to read the … More »

Strand Of Oaks – “Rest Of It” Video

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Strand Of Oaks - Rest Of It videoNext month, Tim Showalter’s Strand Of Oaks project returns with the hotly anticipated new album Hard Love, and we’ve already posted the video for the deeply satisfying single “Radio Kids.” Today, Showalter has shared another video for another new song, a triumphant singalong rocker called “Rest Of It.” In Weird Life Films‘ … More »

Anti-Trump Charity Project Offers 100 New Songs From Artists Like Angel Olsen, Mitski, Toro Y Moi, & Mountain Goats

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a0144000676_10Our First 100 Days is a charity project that will release one new song per day for the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency. Artists such as Angel Olsen, Mitski, Toro Y Moi, the Mountain Goats, How To Dress Well, PWR BTTM, Strand Of Oaks, the Range, S. Carey, Will Oldham, Jens Lekman, … More »

Watch Strand Of Oaks’ Solo Piano Performance Of “Radio Kids”

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Strand Of OaksRadio Kids” is the tremendous lead single from Strand Of Oaks’ highly anticipated new album Hard Love. The studio version of the song is a hearty blast of soaring arena rock, but earlier this month Tim Showalter recorded a solo piano version for a video series called AB Sessions. It’s affecting in … More »

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

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The 5 Best Songs Of The WeekYear-end season is officially upon us! We published our 50 Best Albums Of 2016 and 25 Great EPs lists this week, and Ryan Leas graced us with an essay on the titanic artists we lost this year. We’ll have more for you next week, but for now dive into some new tunes. More »

Strand Of Oaks – “Radio Kids” Video

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Strand Of Oaks - "Radio Kids" VideoA teaser video earlier this week suggested Strand Of Oaks might be prepping the follow-up to 2014 breakthrough HEAL, and sure enough, they are! Tim Showalter’s band will return this February with Hard Love. The lead single is “Radio Kids,” a lighters-up rock epic that sounds like the best Dinosaur Jr. song Ryan Adams … More »