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My Firsts: Strand of Oaks

It Takes Everything You've Got

Apr 01, 2019

My Firsts is our email interview series where we ask musicians to tell us about their first life experiences, be it early childhood ones (first word, first concert, etc.) or their first tastes of being a musician (first band, first tour, etc.). For this My Firsts we talk to Timothy Showalter of Strand of Oaks.  More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Strand of Oaks, Rose Elinor Dougall, Weyes Blood, and More

Plus Tamaryn, Fat White Family, Tame Impala, Cate Le Bon, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Mar 22, 2019

Today was a fantastic day for new album releases, with fresh full-lengths from Strand of Oaks, Jenny Lewis, Andrew Bird, Tamaryn, Sleeper, These New Puritans, American Football, Lambchop, Avey Tare, Nilüfer Yanya, Ex Hex, and others. Album tracks from some of them made this week's Songs of the Week list, which also contains several new singles released this week. More

Album of the Week: Strand of Oaks

Runners Up Include: Jenny Lewis, Andrew Bird, Tamaryn, Sleeper, Nilüfer Yanya, and These New Puritans

Mar 22, 2019

We haven't done an Album of the Week post since January, but there are some upcoming albums truly worthy of the title, starting with the new one by Strand of Oaks (the project of Timothy Showalter), Eraserland, released today via Dead Oceans.Here is more info on the album, as well as a round up and streams for other notable albums released today. More

Strand of Oaks - Stream the New Album

Eraserland Out Now via Dead Oceans

Mar 22, 2019

Strand of Oaks (the project of Timothy Showalter) has released a new album, Eraserland, today via Dead Oceans. Now that the album is out, you can stream the whole thing here. More

Mar 14, 2019

Strand of Oaks (the project of Timothy Showalter) is releasing a new album, Eraserland, on March 22 via Dead Oceans. Last night he stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform the album's "Ruby." As on the album, Showalter was backed by members of My Morning Jacket (Bo Koster and Tom Blankenship). He was also joined by Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: The National, Foals, Penelope Isles, Bedouine, and More

Plus Vampire Weekend, Strand of Oaks, Glen Hansard, Local Natives, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Mar 08, 2019

We've got another supersized Songs of the Week this week, with a Top 12 instead of the regular Top 10. Like last week we could've gotten it down to 10, but it felt wrong to leave out the bottom two. It was a near tie for the top two songs this week. More

Strand of Oaks Shares New Love Song for His Wife – “Keys”

Eraserland Due Out March 22 via Dead Oceans

Mar 05, 2019

Strand of Oaks (the project of Timothy Showalter) is releasing a new album, Eraserland, on March 22 via Dead Oceans. Now he has shared another song from the album, the slow-burner "Keys" which he says is something of a love song for his wife Sue. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Strand of Oaks, Alex Lahey, Chromatics, Hayden Thorpe, and More

Plus Ioanna Gika, Murray A. Lightburn, Amanda Palmer, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Feb 22, 2019

There were many strong contenders for this week's Songs of the Week. We could've gone as high as a Top 15 instead of the regular Top 10 and as it is there are a whopping 11 honorable mentions, with some good tracks that also almost made the honorable mention list to.  More

Feb 19, 2019

Strand of Oaks (the project of Timothy Showalter) is releasing a new album, Eraserland, on March 22 via Dead Oceans. Previously he shared its first single, and opening track, "Weird Ways" (which was our #1 Song of the Week). Now he has shared another song from it, "Ruby," via a video that is made up of home movie footage captured by his father (Jeff Showalter) on a video camera when he was a child. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Strand of Oaks, Telekinesis, Weyes Blood, Piroshka, and More

Plus The Drums, Cass McCombs, Tamaryn, James Blake, C Duncan, Glen Hansard, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Jan 18, 2019

Welcome to the second Songs of the Week of 2019. This week's list includes tracks from freshly announced albums (Strand of Oaks, The Drums, Tamaryn, C Duncan, Glen Hansard), as well as by artists who have already made this list with previous songs from their upcoming albums (Telekinesis, Piroshka, Cass McCombs).  More

Strand of Oaks Announces New Album Backed By My Morning Jacket, Shares New Song “Weird Ways”

Eraserland Due Out March 22 via Dead Oceans; Tour Dates Also Announced

Jan 15, 2019

Strand of Oaks (the project of Timothy Showalter) has announced a new album, Eraserland, and shared its first single, and opening track, "Weird Ways." Eraserland is due out March 22 via Dead Oceans. The majority of My Morning Jacket (Carl Broemel, Bo Koster, Patrick Hallahan, and Tom Blankenship) back-up Showalter on Eraserland, which also features Jason Isbell and Emma Ruth Rundle. Strand of Oaks have also announced some tour dates. More

Oct 05, 2017

Tom Petty, the singer/songwriter/guitarist who found success in the 1970s and 1980s with his band as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, died Monday night after suffering cardiac arrest Sunday night in his home in Malibu, Los Angeles.  More

Strand of Oaks Share New Song, “I Know YOU know You’re Evil,” for Anti-Trump “Our First 100 Days”

"Our First 100 Days" Will Include a New Song Every Day for the First 100 Days of Donald Trump's Presidency

Apr 03, 2017

"Our First 100 Days" is an anti-President Donald Trump project. The good folks behind the "30 Days, 30 Songs" anti-Trump campaign during the election have teamed up with Secretly Group for "Our First 100 Days."  More

Mar 30, 2017

Strand of Oaks released their new album, Hard Love, last month on Dead Oceans. Last night Tim Showalter and band stopped by Conan to perform "Rest of It" on the broadcast show.  More

Watch: Strand of Oaks - “Cry” Video

Hard Love Out Now via Dead Oceans

Mar 07, 2017

Strand of Oaks released their new album, Hard Love, last month on Dead Oceans. Now the project of Tim Showalter has shared a video for "Cry."  More

New Anti-Donald Trump Compilation Features Angel Olsen, Jens Lekman, Toro Y Moi, Mitski, and More

"Our First 100 Days" Will Include a New Song Every Day for the First 100 Days of Trump's Presidency

Jan 13, 2017

During the election many indie rock musicians released anti-Donald Trump songs and likely assumed, like many liberals and Hillary Clinton supporters did, that Trump didn't have a strong chance of winning.  More

May 05, 2015

For the eleventh year now Champaign-Urbana, Illinois will host the Pygmalion Festival. 2015's initial lineup has been revealed and it features iconic British shoegazers Ride, Purity Ring, tUnE-yArDs, Sylvan Esso, Zola Jeus, Strand of Oaks, Ryley Walker, Bully, White Reaper, and more. More


Interviews

Strand of Oaks on “Eraserland”

Digging Deeper Than Ever

Apr 11, 2019

For just a moment, Strand of Oaks' Timothy Showalter got what he wanted. More

My Firsts: Strand of Oaks

It Takes Everything You've Got

Apr 01, 2019

My Firsts is our email interview series where we ask musicians to tell us about their first life experiences, be it early childhood ones (first word, first concert, etc.) or their first tastes of being a musician (first band, first tour, etc.). For this My Firsts we talk to Timothy Showalter of Strand of Oaks.  More

2014 Artist Survey: Strand of Oaks

Timothy Showalter on the Day Mr. Hooper from Sesame Street Died, His Childhood Celebrity Crush, Riding Stallions, and His Cats

Feb 10, 2015

For Under the Radar's 12th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2014. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2014 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. More


Reviews

Eraserland

Eraserland

Dead Oceans

Mar 18, 2019

In a robotic world, genuine rock 'n' roll is still worthy of acclaim. These days, the household names are Kurt Vile, The War on Drugs, and Courtney Barnett, but we might want to add Strand of Oaks to that list.  More

Hard Love

Hard Love

Mar 01, 2017

With Hard Love, the churning, confessional beauty of Strand of Oaks' last album, 2014's HEAL, is present, but there is an added ruthlessness. Hard Love delivers frontman Tim Showalter's hard stuff in exponents. Add this depth of relay onto Showalter's loaded visions, and it sounds as if the universe itself is groaning. We are out of our seats for this one. More