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LISTEN // Strand of Oaks Announce ‘Heal’ Deluxe Edition

“Some of the best new music we heard in 2014 was sitting right in our own backyard. With his band Strand of Oaks, Philly-based singer, songwriter and guitarist Tim Showalter released a knockout rock ‘n’ roll record called HEAL…this is Strand of Oaks’ most personal record, and it resonates with amplified power, soaring guitar solos and a confessional approach to songwriting.”
NPR, Public Radio’s 10 Breakout Artists of 2014

“…full-on, heart-on-sleeve vision-quest rock in the style of Showalter’s beloved Smashing Pumpkins, with a sprinkle of humility courtesy of the late Jason Molina.”
Grantland, – The Best (a.k.a. My Favorite) Music of 2014

“With its bombastic anthems and touching songwriting, the album is an incredibly revealing statement from a resilient artist.”
The AV Club, – The 20 Best Albums of 2014

“A fierce, heady triumph…this album is one of the true out-of-nowhere delights of 2014. One of its recurring themes is the power of music to get folks out of the tighetest emotional and psychological jams, and HEAL is just the kind of revelatory album to do the trick.”
American Songwriter, – Top 50 Albums of 2014

“This is big, bold rock music, even when it’s quiet.”
Aquarium Drunkard, 2014 Year in Review

Strand of OaksHEAL was released early last summer on Dead Oceans, kicking off a year of big firsts and miles racked up on the odometer. Tim Showalter paid a visit to NPR’s Tiny Desk – and to nearly every state (plus multiple continents) on a non-stop tour. As a result, Showalter’s most personal songs to date were allowed the chance to expand and change shape. That’s where the deluxe version of HEAL comes in – to celebrate this newfound life and share some fan favorites. It’s bookended with two covers, firstly a cover of Ryan Adams“My Wrecking Ball” taped in Showalter’s home of Philadelphia at WXPN, lastly a woozy rendition of The National’s “Pink Rabbits”. Rounding out the mix is a version of “Goshen ’97” from Acoustic Café and a life-affirming rendition of “Shut In” for Hear Ya. Finally, it features an alternate mix of “HEAL” at the hands of producer John Congleton that sounds like Showalter’s heart being dragged through sludge and fed through an amp.

The deluxe edition will be available as a digital-only release on Friday July 17. In addition to a full summer, Strand of Oaks has tacked on a heap of dates for this fall including shows with My Morning Jacket. All dates listed below.

HEAL TRACKLISTING
Goshen ’97
HEAL
Same Emotions
Shut In
Woke Up To The Light
JM
Plymouth
Mirage Year
For Me
Wait For Love

BONUS:
My Wrecking Ball (Live at WXPN)
Goshen ’97 (Live at Acoustic Café)
Shut In (Hear Ya Session)
HEAL (Congleton Mix)
Pink Rabbits

STRAND OF OAKS TOUR DATES: More info here
Thurs. July 23 – Woodstock, NY @ Bearsville Theatre
Fri. July 24 – Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival – SOLD OUT
Sat. July 25 – Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall
Mon. July 27 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club &
Tues. July 28 – Spring Green, WI @ Shitty Barn – SOLD OUT
Fri. July 31 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
Sat. Aug. 1 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle – SOLD OUT
Sun. Aug. 2 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
Thurs. Aug. 6 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Fri. Aug. 7 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Music & Arts
Wed. Aug. 19 – Utrech, NL @ Ekko
Thurs. Aug. 20 – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop
Thurs. Aug. 20 – Sun. Aug. 23 – Brecon Beacons, UK @ Green Man Festival
Sun. Aug. 23 – Portland, OR @ MusicfestNW
Sat. Sept. 5 – Sun. Sept. 6 – Philadelphia, PA @ Made In America Festival
Sun. Sept. 13 – St. Louis, MO @ Loufest
Fri. Sept. 18 – Sun. Sept. 20 – Bristol, VA @ Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion
Mon. Sept. 21 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern
Tues. Sept. 22 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
Fri. Sept. 25 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Thrival Innovation + Music Festival
Sat. Sept. 26 – Cincinnati, OH @ Midpoint Music Festival
Sun. Sept. 27 – Champaign, IL @ Pygmalion Music Festival
Wed. Sept. 30 – Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium †
Fri. Oct. 2 – Sun. Oct. 11 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
Fri. Oct. 2 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre †
Sat. Oct. 3 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre †
Tues. Oct. 6 – Boise, ID @ Revolution Event Center †
Wed. Oct. 7 – Magna, UT @ The Great Saltair †
Fri. Oct. 9 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas †
Sat. Oct. 10 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas †
Sun. Oct. 18 – Atlanta, GA @ PARKLIFE Music Festival
Fri. Nov. 20 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre †
Wed. Nov. 25 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre †

& = w/ Ryley Walker
† = w/ My Morning Jacket

Back In Action // Bear In Heaven Share Fader Mixtape, Kick Off Tour Wednesday at Johnny Brenda’s

Bear In Heaven are back in action. They head out on tour tomorrow night, playing Philadelphia’s Johnny Brenda’s. To celebrate, Adam and Jon have put together a Fader mixtape complete with the unreleased Bear In Heaven track, “Greece Sun.” Stream and download the mixtape below and tracklist HERE.

The forthcoming tour includes a stop at Asheville’s Moogfest and The National’s All Tomorrow’s Parties. ERAAS joins for support. See all the tour dates at the end of the post.

“This mixtape is the sound of us deciding whether we should start filling the hole or just dive in. It might be fun, we might not hit bottom. We might fly to the other side of this strange dimension. Will you let us do it? Will you join us?”Jon Philpot

Tour Dates:
10.24 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA * !
10.25 – College of William And Mary – Williamsburg, VA *
10.26 – Moogfest – Asheville, NC #
10.27 – MOTR Pub – Cincinnati, OH *
10.28 – Brillobox – Pittsburgh, PA *
10.29 – Black Cat Backstage – Washington, DC *
12.05 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – New York, NY * $
12.07-12.09 – All Tomorrow’s Parties – Camber Sands Holiday Camp, UK

* with ERAAS
! with Pink Skull
# with Miike Snow, Squarepusher, Explosions In The Sky
$ with Small Black

Phosphorescent on David Letterman this Thursday!

We are proud to announce Phosphorescent’s late night television debut! December 9 Phosphorescent will be the musical guest on The Late Show with David Letterman!
This is the perfect end to an amazing year for Phosphorescent. The year began with a personal invite from David Gray to join him on tour in both Europe and the U.S. In May, Here’s To Taking It Easy was released to huge acclaim from NPR’s World Cafe, Mojo, Paste, Filter, American Songwriter, Rolling Stone, Spin, Pitchfork, and many more. The rest of the year has been filled with non-stop worldwide touring, including the band’s current dates opening for The National in Europe.
Just this week both Mojo and Paste Magazine have named Here’s To Taking It Easy, their #8 album of 2010, and now on the eve of Phosphorescent’s final show of the year, December 10 at the Bowery Ballroom in New York, we’re able to announce that Phosphorescent’s return to New York will be even more triumphant with the news that they will perform on The Late Show with David Letterman on December 9. Normally, adding another show this late in a year that has seen Phosphorescent spend months on the road would be an impossibility, but I think we’ll make an exception in the case of Mr. Letterman!

David-Letterman-sex(Letterman: no stranger to the power of the beard!)

We are proud to announce Phosphorescent’s late night television debut! December 9 Phosphorescent will be the musical guest on The Late Show with David Letterman!

This is the perfect end to an amazing year for Phosphorescent. The year began with a personal invite from David Gray to join him on tour in both Europe and the U.S. In May, Here’s To Taking It Easy was released to huge acclaim from NPR’s World Cafe, Mojo, Paste, Filter, American Songwriter, Rolling Stone, Spin, Pitchfork, and many more. The rest of the year has been filled with non-stop worldwide touring, including the band’s current dates opening for The National in Europe.

Just this week both Mojo and Paste Magazine have named Here’s To Taking It Easy, their #8 album of 2010, and now on the eve of Phosphorescent’s final show of the year, December 10 at the Bowery Ballroom in New York, we’re able to announce that Phosphorescent’s return to New York will be even more triumphant with the news that they will perform on The Late Show with David Letterman on December 9. Normally, adding another show this late in a year that has seen Phosphorescent spend months on the road would be an impossibility, but I think we’ll make an exception in the case of Mr. Letterman! Thank you Dave!

Phosphorescent to Tour with The National This Fall

Picture 7(photo by Kmeron)

In May, Phosphorescent performed next door to Other Music in Manhattan along with Sharon Van Etten and The Antlers as part of an improptu concert series currated by The National that led up to the release of their new album High Violet. In an empty retail space that formerly housed Tower Records, Phosphorescent played a half hour set consisting of a sprawling, improvisational re-envisioning of “Los Angeles” off of their new album Here’s To Taking It Easy. Unfortunately after the set in classic New York City fashion, both Matthew’s motorcycle and the band’s van were slapped with parking tickets, a bummer of an end to an otherwise fun event. Well, karma has a way of rewarding those who wait, as The National have now invited Phosphorescent to join them on their European tour this fall. Phosphorescent will join The National for the majority of their shows in both mainland Europe, England, and Ireland starting November 11. You can also catch Phosphorescent here in the States for a select number of West Coast dates in mid-October including appearances at the Treasure Island Festival in San Francisco, and the City Arts Festival in Seattle. Phosphorescent will also be capping off the year with a headlining show in their hometown of New York, at the Bowery Ballroom on December 10. Check out the full tour dates after the jump.

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