Strand of Oaks | still from video

Philly’s Strand Of Oaks is off conquering the world this spring with its outstanding new LP Hard Love and a spaced-out live show, both of which brought them to the stage of Conan last night. It was an electrifying performance; frontman Tim Showalter appeared poised and confident, looking us directly in the eyes through the camera lens, as he and the band rocked out to one of the album’s best cuts, “Rest of It.” The rhythm section of longtime drummer Mike Sneeringer and new bassist Djim Reynolds were tight and loud, while new lead guitarist Jason Anderson dove in with fierce solos that got him a hi-five from host Conan O’Brien at the song’s conclusion.

Showalter also played another Hard Love song in a web-exclusive performance — the album’s lead single, “Radio Kids,” is stripped down from its rock and roll rager studio version into a contemplative electric ballad.

Oaks has a lot of engagements on its 2017 tour calendar — shows with Heather McEntire from Mount Moriah, shows with Jason Isbell, as well as a return to Belgium’s revered Pukkelpop festival and Australia’s Boogie Festival, the inspiration for “On The Hill” — and will be back in Philly this summer for the XPoNential Music Festival, happening July 28 through July 30th. Tickets and more information on the festival can be found at, and Oaks’ full tour calendar can be found below.

Tour Dates
Mar 30 Troubadour w/ Heather McEntire (from Mount Moriah) West Hollywood, CA
Mar 31 Valley Bar w/ Heather McEntire (from Mount Moriah) Phoenix, AZ
Apr 01 Meow Wolf w/ Heather McEntire (from Mount Moriah) Santa Fe, NM
Apr 02 3rd and Lindsley Nashville, TN
Apr 03 Three Links Dallas, TX
Apr 04 Stubb’s Indoor Austin, TX
Apr 05 House Of Blues – Bronze Peacock Houston, TX
Apr 07 Saturn Birmingham, AL
Apr 08 Word of South Festival Tallahassee, FL
Apr 09 The Earl Atlanta, GA
Apr 10 Motorco Music Hall Durham, NC
Apr 13 THE CURTIN Carlton, Australia
Apr 14-15 Boogie – Bruzzy’s Farm Tallarook, Australia
Apr 16 HOLA 2017 at The Barwon Club South Geelong, Australia
Apr 16 Barwon Club Hotel South Geelong, Australia
Apr 20 Newton Social Club Newtown, Australia
Apr 21 Black Bear Lodge Fortitude Valley, Australia
Apr 22 Silver Raven Gomersal, Australia
May 04 Gillioz Theatre (w/ Jason Isbell) Springfield, MO
May 05 Middle of the Map Fest (w/ Jason Isbell) Kansas City, MO
May 06 Limelight Eventplex (w/ Jason Isbell) Peoria, IL
May 08 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
May 27 Boston Calling Boston, MA
Jul 21 The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater (w/ Jason Isbell) Miami Beach, FL
Jul 22 St. Augustine Ampitheatre (w/ Jason Isbell) Saint Augustine, FL
Jul 23 North Charleston Performing Arts (w/ Jason Isbell) North Charleston, SC
Jul 26 Louisville Waterfront Park Louisville, KY
Jul 28-30 XPoNential Philadelphia, PA
Aug 04 Osheaga Montreal, Canada
Aug 16-19 Pukkelpop Kiewit – Hasselt, Belgium