Strand of Oaks w/Pattern Is Movement’s Chris Ward Open for Sharon Van Etten at JB’s Jan. 20

Published on The Deli Philadelphia – Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011

It’s astounding – but not surprising – the amount of press, praise, and success Tim Showalter, a.k.a. Strand of Oaks, is experiencing. The folk troubadour was named a highlight of this year’s SXSW festival by Pitchfork, who debuted his Memory Drift-directed video for his single “Last to Swim”, and more impressively, he raised $4,278 on Kickstarter to fund the vinyl pressing of his disquietingly touching album, Pope Killdragon. And his original goal was only $1,500. So I guess that means drinks are on him tonight. Right? Showalter will be backed this evening by Pattern is Movement‘s Chris Ward guest appearing on drums for their first live performance together (well, I’m not counting their Black Cab Session). They will be sharing the bill with sought-after up-and-coming Brooklyn (by way of Jersey) songstress Sharon Van Etten at Johnny Brenda’s. (The delicate soars of southern songbird Julianna Barwick will also fill the room.) It’s fair to say that tonight should be just one of those evening where you grab a drink and listen quietly. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave, 8:30pm, $12, 21+ – Annamarya Scaccia


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