Emily May

Strand Of Oaks // Live In Louisville

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STRAND OF OAKS WITH APEX MANOR // LIVE AT ZANZABAR

PHOTOS AND REVIEW COURTESY OF: Emily May

Philadelphia-based musician Tim Showalter, better known by the moniker Strand Of Oaks, performed to a packed venue of excited fans recently in Louisville, KY. Performing a nice variety of songs this evening, he performed several from his latest album Hard Love. Starting things off with “Weird Ways”, he performed 13 song set that also included “Goshen ‘97’”, “Ruby”, “Eraserland”, “Hyperspace Blues” and “Shut In”. Talking about the hard time he he went through before making the album, he mentioned that his good friends in My Morning Jacket helped him through his struggles and in getting his album made, giving them a shout out. Also, in lieu of not having Emma Ruth Rundle, who provided guest vocals, available to join him on stage, Showalter instead invited Louisville musician Lacy Guthrie of Twin Limb to join him for a few songs on stage. With the band and the crowd in high spirits this evening, feeding off of each other’s energy, everyone was having a great time and Showalter had a smile on his face for a majority of his set. Ending the set with “Rest Of It”, the band left the stage only to come back out for one final song. Ending the evening with “Forever Chords”, Showalter capped of what was an amazing evening of music. La rock band Apex Manor opened the show, pulling double duty as Showlater’s backing band, as well! It was a great night of music!

Apex Manor

Strand Of Oaks

Sons of An Illustrious Father // Live In Philadelphia

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SONS OF AN ILLUSTRIOUS FATHER // LIVE AT BOOT + SADDLE

PHOTOS COURTESY OF: Carolyn Lederach

Death Cab For Cutie // Live In Louisville

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE + LALA LALA // LIVE AT IROQUOIS AMPHITHEATER

PHOTOS COURTESY OF: Emily May

Seattle-based rock band Death Cab For Cutie performed in Louisville, Ky recently to a packed crowd. It was a perfect summer day for an outdoor show and the venue, situated within Iroquois Park, made for the perfect setting this evening. Performing a long and varied set list of songs that span their 22 years years as a band, they started their set off with “I Dreamt We Spoke Again” from their latest album Thank You For Today. They performed many of their hits including “Gold Rush”, “Crooked Teeth”, “I Will Possess Your Heart” and “Soul Meets Body” and had the crowd dancing and singing along all evening. Singer/guitarist Ben Gibbard chatted a bit with the crowd throughout the set, offering his condolences early on for the Jim Beam warehouse fire that occurred a few days prior. The band attracted a diverse crowd this evening, with fans of all ages enjoying the music. There were many older fans who had been with the band since the beginning, as well as quite a few younger faces in the crowd. Although Gibbard played guitar for many of the songs, he also played a few on a large wooden piano situated near the back of the stage. The lighting throughout the evening ranged from bright and colorful to darker and moody, depending on the mood of the song being played. Ending their set with “The Sound Of Settling”, the band left the stage before coming back out for a four song encore. Starting the encore off with an acoustic rendition of “I Will Follow You Into The Dark”, arguably one of their most popular songs, the entire venue was singing along in a chill-inducing and beautiful moment. The band then rounded out the evening with “When We Drive”, “Tiny Vessels” and “Transatlanticism”. It was an incredible evening of music and Death Cab For Cutie showed why they have maintained their popularity as a band over the years with their incredible live show and timeless songs. Chicago indie rock band Lala Lala opened the show.

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