Music: Strand of Oaks at The Shelf

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Showalter's gorgeous "Leave Ruin" is buoyed by its delicate arrangements, but in the live setting, he usually relies exclusively on himself and his guitar.

Fortunately, Showalter's songwriting stands even when stripped down, and his wispy warble is perfect for delivering weary lyrics like "Thought I was too old to have dreams like this/ Covers thrown on the floor and sweat stained my eyes" without sounding too sappy.

He'll be joined by Brooklyn kindred spirit White Pines and Columbus' own The Black Swans.

When: Friday, Feb. 26

Where: The Shelf, Downtown

Web: myspace.com/strandofoaks