THE DEATH OF THE MIX TAPE
Last year, my friends and I ventured all the way to godforsaken Atlanta(we’re Saints fans) for a festival that would end up being one of the most fun, and overall well organized music festivals I ever attended. Obviously off the back of those amazing three days, we’ve been anxious to see what Shaky Knees would come up with this year, and if they could build an even more stellar bill for everyone to enjoy.
To start with, the lineup is good, and solid, but sadly it doesn’t quite hit the high water mark of this past year. Headliners include Florence and the MAchine, who I’m sure will bring her grandiose style to the fest, while local favorites and namesake of the fest, My Morning Jacket grace the top line. In the third slot though, and I’m a bit surprised to be honest, we see Jane’s Addiction performing their well known album “Ritual de lo Habitual,” Overall it’s a decent mix of various forms of rock, enough said.
The undercard though, is stacked, and something to be excited about. At the Drive in is apparently back, and honestly, it’s one of the highlights of the entire bill. Following that, finally a festival books the seminal Deftones. These guys are one of my all time favorites, and as well as they can rock a crowd, I’m pleased to see them get the chance to blow away whoever is watching them. Quickly though, Huey Lewis and the News? Ok then Shaky Knees, I’m ready to dance like Pat Bateman to the man.
One of the things that so impressed me last year is the lower lines, and once again there’s a crap ton of awesome shoved in there. Silversun Pickups, the Kills, Bloc Party, and Eagles of Death Metal are all well known bands who are good live, and in these positions they’re poised to deliver solid sets in the afternoons of the fest. Eagles of Death Metal will blow it away easily.
Rounding it out though, Savages, Ghost!, Baronnes all bring their unique heaviness, while Crystal Fighters, Wolf Alice, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Wild Nothing add their alternative spin to the already eclectic lineup.
Overall though, the lineup is solid, and I’m sure whoever decides to head out to ATL for this will have an amazing time! Thanks for reading!
Landon Murray is a New Orleans native, who thrives on painting the world he interprets through the useful forms of all types of art he feels connected to. He's seen over 1000 bands, and had loved mostly every minute of it. He has an amazing 10 year old dog, and is loving life.
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