Shaky Knees Death Match: Manchester Orchestra vs. Kaiser Chiefs


With the 2015 version of Shaky Knees Festival‘s official schedule being announced, now it’s time to start planning out your own personal schedule. 

For those difficult decisions, we present to you the Shaky Knees Death Match. We will have each band in every time slot pitted against each other. You make the decision on who you must catch. Check back daily as we explore each time slot.

Shaky Knees Friday Day 1, 5:15PM time slot has two artists on the opposite side of the pop spectrum in Manchester Orchestra at the Peachtree Stage and Kaiser Chiefs at the Boulevard Stage.

Manchester Orchestra – Peachtree Stage

Manchester Orchestra

By Kristen Jones

Shaky Knees Music Festival is packed full of fantastic musicians… and tough decisions. However, I am confident that Manchester Orchestra will impress at this year’s Shaky Knees. Manchester Orchestra is an indie rock band from Atlanta that will be jammin’ out the Peachtree Stage starting at 5:15pm on Friday.

Andy Hull’s voice catches my attention the way Ben Gibbard gets me in Death Cab for Cutie. He’s a fantastic singer/songwriter and the band certainly rocks. They’ve released some great albums including I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child, Mean Everything to Nothing, and Simple Math which are a few of my personal favorites.  I read an interview where Matt Sharpe from Weezer (Pinkerton and Blue Album) called Mean Everything to Nothing “an epic mind f*ck”.  I’d trust that dudes opinion. As far as the live performance goes, I saw them on one of their more recent tours at The National in Richmond, Virginia and it was killer.

I can’t help but notice that Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band will also be at this festival. Kevin Devine and Andy Hull have a side project called “Bad Books.” This collaboration is one of my favorites! Although it probably won’t happen, having one of them jump on stage with the other for a little Bad Books action would be a huge highlight.

Manchester Orchestra fits so perfect into the vibe Shaky Knees has going on, it only makes sense to make this show a priority.

Similar Artists:

Death Cab for Cutie, Kevin Devine, Brand New, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Dear Hunter

Some Videos to Check Out:

“Shake it Out”

“I Can Feel a Hot One”

Bad Books “Forest Whitaker”

Kaiser Chiefs – Boulevard Stage

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By Amanda Busse

I know what you’re thinking, “I’m just not sure about seeing Kaiser Chiefs at Shaky Knees on Friday…weren’t they part of that anthem rock verve that happened circa The Killers and Franz Ferdinand? That seems so 2008.”

Well, let me tell you, of all the bands performing Friday, Kaiser Chiefs “give good show”. They understand the entertainment factor of live shows and they bring it hard. Not only will their English-quips and stylish good looks melt your heart (the kind that landed lead vocalist Ricky Wilson a coaching spot on the British version of the television show “The Voice”), but their new songs move toward a hard-rock vibe that will get your head banging. This is a band that kills at much larger festival venues and we should all bow down that they will be gracing the Boulevard Stage at Shaky Knees at 5:15 on Friday.

Kaiser Chiefs combines 80’s hair band (sans the hair) with a 90’s metal band weight in their latest album “Education, Education, Education & War.”  And, for the anthem lovers, they throw in a few of those heartfelt operatic jams we’ve come to know them for. If you don’t go directly to their stage Friday this will be one of the bands you hear from afar that quickly pulls you toward them. See the Kaiser Chiefs and you will be glad you did.

Check out these artists on the Shaky Knees Spotify Playlist


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