Shaky Knees Death Match: The Both vs. The Sheepdogs. Who’s your pick?


Shaky Knees Festival 2015 is less than a week away and 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 Sunday Day 3, 2:45PM time slot includes two artists that have gotten plenty of buzz, whether from previous endeavors or winning contents in The Both at the Peachtree Stage and The Sheepdogs at the Boulevard Stage.

The Both – Peachtree Stage


By Cody Webb

I am going to start this with having you readers look up a web series from Vanessa Bayer (SNL) called Sound Advice featuring The Both. Don’t worry I’ll wait… That was how I was actually introduced to this band. Anyone who doesn’t mind a few laughs at their own expense is good in my book.  Aimee Mann and Ted Leo have been respected musicians in their own right before deciding to join forces in 2012. THE BOTH of them (see what I did there) began their musical endeavors in the mid 80’s. Aimee dropped out of Berklee to join a punk band and then joined a new wave group until she went solo dolo. She was nominated for a Grammy and an Academy Award for the song “Save Me” from the movie Magnolia.

Sadly she didn’t win but I have heard that this was the song Tom Cruise was listening to when he jumped up and down ruining Oprah’s nice couch.

Ted Leo played in multiple bands including The Animal Crackers and Citizen Arrest around New York City before founding Chisel. It proved to be a pretty popular band with his dark lyrics that added a personal touch to all of their songs. He then moved on to starting up Ted Leo and The Pharmacists, who haven’t put out an album since 2010 but loyal fans are still eagerly waiting and thankful to get their Ted fix any way they can.

The self titled album was released last year by Aimee’s own label SuperEgo. These cool cats might just prove to everyone that they have a few lives left.

The Sheepdogs – Boulevard Stage

THe Sheepdogs

By Robert Mahony

In 2011, The Sheepdogs, of Saskatoon Saskatchewan, Canada, beat out 15 other bands in a “Choose the Cover” contest to land themselves on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. In doing so, they became the first unsigned act ever to do so….And if that doesn’t grab your attention, I’m not sure what will.

Dubbed as a “boogie band with with Southern/Blues rock influence”, The Sheepdogs are a solid 5 piece outfit that blend groove based psychedelia and bluesy barroom swagger into something that’s not to be missed live. Featuring a back catalogue of 4 albums and an EP, they will have plenty of material to keep the fans moving. They tend to transcend the “modern day rock” sound by channeling the likes of a CCR, even touring with John Fogerty himself in 2012.

Check out these artists on the Shaky Knees Spotify Playlist


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