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, 1:15PM time slot includes two artists that are totally worth your time in Mini Mansions at the Peachtree Stage and Steve Gunn at the Boulevard Stage.
Mini Mansions – Peachtree Stage
By Cody Webb
I first heard Mini Mansions one day at work while listening to some random Spotify playlist. Ten seconds into their song “Vertigo” I found myself completely stopping what I was doing. I had to put my full attention on this crazy smooth Bowie sounding jam flowing out of the speakers. After that song I immediately downloaded all I could of them. I dove into hours of music and was totally blown away by the experience.
I grew up a music lover but it wasn’t until I was about 14 that I realized certain songs and albums were life changing. After listening to all of their music it brought back that new exciting feeling I remember having as a kid. I know this all sounds cheesy but listen to their new album “The Great Pretenders” and try to tell me it doesn’t do the same thing to you. They formed in 2009 in Los Angeles and consist of three very talented dudes, one of those being Michael Shuman from Queens Of The Stone Age.
This new album was released on T Bone Burnett’s label Electromagnetic Recordings which should speak volumes since he’s a freaking genius. It also features Brian Wilson on the song “Any Emotions” and Alex Turner on my jammy jam “Vertigo”
They are playing Sunday on the Peachtree stage. Be there or be forever square.
Steve Gunn – Boulevard Stage
By Cody Webb
Steve Gunn is no stranger to the music scene. He has been at it for about fifteen years and has done his fair share of producing, singing and songwriting. He once was the guitarist for Kurt Viles backing band The Violators. It really comes as no surprise that this dude is crazy talented and awesome. He is the perfect mix of folk, blues and experimental playing. It makes it damn near impossible to ignore him and not want to share his music with everyone you come across.
In 2013 he released the album “Time Off” that really showed more of his singing skills. In October of last year he released the follow up album “Way Out Weather” which I think topped off the brilliance of this man.
A couple of months ago he released his second collaboration with the Appalachian string band the Black Twig Pickers called “Seasonal Hire”. Anything with a fiddle or banjo makes me come running but adding the jaw harp is icing on the cake.
It all comes down to this dude truly being a jack of all trades. He never fails to disappoint in any work that he does because he pours his heart into it.
Don’t miss him at Shaky Knees! He will be crossing the pond to tour for most of the summer and you don’t want to be left hearing about how good it was. If you would like to double the pleasure, he will be doing the Shaky Knees official after party Saturday night at Vinyl.
Check out these artists on the Shaky Knees Spotify Playlist