Shaky Knees Death Match: Ride vs. Old Crow Medicine Show vs. Minus The Bear


Shaky Knees Festival starts tomorrow 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, 7:45PM before the final headliner goes on, we have Ride at the Piedmont Stage, Old Crow Medicine Show at the Ponce De Leon Stage and Minus The Bear at the Buford Highway Stage.

Ride – Piedmont Stage

By Robert Mahony

In 1988, a band formed that would help bring about a new movement in the history of music. The loud, droning neo-psychedelia churned out by bands in this movement came to be know as shoe gaze. In the late 80’s/early 90’s there were a handful of bands spearheading this new era such as My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and Slowdive but for a minute, the band Ride were named “The last great of of British Rock”. The beauty in Ride amongst it’s contemporaries is their sense of style with song craft and dynamics. A member of the legendary Creation Records, Ride became a fixture in the U.K. music scene thanks to their blisteringly loud and intense live shows. 

The shoe gaze veterans find themselves closing down festivities by being one of the final acts playing before Tame Impala ends everyone home happy. The trouble is, do you wanna catch the folk singalong of Old Crow Medicine Show, the nostalgia and blistering drums of Minus The Bear? If you want my humble music opinion, Ride is one of the few bands on the entire festival lineup that is truly not to be missed. Not only are they true icons in the history of shoe gaze but here, in 2015, the chances of seeing this again in the future are slim to none. Do Not Miss This Show! Ride can be found cranking things up to 11 on the Piedmont Stage on Sunday night around 7:45

Old Crow Medicine Show – Ponce De Leon Stage

old crow

By Cody Webb

There is always one band that no matter where you live, how you live or what you think you are into, makes you go “Damn it that’s good”. Old Crow Medicine Show is that band.

Old Crow brings out the foot stomping, knee slapping, rowdy good time in me. Now granted I think I have that built in because I am from the south but there is just no way to resist what this band will do to you. I had the pleasure of seeing them perform live and these guys are complete pros.

OCMS’s new EP Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer is out now which features four tracks, two of those being unreleased recordings. If you’re a newcomer I suggest you watch Big Easy Express. It was a documentary made in 2011 featuring Old Crow Medicine Show, Mumford and Sons and Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros. It takes you on the train from Cali to New Orleans jamming with these amazingly talented artists and leaves you feeling like you were right there next to them.

If you have the chance to see Old Crow, who have been going 15 years strong and will more than likely go another 15 even stronger, don’t pass it up!

Minus The Bear – Buford Highway Stage

Minus the bear

By Mike Gerry

Minus The Bear is an indie rock quintet from Seattle that has been making adventurous, killer albums since 2001. Over the course of the years, Minus The Bear has released five full length albums and eight EPs. Their sound is full of guitar and plenty of electronics, with lyrics you can get into and sing along.

Minus The Bear has had a prolific career so far and don’t seem to be slowing down. Sure they have never quite hit it “big”, but they have built quite the fan base over the years. MtB may just be one of those bands that when it’s all said and done, are looked back upon in many circles as one of the great bands of the 2000s. Even without radio smash hits, their music is intricate while still being quite accessible. Plenty of people have already grown to love Minus The Bear, and if you don’t know them yet, then Shaky Knees it the perfect place to see for yourself and fall in love.

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