Must-See Artists at Shaky Knees 2019
Ok, so it’s pretty obvious that Shaky Knees has one of if not the best lineup of 2019: a perfect mix of alternative and indie rock made to fuel the soul and blow your mind. The top four lines are superb, from Tame Impala and Incubus to Gary Clark Jr. Grouplove, and Tash Sultana. There are easily a dozen obvious must-see bands at Shaky Knees this year, but what about the lesser-known names? Who are the best undercard acts at Shaky Knees 2019?
Here are five of our favorite undercard acts at this music festival!
Bringing the sound of early 1960s rock and roll back with a vengeance are the Ruen Brothers. Two guys from Scunthorpe, England, bring back everything that made that time of music special while adding in their own unique flair. Their sound emulates Johnny Cash and The Kinks in all of the best ways. Don’t miss their set at Shaky Knees; these brothers are going places.
It was early in the day at Forecastle Festival in 2018. The sun was beating down with white-hot heat over all of Waterfront Park. My plan was to find shade, relax, and hydrate. Then the sounds of Devon Gilfillian started playing over the speakers. The main stage was exploding with incendiary guitar solos and funky bass lines that pulled me from the shade and into the crowd. I probably lost 3 lbs in water weight while watching his set, but it was completely worth it. Make sure you catch his set at Shaky Knees if you like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Gary Clark Jr.
Duncan Fellows has been one of my favorite bands ever since I saw them with Houndmouth in 2016 or 2015. A perfect mix of indie rock and folk, this five-piece band out of Dallas TX gets it all right. They’re a rock version of The Lumineers with a splash of The Band and Bob Dylan. The fact that they are billed so low on festival lineups is insane; don’t miss their set.
The Nude Party
The Nude Party are playing a handful of major festivals this year, including Bonnaroo. Wildly energic live shows fueled by an obvious adoration of The Velvet Underground and The Animals, these guys know how to put on a hell of a show. These psych-rockers are going places fast; do not miss their set.
Slothrust’s lead singer and guitarist, Leah Wellbaum, is easily one of my favorite singers out there today. She oozes punk and grunge rock vibes. Her voice is delicate yet visceral at the same time. Their live shows are a wild mix of lyrical genius covered with heavy reverb, guitar solos, punk rock, and garage rock; think Courtney Barnett meets Nirvana. I can’t emphasize enough how spectacular Slothrust is. Go see them.