They would easily be top 6 at Shaky Knees. Their last album debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200, and they were billed 6th at ACL in 2011.
...cool, didn't remember them being that popular.
Yeah, I think their popularity often gets overlooked due to the commercial success of other "indie-folk" bands like Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, and Of Monsters and Men. Interestingly enough, their last album dropped just before the indie-folk popularity explosion of 2012-2013. Robin mentioned in an AMA this year that one of the reasons why they took such a long hiatus is because they didn't want to feel pressured to change their style in order to compete with the mainstream commercial success of these other bands.
They feel more like a Shaky Beats band than Shaky Knees.
You think The xx is more like Major Lazer and Nas rather than My Morning Jacket and Florence?
I don't think The xx is like any of those. They started out as more guitar-driven indie-pop, but they've clearly moved in a synthpop/electronic direction. Also, you seem be ignoring the fact that Shaky Beats booked acts like Chromeo, Strfkr, and !!! last year.
Post by taylor52594 on Nov 16, 2016 12:12:09 GMT -5
Bought my tickets to head down for the third year from Pittsburgh. For me, I trust the guy to pick a great lineup. I preferred 2015 to 2016 lineup (Neutral Milk Hotel was a huge selling point), but I found enough that I really enjoyed (especially in the deep undercard), that I am confident they'll do it again. They manage to put together a lineup that contains so much variety while still being extremely focused. And the infrastructure of the festival is spot on. Just need a second bridge this year and I think everything will run perfectly. Anyone think the lineup will come out earlier this year since tickets went on sale earlier?
Post by markeortega on Nov 16, 2016 13:36:08 GMT -5
The deep undercard for this fest has always been the main selling point for me.
From last year, really enjoyed Day Wave, Julien Baker, The Japanese House, Barns Courtney, Baskery from the acts that played earliest in the day. Of the dozen-plus fests I did, I saw more music at this festival than any other. Some of that was due to there being little else to do on the grounds, but a lot of it was because I knew I'd discover some great stuff.
Post by taylor52594 on Nov 16, 2016 13:40:42 GMT -5
Also, website lists 60+ bands.. I could've sworn that last year it said 70, 75+.. For they're doing same number of stages, wouldn't it work out to keep it the same? Without removing a stage, I don't know exactly what they would do to account for 5 less bands a day.