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MoonTower Preview: Manchester Orchestra


Funkhouser’s MoonTower coverage continues this week with previews of the headlining acts.  Today we preview Manchester Orchestra, an indie rock band from Atlanta.  Manchestra Orchestra formed in 2004 and released their first album, I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child, in 2007.  Manchester Orchestra has since released four more albums: Mean Everything to Nothing (2009), Simple Math (2011), Hope (2014), and Cope (2014).  Manchester Orchestra is one of those bands which succeeds in multiple genres.  Each album explores different shades of rock and the combination of multi-genre sound along with the hypnotic vocals of lead singer Andy Hull make for a versatile listening experience.  Regardless of your mood, they’ve got you covered.  Want to just chill and hang out with friends, listen to “Pensacola”.  Need to get pumped up, listen to “Shake it Out”.  Want to watch a music video which feels inspired by Sylvester Stallone’s hit movie Over the Top, watch this:

Because of their versatility, Manchester Orchestra appeals to a broad fanbase which makes them an awesome band for an event like MoonTower.  Though I haven’t seen them live I did reach out to my friend Brandon who offered this summary of their performance: “Unreal performance.  In my mind, they completely overshadowed the bigger names I saw at the festival (The Strokes, Avett Brothers, Pixies).  [They] started off with their heavier stuff to get fans amped up and scare the <expletive deleted> out of/blow away first time listeners.  [Their] stage presence was incredible.”

Manchester Orchestra takes the stage at 10:00 Saturday night.  Tickets for MoonTower are available here and make sure to use promo code KSR20 to get your tickets for only $30 (normal price $49).  Doors open at 11:00 and don’t forget you can bring your dog or a kid under 12 for free (with adult ticket purchase).  Here’s the lineup:

MOON STAGE                                                         TOWER STAGE

Manchester Orchestra 10:00                                           Drive-By Truckers 8:40

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue 7:20                  Judah & The Lion 6:15

The Floozies 5:30                                                                 JR JR 4:45

The Weeks 4:00                                                                   Mandolin Orange 3:15

Aubrie Sellers 2:30                                                             BASSH 2:00

Chrome Pony 1:30                                                               Blind Corn Liquor Pickers 1:00

Small Batch 12:30                                                               Johnny Conqueroo 12:00

No Fences 11:30                                                                   DJ Tank 11:00, and in between sets!

Article written by Josh Juckett