Swedish electronic duo and critical darlings The Knife have a reputation for constantly pushing the envelope, and their ritualistic live show is no exception. Featuring cult-like costumes, extensive choreography, and conceptual audience participation activities like "absurdist aerobics" and "danceoke" (a dance version of karaoke), the band's performances on the European leg of their Shaking the Habitual tour drew rave reviews in 2013. Following a rare appearance at Coachella in 2014, the band will treat North American audiences to their deliciously bizarre live show on a string of highly anticipated tour dates.
The brainchild of Swedish siblings Karin and Olof Dreijer, The Knife formed in 1999, generating copious amounts of buzz with the stark and beautifully tortured sound of 2003's Deep Cuts. The band's masked appearance and reticence to do interviews added to their mystique, making their decision in 2005 to start performing live for the first time all the more welcome by their legions of fans. Following the 2006 release of Silent Shout, named Album of the Year by Pitchfork, The Knife embarked on their first world tour, flooring audiences with their audiovisual ambition and crypto-symbolism. The release of Shaking the Habitual in 2012 earned the band another round of praise, setting the stage for another critically acclaimed tour in 2013/14.