How I Would Plan It: Shaky Knees Music Festival 2015

Shaky Knees Music Festival is a relatively new music festival (in its 3rd year). The fest takes place in Atlanta’s Central Park May 8-10 and has a pretty well curated lineup for such a newbie. Anyways, here’s how I planned it. I do appreciate all the stages having the same staggering on the schedules.

Shaky Knees Music Festival 2015
Friday, May 8
12:30-1:00 Blank Range (Boulevard)

I’ve seen Surfer Blood and they weren’t incredibly inspiring, but they have a decent batch of songs. But I’d be interested to see Blank Range has to offer.
1:00-1:45 Halsey (Buford Hwy)
Well, I did just tell you to check out Halsey, so check out Halsey. That said, this might be one of the worst fest conflicts I’ve seen before 2:00
1:45-2:30 Jukebox the Ghost (Peachtree)
Alright, I guess I can do this one.
2:30-3:15 Tennis (Buford Hwy)
Man, I loved John Grant’s album a couple of years ago, but I hear Tennis is pretty epic, so we’ll give them the nod, but maybe check out a bit of John Grant.
3:15-4:15 Wavves (Boulevard)
Nathan Williams is one of the greatest purveyors of 90’s style alt-rock in today’s landscape.
4:15-5:15 Mac DeMarco (Ponce De Leon)
A nice critical darling to get you into the late of the day. Should be a fun one.
5:15-6:15 Manchester Orchestra (Peachtree)
In Manchester Orchestra vs Kaiser Chiefs, I’m taking the home team.
6:15-7:15 TV on the Radio (Piedmont)
A little indie-rock royalty, but you might feel like splitting this one with Death From Above or Mountain Goats, whatever you’re into. I know, I’m not helping.
7:15-8:15 Mastodon (Peachtree)
What the hell, Mastodon vs American Football? Home team again.
8:15-9:00 James Blake (Buford Hwy)
I love me some James Blake, so this can be my one split set for the day
9:00-9:30 the Pixies (Piedmont)
And let’s hope Francis saves the big ones for the end.
9:30-11:00 the Strokes (Peachtree)
Umm, be ready to wait, both times I’ve seen them they were 20-30 minutes late.

Saturday, May 9
12:30-1:15 Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band (Buford Hwy)

the Bad Books frontman had a couple nice solo records a couple years back
1:15-2:00 Speedy Ortiz (Boulevard)
Sadie DuPuis is a rock star, but Mariachi El Bronx are a fun show too.
2:00-2:45 Viet Cong (Buford Hwy)
Their self-titled debut is one of my top-rated records so far for 2015.
2:45-3:45 Real Estate (Peachtree)
This jangle-pop band is one I haven’t seen
3:45-4:45 Black Lips (Ponce De Leon)
Another local group, these guys always pull some tricks for their live shows.
4:45-5:45 Flogging Molly (Peachtree)
Time for a rollicking set of Irish rock
5:45-6:45 Neutral Milk Hotel (Ponce De Leon)
Honestly, I’m not a huge Interpol fan, and I believe this is supposed to be the last NMH tour, so this is a pretty easy pick for me.
6:45-7:45 Milky Chance (Boulevard)
I’m going with the newness of Milky Chance over the retroness of Social Distortion.
7:45-9:00 Wilco (Ponce De Leon)
More indie rock royalty I haven’t seen. Don’t care about Noel Gallagher when his brother’s not around for some classic Brit-Pop thrown in with all the drama.
9:00-11:00 the Avett Brothers (Peachtree)
These guys are festival stalwarts that are apparently starting to get some big headlining spots.

Sunday, May 10
12:30-1:15 Matthew E White (Piedmont)
I saw Nikki Lane on NYE this year, and she was pretty intriguing, but I think Matthew E White has more going for him.
1:15-2:00 Mini Mansions (Peachtree)
Wasn’t overly impressed with them when I saw them open for Arctic Monkeys, but the album is excellent, so maybe they’d be worth another go.
2:00-2:45 the Mowgli’s (Buford Hwy)
Another hot emerging band with a nice summer jam sound.
2:45-3:45 the Sheepdogs (Boulevard)
Canadian band with a bluesy rock sound. Or for more indie royalty, check out the Both (Ted Leo and Aimee Mann)
3:45-4:15 Best Coast (Piedmont)
I’m going to split this one and get some summer jams from Bethany Cosentino.
4:15-4:45 Heartless Bastards (Buford Hwy)
Then catch one of the best female vocalists around, Erika Wennerstrom.
4:45-5:45 Dr Dog (Peachtree)
Excellent indie folk band that I’ll be catching live for the first time this summer.
5:45-6:45 Panda Bear (Buford Hwy)
Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox has produced some pretty respectable records as a solo artist.
6:45-7:45 Ryan Adams (Peachtree)
From what I hear, the former Whiskeytown frontman has had a pretty impressive run on his current tour.
7:45-9:00 Old Crow Medicine Show (Ponce De Leon)
Looking forward to seeing these guys for the first time here next month
9:00-10:30 Tame Impala (Peachtree)
Along with the Shakes, these guys are the top emerging artists on my must see list.
Hope this helps.

Anyways, if you’re going, have a good one.


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