Shaky Knees 2024 Preview

Limbs quake once again as Shaky Knees returns to Atlanta, Friday-Sunday, May 3rd-5th: FRIDAY, MAY 3rd   Peachtree Stage presented by Verizon   Noah Kahan, 9:30 PM – 11:00...
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Shaky Knees

Limbs quake once again as Shaky Knees returns to Atlanta, Friday-Sunday, May 3rd-5th:



Peachtree Stage presented by Verizon


Noah Kahan, 9:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Check out the folk-infused pop of Noah Kahan (QRO photos at a ’23 festival), coming to headline Shaky Knees (QRO photos at a ’24 festival) behind last year’s Sick Season (QRO photos from last summer).

Noah Kahan

Interpol, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

When the Lower East Side music scene broke out at the beginning of this century/millennium, one of the biggest breakouts was neo-New Wave outfit Interpol (QRO live review) with Turn On the Bright Lights and Antics. Unfortunately, 2007 major label debut Our Love To Admire (QRO review) was a serious disappointment, leading to a hiatus (where singer/guitarist Paul Banks did his own solo thing as Julian Plenti – QRO European tour review). But 2010’s return to Matador Records Interpol (QRO review) was a return to form, and so was their live show (QRO photos at a festival), even on the festival circuit (QRO photos at a festival).

Of course, the following year saw another hiatus (with Paul Banks going solo again, this time under his own name – QRO album review), but the band returned once more (QRO photos at a festival), with 2015’s El Pintor (QRO review), 2018’s strong Marauder (QRO review), 2022’s The Other Side of Make-Believe (QRO review), and live show (QRO live review of Marauder release party). They (QRO photos in NYC) come back to Shaky Knees (QRO ’22 live review) for a third time (QRO photos at Shaky Knees ’19QRO photos at Shaky Knees ’15).


The Revivalists, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

New Orleans seven-piece Americana rock band The Revivalists (QRO photos at a ’22 festival) have been reviving N’Orleans rock in such hit singles as platinum “Wish I Knew You” and “All My Friends”. Look for their friends to shimmy back over to Atlanta to catch them back at Shaky Knees (QRO photos at a ’23 festival) behind last year’s Pour It Out Into the Night (QRO review) and their electric live show (QRO ’23 live review outdoors).

The Revivalists

Del Water Gap, 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Brooklyn singer/songwriter Samuel Holden Jaffe comes to Shaky Knees as Del Water Gap (QRO photos) behind last year’s sophomore full-length, I Miss You + I Haven’t Left Yet.

Del Water Gap


Odie Leigh, 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

Linka Moja, 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM

Songs for Kids, 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Odie Leigh


Piedmont Stage


Arcade Fire, 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

After making the biggest indie-smash since The Strokes with the already-seminal Funeral back in 2004/2005, and leading the charge of the ‘Canadian Invasion’, Montreal’s own Arcade Fire (QRO live review) followed that up in 2007 with the excellent-even-if-it-couldn’t-be-Funeral Neon Bible (QRO review). But after playing to bigger-and-bigger-and-bigger venues (QRO live review outdoors), the massive ensemble took a much-needed break, yet they returned in 2010 (QRO photos of first U.S. show in three years), and as one of the biggest bands in indie-rock (QRO photos at a festival), with The Suburbs (QRO review), which managed to win the Grammy for Record of the Year.

Of course, that meant hipsters were obligated to hate the band (QRO photos headlining Madison Square Garden), and unfortunately some of that came true in 2014 with Reflektor (QRO review). A double-album where the band now follows the trend of indie going disco-dance, it divided critics, and coupled with a massive promotional push that included not only the season premiere of Saturday Night Live but a special afterwards, not to mention Kimmel on top of the Capitol Records building and similarly divisive intimate shows (where they required the crowd to dress up, fooled on where the stage was, and did no encores) grabbing attention during the new music fest CMJ (QRO recap), it all almost seemed designed to jump the shark. And it was followed by 2017’s disappointing even-bigger Everything Now (QRO review).

But in 2022, two seismic events happened for the band (QRO photos at a festival). We (QRO review) was the return to amazing form that we had all wanted. But frontman Win Butler was accused of several instances of sexual misconduct. He and his wife/co-frontwoman Régine Chassagne denied the allegations, but it did result in artists like Feist & Beck to drop out from their tour (QRO ‘22 photos). Whatever the case, their live show is still sure to light up Shaky Knees (QRO photos at a festival).

Arcade Fire

Young the Giant, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

These Irvine natives toiled for years as The Jakes, but when they changed their name to Young the Giant (QRO photos at a festival), things finally took off (QRO photos at a festival), with their self-(new) titled album & TV performances, including at MTV’s Video Music Awards. They’ve since been gracing bigger (QRO photos) and bigger (QRO photos) stages & shows (QRO live review), including festivals (QRO photos at a festival). YtG (QRO live review) come behind last year’s epic American Bollywood (QRO review), 2017’s Mirror Master (QRO review), 2016’s Home of the Strange (QRO review), and 2014’s Mind over Matter (QRO review), but they also play their classic (QRO livestream review of Young the Giant), and now return to Shaky Knees (QRO photos at a festival).

Young the Giant

Metric, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Is it wrong to resent a band for finally getting breakthrough success? That question is always at the heart of any discussion regarding Toronto based band Metric (QRO live review), as the quartet (QRO live review) has done pretty well for themselves (QRO live review). 2009’s Fantasies (QRO review) earned them a couple of Juno awards, as well as short listing for the prestigious Polaris Prize, two Canadian awards the band certainly no stranger to (QRO photos at a Canadian festival), and 2012’s Synthetica (QRO review) took them even higher, racking up Junos. While they may be one of the more mainstream acts in indie today (QRO live review), they are undeniably a charismatic take on the pop/punk genre (QRO photos at a festival), and their growing fan base (QRO live review) reflects this over and over again (QRO photos) – including playing Radio City Music Hall (QRO live review at Radio City) and more (QRO live review).

Always a safe bet to tear up any stage (QRO live review), Metric (QRO photos) comes back to Austin City Limits (QRO photos at a festival) behind last year’s Formentera II (QRO review), 2022’s Formentera (QRO review), 2018’s Art of Doubt (QRO review) and 2015’s Pagans In Vegas (QRO review). The band (QRO live review outdoors), fronted by singer/songstress extraordinaire – and your indie-rock crush – Emily Haines (QRO solo live review) is entirely capable of winning over the indie purist in all of us (QRO photos outdoors at a festival) with songs from Formentera II singles “Nothing Is Perfect” (QRO review) & “Just the Once” (QRO review) to Synthetica’s own “Youth Without Youth” (QRO review) & team-up with Lou Reed “The Wanderlust” (QRO video with Reed), to Fantasies” “Sick Muse” (QRO video) & “Stadium Love” (QRO video), to older numbers like “Dead Disco” (QRO video), “Handshakes” (QRO video), “Help I’m Alive” (QRO video) & “Monster Hospital” (QRO video).



Late Night Drive Home, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Ax & The Hatchetmen, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Ax & The Hatchetmen

Ponce de Leon Stage


Yves Tumor, 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Turin-by-Miami experimental electronicist Yves Tumor comes to Shaky Knees (QRO photos at a ’23 festival) behind this year’s Praise a Lord Who Chews but Which Does Not Consume; (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds), with his wild show (QRO photos at a ’22 festival).

Yves Tumor

All Them Witches, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

All Them Witches are coming down from Nashville to bring their unique stoner/metal/psych/blues blend back to Shaky Knees for a third time.

All Them Witches

Pond, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Perth has been gifting the world a lot of great psychedelic rock, such as Tame Impala and Pond (QRO photos at home in Perth), who come to Shaky Knees (QRO photos at a festival) for a second time in a row (and third time overall), behind this year’s Stung!.



TBA, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Winona Fighter, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

TBA, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Winona Fighter  

Criminal Records Stage


Switchfoot, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

After early success in the Christian Rock arena, San Diego’s Switchfoot (QRO photos at a festival) entered the mainstream with 2003 major label debut The Beautiful Letdown, and even won a Grammy in 2011 for ‘Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album’, Hello Hurricane (QRO photos at a festival).


Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

“An energetic mess of colour and tone” is Australia’s Psychedelic Porn Crumpets (QRO photos).

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets  


Wine Lips, 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Kid Kapichi, 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

Mali Velasquez, 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM

Wine Lips







Peachtree Stage presented by Verizon


Weezer, 9:30 PM – 11:00 PM

For a long time, the new output from Weezer (QRO photos at a festival) like 2010’s Hurley (QRO review) and Death To False Metal (QRO review) or the previous year’s Raditude (QRO review) wasn’t up to their nineties classics (and 2008’s red album-covered self-titled – QRO review – couldn’t hold a candle to the blue- and green-covered earlier Weezers – QRO blue Weezer live review – or PinkertonQRO deluxe edition review), but they still played those nineties classics like “My Name Is Jonas” (QRO video), “Say It Ain’t So” (QRO video), “Buddy Holly” (QRO video), “No One Else” (QRO video), “Surf Wax America” (QRO video), “Falling For You” (QRO video), and “Dope Nose” (QRO video), which can even lift later pieces like “Islands In the Sun” (QRO video) and “Beverly Hills” (QRO video). And their live show (QRO live review) – especially outdoors (QRO live review outdoors) at a festival (QRO photos at a festival) – has stayed great (QRO photos at a festival).

2014 also came Everything Will Be Alright In the End (QRO review), their best record in years & years (QRO Everything live review), then another Weezer, 2016’s white one (QRO review), another good one (QRO White Album live review). They’ve been releasing at a pretty steady pace, with 2017’s Pacific Daydream (QRO review), 2018’s Teal covers album (QRO review), 2019’s Black (QRO review), 2021’s OK Human (QRO review) and big rock Van Weezer (QRO review), even the recent SZNZ: Spring EP (QRO review), SZNZ: Summer EP (QRO review), SZNZ: Autumn EP (QRO review), and SZNZ: Winter EP (QRO review) – plus dude, Hurley (QRO photo). And their live show encompasses it all & more (QRO live review).

Weezer comes to Shaky Knees (QRO photos at a festival) after 2021’s epic summer baseball stadium ‘Hella Mega Tour’ (QRO live review at Atlanta’s baseball stadium) and more (QRO photos at a ’23 festival).


girl in red, 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM

Norway’s Marie Ulven Ringheim has been making waves around the world with her bedroom pop as girl in red (QRO photos at a ‘22 festival), like hit single “I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend”, coming to Shaky Knees (QRO photos at an Atlanta festival) right after the release of sophomore full-length, I’m Doing It Again Baby!.

girl in red

Royal Blood, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Embrace the fast-rising blues-garage of Manchester’s Royal Blood (QRO photos at a U.K. festival), as they come back to Shaky Knees (QRO photos at a festival) behind last year’s Back To the Water Below (QRO live review).

Royal Blood

Holly Humberstone, 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

2022 Brit Award winner for Rising Star, Holly Humberstone comes down to Shaky Knees off of last year’s debut full-length, Paint My Bedroom Black.

Holly Humberstone


Grace Cummings, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Lido Pimienta, 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

Songs For Kids, 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Lido Pimienta


Piedmont Stage


Queens of the Stone Age, 8:15 PM – 9:30 PM

After the dissolution of the hard rock Kyuss, singer/guitarist Josh Homme formed what today might be the biggest ‘stoner rock’ band in the world, The Queens of the Stone Age (QRO photos at a festival). This is the kind of band that can put fellow Shaky Knees ’24 performer Foo Fighters (see below) frontman Dave Grohl back on skins, get contributions from ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and the late Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees, and more. Maybe no record has matched Songs For the Deaf, but they’ve still delivered (QRO photos at a festival), strong, professional records such as 2013’s …Like Clockwork (QRO review) 2017’s Villains (QRO review), and last year’s In Times New Roman… (QRO review), now returning to Shaky Knees (QRO photos at Shaky Knees ’18).

Queens of the Stone Age

The Offspring, 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

Shaky Knees has punks from all decades, and in the nineties slot is California’s The Offspring (QRO photos), who hit it big back then with Smash and songs like “Come Out and Play” (the one with the “You gotta keep ‘em separated” chorus). While never basking in critical acclaim, they have continued to be a top-selling punk act to this day (QRO photos at a festival), even getting a reappraisal by those know-it-all critics, so they (QRO photos at a festival) are perfect for Shaky Knees (QRO photos at a festival).

The Offspring

Chicano Batman, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Los Angeles’ Chicano Batman (QRO photos at an Austin festival) first got notice in 2014/5 with Cycles of Existential Rhyme, but last year went full-on Gil Scott-Heron with 2017’s Freedom Is Free and energetic live show (QRO photos at a festival). This Dark Knight (QRO photos at a Gotham festival) swings back into Shaky Knees behind 2022’s Invisible People.

Chicano Batman


Dexter & The Moonrocks, 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Blondshell, 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

The Inspector Cluzo, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM


Ponce de Leon Stage


Miike Snow, 8:15 PM – 9:15 PM

Stockholm’s Miike Snow (a band, not a person – QRO photos at a festival) got serious notice years ago with their combination of indie-pop & electro-dance, especially live (QRO live review). After a few breaks, they’ve now come back (QRO live review), and come to Shaky Knees.

Miike Snow

Sunny Day Real Estate, 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

One of the founders of emo music around the turn of the millennium (and even before), Sunny Day Real Estate (QRO photos at a ’24 festival) have had a long legacy, and that’s included numerous reunions.

Sunny Day Real Estate


Microwave, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Quarters of Change, 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Pool Kids, 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

Been Stellar, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Been Stellar  

Criminal Records Stage


Palace, 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM

Dead Poet Society, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Bad Nerves, 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

Tigercub, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Friday Pilots Club, 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

Friday Pilots Club  







Peachtree Stage presented by Verizon


Foo Fighters, 7:45 PM – 10:00 PM

For some people, Dave Grohl will always be, first and foremost, the drummer of Nirvana, but he’s forged a massively successful career fronting his own Foo Fighters (QRO photos at a festival) for over twenty-five years now. Along with former Sunny Day Real Estate bassist Nate Mendel, Pat Smear (of iconic punk act The Germs), and Chris Shiflett (QRO photos at a festival), they’re up to record number eleven with this year’s But Here We Are (QRO review), 2021’s Medicine at Midnight (QRO review), 2017’s ambitious Concrete and Gold (QRO review), 2014’s Sonic Highways (QRO review), 2011’s Wasting Light (QRO review), and more.

There has even been pseudo-Nirvana reunions, like Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and Nevermind producer Butch Vig on Wasting, plus Grohl’s documentary & album about their old recording studio, Sound City (QRO album review). Grohl even broke his leg on stage, finished the performance, and toured with his leg in a cast while sitting on a specially made throne.

In 2022, Foo drummer Taylor Hawkins tragically passed away, putting the band into forced hiatus. But they’ve returned this here with the cathartic But Here We Are, and now come back to headline Shaky Knees.

Foo Fighters

Billy Idol, 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM

Sunday will be a nice day for Billy Idol (QRO photos at a festival). Possessing maybe the definite punk look (QRO photos), Idol (QRO photos at a festival) was one of the first stars for MTV (back when it played music), thanks to his “Rebel Yell”, and has been enjoying a recent revival thanks to working with none other than Miley Cyrus (QRO review appearing with her at a festival) and EPs like The Roadside (QRO review) and The Cage (QRO photos), playing his second Shaky Knees in three years (QRO photos at a ’21 festival).

Billy Idol

Men I Trust, 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

Montreal brings the very indie electro-pop of Men I Trust (QRO photos in Montreal), who are Untourable (QRO photos).

Men I Trust


Nova Twins, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Fazerdaze, 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

Songs For Kids, 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Nova Twins


Piedmont Stage  

Portugal. The Man, 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM

Shaky Knees draws from very farther up north with Alaska/Portland’s Portugal. The Man (QRO photos at a festival). The rambling grunge outfit garnered new fans with 2007 sophomore release Church Mouth (QRO review), and its unhinged alt-rock (QRO live review), though slipped somewhat since then, even while finally playing Europe (QRO photos at a European festival) and becoming a festival favorite (QRO photos at a festival).

Their major label debut In the Mountain In the Cloud (QRO review) was more psych-lite, but they still bring it live (QRO live review), and even went Down Under (QRO photos at a festival) after 2013’s release of follow-up Evil Friends (QRO review), hitting both the festival circuit (QRO photos at a 2013 festival) and live gigs (QRO 2013 live review). They come to their fourth Shaky Knees (QRO photos at Shaky Knees ‘21QRO photos at Shaky Knees ’14), after last year’s Chris Black Changed My Life (QRO review), their follow-up to 2017’s hit Woodstock (QRO review), which had vaunted them in popularity (QRO photos at a 2018 festival) thanks to big, Grammy-winning hit, “Feel It Still”.

Portugal. The Man

Waxahatchee, 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM

Katie Crutchfield’s acclaimed indie-folk project Waxahatchee (QRO photos) comes back to Shaky Knees (QRO photos at a 2021 festival) off the back of April’s Tigers Blood.


The Struts, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Everything old is new again, so embrace the unabashed glam classic-rock revival of The Struts (QRO spotlight on). In 2020, they (QRO interview) recruited a murder’s row of guest stars as they brought “Another Hit of Showmanship” (QRO review) with Strange Days (QRO review), and now play their third Shaky Knees (QRO photos at ’19 Shaky KneesQRO photos at ’16 Shaky Knees) behind last year’s Pretty Vicious (QRO review).

The Struts


Royel Otis, 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

Benches, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Royel Otis
Ponce de Leon Stage  

Matt & Kim, 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM

Serious, long-time ‘Friends of the Q’ (QRO spotlight on), it’s been great watching Matt & Kim (QRO photos at a festival) blow up so seriously – without losing their infectious cheer (QRO live review). Singer/keyboardist Matt Johnson (QRO interview) and drummer Kim Schifino (QRO interview) bring a self-described ‘onstage pizza party’ with their sugar-filled hyper-pop/rock on stage (QRO live review). Known for spreading their giant, ever-present grins (QRO photos) to every crowd they play for (QRO live review), large, outdoor stages (QRO live review outdoors) don’t faze them, and neither do massive festivals (QRO photos at a festival), foreign crowds (QRO live review overseas), beer launch celebrations (QRO live review at brewing party), or playing on holidays like New Year’s Eve (QRO live review on New Year’s Eve) or Halloween (QRO live review on Halloween). They also stepped up their musical game on 2009’s Grand (QRO reviewQRO live anniversary review), with Sidewalks (QRO review) the following year, 2012’s Lightning (QRO review), 2015’s New Glow (QRO review), 2016’s We Were the Weirdoes EP (QRO review), and 2018’s Almost Everyday (QRO review) . So expect them to rock the crowd (QRO photos), from old tracks like “Silver Tiles” (QRO video) and “Yea Yeah” (QRO video) to Grand ones like “Good Old-Fashioned Nightmare” (QRO video) and “Daylight” (QRO video) to Sidewalks’ “Good For Great” (QRO video), Lightning‘s “Let’s Go” (QRO video) and even a cover of Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend” (QRO video) – as the kids go nuts (QRO photos at a festival), and so do Matt & Kim (QRO live review).

The hard-working duo (QRO live review) are coming from going offline & back online during the pandemic (QRO ’23 photos), and come to Atlanta (QRO photos at a festival) to rock Shaky Knees again (QRO photos at Shaky Knees ‘18). And those up front better be ready for when Matt (QRO interview) sends Kim out to do her ‘booty shakin’ crowd surf’ (QRO photos at a festival)…

Matt & Kim

Dinosaur Jr, 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM

Back & better than ever is Dinosaur Jr (QRO spotlight on)! In the late eighties and early nineties, one of the biggest & best bands in the punk-grunge revolution was Dinosaur Jr (QRO live review), combining a hippie-punk ethos (and artwork) with feedback-driven guitar from the legendary J Mascis (QRO solo album review). The trio (QRO live review) was also characterized by Mascis’ controlling tendencies, leading to the departure first of bassist Lou Barlow (QRO spotlight on) for his Sebadoh (QRO live review) and eventually even beloved drummer Murph (QRO photos at a festival without Murph), with Mascis retiring the ‘Dinosaur Jr’ moniker in 1997.

But then the band reunited (QRO live review outdoors) – with original line-up! – to tour their re-release of old, Barlow-era records (QRO photos at a festival in St. LOUis). And they kept going (QRO photos at a festival), putting out new records that are some of their best yet, Beyond (QRO review), Farm (QRO review), I Bet On Sky (QRO review), 2016’s Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not (QRO review), and last year’s Sweep It Into Space (QRO review). So revel in the glory (QRO photos at a festival) that is Dinosaur Jr (QRO ’21 live review), who know how to play festivals (QRO photos at a festival) – but bring your earplugs or you’ll “Feel the Pain” (QRO video), because J’s ‘circle of amps’ is a force to be reckoned with (QRO photos at a festival), as they come to Shaky Knees (QRO photos at a festival) to make the “Sludgefest” (QRO video) a real “Freak Scene” (QRO video), because, Where You Been (QRO ’23 live review of Where You Been).

Dinosaur Jr


Loveless, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Arcy Drive, 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

Certainly So, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Arcy Drive
Criminal Records Stage  

Kevin Morby, 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM

Formerly the bassist for The Woods and frontman for The Babies, songwriter Kevin Morby (QRO photos at a festival) has since struck out on his own (QRO ’23 photos), most recently with last year’s This Is a Photograph (QRO review).

Kevin Morby  

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

Get on the Mississippi Blues of Christon “Kingfish” Ingram (QRO ’23 photos outdoors).

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram  


Lamont Landers, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Eric Slick, 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

Eric Slick  




May 2nd

Interpol @ Masquerade – Heaven
Switchfoot @ Masquerade – Hell

May 3rd

Miike Snow @ Center Stage Theater
Palace @ Terminal West
Del Water Gap @ Masquerade – Hell
Dexter & The Moonrocks @ Masquerade – Purgatory
Quarters of Change @ Vinyl at Center Stage
Microwave @ The Earl

May 4th

Arcade Fire @ Masquerade – Heaven
POND @ Terminal West
Yves Tumor @ Masquerade – Hell
Dinosaur Jr @ The Loft at Center Stage
Matt & Kim @ Masquerade – Purgatory
All Them Witches @ The Earl