Shaky Knees 2018: Review + Photos

Published: May 10, 2018
The prestige of American music festival has been on the decline for many years now. It’s become easy to deride the Coachellas, Lollapaloozas, Bonnaroos and GovBalls as they’ve steadily fallen into the feckless, homogenized abyss of basing the entirety of their lineups on Spotify play counts and giving amplifiers and stature to record-player players. This was inevitable. We come to think of these festivals as being our own because our experiences within these hallowed augmented realities often feel so profound and transformative. But the corporations have meticulously and insidiously infiltrated our isolated and fleeting pockets of joy, one by one, and put profits ahead of posterity. Enter Atlanta’s Shaky Knees festival. While so many other festivals have languished in an attempt to cater to ADHD-riddled Gen-Zers and furry-hatted molly-gaggers, Shaky Knees has consistently offered a tantalizing alternative, not to mention a decent-ass rock lineup. This year they went big, drawing in modern-rock paragons Queens of the Stone Age and Jack White, as well as a surprising handful of rarity sets from Tenacious D, Cake, The Voidz and The Distillers (who recently reunited after a twelve-year collective sabbatical). This jigsaw fell into place too nicely, so this year AntiQuiet decided to hop in on the
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