Shaky Knees Music Festival is an annual music festival that takes place in Atlanta, Georgia. The festival was founded in 2013 by Tim Sweetwood in order to bring a proper indie music festival to the city of Atlanta, which already hosts festivals such as Sweetwater 420 Fest and Music Midtown. The festival is currently held in Centennial Olympic Park in Downtown Atlanta.
Shaky Knees began as a two-day festival and his since expanded to include a third day. The festival features both artists from around the globe and smaller regional acts, primarily in the indie rock, indie folk, country music, and alternative rock genres. Performances in past years have included The Lumineers, Band of Horses, The National, Modest Mouse, Alabama Shakes, The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Spoon, The Gaslight Anthem, Mastodon, Cage the Elephant, Dropkick Murphys, Iron & Wine, Neutral Milk Hotel, Old Crow Medicine Show, Florence and the Machine, Jane's Addiction, My Morning Jacket, The Head and the Heart, Explosions in the Sky, The Decemberists, Huey Lewis and the News, Cold War Kids, and The 1975. In 2015 and 2016 Shaky Boots and Shaky Beats, two sister festivals, were founded; these focus more specifically on the country and EDM genres. The 2017 lineup will include LCD Soundsystem, The XX, Phoenix, Cage the Elephant, Pixies, Portugal. The Man, Sylvan Esso, and many others.
The band began by recording and releasing multiple singles from 2002 to 2004 leading up to their eponymous debut studio album, which was released in 2005. It garnered critical acclaim as well as a Grammy nomination for Best Electronic/Dance Album. Their single "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House", which has become the band's most successful single, also received a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording.
In the following year, LCD Soundsystem recorded and released "45:33", a forty-six minute-long composition that was made as a "workout track" especially for Nike as part of their Nike+ Original Run series. In 2007, the band released their second studio album, Sound of Silver, to critical acclaim and another Grammy nomination for Best Electronic/Dance Album. Three years later, LCD Soundsystem released their third studio album, This Is Happening, which became their first top-ten album in their home country of the United States.
In February 2011, a statement was posted on the band's website that announced its disbandment. It was to be made official following a large farewell concert at Madison Square Garden on April 2, 2011. The farewell concert is chronicled in the documentary film Shut Up and Play the Hits and was also made available as a live album, titled The Long Goodbye, in April 2014.
After a series of rumors hinting at a possible band reunion, LCD Soundsystem released the single "Christmas Will Break Your Heart" in December 2015, making it their first single in five years. LCD Soundsystem later confirmed their reunion and announced an expanded tour, including appearances at several high-profile music festivals, as well as a new studio album, which will be released in 2017.
The xx is an English band formed in 2005 in Wandsworth, London. The group released their debut album, xx, in August 2009. The album was a commercial and critical success and was ranked highly on many best of 2009 lists, including number one on the list compiled by The Guardian and second for NME. In 2010, the band won the Mercury Prize for their debut album. Their second album, Coexist, was released on 10 September 2012 and peaked at number five on the Billboard 200. The band's third studio album, I See You, was released on 13 January 2017.