Shaky Knees

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The 2016 Shaky Knees Music Festival will take place May 13-15 at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. GPB's Trevor Young and Linda Chen will be at the three-day event, bringing you photos and reviews from the day's performances. Check out our live coverage on Twitter and Instagram at @OSTtalk

PHOTOS: Shaky Knees Fest '17 Day Three

May 15, 2017
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And so it ends...the fifth Shaky Knees concluded Sunday with sparks and cheers. See the last batch of photos in the slideshow above.

PHOTOS: Shaky Knees Fest '17 Day Two

May 14, 2017
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Shaky Knees Day Two is a wrap! Check out all our photos in the slideshow above!

PHOTOS: Shaky Knees Fest '17 Day One

May 13, 2017
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The first day of the Fifth Annual Shaky Knees Festival is a wrap! Check out the slideshow for a recap of all the bands that jammed out in Centennial Olympic Park on Friday. 

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Fantastic Negrito is best known to the world as the first-ever winner of NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest. But the blues musician has been working for years to get wide recognition. The next step will be a performance at the Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta this Saturday. We talk with Fantastic Negrito about his rise from the ground up.

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Ron Gallo doesn't care if you like him. The Nashville musician has bigger things to worry about, such as the absurdity of human nature and the question of greater purpose in the universe. He channels those thoughts with quick, punky energy on-stage. Ron will bring his philosophically driven jams to the Shaky Knees Festival this Sunday, so we caught up with him in the studio.

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Korean-American indie rock band Run River North will perform at the Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta this weekend. The band is currently touring to promote their latest album, "Drinking From A Salt Pond." We catch up with lead vocalist Alex Hwang and guitarist Daniel Chae ahead of their Shaky Knees show this Saturday.

All this week, we present the producers' favorites. Each day was programmed by a different "On Second Thought" producer and today, Trevor Young chooses his favorite music segments:

First, bassist Stanley Clarke is a legend in jazz, a pioneer of the slap-bass sound. He’s performed on more than 40 albums and has won four Grammys. Clarke is back on tour and we spoke to him earlier this month before his concert at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta.

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The 2016 Shaky Knees Music Festival brought big names in music to Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Headliners included Jane's Addiction, Florence + The Machine, and My Morning Jacket as well as acts with strong Georgia connections like Baroness and Phosphorescent. 

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Huey Lewis and the News had a formula in mind when they self-produced their 1983 benchmark album, "Sports." 

“It was a radio world back then… so we aimed every one of those tunes at radio because we knew we needed a hit,” Lewis said. “Now when I listen to it, it sounds exactly like what it was: a collection of singles.” 

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Julien Baker

The first Sunday musician was easily the most emotionally dense. Julien Baker, who we interviewed with "On Second Thought," gave an utterly gut-wrenching performance. Given the somber nature of her writing style and character, it was to be expected. But man, when you hear her voice in full force, it is something else entirely.

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Silversun Pickups

I feel really terrible for the Silversun Pickups. Once upon a time, they were the second coming of alt-rock groups like The Smashing Pumpkins. They’ve been out of the fray for too long it seems, based on their weak and unsure turnout Saturday evening.

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Saturday has begun, and as I had predicted yesterday, it is packed. While it was easy to navigate without bumping elbows every ten seconds yesterday, today is a different story. If you’re coming out today, be sure to bring your sidling skills.

Shakey Graves

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Shaky Knees is officially underway, and the Friday lineup is killing it. Sure, it’s hot and there’s a lot to see, but you tend to forget about the overwhelming nature of music festivals a few bands in.

Julien Baker

One of the featured performers at this weekend’s Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta is 20-year-old singer-songwriter Julien Baker. The Tennessee native’s melodies are admittedly melancholy, but Baker says there is joy to be found in her music as well.  She talks about the stardom that’s been creeping up on her and how her Southern roots influence her style.  

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Baroness is a heavy metal band from Savannah. They'll play the Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta this Friday. Lead singer John Dyer Baizley picks two songs that best represent the Peach State for our essential Georgia Playlist. He chooses tracks from Kylesa and Neutral Milk Hotel. 

The Brooklyn band Parquet Courts usually alternates albums and EPs in quick enough succession that fans never need to feel like they're waiting too long. The extra months it took for the group's latest record to hit the streets, though, might have seemed like cause for worry. Thankfully, the excellent, energized songs on Human Performance prove that even with more production, Parquet Courts' members have lost none of their raw, anxious energy.

It's been a remarkable 12 months for James Alex, a year full of contradictions and firsts. The lead singer and songwriter for the band Beach Slang, Alex and his wife Rachel had their first child, Oliver, to start 2015. Then in October, the band released its debut album, The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us, which has meant nonstop touring.

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There are nine spare, simple songs on Julien Baker's debut album, Sprained Ankle, and every one of them is sad. In fact, she came to the Tiny Desk with an untitled new one — since given the name "Funeral Pyre" — and she appropriately introduced it as "Sad Song #11." But Baker's shimmering electric-guitar picking, the purity of her voice and the yearning way she sings make each of her songs lovely and memorable rather than merely somber. She takes raw emotions and weaves them into perfect bits of memorable poetry like this, from the song "Good News":

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In this episode, music from Oh Rose!, Ty Segall Tiny Ruins and more.

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Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The attacks in Paris left 130 people dead. Most died in a concert hall, the Bataclan, listening to an American rock band, Eagles of Death Metal.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Three months after their concert at the Bataclan music hall was ended by a deadly terrorist attack, California band Eagles of Death Metal is back in France. The rock group's members say they have a "sacred duty" to finish the show.

It won't happen until Tuesday night, but the concert was already making headlines, particularly after frontman Jesse Hughes, speaking to a French TV station about the fallout from the attacks that killed 130 people, criticized France's gun control laws.