For Shaky Knees’ fifth anniversary, the festival got straight down to business. With an incredibly solid lineup that offered some of the best indie rock around, you’d be hard pressed to find a more focused fest this year.
IMG_9164Established icons like The Shins, LCD Soundsystem and The Pixies complimented festival favorites Cage The Elephant, The XX, Warpaint, Car Seat Headrest and more. Instead of hoping for your favorite band in a scattershot of alt offerings, Shaky Knees assembled some of the best names in indie rock all in one place.

Here are some of our favorite acts from the weekend:

The Pixies

Photo by Brandon Harrington

It’s been awhile since The Pixies have graced us with a performance at a major festival, and with two new albums out since their heyday, it’s an incredibly exciting time to see the band live.

Cage The Elephant
Cage2Photo by Brandon Harrington

Cage the Elephant are some of the best performers around, and seeing them in person is always a thrilling experience. Raw, wild and full of energy, the band is as amazing to photograph as they are to watch.

The XX XXPhoto by Brandon Harrington

The XX have some of the most intimate and emotional performances around, and watching the duo interact on stage is a must for any contemporary music fan.

Car Seat Headrest
Car Seat HeadrestPhoto by Brandon Harrington

Car Seat Headrest have quickly taken over every fest on an international level and have established themselves as indie rock darlings. Booking the young band was a no brainer for Shaky Knees.

LCD Soundsystem
LCDPhoto by Brandon Harrington

It isn’t a party until you’ve heard LCD Soundsystem’s classics live. The band graced Shaky Knees with singles and new material from their SNL appearance.

Dr. Dog
Dr DogPhoto by Brandon Harrington

We never get tired of seeing Dr. Dog and neither does Shaky Knees. The band has played three of five years of the fest and will hopefully have even more new albums next time they play the fest.

The GrowlersGrowlersPhoto by Brandon Harrington

California favorites The Growlers have been playing nonstop since their last album and have matured incredibly since their early days at Observatory. From throwing their own fest to placing high on some of our favorite lineups of the year, it’s always a blast seeing Brooks belt out the classics.

The Shins
Shins2Photo by Brandon Harrington

Crowd favorites The Shins brought a psychedelic backdrop and some of their best hits to a welcoming crowd. With the addition of their latest album Heartworms, the band had a well-rounded set and drew from a wide range of material.

FIDLARPhoto by Brandon Harrington

We want a new Fidlar album. Fast, frantic and fun, the young rockers turned a new corner on their second release and we’re waiting for that third hit.

We also can’t forget Bleachers, Wolf Parade, Bishop Briggs, Catfish and the Bottlemen and that wonderful crowd and that giant Ziggy, so check them out in our photo gallery.


Bleachers by Brandon Harrington

Wolf Parade

Wolf Parade by Brandon Harrington

Bishop Briggs

Bishop Briggs by Brandon Harrington

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen by Brandon Harrington

Ziggy Stardust

Ziggy Stardust by Brandon Harrington

Shaky Knees

ShakyAnd that’s it for 2017! We had a wonderful year and can’t wait for what’s next for Shaky Knees.

Photos by Brandon Harrington