All right, so: You caught our post last week about this year's Hangout Fest, which goes down May 16-18 in Gulf Shores, Ala., and will feature performances from Outkast, The Black Keys, The Flaming Lips and more. Right? Well, maybe that gave you a hankering for a mid-May, down-South music festival, but the $229 ticket price was too rich for your blood. Or perhaps you wish there were a little more Americana and '90s-bred indie-rock acts on the lineup. Or maybe you'd rather drive the three-and-a-half hours to Atlanta over the seven hours to Gulf Shores. OK, you see where I'm heading with this.
Enter the Shaky Knees Music Fest, which is set for May 9-11 at Atlantic Station in downtown Atlanta. While Shaky isn't among Outkast's 40 planned festival stops, it will feature performances from such titans of folk, roots and indie as Alabama Shakes, The National, Modest Mouse (also playing Hangout), Spoon (their first scheduled show in nearly two years), Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Violent Femmes, Local Natives, The Gaslight Anthem, The Hold Steady, Conor Oberst (also playing Hangout), Dropkick Murphys, Jason Isbell, Jenny Lewis, Dawes, Foals, Iron and Wine, Deer Tick, White Denim and beyond. In addition to Isbell, other locals on the bill include Fly Golden Eagle, The Weeks, The Whigs, Apache Relay and Kopecky Family Band.