Shaky Knees 2018 lineup is out: Listen to every artist

The annual music festival hits Central Park on May 4-6
The National Shaky Knees 2018
Matt Berninger of The National performs live for fans at the 2016 Byron Bay Bluesfest.

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In all the noise surrounding the College Football Playoff National Championship game (Dawgs! Roll Tide! Trump is coming! It’s raining!), you might have missed that the Shaky Knees lineup dropped this morning. The music festival—with headliners Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, and The National—returns to Central Park (after a few years at Centennial) on May 4 and runs through May 6. But if you’ve ever stared at the bottom of a festival lineup poster and thought, “I have no idea who these bands are,” we have good news: just like we did for Music Midtown last fall, we’re rounding up Soundcloud and/or YouTube tracks from each artist so that you can hear what the lineup’s all about. Take a listen (and keep in mind, some songs could be NSFW).

Jack White

Queens of the Stone Age

The National

David Byrne

Tenacious D

Fleet Foxes

The War on Drugs

Vance Joy


Courtney Barnett

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

Lord Huron

Manchester Orchestra

Matt and Kim

The Distillers


Franz Ferdinand

Jimmy Eat World

The Voidz

All Time Low

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

The Black Angels


Parquet Courts

Circa Survive

Greta Van Fleet

Rival Sons

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Sir Sly

The Menzingers

Chicano Batman

Andrew W.K.

Jacob Banks



Ezra Furman



The Frights


Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real


Alice Merton

Charly Bliss

Mikky Ekko

Mt. Joy

The Wild Reeds


Post Animal

Lillie Mae

The Night Game

Teenage Wrist

Marlon Williams

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

The Ghost of Paul Revere


The Sherlocks

Stop Light Observations

Frankie Rose

The War and Treaty

L.A. Witch

Sun Seeker

Liz Brasher

*Repeat Repeat

Songs for Kids
An annual Shaky Knees tradition, this daily performance series from nonprofit Songs for Kids features music from children with serious illnesses. More on them here.