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Benjamin Booker at Governors Ball 2015

By Will Oliver, July 30th 2015

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There’s a revival of old school rock and roll at the moment, helped by up and coming artists such as New Orleans’ Benjamin Booker.

Booker’s smokey garage rock comes dipped in the roots of bluesy rock of an older time, given a fresh-faced revival that feels alive and well. He first caught my attention opening for Mac DeMarco at House Of Vans last summer, and he took his game that much further with an impressive showing at Governors Ball in June. His 2014 self-titled debut album (released via ATO Records) got deserved acclaim last year, and he’s already an accomplished live performer with all the confidence in the world.

The future of rock and roll is looking that much brighter with artists like Booker climbing the ranks.

Find some more photos from his Governors Ball performance posted below.
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Recap: Governors Ball 2015

By Will Oliver, August 17th 2015 — with 1 comment

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(Taken by Anthony Bauer)

There was plenty to love at Governors Ball 2015 this past June, featuring triumphant performances from headliners such as My Morning Jacket and Ryan Adams, to unforgettable performances from big groups like Hot Chip, St. Vincent and Weird Al, to up and comers like Royal Blood and The Districts, as well as the always unforgettable Future Islands. There was certainly something for everyone.

Since I strung together individual posts of photo sets and recaps, here’s a handy recap giving you everything all in one place. I’ve included a running list of all the recaps/photo sets in order of each day and set times, as well as my top 10 favorite sets of the festival. This year we also got a featured post from our very own Anthony Bauer, who offered a recap of the happenings from his perspective. Find all that good stuff posted below, along with some of our favorite photos taken from the weekend.
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Preview: Governors Ball 2015

By Will Oliver, June 5th 2015

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Today, Governors Ball returns to New York City to take over Randall’s Island Park for another edition of the annual festival. It’s hard to believe that it’s June, let alone time for another edition of NYC’s beloved festival.

By now, you should (probably) have a good idea of who you’ll be seeing tomorrow, as well as the rest of the weekend. But if not, I’ve compiled a list of artists who I plan to catch throughout the weekend, if that will help sway your decision.
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Gov Ball After Dark

Believe it or not, Governors Ball is right around the corner, less than a month away. Along with the festival comes a great series of more intimate afterpartys at venues across the city. Irving Plaza are hosting a bunch of great “After Dark” shows which include Benjamin Booker (Thu, 6/4), Atmosphere (Fri, 6/5), and Chronixx & the Zinfence Redemption (Sat, 6/6).

We got a pair of tickets to give out to all three of the shows. To enter to win a pair of tickets, Read the rest of this entry »

Governors Ball Single Day
Governors Ball Music Festival announced the 2015 lineup last month, and today they’ve announced the single day lineups for the three days of the festival, set to go down from June 5-7 at Randall’s Islands Park.

We still have to see the set times each day, but at least now you can plan out if you want to go to just one day, or even plan out who you’re going to see each day.

Single days tickets are on presale now, with the regular sale happening Friday noon. 3-day tickets are still on sale.

Find the single day lineup posted below:
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Mac DeMarco at House Of Vans (June 12, 2014)

By Will Oliver, June 23rd 2014

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Last week saw Mac DeMarco play alongside Charles Bradley and Benjamin Booker at a free House Of Vans show. The show itself sold out instantly, to the surprise of no one. I was only able to catch DeMarco and Booker, sadly missing out on Bradley’s performance.

New Orleans artists Benjamin Booker combines punk with added bluesy guitar influences that allow him to sound distinctive. He will be releasing his debut album (self-titled) on August 19 via ATO Records. Based on what I heard, it’s one that you may want to check out.

By now I’ve learned that Mac DeMarco won’t let me down. He treated his 2nd billing as a headlining spot, acting as if the night was his. The crowd to be just as much there for him as Bradley, and it showed. Mac fed off the enthusiasm of the crowd, delivering a typically sharp and goofy set that was a blast. With the release and acclaim of his new album Salad Days, its no surprise that his star is on the rise. Seeing him deliver countless fun live performances, I’m going to guess that the crowds will only get bigger and bigger. His success is well deserved. He will actually be playing another free show next month as a part of the 4Knots Festival at South Street Seaport. See you there.

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