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BENJAMIN BOOKER

Festival Review: St Jerome's Laneway Festival - Hart's Mill, Port Adelaide (06.02.15)

It turned out to be another hot day out by the river in Adelaide for the Laneway Festival but thankfully, the site down at Hart's Mill had been fitted out to deal with the conditions...just. With a line up boasting some of the best names in music in the moment, I was so excited to get down there and check the festival out; I hadn't been as excited for a festival as I was for this one in quite a while.

Photo Gallery: St Jerome's Laneway Festival (Part One) - Hart's Mill, Port Adelaide (06.02.15)

Perfect Pussy
Pictured: Perfect Pussy

The Hart's Mill area of Port Adelaide played host to the 2015 St Jerome's Laneway Festival on Friday. Kerrie Geier was there for the AU review and brings you part one of her gallery from the day.

The AU Interview: Benjamin Booker (USA) discuss touring Australia, performing in front of large crowds, & improvising performances.

This week, Larry Heath sat down with the blues inspired singer-songwriter from America, Benjamin Booker, whilst in Sydney for Laneway Festival. We talk about the huge increase in fanbase both in Australia and the States since the release of his debut album last August.

Live Review: Benjamin Booker + Spookyland - Newtown Social Club, Sydney (02.02.15)

It's been exciting to see Spookyland re-emerge in recent months, off the back of the band's latest EP Rock and Roll Weakling. It feels appropriate to consider the EP something of a new start for a project that didn't quite take off back in 2010, when it was essentially the solo effort of Marcus Gordon. Though his debut EP showed tremendous promise, it feels that with a three piece band behind him, strong management and some finely tuned material, all that promise is being realised.

Photo Gallery: St Jerome's Laneway Festival Part 1 - Sydney College of the Arts (01.02.15)

Part 1 of the AU Review's photo series from St Jerome's Laneway Festival at Sydney College of the Arts. Featuring Andy Bull, Connan Mockasin, Highasakite, Eves The Behavior, Perfect Pussy, Benjamin Booker, Sohn, Angel Olsen, Eagulls, Ratking, Courtney Barnett, Dune Rates and Mac DeMarco. Photos by Johnny Au.

Photo Gallery: Benjamin Booker + Spookyland - Newtown Social Club, Sydney (02.02.15)

Benjamin Booker brought the blues last night to a sold out show at The Newtown Social Club with Spookyland supporting. Photos by Dan Turner.

Five International artists not to miss at St. Jerome's Laneway Festival 2015.

It's that time of the year again that we get ourselves revved up for the massive Laneway Festival tour of Australia, New Zealand and Sinagpore - the first date of which kicks off this weekend in the Asian city. Now the only question is: who do we see? We've gone through the lineup and chosen you the five international artists we reckon are not to be missed...

Class of Laneway Festival 2015 announces official sideshows!

A whole stack of Laneway Festival sideshows were announced over the course of yesterday, sending fans scrambling for cash and calendars. What's looking to be arguably one of the strongest Laneway line ups yet, the 2015 group of performers are looking to play some more shows on their trip Down Under early 2015, if you'll have 'em. Check out who is playing where below! Tickets on sale where noted. *exhale*

Future Islands, FKA twigs, St Vincent and more on the 2015 St Jerome's Laneway Festival!

After much speculation and wondering, the line up for the 2015 St Jerome's Laneway Festival has been announced with a list of artists that has indeed impressed. With the likes of Lorde, CHVRCHES and HAIM making the journey to Australia for the festival tour last year, the Laneway crew have gone and levelled up with their 2015 class, featuring some massive names including Future Islands, St Vincent, Flying Lotus and more.

Single Stream: Benjamin Booker "Have You Seen My Son?" (2014)

"Have You Seen My Son?" is the second single from New Orleans native Benjamin Booker's debut album, which is due for release on August 15th. An electrifying mix of garage-rock, punk and soul flavours from the Deep South, this song marks Booker as one to watch.

New Music Video: Benjamin Booker "Violent Shiver" (2014)

You've got to be doing something right for Jack White to take you around America as his opening act, so garage-rawk New Orleans songwriter Benjamin Booker looks set for big things. Though there isn't a date yet for his debut record, his first single "Violent Shiver" erupts out of the gates like a horse on Melbourne Cup day and doesn't let up for three minutes, with Booker's whiskey-and-sandpaper drawl leading the charge. Even if you can't make out the words, this is quit-your-job-and-hit-the-freeway stuff, and it's endlessly replayable.