Video: Benjamin Booker slays Conan, hits Paris for La Blogotheque, plays Seattle's KEXP video stream series, too

Tampa boy done good releases his ATO Records debut next Tuesday.

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click to enlarge Benjamin Booker at Lollapalooza 2014 - Tracy May
Tracy May
Benjamin Booker at Lollapalooza 2014

click to enlarge Benjamin Booker at Lollapalooza 2014 - Tracy May
Tracy May
Benjamin Booker at Lollapalooza 2014
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  • Benjamin Booker at Lollapalooza 2014

The Benjamin Booker world domination tour rolls on, and on, and on, and on.

On Monday night, the Tampa boy done good continued notching late night television appearances onto his resume. While Conan web viewers got a performance of the 25-year-old's lead single "Violent Shiver," Booker — along with bandmates Max Norton and Alex Spoto — took to the TV broadcast and unleashed a very dank and dirty version of "Have You Seen My Son" complete with the punishing coda found on the group's forthcoming ATO records debut, set for release this upcoming Tues., Aug. 19.

You can have a look at both clips below along with two more videos filmed for long-running interwebs concert series La Blogotheque. The series has featured artists like Bon Iver, Alabama Shakes, and Vampire Weekend performing in non-traditional settings, and Booker's session was no different.

Filmed in the Parisian commune of Les Lilas as an outdoor market was wrapping up, the acoustic take on "Have You Seen My Son" finds our hero literally climbing into a trash collecting bin and being rolled around by workers who eventually join in using trash bags and a tambourine.

It's a rather powerful performance and a testament to the appeal of Booker's blues, which he marries with a love of punk and gristle-throated lyrics, resulting in an undeniably authentic, yet populist brand of rock n' roll.

Have a look at it all below, and see Booker & co. come home on October 25 to play the Coral Skies Music Festival. More information on that show is available here, and you can pre-order Booker's ATO debut here. Finally, Seattle's listener-supported radio station, KEXP 90.3-FM, will be streaming live video of a performance by Booker in their studio at 1 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 14 (today). Watch it here. Past performers have included tUnE yArDs, Lykki Li, The War on Drugs and Pixies.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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