Well, it took a couple days, but we’ve finally recovered from the three-day music celebration that is New York City’s magical Governor’s Ball.
We had VIP access to the show thanks to our friends at Schick Hydro and Edge Shave Gel, so we figured: What better way to crystalize the action than by reviewing the varied facial hair stylings of the headlining artists who performed?
Without further ado, here’s a quick recap…
Adam Granduciel of The War on Drugs: Not many long-haired rock stars keep it clean on the cheeks and chin, but Granduciel looks about as smooth as he sings.
Colin Meloy of The Decemberists: We remember when Meloy looked more like a fresh-faced Silicon Valley entrepreneur than an indie rock icon. But times have change and we dare say he is rocking the sharp haircut, light beard and three-piece combo.
Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys: Opting for a well-maintained five o’clock shadow works for Auerbach. Pairing that look with denim-on-denim gives him a working class vibe that would make Springsteen himself wanna throw back a couple cold ones.
David Macklovitch of Chromeo: Another five o’clock shadow aficionado. Not bad, but Macklovitch’s jaw is strong enough that he’d probably look pretty sharp with a crisp shave too.
Deadmau5: Pretty much the most cleanly groomed fellow we have ever seen. Hell, you can probably see your reflection in those ears.
Drake: Trademark close-cropped haircut with a slightly thicker beard than we’ve seen. Maybe Canada’s greatest living rapper is growing up a little bit. We dig.
Jim James of My Morning Jacket: This image was captured just as James was completing his transformation into Teen Wolf. We wouldn’t necessarily recommend this look for every gent, but rock stars play by different rules.
Noel Gallagher: The Gallaghers have endured their fare share of hate over the years—and dished some out too—but you know what? This clean-shaven 48-year-old Brit is looking pretty sharp.
Ryan Adams: Adams has always struck as the kind of guy who probably only needs to shave once a week. As such, the tousled hair offsets that baby face quite nicely, allowing him to rock out with reckless abandon.
Weird Al Yankovic: Say what you want about that beard, “Amish Paradise” just wouldn’t be the same without it.