Album Mini-review: Mayer Hawthorne — Man About Town

File next to: Marvin Gaye, The Dramatics, Fitz and the Tantrums On his 2009 debut, Detroiter Mayer Hawthorne showed just how developed an artist he was; that album – wholly realized on a laptop – was an effective pastiche of classic soul and r&b. The highlight of Hawthorne’s résumé up to that point was his

Concert Preview: Superhumanoids and Mayer Hawthorne

Coming this Friday (September 20, 2013) to Asheville NC’s Orange Peel: Los Angeles-based band Superhumanoids, opening for Mayer Hawthorne. The trio’s sound owes a stylistic debt to 80s synth-centric pop, most notably Berlin (the airy vocals of Sarah Chernoff, one of the group’s two singers), Depeche Mode (via the synth bass and drum machines) and

Moogfest 2011 Recap: Day 1, Part 1: Matthew Dear, Mayer Hawthorne, Tangerine Dream

Matthew Dear Well, somebody has to go on first, right? The three-day Moogfest kicked off just after 5pm on Friday. Spread across more than a half-dozen venues throughout downtown Asheville NC, the event brings together a dizzying array of musical styles, including up-and-comers as well as legendary names. Many of the latter include artists one

Album Review: Mayer Hawthorne – How Do You Do

Get ready for a musical experience that will take you back to early 70s Detroit. Close your eyes while listening to How Do You Do, the second full-length from Mayer Hawthorne, and you’ll have no difficulty imagining yourself seated on a comfy naugahyde couch. If you’re a gentleman, you might just imagine a lovely lady

EP Review: Mayer Hawthorne – Impressions

What can I say? I’m old-school. It’s only an album if you can hear it and hold it in your hand. But modern technology being what it is, and the economics of the music industry being what they are, I do understand that there are times when a digital-only release makes economic sense for an

Mayer Hawthorne: A Strangely Familiar Arrangement

I get a lot of invitations to live shows. It’s a perquisite of the job. For many of them I pass, sticking to the ones that pique my interest in some way. So, for example, when I’m offered passes to an Indigo Girls show at a local sold-out festival, I politely turn down the offer.

Mayer Hawthorne Wants to Hang out With You. Yeah, You.

Modern soul stylist Mayer Hawthorne is touring to support his latest — well, his only to date — A Strange Arrangement. Before the show he wants to hang. Details, such as they are, are below. I’m attending the Asheville one at The Orange Peel on October 25. Check him out; should be good…

Hot off the Press: Redd Kross’ Hot Issue

This is the second of three non-overlapping Redd Kross features. Enjoy. — bk In a way, Redd Kross is a band captured in time. When brothers Jeff and Steve McDonald launched their punk group in their hometown of Hawthorne, California (a fertile musical ground that also gave the world the Beach Boys and Emitt Rhodes),

Shootout at the Bubblegum Factory: Redd Kross

This is the first of three non-overlapping Redd Kross features. Enjoy. — bk Since forming in 1980, Hawthorne, California-based Redd Kross has been expertly straddling the link between punk rock and power pop. And at its best, the band has erased the arbitrary line between those styles. Nearly 15 years after ending a lengthy hiatus,

Album Review: Redd Kross — Third Eye

Redd Kross’ Third Eye was released mid-September 1990. Notwithstanding the pop singles charts (then topped by a Latin dance pop ditty called “If Wishes Came True”), the rock scene was dominated then by acts like Jane’s Addiction, Gene Loves Jezebel and the ubiquitous and gruesome “Joey” from Concrete Blonde. Into that relatively dour and joyless