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Tuxedo: “Perfect is Boring.”

Tuxedo is a retro-funk duo fronted by two established artists. Mayer Hawthorne made his name as a modern-day soul crooner with a style firmly rooted in the music of his Detroit hometown. Seattle-based Jake One is a hip-hop producer and member of the famed Rhymesayers Syndicate. Both have earned Grammy nominations for their past work.

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

Musoscribe’s Best of 2010: Live Shows

I was lucky enough to attend nearly two dozen concerts in 2010. Most of the shows were at small, intimate clubs; a couple were in large halls or arenas. I primarily went to local shows in Asheville NC, but occasionally traveled out of town, and for a couple, nearly halfway across the country. With few

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…