Mayer Hawthorne Oozes Sweet Soul at Culture Room | Music Previews | South Florida | Broward Palm Beach New Times | The Leading Independent News Source in Broward-Palm Beach, Florida

Concerts

Mayer Hawthorne Oozes Sweet Soul at Culture Room

Michigan crooner/producer Mayer Hawthorne got in R&B and soul fans' good graces a couple of years ago with "Just Ain't Gonna Work Out," a throwback slice of heartbreak off his debut, A Strange Arrangement. Choosy hip-hop imprint Stones Throw pairs well with a guy who isolates smoky cool from R&B of yesteryear and makes everyone pretend that those beats always thudded through the subwoofers.

A recent cover of Otis Leavill's "I Need You" shows Hawthorne is digging deeper than just Al Green and Curtis Mayfield for inspiration, and on this new tour with the County, sponsored by a major Japanese car retailer, Hawthorne is back with a fresh single. Futuristic by his standards — maybe 1989 instead of 1969 — "No Strings" does well by his falsetto, and the Classixx-produced track has a late-night, Pharrell-is-in-the-building feel. Bring the one you love, or maybe just the one you wanna love, to this one.

KEEP NEW TIMES BROWARD-PALM BEACH FREE... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Reed Fischer
Contact: Reed Fischer

Latest Stories