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Mayer Hawthorne at the Roxy: Classic Sound, New Vibe

In this week's print edition of LA Weekly, John Payne spills good ink on Mayer Hawthorne, the new Stones Throw artist whose A Strange Arrangement is drawing rave reviews. Last week Hawthorne performed a release show at the Roxy, and LA Weekly photographer Timothy Norris captured the scene.

Mayer Hawthorne at the Roxy
Mayer Hawthorne at the Roxy
Timothy Norris

Mayer Hawthorne at the Roxy: Classic Sound, New Vibe
Timothy Norris

Writes Payne of Hawthorne: "He decided to move to L.A. a few years ago with his hip-hop crew, which is how he hooked up with Peanut Butter Wolf at Stones Throw. The famously knowledgeable PB Wolf got hold of a couple of rich and tasty soul-inspired-type tracks that Hawthorne had brought for him to check out. Wolf thought it was some from-the-vaults typa thing, it sounded so good."

Peanut Butter Wolf warms up the crowd with some stand-up. (kidding.)
Peanut Butter Wolf warms up the crowd with some stand-up. (kidding.)
Timothy Norris

"I had only ever recorded two songs," says Hawthorne with a chuckle, "and I hadn't even written any more, nor did I have any plans to pursue a career in soul music, or even record a full album of that material. But Peanut Butter Wolf was blown away and asked me to record more of that material for Stones Throw -- and you don't say no to that."

Mayer Hawthorne at the Roxy: Classic Sound, New Vibe
Timothy Norris