Retro pop / soul artist Mayer Hawthorne will take his music in a new direction on Where Does the Door Go, claiming “I decided that I would want to make an entire album of songs that I would play on my yacht, when I was cruising on the yacht on the water.” The new album follows up 2011′s How Do You Do and the yacht-rock sensibilities were clear on the smoothly operated first taste of the album “Designer Drug,” a free download that the Michigan native released earlier this month. With a record release date set for July 16th Hawthorne will set out on tour with One Republic this summer, stopping at Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA on June 3rd. Tickets and information can be found here. Watch a preview for the album below featuring a series of cinematic door-opening scenes.
Indie chillwave artist Toro y Moi comes to Union Transfer tonight. Born Chaz Bundick, the South Carolina native just released his third studio album Anything in Return. Where his previous recordings were experimental collages of sonic textures and patterns, Anything in Return broadens Bundick’s palette to pair jazz and R&B structures alongside his staccato production style. Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with Wild Belle and Dog Bite can be found here. Below, watch Toro y Moi’s latest video for “So Many Details.”
XPN welcomes Citizen Cope to World Cafe Live at The Queen. Cope (off-stage name: Clarence Greenwood) released One Lovely Day last year. Though primarily focusing on an acoustic singer-songwriter style these days, the Memphis-born musician and producer blends his background in hip hop with the occasional electronic flourish to amp up his laid-back delivery. Tickets and information for tonight’s full-band show in Wilmington can be found here. Below, watch Citizen Cope and his band perform “Bullet and a Target” live at the Austin City Limits Festival.
Dublin native / Philadelphia transplant John Byrne will take part in the North Star Bar‘s Victorian Dining Room Series tonight. Byrne was formally the front-man for Irish folk band Patrick’s Head. Following the release of his debut solo record After the Wake in 2010, the singer-songwriter sold out World Cafe Live multiple times and opened for a number of well-known acts including Enter the Haggis and The Hothouse Flowers. Tonight’s 21+ show with Spoken Life is free; for more information, go here. Below, watch John Byrne perform at World Cafe Live.