Mayer Hawthorne Brings the Soul Brigade to Oakland + Photos


Photos by Kola Shobo
Words by Brandon Diaz

As if Oakland needed any more soul, they sure got it from Mayer Hawthorne‘s stellar performance at the Fox Theater in Oakland’s Uptown district.

The evening began with a brief but lively performance from curly-haired songstress, Gavin Turek, who strode about the stage with Tina Turner flair in a stunning lavender dress. As the theater filled, Danish soul duo Quadron stole swoons from the packed house as vocalist Coco O. took center stage with a stunning sequined ensemble and ruby red lips.

Their 45-minute set was filled with lively songs from 2013’s Avalanche, all ears clinging to Coco’s angelic voice, eyes affixed to her striking pant-suit dress and tasteful fingerwaves. Sans producer Robin Hannibal (technically one-half of the band), Quadron held attention as they ran through a set that included “LFT,” “Sea Salt,” and a breathtaking cover of Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor.”

And as that sweet perfume of soul music washed the crowd, Quadron finished, allowing Mayer Hawthorne and his backing four-piece band to bring the funk.
Emerging from a glowing broken heart at center stage, the Detroit-area native brought a convivial night of neo-Motown to the Fox. Sporting a royal blue two-button suit and a pair of Nike Air-Max sneakers, Hawthorne lead his band through a nonstop set of grooves that kept hands in the air with continuous jams from his sing-a-long songbook.

Read the rest after the jump

New Release: Tokimonsta – ‘Half Shadows’


Tokimonsta today releases her new album, Half Shadows. Grittier and more upbeat than her previous work, she’s also got a slew of impressive vocal features, including Kool Keith, Jesse Boykins III, Andreya Triana, Gavin Turek, and MNDR.

Hear the full album on SoundCloud.

Facebook | Twitter | Official Site

Video: Tokimonsta – “Darkest (Dim)” ft. Gavin Turek


[kml_flashembed movie="" width="550" height="445" allowfullscreen="true" fvars="fs=1" /]

It’s been a while since Tokimonsta released Creature Dreams, but please believe that that joint is still in regular rotation.

Although it’s really difficult to pick favorites off the EP because it’s all incredibly solid, “Darkest (Dim)” featuring the marvelous Gavin Turek on vocals is probably one of our favorites – if we had to pick.

Featuring the lovely Turek herself, the video plays out like a breathtaking fantasy film showing the poignant intersection of the light and dark worlds. Makes the song seem even more like a prayer – so beautiful!

Purchase Creature Dreams on iTunes | Amazon

Facebook | Twitter | Official Site