MAYER DAYS BE MANY & YOUR TROUBLES BE FEW: For the longest time, I stumbled whenever I uttered the name Mayer Hawthorne. I kept wanting to say the first part like “Oscar Mayer” until I came up with a simple mnemonic. It’s pronounced “Mayor”—like he’s the big cheese, the guy in charge. When Mayer Hawthorne plays Vinyl on February 8 ($20-$30), he’ll be running the show with tunes from last year’s excellent long-player, Where Does This Door Go. The album seemed sonically influenced by Steely Dan and Hall & Oates, which might be why so many of the most ebullient cuts (“The Stars Are Ours,” “The Innocent,” “Her Favorite Song”) felt familiar and instantly hummable. Hawthorne is a consummate showman, and he plays like he’s running for re-election. He’s got my vote, I’ll tell you that much.
’TICS & TONES: New Politics might be my favorite Danish rockers since Junior Senior got me to move my feet. The band made their name opening for 30 Seconds to Mars, Fall Out Boy and Pink, and delivering infectious, radio-friendly tunes such as “Yeah Yeah Yeah,” “Dignity” and “Harlem.” New Politics play Vinyl on February 12 ($15), and the way they’re selling out shows on their current tour makes me think this might be one of your last opportunities to see the band in a fairly intimate setting.
ON SALE NOW: The one and only Bryan Ferry recently announced plans for a brief North American tour. He’s only playing 10 shows and two of them are at Coachella, but Ferry will play The Pearl at the Palms on April 12 ($49-$99). Roxy Music will surely be represented in the setlist, along with Ferry’s solo work, but there’s no telling how much of the show will be devoted to the retro-jazz arrangements of The Bryan Ferry Orchestra.