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As settles into the sound of his third album, Where Does This Door Go, he has made a departure from the bitter-yet-comical breakup tone of yesteryears and turned instead towards coming-of-age storytelling that sacrifices none of his signature style. Equal parts nerdy and suave, this Ann Arbor-native has been charming us his witty brand of soulful funk since 2008.

In May of 2013, his single “Her Favorite Song” boogied its way into our hearts and has been stuck in our head ever since. It’s hard to believe that the persona of actually started, as somewhat of a joke —- Cohen never anticipated it to go beyond his family and friends.

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I’ve been waiting for this show for a few months , so when 5:00pm on Friday, January 31st rolled around, I had my Hennessey and ginger ale primed and ready to go. was packed full of like-minded individuals ready to groove the stress of the work-week away. There were couples canoodling; there were groups of open-minded artistic bros shaking their bro-booties; there were vodka-drunk /gays taking off their shoes and saying “f*ck guys tonight, let’s just dance!” The Bottom Line: everybody there was to have some good ol’ fashioned

As he took the stage through neon -shaped doors, the crowd went wild. The ever-stylish Cohen and his talented four-piece band looked dapper as ever—“hipster-funky-sexy-”, I overheard one person call it. From the second he walked out, he had the crowd in the palm of his hand. His set was dynamic and alive, bringing the crowd up the borderline-dubby “Allie ” and crowd favorite “The Walk” and cooling everybody down with the sexy groove of “Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out” and “Back Seat Lover”.

There are only 11 more stops on his “Where Does This Go” tour and if was any indicator, will go very quickly. As he gains momentum with every stop, the charismatic Mayer Hawthorne is poised to be breaking on to the main stage in 2014. (The ladies are going to just love him.)

Mayer Hawthorne w/

Feb 18 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
Feb 20 – St Louis, MO @
Feb 21 – , TN @ Cannery Ballroom
Feb 22 – , GA @ CenterStage
Feb 23 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
Feb 24 – Cahrleston, SC @ Farm
Feb 27 – , NY @ Hall
Feb 28 – , NY @ Warsaw
Mar 1 – , MA @
Mar 3 – , DC @ 9:30 Club
Mar 6 – Detroit, MI @ Theater


Molly grew up in the Pacific Northwest before attending the University of Colorado at Boulder and receiving her BFA in Filmmaking. She is currently living in LA with her best friend aka her dog. She calls herself a writer/photographer.