Connections to Mayer Hawthorne

Self-described as "the only successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture," electrofunk duo Chromeo (P-Thugg and Dave 1) have been on tour with soul artists Mayer Hawthorne. Expect sexy jams tempered with plenty of humor. And talk box. Plenty of talk box. — A.M.

Cole Murphy, the visionary/mad scientist behind one-man circus Fine Peduncle, might not bring the biggest light show or the most equipment to Moogfest. But he's likely to leave the most on the floor. Starting with his clothes. Armed with little but a beat pad and some loop pedals, the neo-soul performer gives a reference point to sexy jams. He throws his whole body into his show, seeming to contort sound from his deepest being. In varying states of undress he pleads and cajoles in Prince-like falsettos. He writhes and gyrates, flings himself on the ground, crafts bizarrely fantastic rhythms and leaves the audience slack-jawed. — A.M.

There's revivalist music in a kitschy tribute way, and then there's revivalist in the sense that the musician (here, George Lewis Jr., aka Twin Shadow) has an old soul and would probably be more at home in another era. With his pompadour, love of muscle cars, velvety baritone and sultry melodies, its seems that Lewis is channeling a rockabilly sex symbol set to really infectious beats. — A.M.

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