Live Bands

Mickey Avalon with Daethstar, Lou

When: Fri., May 16, 8:30 p.m. 2014

He isn’t some rapper who grew up in the suburbs only pretending to have had a hard life in his lyrics; he’s a true comeback kid. Mickey Avalon (born Yeshe Perl) grew up selling pot alongside his mother; his dad was a heroin addict. Soon, Avalon struggled with a smack addiction of his own that would lead to prostitution. After meeting Simon Rex, aka Dirt Nasty (who recently performed at the Red Room), it was music that helped the Los Angeles-based Avalon stay clean. The shock rapper’s dirty music reflects much of his turbulent experiences — he’s also fairly misogynistic. He often channels glam rock in his shows, going topless with smudged-on black eye makeup. Nearly naked women are also a mainstay at his wild stage performances.

Laura Johnson

Price: $20