Mickey Avalon w. Rapper Dan
Blue Moose — Thursday, April 23 at 9 p.m.
Known for songs like “Jane Fonda” and “My Dick,” Mickey Avalon brings his hedonistic, self-proclaimed glam rap to the Blue Moose Tap House. The “glam” label speaks not only to Avalon’s strutting, hypersexual stage presence, but also to how his music depicts the vice-ridden lifestyle and self-destructive behavior typical of a ’70s-era rockstar.
Raised in a L.A. in a household marked by drug abuse and the early death of his father, Avalon found himself in Portland, Oregon in his 20s working as a prostitute to support his heroin addiction. He eventually moved backed to California and struck up a friendship with ex-MTV VJ Simon Rex, who helped him make a name for himself throughout the L.A. club scene. Avalon’s 2006 self-titled album featured him paying tribute to both seedy and glitzy sides of Hollywood he had come to know and was embraced by fans and critics alike for being a unique and captivating contribution to hip hop for the time.
Avalon’s most recent EP release, I Get Even, came out last year and finds the rapper mining territory along the lines of that which first brought him success. Songs such as “Rock Bottom” recite the lowest of Avalon’s low points, but all of it delivered with his catchy flair. Although there are no rumors of any new music in the near future, whatever Avalon produces will no doubt be a sexy recollection of disaster and triumph.
Joining Avalon is Iowa City artist Rapper Dan who has a Watsky-esque white-boy vibe with songs such as “J Bieb’s Blunt” and “The Way We Drink.”