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Dave Lake
Mickey Avalon

Showbox at the Market

Friday, June 24

He may be Jewish, white, and a rapper, but you won't confuse Mickey Avalon

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Mickey Avalon Sexes Up Showbox at the Market With His Sleazy, Easy-Flowing Party Rap

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Dave Lake
Mickey Avalon

Showbox at the Market

Friday, June 24

He may be Jewish, white, and a rapper, but you won't confuse Mickey Avalon for a Beastie Boy anytime soon. Rising out of the sleazy streets of Hollywood, the 35-year-old Avalon spent time as a prostitute and drug dealer before finding success in music, experiences which inform the bulk of his lyrics, and also his look, which is straight out of a Guns N' Roses show circa 1987.

With just a DJ and a scantily clad dancer alongside him, Avalon oozed sex during his hour-long set at Showbox at the Market Friday night. Forgoing the usual hip-hop stage posturing, Avalon instead offered a slithery rock-singer approach, like the bastard son of Scott Weiland and Iggy Pop. Throughout the show, he removed most of his clothes--first his leather jacket, then his Mickey Avalon shirt, eventually leaving him in just his Chuck Taylors and jeans, his unbuckled belt dangling like a leather phallus, as if his already overtly sexual lyrics needed an exclamation point.

A steady stream of fans, mostly female, climbed onstage during the set, some hoping for a hug, others wanting to shake their ass (or grab at Avalon's); one even hauled up her shirt and bared her breasts before security ushered her offstage. At one point, Avalon snaked across the front of the stage on his hands and knees kissing eager female fans before returning to his perch at the foot of the DJ riser. where he downed another of whatever was in those plastic red cups he drank from all night.

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Dave Lake

Though Avalon's show wasn't flashy, neither are his songs, and his live show matched the scaled-back vibe of his 2006 self-titled debut, which includes lots of rock riffs as the backdrop for his odes to his wiener, his sexual prowess, and his wiener's sexual prowess. He's got a laid-back delivery and solid pop hooks, but his musical abilities fall far short of most of his peers, though there's no denying he puts on an engaging live show and has cultivated an alluring dirtbag persona. "Jen was a hurdy-gurdy, dirty little girly," he sings on "Jane Fonda," a tribute to his many conquests. "I heard it from a birdy, she could cook a mean turkey, with gravy, baby baby baby." It's hard to imagine Jay-Z writing something so silly.

Unfair comparisons aside, sweaty and all sexed-up, Avalon concluded his set with "My Dick," joined by openers The Divine and Lisa Dank. Though you're unlikely to see the word "classy" in many Mickey Avalon reviews, true to his word and with Sharpies in tow, Avalon parked himself at his merch table and signed body parts and posed for pictures until every last fan who wanted to meet him had the chance. His musical chops may be marginal, borrowing from rap and rock stars alike, but give the dude credit for knowing just how to connect with his audience--a move more artists should borrow from him.

Panty party: Opener Lisa Dank performed her half-hour set in nothing but a pair of panties and a T-shirt.

Smoke 'em if ya got 'em: Both Lisa Dank and Mickey Avalon puffed on joints during their sets, a token toke of appreciation from their audience.

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