Perry Farrell is easily one of rock's biggest front men. The visionary vocalist not only spearheaded two of modern rock's most influential bands -- Jane's Addiction and Porno for Pyros -- but also organized and founded the Lollapalooza festival. Farrell has been a sort of Midas of music; everything he's touched has almost instantly turned to gold. Since the late '90s, Farrell has been taking spins at the turntables, going by DJ Peretz, his Hebrew name. So far, he's had no problem landing gigs. Perhaps it's his name recognition, or maybe it's his style. "He has an eclectic, unique perspective on music," says promoter Sean Carnahan. "Anything he does is creative -- from the way he dresses to the music he chooses."
Farrell will always be a household name. And by the looks of how great things are going for DJ Peretz, he's yet again spinning gold. "I don't give them what I know they want necessarily," he has said, "though I think I know how to give them something they'll want." We have no idea what DJ Peretz will play Friday night at M Bar, but here's hoping it's something addictive. Bobby Lane and DJ Hilbert spin when the doors open at 9 p.m. Friday, May 20. 404 Main. For tickets, call 713-222-1022 or visit www.77002.com. $10. -- Travis Ritter
Kants Say Good-bye
Saying farewell ain't easy. Both newcomers and fans of Houston post-punkers the Kants will have plenty to cry about at the Proletariat this week at the group's final show. Formed in 2002, the Kants stormed the Houston indie scene with their dark, melodic, fluid and distorted rock songs. Since then, the threesome has released several records and toured the country with some of indie rock's finest. This show will shred your ears and have you shedding tears. Don't forget the tissue. 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 25. 903 Richmond. For information, call 713-523-1199 or visit www.theproletariathouston.com. $5. -- Travis Ritter
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