L.A. Confidential

Margaret Cho and Dave Navarro share their sonic tendencies

That includes up-and-coming bands, which often play live on the show. A few have become favorite artists for Navarro to listen to off air as well. Here are Dave's current musical addictions:

Gravenhurst, The Western Lands
"I discovered them [while] watching The Unit, the TV show about an undercover military group. During the end credits on one of the episodes, I heard this song called 'Black Holes in the Sand.' It just struck me. I'm never one to search something online that I happened to hear on a television program, but it just really hit me hard. They're pretty mind-blowing — my favorite band right now. Instant melancholy. I have to be careful what time of day I put them on because I could easily find myself in a suicidal state, which is actually saying quite a lot if a band can evoke that much emotion out of you."

kHz, Reality on a Finer Scale
"I played on a track from their next album. They're a metal band from New York with an amazing lead singer named Raiana. She's got this beautiful operatic voice that goes on top of this real hardcore metal. Just a really nice juxtaposition. A lot of females in the metal world try to emulate the singing chops of men. She remains feminine and the combination is really sexy."

The Start, Ciao, Baby
"A great band. Love Aimee Echo's vocal abilities. They're close friends."

Mickey Avalon:
"Don't believe he's put anything out this year, but I think he's just an incredible genius. His personality really comes through in his vocals. The music is very simplistic and there's something to be said for that. It's all about highlighting the personality, and he does that really well."

The Procussions and Mr. J.:
"Kind of a hip-hop thing. Real emotional. Stripped-down and positive lyrical content. These guys came on my show with a microphone and a drum set and pretty much blew everybody away."

Datarock, Datarock
"Fun. Kind of reminds me of Love and Rockets with the sax and the hokey guitar stuff."

Daniel Johnston
"He's a bipolar schizophrenic who's a really brilliant songwriter. Heavily influenced bands like Nirvana and Sonic Youth. I would highly recommend looking into this guy, and the documentary about him."

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