Gilles Peterson is a DJ on Radio One, and he grew up idolizing the BBC station's late broadcaster John Peel, whose recent passing has left a void on the airwaves. Peel hosted frequent live performances (aka "Peel Sessions") that are now emulated in spirit by Peterson's "BBC Sessions" on his internationally syndicated program WorldWide. And while there will never be another John Peel, it is of some certain comfort that Peterson exhibits a similarly intrepid spirit, roaming across musical genres to assemble his weekly free-form playlist. The forthcoming Gilles Peterson Presents the BBC Sessions (Ether Records/BBC Radio) features diverse program highlights from folks like Beck, the Roots, Matthew Herbert, N.E.R.D., Zero 7, and Detroit-based soul singer Dwele, who joins Peterson for this tour, which features DJing and live music. Gilles Peterson waxes eclectic on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Mezzanine; call 625-8880 or visit www.mezzaninesf.com for more info.
Staying in is the new going out, except of course when talented recluses -- in this case local triptronica three-piece Halou and Cocteau Twin Robin Guthrie -- venture into the night for the rare live show. Halou's husband-and-wife songwriters Ryan and Rebecca Coseboom and its mysterious producer Count haven't put out an official release since 2003, but they've recently completed the score to Quality of Life, a film about one man's struggle with his graffiti art that opens locally Oct. 12. This show marks Halou's first public performance this year, and the group will be accompanied by Rasputina's Zoe Keating on cello. The audience can expect to hear a lot of new material but, alas, probably not Count's remix of Rod Stewart's "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" In what must be somewhat of a wet dream for the band, Guthrie, whose work as part of the Cocteau Twins is one of Halou's prominent influences, will also appear on the bill. Guthrie is readying a solo album, Continental; has remastered the collected Cocteau Twins singles for a forthcoming box set; and recently collaborated with Harold Budd to write the music for shock filmmaker Gregg Araki's Mysterious Skin. For this show he'll be presenting brand-new songs not on Continental with his laptop and guitar, which will be recorded for future release. Catch these infrequent performers on Monday, Oct. 17, at Mezzanine; call 625-8880 or visit www.mezzaninesf.com for more info.