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Duo de Twang @ Brooklyn Rod & Gun, 2/27/2014
Duo de Twang

Bass noodler Les Claypool's Duo de Twang played an intimate show at the Brooklyn Rod and Gun Club last evening, packing the room for an early show that was presented by BrooklynVegan and broadcast live on Tourgigs.com. The dudes kicked it off with "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver," and recounted the backstory of the eyebrow raising song title (it's innocent enough). Les and Co. were in jovial spirits, chatting it up as they dove through other Les-related hits. They wrapped up with "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver," landing on a familiar reference point for everyone, and then headed off to their second night at the McKittrick Hotel in Manhattan.

At the McKittrick, Duo de Twang was joined by Les's Oysterhead bandmate and former Police man Stewart Copeland, who played a single drum on Jerry Horton's "The Battle Of New Orleans." It wasn't the only guest appearance --- Blues Traveler's John Popper contributed harmonica to a number of songs throughout the show, among them a cover of Johnny Cash's "Cocaine Blues." Read more about it over at Jam Base.

Check out more pics from the Brooklyn show below...

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As discussed, Les Claypool's Duo de Twang play their second of two McKittrick Hotel shows tonight (2/27), and before that, they'll play a very intimate Brooklyn show, which BrooklynVegan is presenting. The venue was previously "secret," but we can now announce that it takes place at Brooklyn Rod & Gun at 59 Kent Ave. The 21+ show starts at 7 PM and admission is $10 cash only (no credit cards) at the door. It's a VERY small room, first come, first served.

If you can't make it, you can stream it live on TourGigs.com at 7 PM EST.

Duo de Twang

As mentioned, Les Claypool's Duo de Twang are playing two late 'Sleep No More' shows at the McKittrick Hotel this week (2/26 & 2/27). Thursday is sold out, but tickets are still available for the Wednesday show, and you now have one more chance to catch the Primus frontman while he's in town. Earlier in the evening, before the second McKittrick show (2/27), Duo de Twang will be playing a very intimate show at a secret Brooklyn location. BrooklynVegan is presenting the show, and we'll reveal the location on Thursday morning (we can say it's at 7 PM). Tickets will only be available at the door, and will be extremely limited due to the size of the room, but if you want to go for free, we're also giving a pair away. Details below.

If you can't make the show, it will be streaming live via TourGigs.com at 7 PM EST. Updated Duo de Twang tour dates, which also include SXSW, are listed below.

Continue reading "Les Claypool's Duo de Twang playing secret, BV-presents NYC show, which will stream live ++ win tix! (updated dates)"

by Doug Moore


We mentioned a few weeks back that Primus bassist/vocalist Les Claypool will be touring North America with his oddball skiffle project Duo De Twang in February and March, including a stop in NYC on 2/27 at the McKittrick Hotel, which is home of the experimental Macbeth retelling Sleep No More.

That show has already sold out, but Duo De Twang have added a number of additional shows to their tour, including an extra NYC date at The Heath, the bar/restaurant in the McKittrick Hotel on February 26, the day before the original date (2/27). You can buy tickets now. (Their 3/1 date at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY also has tickets still available.) Get'em before they're gone.

Check out all the announced dates and stream a tune below.

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The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.

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by Doug Moore

Duo De Twang

So here's a novel live package: though Primus haven't announced any tour dates for 2014 yet, bassist/vocalist/legendary weirdo Les Claypool will return to the road at least once this year with his bizarre skiffle-shred Americana project Duo De Twang, who will play a run of North American dates from January through March in support of their upcoming debut album Four Foot Shack. (You can preorder it here if you're a Claypool devotee.)

Anything involving Claypool will probably be at least a little odd, but the 2/27 NYC date at the McKittrick Hotel will be extra gonzo. The hotel is also home to Sleep No More, Punchdrunk's chaotic, creepy (and popular!) experimental production of Macbeth. Duo De Twang's gig is being billed as part of an SNM performance; they'll play after the theatrical segment. Sleep No More has featured musical guests before, notably Jim James of My Morning Jacket and MMJ collaborators Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

You can preorder tickets for the 2/27 combined gig here. They're a little steep at $130; if you just want to see Duo De Twang, you can catch them in on 2/28 in Woodstock, NY at the Bearsville Theater (tix here). Sleep No More-only tickets can be had for $80 on pretty much the day of your choosing.

Check out a Duo De Twang version of Primus's "Jerry Was a Racecar Driver", some live footage, and the full run of dates below...

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Neil Young & friends during Lou Reed tribute

The annual Bridge School Benefit Concert went down over the weekend (10/26 & 10/27) with sets from Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Arcade Fire, Tom Waits, My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits and more. On the first day, Neil Young joined Arcade Fire (like he did at the 2011 benefit), this time for a new song that Win said was written in a dream and inspired by Neil, and hence titled, "I Dreamed A Neil Young Song." Neil also joined MMJ for "Harvest Moon." You can check out an 8-hour full-set video of day 1 below (MMJ comes on around 4:50, Arcade Fire around 5:40, QOTSA around 6:40, and CSNY around 7:40).

On the second day, Neil Young, Elvis Costello, MMJ, Jenny Lewis and others performed The Velvet Underground's "Oh! Sweet Nuthin" as a tribute to Lou Reed (who passed away earlier in the day). Tom Waits also performed his first concert in five years, and was joined by Primus' Les Claypool on upright bass. His set, along with the Lou Reed tribute, can be watched below.

Continue reading "Bridge School Benefit 2013 in videos: Neil Young w/ Arcade Fire & MMJ (separately), Lou Reed tribute, Tom Waits & more"

Primus at Hammerstein Ballroom in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

Primus, who have been known to play in "3D", have announced another 3D tour to take place this spring. The tour doesn't bring the band to NYC, but as previously discussed, they'll be in the area for Mountain Jam (which isn't one of the 3D shows). All dates for Primus' tour are listed below.

Before that tour kicks off, bassist Les Claypool will be taking his Duo de Twang on tour, and that hits NYC on April 28 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates for both tours are listed, along with a video, below...

Continue reading "Primus touring; Les Claypool's Duo de Twang too (dates)"

photos by Greg Cristman


Les Claypool and gang are currently in the midst of a "3-D tour" which came through NYC on Friday night (10/19)...

"There was also a big screen behind the instruments, on which strange film clips were shown that were meant to sync up with the music. They did, but none of them made any sense at all. At one point there was footage of people arriving at Ellis Island and taking the oath of citizenship; all of them looked terrified. At another part there was kind of a Western motif going, and the face of the actor Lee Marvin appeared, sneering and snarling. At other points geometric shapes shot through space and vortexes of lights and colors danced and gyrated. We had been given 3D glasses, so all of this appeared to be coming out of the screen and down from the stage, during which time Claypool spanked the bass and never really sang so much as muttered in a guttural voice. Seldom could you actually understand what he was saying. It was kind of like the train announcements that they make when you're on the subway. But the lyrics aren't exactly the point here; the atmosphere is, and this was simply a spectacle in every sense of the word." [Steven M. Finklenstein]
More pictures from the NYC show, and the setlist, below...

Continue reading "Primus went 3D @ Hammerstein Ballroom (pics, setlist)"

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BK mags

We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...

With the opening of the Barclays Center (follow @BrooklynVegan on Twitter for some scenes from the chaos), both New York and Time Out ponder the changing landscape of Brooklyn in this week's issues.

Speaking of the new venue, Lady Gaga's MSG (2/22) & Barclays Center (3/6) shows sold out today, so she added one more at each venue. The new dates are 2/23 @ MSG and 3/7 @ Barclays. Both go on sale Friday, October 5th at 10am.

Other NYC shows that went on sale today include JEFF the Brotherhood, Field Report, Diamond Rings, Anais Mitchell, Kelly Hogan, Callers and Petty Fest.

And regarding that Staten Island politician talking shit about her, Lady Gaga thanked him.

As mentioned, Soundgarden is releasing a new album, their first in 15 years, on 11/13. Now you can hear the first song which is streaming at the bottom of this post.

In other bands who were good in the '90s Barclays Center news and, Smashing Pumpkins warmed up for their arena tour with an intimate, two-and-a-half-hour show at Stubb's in Austin last night. The tour hits the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Halloween.

Listen to the title track from Bad Brains' forthcoming new album.

Apple knows its maps app sucks.

Trevor Dunn, who is currently on tour as a member of Melvins Lite, took to his tour diary to comment on Green Day frontman BIlie Joe Armstrong's recent freakout: "That guy's main problem is that he doesn't realize that he is Justin Bieber."

Do you love the blown-out, pixelated artork on MIA albums? You may want to buy here coffee table book then.

On a somewhat similar publishing tip, Diplo "and photographer Shane McCauley are launching the zine series Blow Your Head. Each volume will explore a different country and musical genre.

Tour diaries are hot these days. (Have you read ours with Kelly Pratt whose touring with David Byrne and St. Vincent)? Diamond Rings and Stars writing about their adventures on the road for The Huffington Post. Those adventures included a show at Webster Hall this week.

Winter is coming for everyone, it seems. Neko Case tweeted today: "Dude. I'm just gonna admit to being balls-deep in Game of Thrones on CD."

While on the subject of rock star confessions, a recent quote from Pete Townshend: "What I remember of the size of Mick Jagger's penis - I remember it as being huge and extremely tasty."

If you need more, maybe you'd like to read some Phil Collins erotic fan fiction?

Speaking of St. Vincent, today is Annie Clark's 30th birthday. Happy Birthday, Annie! We always liked this picture of her, by Chris La Putt, from her days as a member of the Polyphonic Spree:


Catch St Vincent and David Byrne in Williamsburg Park on Saturday. How was their second Beacon show? Check out pictures from the first (also by Chris La Putt).

It's also Les Claypool of Primus' birthday, who turn 49. Catch Primus on tour this fall.

Not that surprising, but awesome -Austin just became the first Texas city to endorse marriage equality.

Austin music venue Scoot Inn, a popular place to be during SXSW, has a new owner.

Kreayshawn's new album flopped.

Mumford & Sons' new album probably won't.

more stuff below...

Continue reading "ALSO: new Soundgarden & Bad Brains songs; MIA art book; Diplo's new zine; Phil Collins erotic fan fiction; Apple maps & more"

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Primus came to town for a pair of intimate shows last week along with an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Here are pictures from the Brooklyn gig at Music Hall of Williamsburg. More of them with video of the TV appearance (on air and web exclusive songs), below...

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Primus at Roseland (more by Kurt Christensen)

Ahoy there all,
I just wanted to thank everyone for the support my nephew Mathew has received over the last year. It has been amazing how many folks have put forth the effort to help my brother and his family. Unfortunately, just at a time when he's learning to walk, little Matthew has had a major relapse and is back at Stanford Medical Center for treatment. To see what this little guy has gone through these last twelve months has been heart wrenching and to think he has to go through it again is just beyond comprehension.
Matthew will undergo an intense round of chemotherapy this month in the hope of getting his blood levels back to a status where he can receive a bone marrow transplant. As far as a donor, we have decent options within the family but there could potentially be a better match out there somewhere. If anyone is inclined, check out: www.marrow.org for information on how to see if they are good match for Little Matthew or others in the same terrible situation. It is a simple procedure to test and the program has saved a lot of lives.

Thanks again for the support,
Les Claypool

Here's to hoping for some good news for Little Matthew and the Primus frontman soon. Head to the link above for more details or if you can help.

In the meantime, Primus will try and move toward a sense of normalcy with a string of European dates what will take place after a smaller-than-usual-show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 2/8. Tickets for the Brooklyn show go on AMEX presale on 1/11 at noon and regular sale on Friday.

Primus are also scheduled to play Summer Camp Music Festival (not to be confused with Summer Camp the band who just announed some shows) in Chillicothe, IL from May-25th-27th. The three day festival will feature a bevy of jammy all-stars (moe., Umphrey's Mcgee, etc) as well as an appearance from Gogol Bordello who recently played NYC twice: Dec 30th and Dec 31st. Primus played their own pair of New Year's Eve shows in San Francisco.

All tour dates and some song streams are below.

Continue reading "Primus schedule initmate Brooklyn show, asking for more help for Les's nephew Mathew"

words and photos by Benjamin Lozovsky

Les Claypool

Primus triumphantly reunited for their first new tour in four years with gypsy punks Gogol Bordello, whipping the crowd into a mindless frenzy at the Williamsburg Waterfront Friday night (7/30). While its not surprising that one of the most irreverent and technically proficient groups of the "alternative" era were so powerful after such a long break from recording, what was intriguing was their ability to engage the crowd so thoroughly.

A lot has happened in 26 years of Primus's existence. Drummer Jay Lane left the band early and took a prolonged stay in patchouli country, playing with Bob Weir and Ratdog followed by Further. Leader Les Claypool dabbled a bit in that direction on his solo material, but always with an eye for innovative funk, avant-garde jazz, and futurism with a focus on his singular bass technique. Guitarist Larry LaLonde did session and touring work with artists like Tom Waits and Serj Tankian of System Of A Down.

So coming into this show, it was evident that the wide range of recent musical endeavors held by the three members would play interestingly under the guise of Primus. The end result was still a rock show tour de force, even if moments felt less Primus at full steam ahead and more like the confluence of these musical minds reinterpreting their previous work. The drums were looser on some numbers, like on the rollicking "Over The Falls." LaLonde's guitar was abrasive yet increasingly more blues-tinged and raggedy. It was Primus stretched out and muted, yet still brimming with aggression and plenty of warped imagery.

That said, Primus still proved capable of inciting furor on early classics like "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver," "Harold of the Rocks," and "Tommy the Cat", and it was a relief to see that Primus indeed still "sucks."

Nas & Damian Marley played the same venue one night later. Primus's setlist with more pictures and some video from the Friday night show, below...

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by BBG


As the mustachioed one (Eugene Hutz) announced last week at Brooklyn Bowl, Gogol Bordello will hit the road for a string of dates with the great Primus, tagging Williamsburg Waterfront on 7/30 along the way. Tickets for the Brooklyn show go on sale Friday at noon with an AEG/Radio/venue presale kicking off at 10AM a day earlier.

The Waterfront show is less than two months after Primus bassist Les Claypool plays his own show at Brooklyn Bowl with Hot Head Show. Tickets are still available for the June 8th show, and the Wellmont Theater show three days before that.

Gogol Bordello's new album Trans-Continental Hustle is out NOW. Primus, Gogol Bordello and Les Claypool dates are below...

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Modest Mouse @ MHOW June 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
Modest Mouse

Speaking of Wellmont Theatre, Modest Mouse - in addition to their NYC show at Williamsburg Waterfront on July 23rd - will be playing at NJ's Wellmont Theatre on Thursday, July 22nd. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/16) at noon.

In addition, 80s hit-makers like Crowded House, Huey Lewis & the News, and Tears for Fears all have shows coming up at the venue and it was just announced that Lyle Lovett will play there on Sunday, August 15th. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.

Les Claypool plays there June 5th (a few days before Brooklyn Bowl) with Budos Band and Hot Head Show. Patty Griffin is June 11th.

Flaming Lips are at Wellmont Theatre, one of several planned gigs for the band in the area, on April 19th.

Wilco recently played there two nights in a row.

Pete Seeger @ Clearwater Festival 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Pete Seeger

Clearwater Festival, the annual benefit for the Hudson River environmental group of the same name, will be happening this year at Croton-on-Hudson's Croton Point Park on June 19th & 20th. Pete Seeger, the non-profit's founder, plays every year - joining him this year will be Steve Earle, Rhett Miller, Joan Osborne, Buckwheat Zydeco, Felice Bros and more. More of the initial lineup is below. Tickets to the fest are on sale (and currently almost half the door price). Pictures from last year's day one are HERE and day two are HERE.

A bit farther Upstate in Hunter, NY, the three-day Mountain Jam will be happening June 4th-6th. The lineup for that includes Gov't Mule, Levon Helm & Friends, Drive-By Truckers, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, The Avett Brothers, Dr. Dog, Les Claypool, Jay Farrar (of Son Volt), These United States, Justin Townes Earle (note dad, playing above) and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger Band (the same, except grandpa). The full current lineup is below, and tickets are on sale.

Later this summer (in July), Camp Bisco will be in Mariaville, NY.

Lineups so far for both fests are below...

Continue reading "Mountain Jam (6/4-6) the Clearwater Festival (6/19-20) have announced initial 2010 NY concert lineups & tickets "

Stevie Wonder

After a hectic day of updating the constantly updating Bonnaroo lineup page, the entire thing has been announced. Gwar, Norah Jones, and the rest of the lineup below...

Continue reading "the complete 2010 Bonnaroo lineup (Stevie Wonder, The Melvins, Kings of Leon, Isis, Local Natives & many more) "


Wow...Public Image Ltd, The Specials, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Grace Jones, Fever Ray, Devo, Hot Chip, Phoenix, Orbital, Spoon, Sly and the Family Stone, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, Mew, Camera Obscura, Gil Scott-Heron, The xx, John Waters, Dillinger Escape Plan, Deer Tick, Gary Numan... Full Coachella 2010 lineup below....

Continue reading "2010 Coachella line up announced (Faith No More, Pavement, Muse, Gorillaz, Thom Yorke, Jay-Z, LCD Soundystem, ???)"

photos by Graeme Flegenheimer

Rothbury 2009

"It took Patricia Mudnich and Joshua Garcia two weeks, driving their RV about 3,100 miles in a winding route from Santa Cruz, Calif., to arrive at the Rothbury music festival in West Michigan.

Cool weather and a short wait in line after the campground opened Thursday morning didn't faze them in the least. The diehard fans of The String Cheese Incident -- the popular jam band which plays its only reunion show of the summer at the second-year festival Friday -- were all smiles.

"The lineup was so impressive, we could not turn it down," said Mudnich, 41, a high school English teacher who estimated the couple spent more than $2,100 on the long trip, including festival tickets, gasoline and side trips to tourist spots such as Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore. "I used to go to these festivals all the time, but now I can only fit it into the summer."

For devoted rock fans flocking this week to the remote Double JJ Ranch from far-flung places across the United States and beyond, Rothbury has become THE summer destination.

Drawing an estimated 30,000-plus people again this year, many of the festival's devotees have logged impressive road and air miles to see their favorite bands -- from The Dead to STS9 -- with clusters of enthusiastic, colorfully adorned fans making the journey from Vermont, Florida, Texas, Nevada, Colorado and all points between in everything from compact cars and pickups to dilapidated Volkwagen vans and old school buses." [Mlive.com]

Rothbury happened July 2-5. Here are some (NSFW) pictures & videos...

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Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn Bowl

As you can see above, work at the new Brooklyn Bowl appears to be nearing completion...but it won't be ready in time for the O'Death show that was scheduled for the venue on Saturday, June 13th. That Northside Festival gig will instead be a day show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on North 6th in Williamsburg. Tickets are on sale, as are Northside Festival badges which will also get you into the show which you can hit before or after you enjoy a stroll down a vehicle-less Bedford Avenue.

This summer, O'Death continues their love affair with Les Claypool, with shows booked together in June and July. Earlier this year, O'Death opened part of Claypool's Oddity Faire tour, which visited NYC's Terminal 5 in March. O'Death opened for Claypool as recently as May 28th in Hilton Head, SC.

A video from that gig, with all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "O'Death - 2009 tour dates (MHOW instead of Brooklyn Bowl)"

photos by Zach Dilgard

Les Claypool

Aquarian: What have you planned for the New York show?

Les Claypool: We're going to fill it full of freaks. I guarantee it's going to be a memorable event. Whether you love or hate the music or the performers or whatever, it's going to be a very memorable event. [At] the bigger shows on the weekend, we've brought in all these extra characters, and I believe for the New York show, we're bringing in the Coney Island sideshow performers, so beyond what's already going to be on stage there's going to be plenty of things for the short attention span generation that is out there.

That's what Les Claypool said about his plans for the Terminal 5 show on Saturday, March 28th. As you can see above, he wasn't lying. The show, with openers Saul Williams, O'Death, and Secret Chiefs 3 (who are headed by ex-Mr Bungle/Faith No More guitarist and composer Trey Spruance), was the last of the "Oddity Faire" tour.

The tour coincided with the release of the Primus bassist's latest solo record, Of Fungi And Foe CD, out now on his own Prawn Song Records label.

More pictures from the show, including one of the conclusion of the sword swallowing act, below...

Continue reading "Les Claypool's Oddity Faire tour (Secret Chiefs 3, Saul Williams & freaks) @ Terminal 5 - pics"


The name Rothbury confuses me. I immediately think it's a European festival, but in fact, the jam-band heavy music festival that premiered in 2008 takes place in Rothbury, Michigan. This year's lineup was just announced...

The Dead (their ONLY summer appearance!), Bob Dylan, The String Cheese Incident, Willie Nelson & Family, and The Black Crowes will top the bill of over 60 diverse and stellar artists at the second annual ROTHBURY Festival at the Double JJ Ranch in Michigan on July 2-3-4-5, 2009.

Also on the bill are Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley & Nas, STS9 (2 shows: full band/Live PA Set), G. Love & Special Sauce, Gov't Mule, Broken Social Scene, Cold War Kids, Matisyahu, Guster, Les Claypool, Chromeo, Girl Talk, The Hold Steady, Ani DiFranco and many others.

Full lineup below...

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Les ClaypoolPrimus's Les Claypool is calling "The Oddity Faire" a "A Mutated Mini Fest". You can also call it a tour with an interchanging set of openers that varies by date. In NYC the show is at Terminal 5 and the openers are Saul Williams, O'Death, and Secret Chief 3. The date is March 28th. Tickets are now on Am Ex presale, and go on regular sale on Friday.

Other openers for the tour are Mutaytor, Yard Dogs, and Devotchka. It's unfortunate that Devotchka is not also on the NYC date, but that makes sense since they can headline Terminal 5 by themselves and have their own show coming up at Webster Hall.

O'Death have also lined up a ton of other tour dates that don't include Les. They'll kick things off in Baltimore on January 29th and end up back in this NYC-area for a February 14th show at Maxwell's with Legendary Shack Shakers. Tickets are on sale. From there they go to Europe before meeting up with the Primus front-man back in the USA in March.

All dates below...

Continue reading "Les Claypool taking Saul Williams, Devotchka & O'Death on The Oddity Faire tour - 2009 Dates"