Les Claypool has always understood that without a good dose of humor, instrumental virtuosity can produce music as empty as Eddie Van Halen's noggin. As leader of Primus, Claypool successfully melded his overpowering bass-guitar skills with a keenly sly wit and thrilled an unlikely demographic of air-guitar-playing frat boys and legitimate fretboard burners. "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver" and "Tommy the Cat" were cute, technically impressive '90s novelties. Yet talent and luck haven't kept Claypool's trio from descending into the kind of belligerently pyrotechnic displays that Primus is still capable of inflicting on this recent tour. After all,... More >>>