Saturday To-Do: Les Claypool | Rock Candy

Saturday To-Do: Les Claypool



8 p.m., The Village. $20 adv., $25 d.o.s.

That bass god Les Claypool's latest solo album, “Of Fungi and Foe,” draws largely from songs originally written for the soundtrack to a film called “Pig Hunt” (about the legend of a 3,000-pound wild boar named Hogzilla) and those from a Wii game called “Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars” (about radioactive mushroom men come to life) should surprise no one familiar with Claypool's resume. The California native jammed with Kirk Hammett in high school (they were classmates) in the '70s, formed the trio Primus in the '80s and scored an unlikely hit album on a major label in the '90s. In the aughts and naughties, Primus cut the theme song for “South Park” and Claypool found time for all sorts of side projects with stoner-y names — Sausage, Les Claypool and the Holy Mackerel, Oysterhead — as well as guest spots on albums by everyone from Buckethead to Tom Waits. Through it all, Claypool's spoken-sung lyrics always run the gamut from goofy to demented, while his bass lines split the difference between Geddy Lee's nerdy virtuosity and Larry Graham's pioneering slap attack. Kansas' Split Lip Rayfield punk-up bluegrass in the opening slot.

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