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June 12, 1993 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Les Claypool, the silly voiced singer and slap-style bassist of the Bay Area band Primus, was as surprised as anyone when the trio's latest album, "Pork Soda," premiered last month at No. 7 on the Billboard pop album chart. "To me it was funny," Claypool, 29, said from his San Francisco home. "It was more humorous than anything. It seems so ridiculous. I mean, nobody expected it. It doesn't really make sense, yet this is pretty damn cool."
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June 12, 1993 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Les Claypool, the silly voiced singer and slap-style bassist of the Bay Area band Primus, was as surprised as anyone when the trio's latest album, "Pork Soda," premiered last month at No. 7 on the Billboard pop album chart. "To me it was funny," Claypool, 29, said from his San Francisco home. "It was more humorous than anything. It seems so ridiculous. I mean, nobody expected it. It doesn't really make sense, yet this is pretty damn cool."
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April 3, 1994 | STEVE HOCHMAN
* * * Rob Wasserman, "Trios," MCA/GRP. Did the manufactured collaborations of Frank Sinatra's "Duets" leave you unsatisfied? Bass-master Wasserman's latest project ups the ante, as he anchors a series of sparkling threesomes for real musical interplay, crossing genres (Primus' Les Claypool with blues-rocker Chris Whitley) and generations (Carnie Wilson reunited with her dad, Brian). Other participants of note include Elvis Costello, Willie Dixon and Neil Young.
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April 12, 2001
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, "No More Shall We Part." Les Claypool's Frog Brigade, "Live Frogs--Set 1." Elvis Costello and Anne Sofie von Otter, "For the Stars." Ani DiFranco, "Revelling/Reckoning." Guttermouth, "Covered With Ants." Minibar, "Road Movies." Mojave 3, "Out of Tune." Monster Magnet, "God Says No." Maria Muldaur, "Richland Woman Blues." Nebula, "Charged." Glenn Phillips, "Abulum." Red House Painters, "Old Ramon." Shaver, "The Earth Rolls On." Spacehog, "The Hogyssey."
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September 28, 2000 | RICHARD CROMELIN
* Tickets go on sale Saturday for the Dixie Chicks', right, Nov. 21 concert at Staples Center. . . . Tickets will also be available Saturday for Radiohead's appearance at the Greek Theatre on Oct. 20. . . . Paul Simon will play the Wiltern Theatre on Nov. 16, 17 and 18. Tickets for all three shows go on sale Monday. . . . Also coming to the Wiltern are Phil Lesh and Friends Oct. 28-29 and Elliott Smith and Grandaddy Nov. 14. All three shows go on sale Saturday. . . .
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July 27, 1990 | DON WALLER
With HUGE urban grooves, shards o' metal guitar and a thrashin' attitude, dude, Bronx-based rock quartet 24-7 Spyz headlined the Hollywood Live club on Wednesday before a capacity crowd of multiracial teens and professionals.
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August 24, 1991 | RICHARD CROMELIN
Primus' mini-symphonies for slam-dancers are more cerebral than brutal, full of tricky meters and dynamic drops. Nearly every song the Bay Area band played at the Palace on Thursday--its biggest headlining show in L.A.--featured some kind of abrupt halt to the forward thrust: a sudden teasing stop, an extended segment at about a tenth of the working volume.
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December 4, 1999 | MARC WEINGARTEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Heavy metal was originally supposed to represent the revenge of the screw-ups, the guys who never took formal music lessons and learned all their licks from old Black Sabbath albums. But that equation gets reversed in the hands of the Bay Area trio Primus, a band that aspires to achieve the heavy-osity of metal and thrash of punk by wielding the technical prowess of jazz players.
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October 29, 2001 | Steve Appleford
As a free-form power trio of accomplished rock players--Phish singer-guitarist Trey Anastasio, Primus singer-bassist Les Claypool and Police drummer Stewart Copeland--Oysterhead could easily end up aimless and self-indulgent. There was some of that at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday, but those few moments were balanced by playing that was both heavy and direct, less about fusion than classic rock grooves.
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August 25, 1995 | SANDY MASUO
Primus is one oddball outfit. The San Francisco trio's eccentric blend of funk, hard-rock and jazz is airtight and volatile, with strong indications of kinship to Rush. Yet Primus' music is warped with a dose of surrealism that gives it a lurid, freak-show appeal. So it was appropriate that the group's concert Wednesday at the Universal Amphitheatre was prefaced by piped-in carnival music and volleys of condom balloons, besides the usual chants of "Primus sucks" from the faithful.
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