Concert preview: Primus’ Les Claypool hits the backwoods with his Duo De Twang

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From the August 21, 2014 edition

After fronting Primus for three decades, bassist Les Claypool has reinvented himself as a quirky roots-rock noisemaker in Duo De Twang. On Four Foot Shack, the musician teams with longtime cohort Bryan Kehoe for backwater reimaginings of songs like Alice In Chains’ “Man in the Box” and the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive,” which actually works far, far better than it should.

Sure, some of the country-fried cuts can grate (sitting through “Red State Girl” is a particular chore), but there’s enough inspired weirdness here to make the experiment worth checking out.

Reformed Whores also performs.

Photo courtesy of Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang