1. Primus Returns: Hear the Rock Band's First New Song in Six Years & Get Album Details

    August 01, 2017 10:54 AM EDT This fall, experimental rock legends Primus will return with their first proper studio album since 2011. And not only that, the new LP will be their first since 1995's Tales From The Punchbowl to feature the seminal lineup of bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim…

  2. Primus' Les Claypool Explains Band's Trip to the 'Chocolate Factory'

    October 14, 2014 9:00 AM EDT As a kid, Primus ' Les Claypool became enamored with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder . Four decades later, that childhood fandom has turned into Primus and the Chocolate Factory, the first album in 19 years from the band's seminal lineup: Claypool,…

  3. Primus Take on 'Willy Wonka' Songs For New Album & Tour With 'Classic' Lineup

    July 29, 2014 2:08 PM EDT Les Claypool also sips some haterade on Tim Burton's 'Willy Wonka' remake. In a very Flaming Lips-ian move, zany prog-rockers Primus have decided to dedicate an album, tour and band reunion to the 1971 culinary classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory . The "classic…

  4. Les Claypool Talks Twangy Duo, Primus' Future

    March 27, 2014 2:59 PM EDT The bassist-vocalist grew up listening to "hillbilly stuff" and found a natural fit in the roots-flavored Duo de Twang; also says Primus is talking about recording their version of the "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" soundtrack With Les Claypool, you have to…

  5. Primus to Launch 'Trippy' 3-D Tour Oct. 12

    July 30, 2012 1:10 PM EDT Les Claypool says that Primus ' fall tour is "for the head." During the 21-date (so far) trek -- which kicks off Oct. 12 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the trio will employ a special 3-D backdrop screen as well as a quadraphonic sound system to create what Claypool calls "a really…

  6. 12 No. 12 Rock Hits for 2012

    January 24, 2012 4:15 PM EST As 2012 gets underway, Chart Beat remembers songs that rose to No. 12 high points on Billboard surveys and, despite falling two spots shy of the top 10, remain notable. Last week, we recalled No. 12-peaking country hits, including T.G. Sheppard's novelty track "Make My Day"…

  7. Hank Williams III a Busy Man After Label 'Killed My Creativity'

    August 25, 2011 4:20 PM EDT Hank Williams III wants "to come out of the gate strong" as he launches his own label, Hank3 Records, after 15 years with Curb. And three albums, all of different genres, certainly qualifies as making a grand statement right off the bat. On Sept. 6, Williams will release a two-disc…

  8. Primus Readies First New Album in 11 Years

    September 21, 2010 1:30 PM EDT Les Claypool says Primus is "accumulating material on a daily basis" for the group's first new studio album since 1999's "Antipop," and its first new material since 2003's "Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People." "Right now it's…

  9. Jay-Z, Muse, Gorillaz Top Coachella 2010 Lineup

    January 19, 2010 10:25 AM EST J ay-Z , Muse and Gorillaz will headline the 11th annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 16-18 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Also confirmed are LCD Soundsystem , Faith No More , Thom Yorke , Pavement and the Specials . Other bands and DJs confirmed for the…

  10. Stewart Copeland Tells Police 'War Stories' In New Book

    September 30, 2009 12:32 PM EDT Police drummer Stewart Copeland doesn't want to make his new book, "Strange Things Happen: A Life With the Police, Polo, and Pygmies" (HarperStudio) a conventional autobiography. "It really isn't because of all the stuff I left out, the boring stuff -- I was born here…

  11. Matisyahu Sees The 'Light' This August

    June 05, 2009 8:23 AM EDT After numerous delays, Hasidic reggae artist Matisyahu's third studio album, "Light," will finally hit stores August 25. The thirteen song set was recorded in numerous locations over the last year, including Jamaica, New York, Los Angeles and Virginia. Matisyahu collaborates…

  12. Bob Dylan, The Dead Lead Rothbury Lineup

    March 16, 2009 1:21 AM EDT The Dead, Bob Dylan, The String Cheese Incident, Willie Nelson & Family, and The Black Crowes are among the top acts set for the second annual Rothbury, a weekend-long festival produced by Madison House Presents and AEG Live. The event will be held July 2-5 at the Double JJ Ranch in…

  13. This Day in Music

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - California country singer Wesley Tuttle dies of heart failure at a nursing home in Sylmar, Calif. He is 85. 2003 - California country singer Wesley Tuttle dies of heart failure at a nursing home in Sylmar, Calif. He is 85. 2003 - DMX guest stars on an episode of the UPN sitcom "…

  14. Les Claypool Scores 'Mushroom Men' Video Games

    July 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Primus principal Les Claypool has written the original theme track and four other themes for the Nintendo Wii "Mushroom Men" video games, due this fall. Primus principal Les Claypool has written the original theme track and four other themes for the Nintendo Wii "Mushroom Men…

  15. Organizers: Bonnaroo A Success Despite No Sell-Out

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT An ambitious lineup helped the seventh Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival overcome inflated gas prices and a more crowded North American festival scene to post attendance of more than 70,000. An ambitious lineup helped the seventh Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival overcome inflated gas…

  16. Metallica, My Morning Jacket Sizzle On Bonnaroo Day One

    June 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In its first major U.S. outdoor festival date in several years, Metallica ran through a blistering, two-hour set Friday (June 13) to headline the first official day of music at the seventh Bonnaroo mu In its first major U.S. outdoor festival date in several years, Metallica ran through a…

  17. Widespread Panic Subs For Allmans At Bonnaroo

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Widespread Panic has been named as the closing main stage act of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, set for June 12-15 in Manchester, Tenn. Widespread Panic has been named as the closing main stage act of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, set for June 12-15 in Manchester, Tenn. The…

  18. Azoff, Gould To Co-Manage GNR, Axl Rose

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Guns N' Roses and its frontman Axl Rose will now be represented by longtime managers Irving Azoff and Andy Gould, according to a statement from Rose on the band's Web site. Guns N' Roses and its frontman Axl Rose will now be represented by longtime managers Irving Azoff and…

  19. Phish Dusts Off Vegas Gig For CD Release

    October 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Phish's Dec. 6, 1996, performance at Las Vegas' Aladdin Theatre will be released Nov. 20 on CD via the band's own JEMP Records. Phish's Dec. 6, 1996, performance at Las Vegas' Aladdin Theatre will be released Nov. 20 on CD via the band's own JEMP Records. Beyond…

  20. This Day in Music

    September 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - California country singer Wesley Tuttle dies of heart failure at a nursing home in Sylmar, Calif. He is 85. 2003 - California country singer Wesley Tuttle dies of heart failure at a nursing home in Sylmar, Calif. He is 85. 2003 - DMX guest stars on an episode of the UPN sitcom "…

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