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Primus to play outside in Benson this summer

* Military Avenue in downtown Benson is about to get stranger, thanks to a May 28 show with Primus. The alternative rock weirdos led by Les Claypool will play outside in Benson, just north of Maple Street on Military Avenue, during Memorial Day weekend. The band is preparing their first disc of new material since 1999's Antipop. The One Percent Productions and Rad Kadillac co-promotion starts at 7:30 p.m. and costs...


Paradise Lost — Bright Eyes from 30,000 feet…

Dateline, Providenciales. We walked between the red stripes painted on the hot tarmac as we headed to the loading ramp, a long line of tanned Americans leaving this third world vacation destination to return to whatever frigid lands we had escaped from, if only for a week. On a short hillside to my left, next to the tiny airport, was a wall of unpainted cinderblocks stacked in a stair-step row, a half-built...


Growing Confidence

Marnie Stern travels with a companion that helps her cope with life on the road. It’s her Maltese-Yorkshire terrier mix dog, named Figgy. “She’s very perfect,” Stern says. “We need her.” Stern, the New York-based guitarist/singer, says her dog provides love and affection during long stretches of touring, providing a calming influence for Stern and her tour mates. Taking Figgy on walks in new cities...


Mr. Funny Pants

Comedian Michael Showalter's involvement with MTV’s classic sketch show “The State” should be enough to draw a crowd to any of his shows. So should his appearances on Comedy Central in “Stella” and “Michael and Michael Have Issues,” both of which co-starred Michael Ian Black. Fans of silly, absurd comedy who flock to cult-classic showings of Wet Hot American Summer, or have seen the dryly brilliant...


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