Emperor of Sand conceptual treasure chests overflowing with riffs and immersive lyrical stories.
This tour marries two generations of rock acts that broke through to semi-mainstream status despite being oddballs within their own scenes. Bay Area trio Primus were the clown princes of the ’90s alternative-rock scene, their quirky alt-funk odes to strange characters, such as “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver” and “Wynonna’s Big Brown Beaver,” serving as a much-needed sideshow to the otherwise overly serious rock of the time. They’re anchored by the off-kilter bass work and nasal vocal delivery of real-life eccentric bandleader Les Claypool. Mastodon broke through in the mid-2000s thanks to a sound grounded in thunderous stoner-metal, with a growing emphasis on prog-metal freakouts and heady lyrical material, making recent efforts such as 2017’s