Maynard James Keenan is a bit of a Renaissance man–and, understandably, the singer / songwriter / producer / actor / businessman / philanthropist / wine maker / recluse has quite a bit on his plate at any given time. Since 2003, though, Keenan has made a point to occasionally step away from his biggest time commitment–touring and (sometimes) recording with Tool–to, well, tour and record with his side project, Puscifer. Like everything Keenan puts his finger on, Puscifer is extremely edgy, intensely personal, and at times more than a little bit sardonic; Keenan himself has described the group as “simply a playground for the various voices in my head,” which should tell you a thing or two. Puscifer’s stage show pushes all sorts of envelopes: songs from albums titled “V” Is for Vagina and Conditions of My Parole are accompanied by pre-recorded skits and a bizarre stage show. The twisted musical subconscious of Maynard James Keenan, along with a supporting act, will be playing the Riviera Theater on Wednesday (June 20). -edward a. benoit.
Puscifer. June 20, 6:30pm. Riviera Theater (67 Webster Street) $42.50 orchestra/$35.50 balcony. 692-2413, rivieratheatre.org