Mike Watt: Avant-Garde Rocker Stays Real Busy

Mike Watt answers the phone the same way he plays music and jumps into creative endeavors: without hesitation.

"Watt!" he bellows, and within a moment he's off, sharing details of his creative process, and detailing his multitude of projects.

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His bass playing is legendary, known for his work with the Minutemen, the reformed Stooges, and his combo The Missingmen, the trio that recorded his opera, hyphenated-man, comprising 30 short songs inspired by the fantastical creatures of Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch.

"Yeah, I've got a lot of things going," says the prolific post-punk multitasker. We chatted in advance of tonight's show at Crescent Ballroom.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.