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Puscifer @ Mesa Arts Center

Maynard James Keenan isn't known for being forthright, but he's pretty open in his description of Conditions of My Parole, the latest album from his folk-electro-hard-rock project Puscifer: "This is an Arizona project. Its inception was in '95, when I was living in L.A., [but] when I turned on the engine to really get it going was in Jerome." Keenan has lived in Jerome since 2008, operating two wineries there, and the enterprise has encouraged him to treat Puscifer as an entirely independent operation: "Keep it local, keep it small, just do it yourself, live within your means. Don't try to take over the world with it; do what you do. Figure out what the word 'sustainable' truly means, and I don't mean as it appears on the bottom of your menu. Truly sustainable. Survival." The album's sound is as locally sourced as its business model, with Keenan adding desert-inspired folk to his palette. "[It's a] marriage of old-time bluegrass [and a] digital Autechre/Kraftwerk world [that] meets, maybe, some classic rock."

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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.