Tour De Force: Everclear, Abstrakt Transmission, Jim Rose Circus Sideshow...

Punk-pop trio Everclear will spend two weeks in October promoting their new album, So Much For The Afterglow, by playing for free, mostly at Tower Records stores across the U.S. The tour kicks off in Los Angeles on Oct. 5, where Everclear will perform for the assembled skate rats at the World Championships of Skateboarding. From there, the band moves on to perform on The Late Show With David Letterman and then to the Midwest and back to the West Coast. The band is set to debut the first single, "Everything To Everyone," on the Oct. 7 Letterman show, with the album ready to hit the streets the next morning.

Everclear Tour Dates:

Oct. 5; Los Angeles, Calif., Hard Rock/Citywalk

Oct. 6; Boston, Mass., Tower Records- Newbury

Oct. 7; New York, N.Y., The Ed Sullivan Theatre (The Late Show With David Letterman)

Oct. 8; New York, N.Y., Tower Records- Village

Oct. 9; Washington, D.C., Tower Records- University

Oct. 10; Atlanta, Ga., Tower Records

Oct. 11; Chicago, Ill., Tower Records- Clark

Oct. 12; Portland, Ore., Music Milleneum

Oct. 14; Seattle, Wash., Tower Records- Mercer

Oct. 15; San Francisco, Calif., Tower Records- Bay Inn

Oct. 16; Salt Lake City, Utah, Gray Whale

Oct. 17; Denver, Colo., Tower Records

Abstrakt Transmission Tour: If you're into hip-hop beats, they've got DJ Spooky. If you're into, uh, cell phone interceptions, they've got Scanner. Either way, it is sure to be an engaging evening.

Abstrakt Transmission Tour Dates:

Oct. 1; Detroit, Mich., Magic Stick

Oct. 2; Kent, Ohio, Kent State University

Oct. 3; Chicago, Ill., Metro

Oct. 4; St. Louis, Mo., Galaxy

Oct. 16; Seattle, Wash., (to be announced)

Oct. 17; Vancouver, B.C., Chameleon

Oct. 18; Bellingham, Wash., W. Washington University

Oct. 19; Portland, Ore., La Luna

Jim Rose Circus Sideshow: No bearded ladies, but plenty of piercings and tummy turning antics. Most assuredly not for the faint of heart.

Jim Rose Circus Sideshow Tour Dates:

Oct. 2; Seattle, Wash., Moore Theatre

Oct. 4; Portland, Ore., Roseland Theater

Oct. 6; Salt Lake City, Utah, Brick's

Oct. 7; Denver, Colo., Ogden Theatre

Oct. 9; Minneapolis, Minn., First Avenue

Oct. 10; Lawerence, Kan., Granada Theatre

Oct. 11; St. Louis, Mo., Mississippi Nights

Oct. 13; Louisville, Ky., Toy Tiger

Oct. 14; Cincinnati, Ohio, Bogart's

Oct. 15; Chicago, Ill., Metro

Oct. 16; Indianapolis, Ind., Vogue

Oct. 18; Detroit, Mich., St. Andrew's Hall

Oct. 19; Grand Rapids, Mich., Orbit Room

Oct. 21; Columbus, Ohio, Newport Music Hall

Oct. 23; Cleveland, Ohio, Odeon Concert Club

The Cramps: The pioneers of psycho-billy punk will once again expose the

world to their dangerously fun stage show, this time in support of Big Beat From

Badsville.

The Cramps Tour Dates:

Oct. 18; Las Vegas, Nev., Huntridge Theater

Oct. 20; Denver, Colo., Ogden Theater

Oct. 21; Salt Lake City, Utah, DV8

Oct. 23; Seattle, Wash., Showbox Theater

Oct. 24; Vancouver, B.C., Graceland

Oct 28; Hollywood, Calif., The Palace

Oct 29; Santa Anna, Calif., Galaxy Theater

Oct. 31; San Francisco, Calif., The Warfield

Nov. 2; Tempe, Ariz., Electric Ballroom

Nov. 5; Austin, Texas, Liberty Lunch

Nov. 7; Houston, Texas, Numbers

Nov. 8; New Orleans, La., House Of Blues

Sarah McLachlan: Fresh from the success of this summer's Lilith Fair,

McLachlan is now Surfacing to tour on her own.

Sarah McLachlan Tour Dates:

Oct. 7; Houston, Texas, Jesse H. Jones Hall

Oct. 8; Dallas, Texas, Bronco Bowl

Oct. 9; New Orleans, La., Saenger Theatre

Oct. 11; Atlanta, Ga., Fox Theatre

Oct. 12; Boston, Mass., Faneuil Hall, City Hall Plaza

Oct. 14; New York, N.Y., Madison Square Garden

Oct. 15; New York, N.Y., Madison Square Garden

Oct. 16; Philadelphia, Pa., Spectrum Theatre

Oct. 18; Fairfax, Va., Patriot Centre

Oct. 20; Toronto, Ont., Hummingbird Centre

Oct. 21; Toronto, Ont., Hummingbird Centre

Oct. 22; Toronto, Ont., Hummingbird Centre

Oct. 25; Ottawa, Ont., Civic Centre

Oct. 27; Cincinnati, Ohio, Cincinnati Music Hall

Oct. 28; Grand Rapids, Mich., Welsh Auditorium

Oct. 29; Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland Music Hall

Oct. 31; Columbus, Ohio, Veterans Memorial Auditorium

Nov. 1; Pittsburgh, Pa., A.J., Palumbo Theatre

Nov. 2; Detroit, Mich., Fox Theatre

Nov. 5; Indianapolis, Ind., Murat Theatre

Nov. 6; Milwaukee, Wis., Milwaukee Riverside Theatre

Nov. 9; Minneapolis, Minn., Northrop Auditorium

Nov. 12; Calgary, Alb., Saddledome Concert Bowl

Nov. 13; Edmonton, Alb., Edmonton Coliseum

Nov. 17; Vancouver, B.C., General Motors Place

Nov. 18; Seattle, Wash., Paramount Theatre

Nov. 24; Denver, Colo., Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre

Nov. 29; Los Angeles, Calif., Universal Amphitheatre

Ani DiFranco: Charismatic rocker brings her unique blend of feminist folk and

angry rock to theaters across the U.S. in support of her latest LP Living In Clip.

Ani DiFranco Tour Dates:

Sept. 19; New York, N.Y., Central Park Summer Stage

Oct. 18; Chicago, Ill., Congress Theatre

Oct. 19; Ann Arbor, Mich., Hill Auditorium

Oct. 20; Madison, Wis., Oscar Mayer Theater

Oct. 21; Iowa City, Iowa, IMU Lounge

Oct. 23; Minneapolis, Minn., Northrop Auditorium

Oct. 24; Omaha, Neb., Sokol Auditorium

Oct. 25; Denver, Colo., Paramount Theatre

Oct. 26; Salt Lake City, Utah, Kingsbury Hall

Oct. 28; Reno, Nev., University of Nevada

Oct. 30; Grass Valley, Calif., Veterans Hall

Oct. 31; Berkeley, Calif., Berkeley Community Theatre

Nov. 1; Santa Rosa, Calif., Luther Burbank Theatre

Nov. 2; Santa Cruz, Calif., Civic Auditorium

Nov. 5; Los Angeles, Calif., Mayan Theatre

Nov. 7; San Diego, Calif., Spreckels Theatre

Nov. 8; Las Vegas, Nev., Joint

Nov. 10; Tempe, Ariz., Club Rio

Nov. 11; Tucson, Ariz., Centennial Hall

Nov. 12; Albuquerque, N.M., Highland Theatre

Nov. 14; Austin, Texas, Texas Union Ballroom

Nov. 16; Houston, Texas, Cullen Theatre

Nov. 17; New Orleans, La., House Of Blues

Southern Culture On The Skids: The Warped Tour veterans are now touring on

their own in support of their latest, Plastic Seat Sweat, which is due in stores Sept.

26.

Southern Culture On The Skids Tour Dates:

Sept. 11; Watsonville, Calif., Santa Cruz County Fair

Sept. 17; Richmond, Va., Flood Zone

Sept. 18; Baltimore, Md., Bohager's

Sept. 19; Washington, DC, 9:30 Club

Sept. 20; Charlottesville, Va., Trax

Sept. 21; Norfolk, Va., Friar Tuck's

Sept. 24; Pittsburgh, Pa., Rosebud

Sept. 25; Philadelphia, Pa., The Trocadero

Sept. 26; Hoboken, N.J., Tranps

Sept. 27; Cambridge, Mass., The Middle East

Sept. 28; Montreal, Que., Cabaret Music Hall

Sept. 30; Ottawa, Ont., Barrymore's Music Hall

Oct. 2; Detroit, Mich., St. Andrew's Hall

Oct. 3; Indianapolis, Ind., The Patio

Oct. 4; Chicago, Ill., Metro

Oct. 5; Milwaukee, Wis., Shank Hall

Oct. 7; Minneapolis, Minn., First Avenue

Oct. 8; Minneapolis, Minn., First Avenue

Oct. 9; Winnepeg, Man., Pyramid Cabaret

Oct. 10; Edmonton, Alb., The Rev

Oct. 12; Calgary, Alb., The Republik

Oct. 15; Seattle, Wash., The Showbox

Mary Lou Lord: GenX folk singer/guitarist Lord is touring small venues to

generate a buzz for Got Now Shadow, due in stores Jan. 6, 1998.

Mary Lou Lord tour dates:

Sept. 14; Cleveland, Ohio, Barking Spider

Sept. 15; Columbus, Ohio, Bernie's

Sept. 16; Ann Arbor, Mich., Ark

Sept. 17; Chicago, Ill., Schuba's

Sept. 18; Madison, Wis., Mango Grill

Sept. 20; Minneapolis, Minn., 7th Street Entry

Sept. 22; St. Louis, Mo., Side Door

Sept. 23; Lawerence, Kan., Bottleneck

Sept. 25; Denver, Colo., Across The Street Cafe

Sept. 26; Boulder, Colo., Fox Theatre

Sept. 27: Salt Lake City, Utah, Olpin Union Ballroom

Sept. 29; Boise, Idaho, Neurolux

Oct. 3; Seattle, Wash., Crocodile Cafe

Oct. 4; Portland, Ore., Stage 4

Oct. 6; San Francisco, Calif., Bottom Of The Hill

Oct. 7; San Jose, Calif., Agenda

Oct. 9; Hollywood, Calif., LunaPark

Oct. 10; Anaheim, Calif., Linda's Doll Hut

Oct. 11; Santa Monica, Calif., McCabe's

Oct. 15; Tempe, Ariz., Nita's Hideaway

Oct. 26; Birmingham, Ala., Nick

Oct. 27; Atlanta, Ga., Smith's Olde Bar

Nov. 8; Providence, R.I., Call

Gwar: It's Halloween every night as the world's messiest live performers take

their heavy-metal puppet show on the road for an October tour.

Gwar tour dates:

Oct. 22; Boston, Mass., Avalon

Oct. 25; Hartford, Conn., Webster Theatre

Oct. 26; Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Chance

Oct. 28; Minneapolis, Minn., First Avenue

Oct. 29; St. Louis, Mo., Mississippi Nights

Oct. 30; Chicago, Ill., United Center

Oct. 31; Cleveland, Ohio, Agora Theatre

Nov. 11; Detroit, Mich., Harpo's

Blur: Brit-pop sensations take a trip over the pond this fall to support their self-

titled fifth album and their hit tune "Song 2." Accompanying them on their tour are bay

area favorites Smash Mouth.

Blur tour dates:

Sept. 8; Providence, R.I., Strand Theater

Sept. 9; Sea Bright; N.J., Tradewinds

Sept. 11; New York, N.Y., Roseland

Sept. 13; Boston, Mass., Orpheum Theater

Sept. 15; Montreal, Que., Metropolis

Sept. 16; Toronto, Ont., Varsity Arena

Sept. 17; Kitchener, Ont., Lyric Theater

Sept. 19; Cleveland, Ohio., Nautica Stage

Sept. 22; Winston-Salem, N.C., Ziggy's

Sept. 23; Charlotte, N.C., Tremont Music Hall

Sept. 24; Nashville, Tenn., 328 Performance Hall

Sept. 26; Cincinnati, Ohio, Garage

Sept. 29; Houston, Texas, Numbers

Sept. 30; Austin, Texas, Liberty Lunch

Oct. 1; Dallas, Texas, Bronco Bowl

Oct. 3; San Francisco, Calif., Warfield

Oct. 6; Tempe, Ariz., Electric Ballroom

Oct. 7; Hollywood, Calif., Palladium

Oct. 8; Las Vegas, Nev., Joint