Tour De Force: Steve Earle, Sisters of Mercy...

Steve Earle: Steve Earle takes his tightly crafted tunes on the

road, singing songs of heartache, booze

and loss and showing once again why he should never say "goodbye."

Steve Earle Tour Dates:

Jan. 23; Columbus, Ohio, Newport Music Hall

Jan. 24; Detroit, Mich., St. Andrews Hall

Feb. 9; Alexandria, Va., Birchmere

Feb. 10; Alexandria, Va., Birchmere

Feb. 11; Durham, N.C., Carolina Theatre

Feb. 13; Knoxville, Tenn., Tennessee Theatre

Feb. 16; Tampa, Fla., Tampa Theatre

Feb. 18; Birmingham, Ala., Five Points Music Hall

Sisters of Mercy: Influential 1980s gloom-rockers get back in black

and encourage fans to do the same.

Sisters of Mercy Tour Dates:

Jan. 30; New York, N.Y., Roseland

Jan. 31; Washington, D.C., Capitol Ballroom

Feb. 1; Toronto, Ont., Warehouse

Feb. 3; Chicago, Ill., Riviera Theatre

Feb. 5; San Francisco, Calif., Maritime Hall

Feb. 6; San Francisco, Calif., Maritime Hall

Feb. 7; West Hollywood, Calif., Hollywood Palladium

Ben Folds Five: Just call them three guys who don't care that they're

a couple short of a quintet, this happy-go-lucky threesome will soon be

kicking out their piano-driven jams in a town near you.

Ben Folds Five Tour Dates:

Feb. 4; Portland, Ore., La Luna

Feb. 5; Seattle, Wash., DV8

Feb. 7; San Francisco, Calif., Warfield

Feb. 8; Hollywood, Calif., Palace

Feb. 9; Tempe, Ariz., Club Rio

Feb. 14; St. Louis, Mo., American Theatre

Feb. 15; Chicago, Ill., Riviera Theatre

Feb. 16; Detroit, Mich., Clutch Cargo

Whiskeytown: Whiskeytown is putting rubber to the road, going

where there's No Depression and unleashing their liquor-soaked

sound in small clubs in the West.

Whiskeytown Tour Dates:

Jan. 21; Houston, Texas, Satellite Lounge

Jan. 22; Bryan, Texas, Dixie Theatre

Jan. 23; Dallas, Texas, Trees

Jan. 30; Tuscon, Ariz., Club Congress

Jan. 31; Tempe, Ariz., Nita's Hideaway

Feb. 6; San Francisco, Calif., Slim's

Wyclef Jean: He raps, he sings, he remixes, he plays guitar, he's a

Fugee and now he's touring in support of his first solo album, The

Carnival.

Wyclef Jean Tour Dates:

Jan. 18; Phoenix, Ariz., Club Rio

Jan. 19; Los Angeles, Calif., House of Blues

Jan. 20; San Diego, Calif., 4th & B

Jan. 21; San Francisco, Calif., Maritime Hall

Jan. 23; Portland, Ore., La Luna

Jan. 24; Seattle, Wash., Showbox

Jan. 25; Vancouver, B.C., The Rage

Jan. 28; Minneapolis, Minn., First Avenue

Jan. 29; Chicago, Ill., House of Blues

Jan. 30; Evanston, Ill., Northwestern University's Patten Gym