Tour De Force: Jesus Lizard, Hepcat...

Jesus Lizard: Abrasive noise-rockers Jesus Lizard are

getting prepared for a long string of nights where they'll be

packing 'em in and delivering the goods.

Jesus Lizard Tour Dates:

Jan. 15; Houston, Texas, Mary Jane's

Jan. 16; Austin, Texas, Emo's

Jan. 17; Dallas, Texas, Galaxy Club

Jan. 18; Oklahoma City, Okla., VZD

Jan. 20; Albuquerque, N.M., Launch Pad

Jan. 21; Phoenix, Ariz., Mason Jar

Jan. 22; San Diego, Calif., Casbah

Jan. 23; West Hollywood, Calif., Roxy Theatre

Jan. 24; San Francisco, Calif., Bottom Of The Hill

Jan. 25; Sacramento, Calif., Bojangles

Jan. 27; Portland, Ore., Satyricon

Jan. 28; Bellingham, Wash., Bellingham Bay Brewing Company

Feb. 6; Lawrence, Kan., Bottleneck

Feb. 7; St. Louis, Mo., Side Door

Feb. 12; Minneapolis, Minn., 7th Street Entry

Feb. 13; Madison, Wis., Regent Street Retreat

Feb. 14; Green Bay, Wis., Concert Cafe

Hepcat: Set your phasers on boogie and get ready to skank --

Hepcat are coming with their ska attack.

Hepcat Tour Dates:

Feb. 4; Sacramento, Calif., El Dorado

Feb. 5; San Francisco, Calif., Slim's

Feb. 6; Los Angeles, Calif., El Dorado

Feb. 7; Solana Beach, Calif., Belly-Up Tavern

Feb. 8; Phoenix, Ariz., Jackson Hole

Feb. 10; Dallas, Texas, Galaxy

Feb. 11; Austin, Texas, Liberty Lunch

Feb. 12; Houston, Texas, Fitzgerald's

Feb. 14; St. Petersberg, Fla., Jannus Landing

Feb. 15; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Squeeze

Feb. 16; Orlando, Fla., Sapphire Supper Club

Feb. 17; Atlanta, Ga., Masquerade

Feb. 19; Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club

Feb. 20; Philadelphia, Pa., Trocadero

Feb. 21; Boston, Mass., Paradise

Feb. 22; New York City, N.Y., Tramps

Feb. 24; Montreal, Que., Cabaret Music Hall

Feb. 25; Toronto, Ont., Opera House

Feb. 26; Cleveland, Ohio, Grog Shop

Feb. 27; Detroit, Mich., St. Andrews Hall

Feb. 28; Chicago, Ill., House of Blues

March 1; Minneapolis, Minn., First Ave.

March 3; Omaha, Neb., Ranch Bowl

March 4; St. Louis, Mo., Hi Point

March 5; Lawrence, Kan., Bottleneck

March 6; Denver, Colo., Bluebird

March 7; Provo, Utah, Omni

March 9; Seattle, Wash., RCKNDY

March 10; Vancouver, B.C., Starfish Room

March 11; Portland, Ore., La Luna

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