Golden Smog, Vanilla Ice...

Golden Smog: This all-star, alt-country collective, with guitarist/singer Jeff Tweedy from Wilco, drummer Jody Stephens from Big Star and guitarist Dan Murphy from Soul Asylum, is out this winter in support of its second release, Weird Tales.

Golden Smog Tour Dates:

Dec. 2-3; Toronto, Ont., Horseshoe Tavern

Dec. 4; Philadelphia, Pa., Theatre Of Living Arts

Dec. 5; New York, N.Y., Irving Plaza

Dec. 7; Northampton, Mass., Pearl Street

Dec. 8; Boston, Mass., Paradise Rock Club

Dec. 9; Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club

Dec. 11; Chicago, Ill., Metro/Smart Bar

Dec. 12; Minneapolis, Minn., First Avenue

Vanilla Ice: The rapper has a comeback LP and a comeback tour. Go see if it isn't Hard To Swallow.

Vanilla Ice Tour Dates:

Dec. 9; Tucson, Ariz., Outback

Dec. 10; Mesa, Ariz., Nile Theatre

Dec. 14; Las Vegas, Nev., Joint

Dec. 16; Kansas City, Kan., Memorial Hall

Dec. 17; Springfield, Mo., Juke Joint

Dec. 18; Wichita, Kan., Cotillion

Dec. 19; Dallas, Texas, Spy

Jude: This singer/songwriter is out supporting his major-label debut, No One Is Really Beautiful, on Madonna's Maverick Records. If the Material Girl likes him, he must be good.

Jude Tour Dates:

Dec. 2; Austin, Texas, Austin Music Hall

Dec. 4; Denver, Colo., Paramount Theatre

Dec. 6; Salt Lake City, Utah, University Of Utah

Dec. 7; Boise, Idaho, Bank Of America Center

Dec. 9; Portland, Ore., Arlene Schnitzer Hall

Dec. 10; Seattle, Wash., Mercer Arena

Dec. 11; Vancouver, B.C., Orpheum Theatre

Dec. 13; Reno, Nev., Reno Hilton

Dec. 14-15; San Francisco, Calif., Warfield

Dec. 18; Los Angeles, Calif., Pantages Theatre

Dec. 31; Chicago, Ill., House Of Blues

Big Head Todd & The Monsters: This Colorado-based college band has a new album, Live Monsters. If you think they sound great on your stereo, you'd better go see the real thing.

Big Head Todd & The Monsters Tour Dates:

Dec. 10; West Hollywood, Calif., House Of Blues

Dec. 11; San Francisco, Calif., Fillmore

Dec. 12; Seattle, Wash., Show Box

Dec. 13; Portland, Ore., Roseland Theater

Dec. 30-31; Denver, Colo., Paramount Theatre

Jan. 2; Vail, Colo., Dobson Arena