Modern English, Dave Wakeling ...

Modern English: This is one of the bands that helped define the

'80s pop-rock sound. Check them out on their extensive U.S. tour.

Modern English Tour Dates:

April 17; Spartanburg, S.C., Magnolia Street Pub

April 18; Hilton Head, S.C., Monkey Business

April 19; Columbia, S.C., New Brookland Tavern

April 21; Carrboro, N.C., Cat's Cradle

April 22; Atlantic Beach, N.C., Hurricane's

April 23; Charlotte, N.C., Center Cityfest

April 24; Florence, S.C., Shooter's

April 27; Chattanooga, Tenn., Bay

April 28; Memphis, Tenn., Newby's

April 29; Little Rock, Ark., Juanita's

May 1; Dallas, Texas, Club Clearview

May 3; El Paso, Texas, Club 101

May 5; Flagstaff, Ariz., Old Post Office

May 6; Las Vegas, Nev., Club Ra

May 8; Solana Beach, Calif., Belly Up Tavern

May 11; Scottsdale, Ariz., Cajun House

May 13; West Hollywood, Calif., Key Club

May 15; San Francisco, Calif., Mick's

May 19; Boise, Idaho, Neurolux

May 20; Ketchum, Idaho, Whiskey Jacques

May 21; Pocatello, Idaho, Roche Motel

May 22; Salt Lake City, Utah, Liquid Joe's

May 24; Fort Collins, Colo., Aggie Theatre

May 25; Breckenridge, Colo., Alligator Lounge

May 26; Denver, Colo., Soiled Dove

May 28; Lincoln, Neb., Knickerbocker's

Dave Wakeling: One of the founding members of the influential ska band

English Beat, and '80s poppers General Public, this singer/guitarist and his band are

playing the greater California area (and Seattle) throughout the summer.

Dave Wakeling Tour Dates:

April 17; Santa Monica, Calif., Private Function

April 18; Redondo Beach, Calif., Chiller's

April 23; Marina Del Rey, Calif., Scruffy O'Shea's

April 24; San Diego, Calif., Catamaran Resort Hotel

April 28; Mission Beach, Calif., Plan B

April 29; San Luis Obispo, Calif., Mother's Tavern

April 30; Arcata, Calif., Cafe Tomo

May 1; Monterey, Calif., Doc's Nightclub

May 7; Newport Beach, Calif., Hogue Barmichael's

May 9; Redondo Beach, Calif., Chiller's

May 12; Mission Beach, Calif., Plan B

May 14; Ventura, Calif., Nicholby's

May 15; Santa Monica, Calif., 14 Below

May 21; Los Angeles, Calif., Baby Rock

May 23; San Diego, Calif., Street Fest

May 28; Mission Beach, Calif., Plan B

May 30; Irvine, Calif., Sloppy Joe's

June 4; San Francisco, Calif., Hyatt Regency

June 11; Seattle, Wash., Parker's

June 12; Santa Monica, Calif., 14 Below

June 18; Newport Beach, Calif., Hogue Barmichael's

June 19; Monterey, Calif., Monterey Music Festival

June 20; Redondo Beach, Calif., Chiller's

June 25; Ventura, Calif., Nicholby's

Violent Femmes: The quirky pop-rock trio are back on the road through the fall.

Their website says they'll release two new albums this year.

Violent Femmes Tour Dates:

April 17; Shepherdstown, W.Va., Shepherd College

April 18; Columbus, Ohio, Newport Music Hall

April 20; Urbana, Ill., Canopy Club

April 21; Ann Arbor, Mich., Hill Auditorium

April 22; Cleveland, Ohio, Agora Theatre

April 23; Elizabethtown, Pa., Elizabethtown College

May 1; Cambridge, Mass., Harvard

May 1; Providence, R.I., Johnson & Wales College

June 6; Newark, N.J., Performing Arts Center

July 17; Denver, Colo., LoDo Festival

July 31; Hyannis, Mass., Barnstable County Fairground

Aug. 14; Saratoga, Calif., Historic Mountain Winery

Sept. 5-6; Seattle, Wash., Bumbershoot Festival

P.J. Olsson: The electro-pop singer-songwriter is on the road promoting his

1998 self-titled debut. Starting May 8, he will be joined by folky trip-hop duo Snakefarm,

and by French pop chanteuse April March at the last four California shows.

P.J. Olsson Tour Dates:

April 19; West Hollywood, Calif., Viper Room

April 20; Phoenix, Ariz., to be announced

April 23; Austin, Texas, to be announced

April 24; Dallas, Texas, to be announced

April 27; Birmingham, Ala., Nick

April 29; West Palm Beach, Fla., SunFest

May 1; Atlanta, Ga., Music Midtown Festival

May 3; St. Louis, Mo., Side Door

May 4; Chicago, Ill., Metro/Smart Bar

May 8; Santa Barbara, Calif., Nym

May 10; Los Angeles, Calif., Mint

May 11; San Francisco, Calif., Justice League

May 13; Seattle, Wash., Aro Space

May 14; Vancouver, B.C., Sonar

May 17; Los Angeles, Calif., Mint

May 18; San Francisco, Calif., Justice League

May 21; Berkeley, Calif., Starry Plough

May 22; San Francisco, Calif., Cafe du Nord