Blinker the Star, Tricky ...

Blinker the Star: Yes, it's September already, and the lo-fi

Canadian rockers are touring North America behind their third album,

August Everywhere, released Sept. 7. They will be joined by various

bands on various dates.

Blinker the Star Tour Dates:

Sept. 11; St. Louis, Mo.; Side Door (with Land of the El Caminos)

Sept. 12; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Sub Culture

Sept. 14; Buffalo, N.Y.; Mister Goodbar

Sept. 15; Syracuse, N.Y.; Styleen's

Sept. 16; Boston, Mass.; Bill's Bar

Sept. 17; New York, N.Y.; Irving Plaza (with John Popper Band, Lynch Mob)

Sept. 18; Washington, D.C.; Garage

Sept. 19; Philadelphia, Pa.; Pontiac Grille (with Ultimate Fakebook)

Sept. 21; Montreal, Quebec; Cabaret Music Hall (with Super Furry Animals)

Sept. 22; Ottawa, Ontario; Zaphod Beeblebrox 2 (with Leetch Drive)

Sept. 27; London, Ontario; Embassy

Sept. 28; Toronto, Ontario; Horseshoe Tavern

Sept. 30; Winnipeg, Manitoba; West End Cultural Center

Oct. 2; Calgary, Alberta; Max Cafe

Oct. 3; Edmonton, Alberta; Power Plant

Oct. 5; Vancouver, British Columbia; Starfish Room (with Leetch Drive)

Oct. 6; Seattle, Wash.; Crocodile Cafe

Oct. 8; Portland, Ore.; Roseland Annex

Oct. 10; Sacramento, Calif.; Bojangles

Oct. 11; San Francisco, Calif.; Club Cocodrie

Oct. 12; West Hollywood, Calif.; Troubadour

Tricky: The temperamental British trip-hopper is bringing his

latest entourage on the road to support his fourth album, Juxtapose,

released Aug. 17. Joining him on most dates are DJ Genaside 2 and


Tricky Tour Dates:

Sept. 15; Northampton, Mass.; Pearl Street (with Baby Namboos, DJ Genaside 2)

Sept. 16; New York, N.Y.; Bowery Ballroom (with Baby Namboos, DJ Genaside 2)

Sept. 18; Washington, D.C.; 9:30 Club

Sept. 19; Cleveland, Ohio; Odeon Concert Club

Sept. 20; Columbus, Ohio; Newport Music Hall

Sept. 22; St. Louis, Mo.; Mississippi Nights

Sept. 23; Chicago, Ill.; Vic Theatre

Sept. 24; Minneapolis, Minn.; Quest Club

Sept. 27; Vancouver, British Columbia; Rage

Sept. 28; Seattle, Wash.; Show Box

Sept. 29; Portland, Ore.; Roseland Theater

Oct. 1; San Francisco, Calif.; Warfield

Oct. 2; Santa Cruz, Calif.; Catalyst

Oct. 3; Los Angeles, Calif.; Mayan Theatre

Oct. 5; Dallas, Texas; Deep Ellum Live

Oct. 6; Austin, Texas; La Zona Rosa

Oct. 7; New Orleans, La.; Howlin' Wolf

Oct. 9; Cincinnati, Ohio; Annie's

Oct. 10; Pontiac, Mich.; Clutch Cargo

Oct. 11; Toronto, Ontario; Warehouse

Oct. 13; Providence, R.I.; Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel

Oct. 14; Boston, Mass.; Avalon

Oct. 15; Philadelphia, Pa.; Theatre of Living Arts

Oct. 16; New York, N.Y.; Hammerstein Ballroom

Solex: Dutch keyboard wizard Elisabeth Esselink, a.k.a. Solex,

feels lucky this fall as she brings her alluring brand of jazzy

electro-lounge-pop back to North American audiences. Her forthcoming

second album, Pick Up, is due Sept. 14. Joining her on most of

these dates are trip-pop experimentalists Cibo Matto.

Solex Tour Dates:

Sept. 10; Cambridge, Mass.; Middle East Club

Sept. 11; Montreal, Quebec; Cabaret Music Hall

Sept. 12; Toronto, Ontario; Lee's Palace

Sept. 14; Detroit, Mich.; St. Andrew's Hall

Sept. 15; Chicago, Ill.; Metro/Smart Bar

Sept. 16; Champaign, Ill.; High Dive

Sept. 17; St. Louis, Mo.; Mississippi Nights

Sept. 19; Minneapolis, Minn.; First Avenue

Sept. 20; Ames, Iowa; Main Shop

Sept. 21; Lawrence, Kan.; Granadas

Sept. 23; Dallas, Texas; Trees

Sept. 24; Austin, Texas; Stubb's Barbeque

Sept. 25; New York, N.Y.; Irving Plaza (Matador 10th Anniversary)

Sept. 26; New Orleans, La.; House of Blues

Sept. 27; Tallahassee, Fla.; Club Downunder

Sept. 28-29; Atlanta, Ga.; Cotton Club

Sept. 30; Chapel Hill, N.C.; Cat's Cradle

Oct. 1; Charlottesville, Va.; Trax

Oct. 2; Washington, D.C.; 9:30 Club

Kool Keith: The unconventional rapper and porn purveyor is bringing

his many personas on the road to support his latest identity, "Black

Elvis," and the resulting album, Black Elvis/Lost in Space (Aug.

24). Joining him on these dates is experimental hip-hopper DJ Spooky,

whose latest album, File Under Futurism, is due Sept. 21.

Kool Keith Tour Dates:

Sept. 10; Detroit, Mich.; St. Andrew's Hall

Sept. 11; Champaign, Ill.; High Dive

Sept. 12; Minneapolis, Minn.; First Avenue

Sept. 13; Lawrence, Kan.; Granada Theatre

Sept. 14; Boulder, Colo.; Fox Theatre

Sept. 15; Fort Collins, Colo.; Aggie Theatre

Sept. 17; Portland, Ore.; Roseland Theater

Sept. 18; Seattle, Wash.; RKCNDY

Sept, 19; Vancouver, British Columbia; Richard's on Richards

Sept. 20; Victoria, British Columbia; Legends

Sept. 21; Eugene, Ore.; Wild Duck

Sept. 22; San Francisco, Calif.; Maritime Hall

Sept. 23; Santa Cruz, Calif.; Palookaville

Sept. 25; Chico, Calif.; Brick Works

Sept. 26; Solana Beach, Calif.; Belly Up Tavern

Sept. 28; West Hollywood, Calif.; Key Club