The Cramps, Queensryche ...

It must be Halloween again, because the Cramps are back in town!

In honor of the ghoulish holiday, the campy punkabilly quartet is playing

a handful of West Coast dates, mesmerizing fans with their hypno sex ray.

Joining them on these dates are self-proclaimed outer-space-superhero-surf

trio the Famous Monsters.

Cramps tour dates:

Oct. 30–31; San Francisco, Calif.; Fillmore

Nov. 2; Seattle, Wash.; Show Box

Nov. 3; Portland, Ore.; Roseland Theater

Nov. 5; Ventura, Calif.; Ventura Theatre

Nov. 6; San Diego, Calif.; 4th & B

Art-metal stalwarts Queensryche are back for a lengthy tour of

the States, commemorating the release of their eighth album, Q2K

(Sept. 14). Joining them on several dates are Atlanta hard-rockers

doubleDRIVE and alt-rock quartet Caroline's Spine.

Queensryche tour dates:

Oct. 29—30; Las Vegas, Nev.; Hard Rock Hotel — The Joint

Nov. 1; Seattle, Wash.; Paramount Theatre

Nov. 3; Spokane, Wash.; Spokane Opera House (with doubleDRIVE)

Nov. 4; Portland, Ore.; Arlene Schnitzer Hall (with doubleDRIVE)

Nov. 6; San Jose, Calif.; Event Center Arena (with doubleDRIVE)

Nov. 7; Universal City, Calif.; Universal Amphitheatre (with doubleDRIVE)

Nov. 9; San Diego, Calif.; Cox Arena (with doubleDRIVE)

Nov. 10; Mesa, Ariz.; Mesa Amphitheater (with doubleDRIVE)

Nov. 12; West Valley, Utah; E-Center (with doubleDRIVE)

Nov. 13; Denver, Colo.; Fillmore Auditorium (with doubleDRIVE)

Nov. 14; Albuquerque, N.M.; Kiva Auditorium (with doubleDRIVE)

Nov. 16; El Paso, Texas; Don Haskins Center (with doubleDRIVE)

Nov. 18; San Antonio, Texas; Majestic Theatre (with Caroline's Spine)

Nov. 19; Dallas, Texas; Bronco Bowl (with Caroline's Spine)

Nov. 20; Houston, Texas; Aerial Theatre (with Caroline's Spine)

Nov. 23; Kansas City, Kan.; Memorial Hall (with Caroline's Spine)

Nov. 24; St. Louis, Mo.; American Theatre (with Caroline's Spine)

Nov. 26; Chicago, Ill.; Aragon Theatre (with doubleDRIVE)

Nov. 27; Milwaukee, Wis.; Riverside Theatre (with doubleDRIVE)

Nov. 28; St. Paul, Minn.; Roy Wilkins Auditorium (with doubleDRIVE)

Nov. 30; Detroit, Mich.; State Theatre

Dec. 2; New York, N.Y.; Beacon Theatre

Dec. 3; Boston, Mass.; Orpheum Theatre

Dec. 4; Wallingford, Conn.; SNET Oakdale Theatre

Frontman Mike Patton and company are taking Mr. Bungle's spastic,

demented dissonance on the road to promote their third album, California

(July 13), this time without the masks and costumes.

Mr. Bungle tour dates:

Oct. 27; Cleveland, Ohio; Odeon Concert Club

Oct. 28; Columbus, Ohio; Newport Music Hall

Oct. 30; Cincinnati, Ohio; Bogart's

Oct. 31; Pontiac, Mich.; Clutch Cargo

Nov. 1; Toronto, Ontario; Guvernment

Nov. 3; Montreal, Quebec; Metropolis

Nov. 4; Winooski, Vt.; Higher Ground

Nov. 5; Old Bridge, N.J.; Birch Hill Nite Club

Nov. 6; New Haven, Conn.; Toad's Place

Nov. 7; Providence, R.I.; Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel

Nov. 8-9; New York, N.Y.; Irving Plaza

Nov. 10; Towson, Md.; Recher Theatre

Nov. 11; Carrboro, N.C.; Cat's Cradle

Nov. 12; Columbia, S.C.; Elbow Room

Nov. 13; Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; House of Blues

Nov. 15; Athens, Ga.; Georgia Theatre

Nov. 16; Nashville, Tenn.; 328 Performance Hall

Nov. 18; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Will Rogers Theatre

Nov. 20; Albuquerque, N.M.; Sunshine Theatre

Nov. 21; Tucson, Ariz.; Rialto

Nov. 22; Anaheim, Calif.; Sun Theatre

Nov. 23; West Hollywood, Calif.; House of Blues

Singer/songwriter Nick Currie, a.k.a. Momus (Greek god of criticism

and mockery), is bringing his latest crop of colorful character studies

— namely the 30-odd musical portraits that make up his latest album,

Stars Forever (Aug. 24) — all over the States through November.

Joining him on the road are Japanese pop seductress and Momus collaborator

Kahimi Karie (Nov. 9–20) and pop-rockers Toog.

Momus tour dates:

Oct. 26; Cambridge, Mass.; Middle East Club

Oct. 27–28; New York, N.Y.; Knitting Factory

Oct. 29; Hoboken, N.J.; Maxwell's

Oct. 30; Philadelphia, Pa.; Nick's

Oct. 31; Washington, D.C.; Black Cat

Nov. 2; Athens, Ga.; Caledonia

Nov. 3; Atlanta, Ga.; Echo Lounge

Nov. 5; Houston, Texas; Rudyard's

Nov. 6; Dallas, Texas; Gypsy Tea Room

Nov. 7; Austin, Texas; Emo's

Nov. 9; West Hollywood, Calif.; Troubadour

Nov. 11, 13; San Francisco, Calif.; Bottom of the Hill

Nov. 16; Seattle, Wash.;

Nov. 18; Minneapolis, Minn.; 400 Bar

Nov. 19; Chicago, Ill.; Double Door

Nov. 20; Detroit, Mich.; Magic Stick