Morrissey, Lou Bega ...

Former Smiths crooner Morrissey is back, fresh from a tour

of his native UK, bringing his dramatic, disaffected tunes to U.S. fans

on a short string of West Coast dates this month. His latest release is

the 1998 compilation My Early Burglary Years.

Morrissey tour dates:

Dec. 14; San Diego, Calif.; Cox Arena

Dec. 15–16; West Hollywood, Calif.; Hollywood Palladium

Dec. 18; Ventura, Calif.; Ventura Theatre

Dec. 19–20; Las Vegas, Nev.; House of Blues

German singer Lou Bega is adding his fun-loving, pseudo-Mambo

stylings to a few all-star holiday festivals this month before hitting

the road with Cher in February. His debut album, A Little Bit

of Mambo, was released Aug. 24.

Lou Bega tour dates:

Dec. 13; Providence, R.I.; Providence Performing Arts Center (with Barenaked Ladies, LFO)

Dec. 17; San Diego, Calif.; Cox Arena — Jingle Ball (with Alanis Morissette, Duran Duran, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Jewel)

Dec. 18; Detroit, Mich.; Joe Louis Arena — Electric Pringle Jingle (with Sugar Ray, Enrique Iglesias, Blessid Union of Souls, LFO)

Feb. 2; Los Angeles, Calif.; Staples Center

Feb. 5; San Jose, Calif.; San Jose Arena

Feb. 27; Washington, D.C.; MCI Center

Big-band, uh, band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy are taking one last

pre-millennial swing around the States. Their second album, This

Beautiful Life, was released Oct. 19. Catch them Dec. 17 at Star

100.7-FM's Jingle Ball with Alanis Morissette, Jewel,

Duran Duran, Melissa Etheridge, Lou Bega and more.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy tour dates:

Dec. 15; Denver, Colo.; Ogden Theatre

Dec. 17; San Diego, Calif.; Cox Arena (Star 100.7-FM Jingle Ball)

Dec. 18; Tucson, Ariz.; Rialto

Dec. 19; Tempe, Ariz.; Bash on Ash

Dec. 20; West Hollywood, Calif.; House of Blues

Dec. 31; Pasadena, Calif.; Civic Auditorium (with Chicago, London Symphony Orchestra)

May 28; Verona, N.Y.; Turning Stone Casino

British-techno figurehead Luke Slater, also known as Morganistic,

Planetary Assault Systems and a slew of other monikers, unleashes

his moody, mind-twisting electronica rhythms on North American technophiles

this week. His latest release, Wireless, hit stores Oct. 5.

Luke Slater tour dates:

Dec. 17; Chicago, Ill.; Crobar

Dec. 18; New York, N.Y.; Roseland Ballroom