Love as Laughter, They Might Be Giants, Make Up, Man or Astro-Man? ...

Once a solo project for former Lync singer/guitarist Sam Jayne, lo-fi pop-rockers Love as Laughter have expanded to a five-piece and are on the run through April. Their third album on a real label, Destination 2000, was released on Sub Pop last year. Also appearing on several dates are Brooklyn (N.Y.) rockers Les Savy Fav.

Love as Laughter tour dates:

Feb. 25; Seattle, Wash.; Sit & Spin

Feb. 26; Portland, Ore.; E.J.'s

Feb. 27; Chico, Calif.; Blue Room

Feb. 28; San Francisco, Calif.; Café du Nord

Feb. 29; Claremont, Calif.; Pitzer College

March 1; Las Vegas, Nev.; Sound Barrier

March 2; West Hollywood, Calif.; Troubadour

March 3; San Diego, Calif.; Che Café Collective

March 4; Long Beach, Calif.; Pressed for Sound

March 8; Phoenix, Ariz.; Modified

March 9; Tucson, Ariz.; Plaza Club

March 10; Las Cruces, N.M.; El Patio

March 11; Albuquerque, N.M.; Burt's Tiki Lounge

March 13; Lubbock, Texas; Triple A Storage/Garage

March 16; Denton, Texas; Rubber Gloves

March 17; Austin, Texas; Emo's (SXSW show)

March 19; Fayetteville, Ark.; Clunk Music Hall

March 21; Knoxville, Tenn.; Tomato Head Restaurant

March 22; Richmond, Va.; University of Virginia

March 25; New York, N.Y.; Mercury Lounge

March 29; Cambridge, Mass.; Middle East Club

April 12; Denver, Colo.; 15th Street Tavern




They Might Be Giants fans are in for a treat, if they live in New York or Cambridge, Mass. The quirky pop duo are playing a few scattered dates in those cities throughout the next few months. Last year, they released a live album, a greatest-hits and the MP3-only Long Tall Weekend.

They Might Be Giants tour dates:

Feb. 25; Cambridge, Mass.; House of Blues

April 13; New York, N.Y.; Bowery Ballroom

April 20; New York, N.Y.; Bowery Ballroom

April 27; New York, N.Y.; Bowery Ballroom

April 28; Cambridge, Mass.; Johnson Athletic Center

May 4; New York, N.Y.; Bowery Ballroom




Washington, D.C.'s Make Up are taking their R&B-flavored punk ditties back on the road this month. The gospedelic Save Yourself was released in October.

Make Up tour dates:

Feb. 25; Washington, D.C.; Black Cat

Feb. 26; Philadelphia, Pa.; Upstage

March 2; Princeton, N.J.; Terrace Club

March 3; Baltimore, Md.; TBA

March 4; Raleigh, N.C.; King's

March 5; Atlanta, Ga.; Echo Lounge

March 6; Savannah, Ga.; TBA

March 7; Jacksonville, Fla.; Jack Rabbit's

March 8; Tampa, Fla.; TBA

March 9; Orlando, Fla.; Sapphire Supper Club

March 10; Tallahassee, Fla.; Cow Haus

March 11; Athens, Ga.; 40 Watt Club

March 12; Charlotte, N.C.; Visualaite Theatre




Kitschy surf-rockers Man or Astro-Man? will assault you with their vast repertoire of twangy, sci-fi-inspired instrumentals during their cruise around the States. Their 10th album, Eeviac: Operational Index and Reference Guide, Including Other Modern Computational Devices, was released in April.

Man or Astro-Man? tour dates:

Feb. 29; San Francisco, Calif.; Great American Music Hall

March 2; Fairbanks, Alaska; Blue Loon

March 3; Fairbanks, Alaska; Hess Recreation Center

March 4; Anchorage, Alaska; University of Alaska

March 14; Baton Rouge, La.; Bayou

March 15; New Orleans, La.; Howlin' Wolf

March 16; Austin, Texas; Emo's

March 17; Dallas, Texas; Trees

March 18; Houston, Texas; Fitzgerald's