Peter Murphy, Papas Fritas, Love As Laughter, They Might Be Giants ...

Dark prince Peter Murphy is taking his booming voice and an all-star cast of backing musicians on the road next month for his first solo tour in five years. Comprising his band will be former Jane's Addiction bassist Eric Avery, former Love and Rockets drummer and Murphy's former Bauhaus bandmate Kevin Haskins, Love and Rockets producer Doug DeAngelis on keyboards and Porno for Pyros guitarist Peter DiStefano.

Peter Murphy tour dates:

March 1; Anaheim, Calif.; Sun Theatre

March 2; San Francisco, Calif.; Warfield

March 4; Portland, Ore.; Roseland Theatre

March 5; Vancouver, British Columbia; Commodore Ballroom

March 6; Seattle, Wash.; Showbox Theatre

March 8; Salt Lake City, Utah; Fairpark Horticulture Building

March 10; Denver, Colo.; Ogden Theatre

March 12; Milwaukee, Wis.; Rave

March 13; Minneapolis, Minn.; First Avenue

March 14; Chicago, Ill.; Riviera Theatre

March 16; Pontiac, Mich.; Clutch Cargo

March 17; Toronto, Ontario; Guvernment

March 18; Cleveland, Ohio; Odeon Concert Club

March 20; Washington, D.C.; 9:30 Club

March 21–22; New York, N.Y.; Irving Plaza

March 24; Boston, Mass.; Roxy

March 25; Philadelphia, Pa.; Trocadero

March 27; Atlanta, Ga.; Masquerade

March 28; New Orleans, La.; House of Blues

March 29; Austin, Texas; La Zona Rosa

March 30; Dallas, Texas; Deep Ellum Live

April 3–4; Los Angeles, Calif.; House of Blues

April 5; San Diego, Calif.; 4th & B

As promised, the lively Papas Fritas will embark on a full-fledged tour in March behind their imminent third album, Buildings and Grounds (March 7), before heading off in mid-April to infect Europe with their perky pop.

Papas Fritas tour dates:

March 3; Boston, Mass.; The Milky Way

March 7; Newark, Del.; Deer Park Tavern

March 9; New York City, N.Y.; Brownies (with Team USA)

March 10; Philadelphia, Pa.; (with Team USA)

March 11; Washington, D.C.; Black Cat

March 12; Chapel Hill, N.C.; Room 4/Go Lounge

March 13; Athens, Ga.; 40 Watt (with Team USA)

March 15; New Orleans, La.; (with Man or Astro-Man?)

March 16; Houston, Texas; Rudyard's Pub (with Team USA)

March 17; Denton, Texas; Rubbergloves (with Seely, Team USA)

March 18; Austin, Texas; Waterloo Brewery (SXSW)

March 21; Tucson, Ariz.; The Solar Cultural Gallery

March 22; San Diego, Calif.; The Casbah

March 24; Los Angeles, Calif.; Spaceland of Dreams (with Push Kings)

March 25; San Francisco, Calif.; Bottom of the Hill (with the Orange


March 27; Portland, Ore.; Satyricon

March 28; Seattle, Wash.; Crocodile Cafe (with Sunset Valley)

March 30; Salt Lake City, Utah; Kilby Court

March 31; Denver, Colo.; 15th Street Tavern

April 1; Boulder, Colo.; Tulagi's

April 3; Iowa City, Iowa; Gabe's Oasis (with the Hang Ups)

April 4; Minneapolis, Minn.; First Avenue (with the Hang Ups)

April 6; Chicago, Ill.; Schuba's (with the Hang Ups)

April 7; Bloomington, Ind.; Second Story

April 9; Cleveland, Ohio; Grog Shop (with Verbena)

June 15; New York, N.Y.; The Jewish Museum

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. 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:

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