Gas Giants, Boss Hog, Sarah Dougher, Arsonists ...

Three former Gin Blossoms are on the road with their new band, the harder-rocking Gas Giants. Blues guitar virtuoso Kenny Wayne Shepherd joins them this month, and San Francisco pop-rockers Train will take over in May. The Giants' debut, From Beyond the Back Burner, was released on Atomic Pop in October.

Gas Giants tour dates:

March 25; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Michigan Theater

March 26; Urbana, Ill.; Foellinger Auditorium

March 28; South Bend, Ind.; Heartland

April 1; Minneapolis, Minn.; State Theatre

May 6; Rochester, N.Y.; Institute of Technology

May 7; Washington, D.C.; 9:30 Club

May 9; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Metropol

May 11; Philadelphia, Pa.; Electric Factory

May 12; Norfolk, Va.; Town Point Park

May 13; Greensboro, N.C.; TBA

May 16; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Orbit Room

May 18; Memphis, Tenn.; New Daisy Theatre

Blues-punk-pop combo Boss Hog — featuring Blues Explosion leader Jon Spencer and his wife and former Pussy Galore partner Cristina Martinez — are playing a handful of East Coast dates behind their long-awaited third album, White Out (Feb. 22), before heading off to Europe. A full U.S. tour is planned for May.

Boss Hog tour dates:

March 25; Washington, D.C.; 9:30 Club

March 30; Cambridge, Mass.; Middle East Club

March 31; Providence, R.I.; Met Café




Indie-rock singer/songwriter Sarah Dougher brings new meaning to the word prolific, launching another solo tour while being an active member of Cadallaca and the Crabs. Her second solo album, The Walls Ablaze, is due May 16.

Sarah Dougher tour dates:

March 25; San Francisco, Calif.; Bottom of the Hill (with Papas Fritas)

March 26; Oakland, Calif.; Mills College

March 28; Phoenix, Ariz.; Modified

March 29; Tucson, Ariz.; TBA

March 30; Los Angeles, Calif.; Milk (with the Need)

March 31; San Diego, Calif.; Che Cafe

April 1; Santa Rosa, Calif.; The Old Vic

April 3; Santa Cruz, Calif.; College/TBA

April 4; San Francisco, Calif.; Coco Club

Aug. 1–6; Olympia, Wash.; Ladyfest 2000




After stints in the UK and Italy, charismatic rappers the Arsonists, formerly known as the Bushwick Bomb Squad, will blaze across the United States through mid-May. Matador released the quintet's debut, As the World Burns, in August.

Arsonists tour dates:

April 8; Princeton, N.J.; Princeton University

April 13; Cambridge, Mass.; Middle East Club

April 14; Annondale, N.Y.; Bard College

April 18; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Laga

April 19; Columbus, Ohio; The Underground

April 20; Toronto, Ontario; The Reverb

April 21; Detroit, Mich.; St. Andy's

April 22; Oberlin, Ohio; Oberlin College

April 23; Minneapolis, Minn.; First Avenue

April 24; Chicago, Ill.; Double Door

April 26; Lawrence, Kan.; Bottleneck

April 27; Denver, Colo.; 15th St. Lounge

April 28; Salt Lake City, Utah; Warehouse

May 1; Vancouver, British Columbia; Starfish Room

May 2; Seattle, Wash.; AROspace

May 3; Seattle, Wash.; Black Arts Theatre

May 4; Portland, Ore.; Ohm

May 5; San Francisco, Calif.; Justice League

May 6; Los Angeles, Calif.; Spaceland

May 17; Washington, D.C.; The Cage

May 19; Philadelphia, Pa.; 40/40