Old 97's, Sleater-Kinney ...

Old 97's: The electric country/pop-rock quartet is touring through June behind its

third album, Fight Songs (April 27), on which they tone down their trademark

twang and focus on the rock.

Old 97's Tour Dates:

May 22; Minneapolis, Minn.; First Avenue

May 25; Denver, Colo.; Bluebird Theater

May 26; Salt Lake City, Utah; Liquid Joe's

May 28-29; Seattle, Wash.; Crocodile Cafe

May 30; Portland, Ore.; Roseland Grill

June 1-2; San Francisco, Calif.; Slim's

June 3; West Hollywood, Calif.; House of Blues

June 4; San Diego, Calif.; Casbah

June 5; Tempe, Ariz.; Green Room

June 9; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Will Rogers Theatre

June 10; Columbia, Mo.; Blue Note

June 11; Madison, Wis.; University of Wisconsin

June 12; Iowa City, Iowa; Gabe's Oasis

June 14; Milwaukee, Wis.; Shank Hall

June 17; Detroit, Mich.; Shelter

June 18-19; Toronto, Ontario; Horseshoe Tavern

June 21; Northampton, Mass.; Iron Horse Music Hall

June 22-23; New York, N.Y.; Mercury Lounge

June 24; Boston, Mass.; Paradise Rock Club

Sleater-Kinney: The Olympia, Wash., punk trio are still on the road promoting

their fourth album, The Hot Rock, and getting comfortable with their prettier, new

sound. Check them out at the July 4 extravaganza in Irvine, Calif., with Sonic Youth, Mike

Watt, Rocket From the Crypt and Sunny Day Real Estate.

Sleater-Kinney Tour Dates:

May 22; Atlanta, Ga.; Echo Lounge

May 24; Athens, Ga.; 40 Watt Club

May 25; Carrboro, N.C.; Cat's Cradle

May 27; Washington, D.C.; Black Cat

May 28; Philadelphia, Pa.; Trocadero

May 29-30; New York, N.Y.; Irving Plaza

June 1; Cambridge, Mass.; Middle East Club

June 3; Toronto, Ontario; Opera House

June 4; Detroit, Mich.; Magic Stick

June 6; Chicago, Ill.; Metro

June 7; Minneapolis, Minn.; First Avenue

June 12; Seattle, Wash.; Show Box (Planned Parenthood Benefit)

July 4; Irvine, Calif.; Oak Canyon Ranch (This Ain't No Picnic)

UB40: The British reggae-pop octet is touring North America through June behind

its 18th(!) album, Labour of Love III.

UB40 Tour Dates:

June 4; East Rutherford, N.J., The Meadowlands

June 5; Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club

June 6; Philadelphia, Pa., Electric Factory

June 11; Las Vegas, Nev., Hard Rock Hotel -- The Joint

June 12; Los Angeles, Calif., KISS Radio Show

June 12; Los Angeles, Calif., Dodger Stadium

June 13; Berkeley, Calif., Greek Theatre

June 15; Denver, Colo., Mammoth Events Center

June 18; Chicago, Ill., House of Blues

June 19; Cleveland, Ohio, Nautica Stage

June 20; Detroit, Mich., State Theatre

June 21; Toronto, Ontario, The Warehouse

June 23; Atlanta, Ga., Tabernacle

June 24; Lake Buena Vista, Fla., House of Blues

June 25; Pompano Beach, Fla., Pompano Beach Amphitheater

June 26; Tampa, Fla., Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center

L.E.S. Stitches: The high-energy Manhattan punk band from the Lower East Side (L.E.S.) is

touring this summer to promote its second album, Staja '98 LES, released in October.

In July, it joins the Vans Warped Tour.

L.E.S. Stitches Tour Dates:

May 22; Garfield, N.J., American Legion Hall

June 4; Cleveland, Ohio, Coliseum Party Center

June 5; Asbury Park, N.J., Saint

June 6; Portsmouth, N.H., Elvis Room

June 7; Fredericton, New Brunswick, Knights of Columbus

June 12; Toronto, Ontario, Legion

June 13; Montreal, Quebec, L'X

June 14; Quebec City, Quebec, Kashmir

June 15; Ottawa, Ontario, Lucky Ron's

June 16; Toronto, Ontario, El Mocambo Club

June 17; London, Ontario, Embassy

June 18; Pittsburgh, Pa., Millvale Industrial Theatre

June 19; Cincinnati, Ohio, Sudsy Malone's

June 20; Chicago, Ill., Fireside Bowl

June 22; Winnipeg, Manitoba, Royal Albert Hotel

June 30; Vancouver, British Columbia, Brickyard

July 29; Atlanta, Ga., Lakewood Amphitheatre (Warped Tour)

July 30; Orlando, Fla., Cent. Florida Fairgrounds (Warped Tour)

July 31; Pompano Beach, Fla., Pompano Beach Amphitheater Parking Lot (Warped Tour)

Aug. 14; Richmond, Va., Twisters

Aug. 15; Norfolk, Va., Riverview Theatre