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Ben Harper: The soulful folk rocker is working on the follow-up to 1997's Will to

Live, tentatively due in September. Until then, he is playing a few dates in the States

before heading to Europe to play jazz, blues and heavy-metal festivals.

Ben Harper Tour Dates:

June 1; Medford, Ore.; Medford Armory

June 2; Eugene, Ore.; Hult Center for the Performing Arts

June 4; Eureka, Calif.; Municipal Auditorium

June 5; San Francisco, Calif.; Golden Gate Park (Fleadh Festival)

Pole: Stefan Betke (a.k.a. Pole), master of crackly German ambient

dub, is briefly touring North America to promote his debut album, CD1,

and its follow-up, the aptly titled EP2 (both released in the

States on Feb. 23). Also appearing on these dates is Pole's female

counterpart, ambient/drum & bass queen Riz Maslen (a.k.a. Neotropic).

Pole Tour Dates:

June 1; Boston, Mass.; Playhouse

June 2-3; Montreal, Quebec; New Media Center

June 5; New York, N.Y.; Cooler

June 9; Los Angeles, Calif.; Atlas

June 10; Portland, Ore.; Ohms

June 11; San Francisco, Calif.; Justice League

June 12; Seattle, Wash.; ARO Space

June 13; Vancouver, British Columbia; Sonar

Cake: The eclectic pop-rock quintet is really going the distance, still touring this

summer behind its third album, 1998's Prolonging the Magic.

Cake Tour Dates:

June 2; Kansas City, Mo.; Starlight Theatre

June 3; St. Louis, Mo.; American Theatre

June 5; Cincinnati, Ohio; Bogart's

June 6; Detroit, Mich.; State Theatre

June 7; Toronto, Ontario; Music Hall Theatre

June 10; New York, N.Y.; Roseland Ballroom

June 11-12; Washington, D.C.; 9:30 Club

June 13; Richmond, Va.; Mayo Island

June 16; Atlanta, Ga.; Tabernacle

June 18; Mountain View, Calif.; Live 105 BFD

June 20; Commerce City, Colo.; KTCL-FM Big Adventure

Tight Bro's From Way Back When: The quirky Washington punk quintet, who

can't decide whether to keep the apostrophe in "bro's," is touring extensively through the

summer behind its debut album, Runnin' Thru My Bones (April 26).

Tight Bro's From Way Back When Tour Dates:

June 5; Olympia, Wash.; Liquid

June 6; Seattle, Wash.; Velvet Elvis (Benefit for Voices in the Wilderness)

June 12; Spokane, Wash.; to be announced

June 13; Boise, Idaho; Boise State University

June 14; Salt Lake City, Utah; Moroccan

June 15; Denver, Colo.; to be announced

June 16; Oklahoma City, Okla.; to be announced

June 17; Austin, Texas; Emo's

June 18; Houston, Texas; Fitzgerald's

June 19; Denton, Texas; Rubber Gloves

June 20; Little Rock, Ark.; to be announced

June 21; Fayetteville, Ark.; Clunk Music

June 22; to be announced

June 23; St Louis, Mo.; to be announced

June 24; Memphis, Tenn.; to be announced

June 25; Knoxville, Tenn.; to be announced

June 26; Atlanta, Ga.; to be announced

June 27; Gainesville, Fla.; Warehouse

June 28; Columbia, S.C.; to be announced

June 29; Chapel Hill, N.C.; to be announced

June 30; Richmond, Va.; to be announced

July 1; Washington D.C.; Black Cat

July 2; Philadelphia, Pa.; Stalag 13 Warehouse

July 3; New York, N.Y.; to be announced

July 4; Cambridge, Mass.; Middle East Club

July 5; Providence, R.I.; to be announced

July 6; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Millvale Industrial Theater

July 7; Cleveland, Ohio; to be announced

July 8; Columbus, Ohio; to be announced

July 9; Cincinnati, Ohio; Buzz Coffeeshop

July 10; Louisville, Ky.; The 540

July 11; Chicago, Ill.; Fireside Bowl

July 12; to be announced

July 13; Minneapolis, Minn.; Foxfire Lounge

July 15; Missoula, Mont.; to be announced

July 16-18; Olympia, Wash.; Yoyo a Go-Go Festival

July 27; Portland, Ore.; to be announced

July 28; San Francisco, Calif.; Bottom of the Hill

July 29; Wilmington, Calif.; PCH Club

July 30; San Diego, Calif.; Che Cafe

July 31; Los Angeles, Calif.; La Cosita

Aug. 1; San Francisco, Calif.; to be announced