FISCHERSPOONER #1 (Capitol) This electroclash band’s sense of spectacle is worthy of Warhol’s Factory, so it’s fitting that its debut disc is bundled with an hour-plus DVD featuring a documentary, videos, and short films.
THE MINUS 5 Down With Wilco (Yep Roc) Fans can finally get Down with the Jeff Tweedy alt-country sideline that Hollywood Records ditched last summer.
RICHARD ASHCROFT Human Conditions (Virgin) His second solo effort finds the former Verve frontman continuing the soul-searching of 2000’s Alone With Everybody, complete with orchestral movements.
THE MUSIC THE MUSIC (EMI/Capitol) These Leeds lads have already made a splash with their first record in their native England. Now it’s time for Stateside lovers of garage rock to weigh in.
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Homme boy Josh and his Stone Age family are traversing the U.S., with stops including Tucson (March 1), Tulsa (March 9), and Tampa (March 19), in support of their Grammy-nominated Songs for the Deaf.
EVE and JA RULE The winning Ryder has the Satisfaction of teaming up with her dynamic duetist for a mini-tour that hits Toronto on Feb. 25 and winds down in South Hadley, Mass., on March 2.
SUPERGRASS The Brit band brings its knowledge of Life on Other Planets to fuzz-loving crowds in Philly (March 5), Atlanta (March 12), and San Francisco (March 23) before turning the other cheek for Cologne, Germany (March 30), and more points overseas.