In Stores Feb. 13
JOHN FRUSCIANTE To Record Only Water for Ten Days (Warner Bros.) The on-again, off-again Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist (he returned for 1999’s Californication) no doubt hopes his third solo record will outshine his lackluster previous efforts.
STEPHEN MALKMUS Stephen Malkmus (Matador) Without straying much from his indie roots, Pavement’s sardonic lyricist offers his first solo album.
TANTRIC Tantric (Maverick) From the still-warm ashes of Days of the New (who split with their lead singer in 1999 over those pesky ”artistic differences”) rises this modern rock quartet featuring new frontman Hugo Ferreira.
RON CARTER When Skies Are Grey …(Blue Note) The onetime bassist for Miles Davis — and veteran of more than 50 albums as bandleader — experiments with Latin sounds.
STRING CHEESE INCIDENT Bruce Hornsby, Little Feat, Del McCoury, and others will drop in on the jam-band kings as they stomp through the West. Additional stops on the 14-city tour, which opens Feb. 15 in Denver, include Tucson, L.A., and Seattle.
DOVES British emo-rockers respond to America’s budding interest in their debut album, Lost Souls, by launching their first North American tour. The Doves will touch down in Philadephia on Feb. 24, then visit 12 other cities, including Boston, New York, Detroit, Chicago, and Toronto.
U2 To the delight of North American fans, Ireland’s rejuvenated rockers return to the road, with PJ Harvey opening. The highly anticipated arena tour will commence on March 24 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., crisscross the U.S. and Canada, and hit 33 cities before closing on June 21 in East Rutherford, N.J.