1993 was the year that both Counting Crows
and Collective Soul
became leaders of the post-grunge alt-rock era largely thanks to inescapable radio play for the former's "Mr. Jones" (off August and Everything After
) and the latter's "Shine" (from Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid
). Now respective front-dudes Adam Duritz and Ed Roland are banking on I Love the '90s
nostalgia (and interest in forthcoming new albums) as they embark on a family-friendly tour of minor-league ballparks. The trek's no Woodstock '94, but expect reworkings of old favorites, the debut of new material and the inevitable clash of angsty introspection with mellow, lazy-summer atmospherics.