'Music + Travel,'
Museyon Guides, $17.95:
Graphics that pop, plenty of maps and a breezy tone make the new "Music + Travel" guidebook a handy reference and a rockin' good time. Twelve writers profile 12 countries, offering the inside scoop on the best music venues in, among other sites, Dublin, Ireland; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Paris; Berlin; and Chicago. Jessica Hundley's chapter on Southern California touches on such figures as Merle Haggard and Gram Parsons. She writes: "Calicountry, the dust-blown cowboy strut that began with the Okie folk songs of the Dust Bowl emigres, continues to hang over Los Angeles like campfire smoke." That may be overstating things, but there's little doubt you'll want to read on.