If you plan on hitting the clubs next week and taking part in the annual CMJ music binge, why not use the coming days to rest up, get some sleep and save your pennies? A week of rest woudln't hurt, would it?

But it's not that easy. Not this week...though the shows are mostly big ticket events that will set you back a few bucks. The big names precede CMJ this year. Next week we'll get clubs filled to the rafters with underground legends, up-and-coming bands, no-name groups and some that simply aren't worth the time.

Might as well lead off with this guy. Morrissey. He returns to New York for shows at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday and Sunday. At last check, tickets were still available.

The Strokes. Yeah, they're still around. What? Got Interpol on your mind these days?On Friday, Spirit is hosting Be Well: Ramones Beat On Cancer, a concert in honour of New York's favorite sons, The Ramones. The show is a benefit for Cedars Sinai Cancer Research Centre and the Lymphoma Cancer Research Foundation. On the bill are The Strokes (who are becoming to this decade's benefits what R.E.M. was in the '90s), Blondie and Sonic Youth, plus special guests Andrew WK, Sean Lennon, Alan Vega, CJ Ramone and longtime Ramones friend and producer Daniel Rey. Even Marky Ramone is supposed to make an appearance. Tickets are $50. C'mon, it's for a good cause, and the line-up is incredible.

PJ Harvey is at the Hammerstein tonight, which makes staying in and resting up a bit more difficult. Tickets are a considerable $37.

Oh, and Saturday some band called the Beastie Boys are playing some venue called Madison Square Garden, whatever that is. Some dude named Talib Kweli is opening the show. Cheapest tickets are a slight $39.50 without bogus service and handling fees.

One band that has the critics, blogs and indie rock kids absolutely buzzin' is Rilo Kiley. So buzzin', in fact, that both Bowery Ballroom shows are sold out. They're playing tonight and tomorrow. Now It's Overhead and Tilly & The Wall are also on the bill.

What else is going on? Interpol. At the Bowery Ballroom on Sunday. But it's a "secret" show and it's way past sold out, so if you want to go get ready to fork out some serious money on the scalp scene.

For something a bit different, you could see calypso legend Mighty Sparrow at Satella tomorrow night. He's got two shows: 10pm and midnight. Each is $25 and will surely be well worth it. If Coolfer was in town I'd be there, front row.


- Sons of Sound at the Delancey, tonight
- The Mountain Goats/John Vanderslice at Southpaw tonight and the Knitting Factory tomorrow
- Pretty Girls Make Graves/The Flesh at The Delancey on Friday
- Dan Bern at the Bowery Ballroom on Saturday
- Hot Snakes/Mr. Airplane Man/Pretendo at Northsix on Saturday and the Knitting Factory on Sunday
- The Libertines/Radio 4 at Webster Hall on Tuesday


- Sons of Sound: "It's You"
- Pretty Girls Make Graves: "All Medicated Geniuses"
- John Vanderslice: "Pale Horse"