[Ed. note: Gothamist got our favorite music blogger, Coolfer, to take a break from his copious music industry watching and give us the scoop on this weekend's shows that might be of interest. Without further ado, straight from Coolfer:]
A few of the best shows this weekend are sold out, but this is New York and there's never a shortage of good live music.
The Cardigans play Southpaw Sunday night and the Bowery Ballroom Monday night, and both shows are sold out. Clinic, in their only New York appearance, play the sold-out Southpaw on Saturday. (Opening that show will be local duo Ratatat.) The Shins play the Bowery Ballroom Sunday night and guess what? It too is sold out. Oh, and some guy named Morrissey is in town.
So is there any show with tickets still available? Cult favorites Sloan (pictured, left) hit the Bowery Ballroom Friday and Saturday evenings, with The Kicks opening both nights. If you want a truly unique evening of music, hit the Mercury Lounge Friday night for the one-and-only Tammy Faye Starlite and karaoke crooner Baby Dayliner, who are opening for El Vez. Local rock band The Head Set play the Luna Lounge on Friday night and are highly recommended for fans of the New York indie rock sound (you know what I mean...it rhymes with "croaks").
Holgar Czukay, a founding member of krautrock legends Can, plays the Knitting Factory Saturday night. He will be joined by longtime collaborator U-She and, according to the Knit's website, the performance will cover 30 years of his music and will include DJing, a wide array of instruments and "support stuff from his Internet collaborations."
If cover bands are your thing, Super Diamond performs its Neil Diamond tribute at Irving Plaza on both Friday and Saturday nights.