Happy Monday. Today's music post will only list tonight's shows. Check back tomorrow for the rest of the week's events.

matisyahu.jpgHappy Passover. I want to take this opportunity to talk a little bit about Matisyahu. He's the Hasidic Jewish reggae singer, rapper, and beatboxer from Crown Heights (Brooklyn) that you may have seen elsewhere in the media this past week. His new album and sold-out performance at Irving Plaza brought with it a firestorm of media coverage (see Rolling Stone, MTV, ABC, Daily News, ABC, etc..). I'd like to add Gothamist to the list because he deserves it. I was at the show last week. Here's my review and pictures.

Every few weeks a band or two starts buzzing in my ears. The band I keep hearing about lately is The Cloud Room. You might remember them from the Gothamist interview in October. Tonight the band plays a free show at Knitting Factory with Calla and Seedy Gonzales. All three bands appear on the "Satellite" soundtrack. The party is in conjunction with the Tribeca Film Festival. If you want to see this free show, you must RSVP to RSVP@giganticmusic.com. Will you definitely get in if you RSVP? I don't know. Knitting Factory is not that big.

Here's another event you might not get in to. The reason: celebrities + big crowds + velvet ropes = a mess. The relatively underground weekly Charm School party hosts a solo performance by Debbie Harry and a DJ set by Kelly Osbourne. Boy George and Miss Guy spin too (as they do every week). This one's at Marquee. (289 10th Ave. between 26th & 27th St.). Dress up.

Every New Yorker should know that "sold out" never means you can't get in. Whether you use Craigslist, a scalper, or wait patiently for the venue to let you in, there's almost always a way (money helps). Tonight's sold out shows include The Shins (with the Brunettes) at Webster Hall and Erasure (with Elkland) at Irving Plaza.

Here's what else is happening...

Mercury Lounge - The Comas, Mondo Diao, Danke Jones
Northsix - Burning Brides, A Thousand Knives of Fire
Beacon Theatre - The Bob Dylan Show featuring Bob Dylan and his band, Merle Haggard and the Strangers & Amos Lee.
Sidewalk Cafe - The Antihootenanny with Lach
NJ Performing Arts Center - Kelly Clarkson