As we all know, CMJ is about to take over...however, non-CMJ events will also be taking place that week, unphased by the marathon. One that caught our eye is this Housing Works event starring Bright Eyes. Tickets are on sale now for $40. From the website:

Join Bright Eyes and an all-star line up for this spectacular benefit event, “Walking Songs” to kick off the Campaign To End AIDS march to Washington, DC.
Bright Eyes, Jesse Harris, Jesse Malin, John Wesley Harding, Kate Jacobs, Lene Lovich, Bob Neuwirth, Mike Viola, Amy Correia, Clare Burson and more.

More information on the Campaign to End AIDS here.

Another thing to look forward to is Music Downtown. This doesn't take place until November 14th (running through the 20th), but it's something to mark on your calenders. The lineup goes like this:

2005_09_artsmusicdowntown.GIFMonday, November 14
Blind Boys of Alabama
Cat Power
Tuesday, November 15
Buddy Guy
Shamika Copeland
Wednesday, November 16
Jeff Tweedy
Thursday, November 17
Jeff Tweedy
Friday, November 18
Ryan Adams
Saturday, November 19
Rickie Lee Jones
Sunday, November 10
Aimee Mann
Keren Ann

...and the tickets are FREE. More information on where to pick up these free tickets at The Modern Age.