Tips for Today: Holograms in NYC + Amanda Jo Williams in Los Angeles + Theater Oobleck in Chicago + James Murphy in London

New York

Buzzy Swedish post-punks Holograms play Mercury Lounge with Eraas as the opening act. A lot of press surrounding their self-titled debut album focused on how broke the band is, including the fact that they had their van broken into on a tour and were subsequently stranded, penniless in France for weeks. Yeesh. Here's hoping everything goes better for the boys as they tour stateside. [Oh My Rockness]

Dan Wilbur, Onion contributor and genius behind the hilarious time-suck website Better Book Titles, hosts a night of comedy with fellow funny people Chris Gethard, Elna Baker, and Adam Newman and shares amazing tips from his upcoming book, How Not to Read:Harnessing the Power of a Literature-Free Life. This includes speed-reading pointers like, "Just read every third word. . . . It's like a Gertrude Stein poem only more comprehensible" and ways to insult people who actually read: ""You're as weak as a passive sentence written in negative form."  [VillageVoice]

Los Angeles

Songstress Amanda Jo Williams is performing her twangy country-folk (all of which she plays on a tiny, child-sized guitar) at The Echo tonight for free alongside Crooked Cowboy and The Freshwater Indians [Oh My Rockness]

Conceptual artist Glenn Ligon -- best known for his text-based paintings inspired by the works of such diverse writers as Jean Genet and Richard Pryor -- and boundary-pushing multimedia artist Daniel Martinez open their show at Orange County Museum of Art as a part of OCMA's series Pairings: The Collection of 50, which pairs artists from the permanent collection together. [zing]


Theater Oobleck is having a release party for their new book of original plays titled More If You've Got It.  The shindig will include previews from the plays and a performance by Chicago-based klezmer band Shloinke. [Flavorpill]

DJing since age 12, DJ Timbuck2 is spinning tonight at Beauty Bar for Timbuck2uesdays alongside other resident DJs like Boi Jeanius and Happy. [Time Out]   


Check out a free screening at Hackney Picturehouse of the documentary Shut Up and Play The Hits, which follows musician James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem as he plays his last gig at Madison Square Garden. Tickets to the screening are free and also include a Q&A with Murphy, so use this opportunity to beg him in person to play more shows! [Flavorpill]

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