Tips For Today: Morrissey's Birthday Party in NY, Roy Lichtenstein in Chicago and Japandroids in London


It's Morrissey's birthday today. Happy birthday, Morrissey! Celebrate the Moz's big day at Union Hall with Smiths/Morrissey tribute band The Sons and Heirs and Morrissey-themed cupcakes from Robicelli's. [Via TimeOut]

Cynthia Rowley is sponsoring Tom Sachs' awesome new Armory show Space Program: Mars tonight, which means the usually $12 admission is free from 4 p.m -7 p.m.. Thanks Cynthia!

The always-amazing-live Gossip return to New York City tonight in support of their new album, A Joyful Noise, with Cody Critcheloe's boonanas group SSION and Lauren Flax and Lauren Dillard's Creep opening. [BoweryPresents]

Garbage is playing a sold out show at Webster Hall tonight in support of their new album, Not Your Kind of People, the band's first in six years. You can watch a mini-film for their latest single, "Control" here. [Via BoweryPresents]


Space-rock vets Spiritualized are back with their seventh album, Sweet Heart Sweet Light, (which features this amazing album art) and play tonight at the Wiltern. [LA Weekly]

Secret Ceremony, a truly amazing-looking film about a women who hires a prostitute to pose as her mother, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Mia Farrow, screens today at LACMA at 1 p.m. [LA Happenings]


Pop art legend Roy Lichtenstein's 50-year career included everything from the comic-strip-style works he was best known for to nudes, landscapes and sculptures. All of these will be on display today at the world premiere opening of the Chicago Art Institute's Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective. Through September 3rd. [Chicago Mag]  

Whereas opener M. Ward's is playing at the Vic Theater tonight in support of his seventh solo album (which you can read about in PAPER), opener and Sonic Youth guitarist/songwriter Lee Ranaldo is promoting his solo debut, Between the Times and the Tides. The Ranaldo-penned and performed "Wish Fulfillment" is one of our favorite SY songs ever, and we're excited he's finally doing his own thing. [Flavorpill]

A year after the tornado disaster in Joplin, Missouri, the city still needs help getting back on its feet. Proceeds from tonight's Gimme Shelter benefit, featuring DJs and breakdancers,  go to the Joplin Chamber of Commerce's efforts to purchase storm shelters for Joplin citizens. [GapersBlock]


Rolling Stone dubbed Japandroids' upcoming sophomore album Celebration "one of the year's most thrilling rock records" and judging by the fuzzed-out punch their 2009 debut album Post-Nothing packed, that's easy to believe. Check them out at the Camp Basement tonight. [TimeOut]

Minimal dub electro artist and vocalist Emika plays in support of her self-titled solo-debut album at Shackwell Arms tonight. She's joined by Micachu (of experimental pop trio Micachu and the Shapes), who is DJing. [TimeOut]

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