Tips for Today: Norah Jones in NYC + Beach House in L.A. + Dead Prez in Chicago + Pongathon in London

New York

Each song on Norah Jones' new album, Little Broken Hearts, evokes an aspect of wounded love accompanied by smooth and slick beats. With the help of Danger Mouse, Jones has created an irresistible sound. See for yourself tonight when she plays The Bowery. [Flavorpill]

We completely understand that you consider the fourth of July as the day where you eat entirely too much BBQ and marvel at the sky lighting up but let's not forget that there is a history behind the holiday. Thankfully, S.A.S.S. (the Society for the Advancement of Social Studies) want to make learning fun by hosting a lecture/party tonight at Public Assembly. "Party & Bullshit in the U.S.A." somehow bases a history lesson on a mash-up between a Miley Cyrus/Biggie remix. Don't worry, themed drinks specials will be available. [Brooklyn Based]

Shows like this come rarely so don't hesitate to see Bobby Womack belt his soulful songs live tonight at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. [NY Mag]

Los Angeles

Seriously, this band just keeps getting better and better. On the heels of their new album, Bloom, swirling dream-pop geniuses Beach House perform tonight at the El Rey Theatre. [LA Weekly]

Pamela Ribon has written and developed TV shows for ABC so it's a given that this lady knows a thing or two about compelling story lines. In her most recent book, You Take It From Here, after the main character discovers she has terminal cancer, she asks her best friend to take over and finish her life -- that means marrying her husband and raising her kid. Catch her reading tonight at Skylight Books. [zing]


Controversial-yet-brilliant Dead Prez bring their introspective thoughts tonight to the Shrine. Illuminati Congo, Rocket and Gizzae support. [Chicago Reader]

Tonight Fate and Free Will go head to head at Write Club at the Hideout. Wordsmiths should witness this unique event which is described as a "boxing match with three rounds" in which two separate writers are given exactly seven minutes to expound on some pretty heavy topics such as "Lost and Found" and "Theory and Practice." Christian Stolte, David Pasquesi, Mare Swallow, Michael Patrick Thornton, Dave Snyder and Ian Belknap are all participating writers. [zing]


The ping pong season is almost coming to a close so get in your best 70's wear and head over to Rich Mix for the second to last night of Pongathon. The venue is taken over by tables while DJs Ronnie Joice and Alex Gromaadzki spin. [Flavorpill]

One man band The Tallest Man on Earth consists of Kristian Matsson accompanied by a banjo and a guitar. He plays Hackney Empire tonight in support of his LP, There's No Leaving Now. [Time Out]

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