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Tips for Today: Deerhoof in NYC + Lavender Diamond in LA + David Byrne in Chicago + Rita Ackermann in London

New York

Catch Deerhoof along with duo Buke and Gase at Music Hall of Williamsburg for a night of some seriously weird rock music.  [Oh My Rockness]

In a time when most mainstream publications aren't devoting as much space to literary coverage, BookCourt is appropriately hosting "Who Gives a Sh*t About Literary Magazines?" -- a discussion about the importance of independent lit magazines. The discussion will feature a panel that includes Lorin Stein of The Paris Review, Rob Stillman of Tin House and more. [Flavorpill]

Acclaimed author Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Klay, The Yiddish Policemen's Union) will be presenting his latest work, Telegraph Avenue, at Fort Greene's Greenlight Bookstore. The book details two friends and record-store owners who struggle to prevent a big-box retailer from moving in down the block. Given the title, could this book be inspired by Berkeley (and San Francisco's) famous Amoeba Records? Guess we'll have to read the book! [via Time Out]

Trippy, self-titled "witch house" artist, Pictureplane (a.k.a. Travis Egedy), heads to 285 Kent tonight. [via Oh My Rockness]

Los Angeles

The romantic folk quartet Lavender Diamond is playing a show tonight at The Echo along with Tom Brousseau and Power Mallets. [Oh My Rockness]

English electro-pop group Hot Chip will play a free DJ set tonight at Bardot! [Zing]


He may be getting a lot of buzz lately for his recent duet with St. Vincent but tonight David Byrne will be discussing his new book, How Music Works, at the Music Box. He'll also be joined by Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot and Thrill Jockey Records co-founder Bettina Richards and, to celebrate Byrne's visit, the theater will also be screening Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense, the famous Johnathon Demme-directed documentary of the band's concert at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre. [Music Box Theater]

Essay Fiesta returns to Book Cellar this month with first person non-fiction essays read by writers like WNEP Theater Founding Director Don Hall, actress/writer Thea Lux and food blogger Monte LaMonte. [via Chicago Reader]


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Rita Ackermann's exhibit Fire by Days opens today at Hauser & Wirth gallery. The exhibit features a new collection of paintings and works on paper that include a series of false-mirror diptychs that mimic the human form. [Zing]

Watch a screening of Vertigo at BFI. This Hitchcock-directed masterpiece recently topped a BFI survery as the "Greatest Movie of All Time." [BFI]

The London Design Festival kicks off today across the city with a showcase of hundreds of installations, panel discussions, and more, all covering different aspects of design. [Time Out]

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