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Tips for Today: Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs in NYC + "American Realism" in L.A. + First Aid Kit in Chicago + Flavours of India Festival in London

New York

teed-tips.jpgTotally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, aka British electronic producer Orlando Higginbottom, will bring his raucous, hard-to-pin-down electronic dance music (and elaborate dinosaur costumes) to (Le) Poisson Rouge. [Flavorpill]

If you need a good hearty chuckle, we suggest heading to The Bell House for their Summer Fun Splashtacular. The stellar lineup includes Todd Barry, Wyatt Cenac, Janeane Garofolo to be accompanied by a performance courtesy of Bushwick-based, '60s-girl-group-esque band Starlight Girls. [Flavorpill]

New York painter Les Rogers (who was recently commissioned boy Oakley to paint Olympic volleyball player Kerri Walsh) exhibits his large-scale, abstract-ish paintings at an exhibit called "Summer Swells" tonight at Half Gallery. [via artcards]

Los Angeles

Screen shot 2012-07-30 at 2.22.44 PM.pngKatherine Brook's live performance, "American Realism," takes words from California migrant workers during the Depression-era from the audio archive of Farm Security Administration work camps and transforms the text into an endurance test for eight actors. The performance will be on loop for four hours as a reflection on contemporary labor. Check it out at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibits). [Flavorpill]

Erika Forster, formerly of Au Revoir Simone, is going solo with a new name, Erika Spring, and a brand new self-titled EP that features her breathy synth-pop. She plays tonight with Alt J at The Echo. [LA Weekly]


Screen shot 2012-07-30 at 3.37.49 PM.pngSwedish sisters Johanna and Klara Soderburg of First Aid Kit have been gaining a lot of buzz for their luminous folk tunes (Jack White asked them to record a single for his Third Man Records series). See why they deserve all the attention tonight when they play with Alabama Shakes (who are no slumps either), Dry the River and Filligar at Metro. [Chicago Reader]

There really couldn't be a more appropriate featured writer tonight at the Reading Under the Influence series tonight at Sheffield than Patrick Wensink, whose Broken Piano for President, follows man who lives a double-life when he gets black-out drunk. (Perhaps Wensick will speak to his book cover, which has recently elicited some controversy.) [Flavorpill]


01_flavours_of_india.jpgAt this two-day Flavours of India Festival, experience (and snack on) food and traditional dance numbers at the Royal Festival Hall. There'll be an emphasis on tea, coffee and spices, as the event is organized by the Tea Board of India. [via Zing]

Nineteen-year-old club-kid-turned-electro-phenom Charli XCX headlines XOYO tonight. [via Time Out]

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