Perhaps more than any other city in the country, New York is swarming with people looking to hate on the Dave Eggers-led McSweeney’s gang. Detractors argue that the overwhelming precociousness they’ve made their currency long ago mutated into off-putting pretentiousness, more a series of cutesy literary gimmicks than an actual movement. Personally, I think it’s mostly just playa-hatin’, but then again, that’s not really my beat. So I’ll simply say this: When they throw a party, they do it up just right. On 8/26 at the Beacon Theater, they’re hosting another installment of Revenge of the Bookeaters, featuring live music, readings and comedy. On the bill so far? Well, you’ve got readings from the partly cloudy patriot herself, Sarah Vowell, and stand-up comedy from The Daily Show’s Demetri Martin, plus Grizzly Bear, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Feist, the New Pornographers’ A.C. Newman, and Spoon’s Britt Daniel. Tickets are $35, but all proceeds go to 826NYC, the McSweeney’s-affiliated program designed to help school-aged children become better writers, so that when they’re 30, they too can start complaining that they’re more deserving of notoriety than any of those McSweeney’s nerds.
Also of Note:
8/16 Cassettes Won’t Listen at Union Hall
Perfect electronic pop music, made by one dude, a laptop and other assorted noisemaking devices.
8/19 Wolf Parade at the Warsaw
It just occurred to me that I wrote about Wolf Parade in the first ever installment of this column. I stand by my recommendation, almost two years after the initial hype died down.