Tokyo Police Club celebrate an exceptional debut

The Canadian quartet Tokyo Police Club waited a staggering three years—in the blog era, nothing short of a century—to release their debut, Elephant Shell, which finally comes out this Tuesday. Over that span, the foursome’s savvy take on the Strokes has gradually grown both leaner and lusher; Elephant Shell‘s spare rhythm section now rivals any in indie rock, and the band’s frontman, Dave Monks, has segued from an early, bleating enthusiasm to something wearier and more intriguing. Thirty-six months of unrelenting hype have earned the band a rare three-night stand in New York City, but make no mistake: By now, the pleasure’s all ours. At 8 tonight and Tuesday, Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, 212-533-2111, $17; Monday at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, 718-486-5400, $17 ZACH BARON



Water travelling uphill and other wonders

Get a feeling for Iceland—and avoid wearing a heavy coat—by checking out Take Your Time: Olafur Eliasson, the largest collection of the Icelander’s work in the U.S., which includes vast installations, sculptures, and photographs that represent the landscape and culture of his native country. Sponsored by MOMA and P.S.1, Eliasson is known for his placement of natural elements—water, ice, light, stone, etc.—in unnatural settings for an intense, highly absorbing experience. Be sure to check out one of his newest creations, entitled Take your time (2008), which consists of a large rotating mirror hanging from the ceiling that might throw you off balance, but will at least give you new perspective. There’s also the notable Reversed waterfall (1998), a work made of steel and four levels of scaffolding, with water pumps that squirt water (you guessed it) in reverse. At noon, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens, 718-784-2084, $5 EUDIE PAK



Geography with The Onion

“Literary geniuses” doesn’t seem like an appropriate moniker for the writers of a franchise of books full of lies, and yet, somehow, they sort of are. Some of the faux factoids found in Our Dumb World: Atlas of the Planet Earth: “The average German is comprised of 12 right angles and six 45-degree angles . . . The Republic of Congo, though not a perfect nation by its own admission, is always quick to point out that at least it is doing a heck of a lot better than the Democratic Republic of Congo . . . December 2003: U.S. forces remove Saddam Hussein from a hole in the ground, only to put him back into a hole in the ground three years later.” Tonight, authors Mike DiCenzo and Dan Guterman, also known as editors of The Onion, present a slide show of their geographical musings, “covering most of the 10-or-so continents.” At 8, Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street, 212-414-5594,, $10 SHARYN JACKSON