Thanks to some helpful commenters and some sleuthing on our own, we found out about Vampire Weekend's two unofficial showcases this weekend. One was today at about 5 p.m., hosted by National Public Radio at The Parish. Only, uh, one major problem: Take a look at the line this show had (also, imagine the disappointment on these people's faces when they got to the end of the line, only to realize that the show was an invite-only one).
The band's other unofficial show will come at Friday afternoon's Spin show--also invite-only. And seeing that we haven't heard back from the folks at Spin yet to see if we're on the list, we were freaking out when we saw today's line: Would we miss out on the Vampire Weekend party? Did it even matter? Would seeing them be worth it?
Luckily, a tarot card reader named Susan Lee was perched just beyond the line, sitting at a table, ready to answer my questions about going to Vampire Weekend's official showcase tomorrow night. No joke.
She was hesitant at first--"It's a vampire showcase? I don't think you're missing anything there"--but after reading the cards, she changed her tune.
Here's how it went down: I picked three cards at random from her spread-out deck and handed them back to her. She flipped them one at a time, telling me what each card meant.
First, came the King of Pentacles card. "He's wealthy," Lee said. "He has money. That means it's probably worth your while to go."
Next, came the Justice card. "This means they [Vampire Weekend] are not a nagative influence," Lee explained. "It's definitely going to be a good show. Look forward to it."
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Third came the King of Wands card. "He looks into the future," she said. "He looks at his wand with the goal that he has something to look forward to."
Finally, she summed the whole thing up: "It'll definitely bring you to a higher class of prominent people," she said. "You'll miss the people, you'll miss a good time. Maybe not the show, but the people."
This woman is good. And now we feel like we have to see Vampire Weekend--even if we really, really, really want to go to that near-simulatneously running Handsome Furs showcase...
We'll keep you updated on what happens. -- Pete Freedman