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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 02/10/2011

Getting Up Guide: Chinese road trips and Scottish rock stars

By Alex Baldinger

A quick peek at what's happening around town on Thursday. For more ideas, check out Nightlife Agenda:

Peter Hessler
The author, a staff writer at the New Yorker magazine, reads from and discusses "Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip" (just published in paperback). A book signing follows at Politics & Prose.

Biffy Clyro
You could pay through the nose to see Linkin Park at the Verizon Center, or you could check out these Scottish noisemakers, one of those bands that make it really big across the pond with nary a blip on the American radar. Don't let that deter you from checking out their propulsive yet tuneful set at the Rock and Roll Hotel. With Moving Mountains and locals Solar Powered Sun Destroyer.

Hip-Hop Karaoke
For those karaoke lovers thwarted by friends who want to do "Twist and Shout" yet again, or by karaoke books where the hip-hop offerings begin and end with Tone Loc, Hip-Hop Karaoke is the answer. If you can trade couplets like Run-D.M.C. or mimic every Wu Tang Clan member's distinct delivery, this is your night. There are no bouncing balls on screen, but the DJ comes equipped with instrumentals and even a hypeman to join you on stage. It goes down at Liv.

By Alex Baldinger  | February 10, 2011; 7:00 AM ET
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