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Literary offspring turn to rock 'n' roll. Early.

August 27, 2009 |  3:58 pm

If you watched "The Late Show With David Letterman" last night, you've already seen Care Bears on Fire  make their network TV debut. (If not, you can watch it above.) The Brooklyn-based band has a gig coming up at Irving Plaza in New York with Nat & Alex Wolff. By the way, the girls singing the punky, attitude-y "Everybody Else" in the clip aren't old enough to drink; heck, they're not even old enough to drive. One is 15, one is 13, and drummer Izzy just turned 14, like, yesterday.

Izzy is the daughter of two founding editors of Tin House magazine, Rob Spillman and Elissa Schapell. Schapell is a columnist and the author of "Use Me," a collection of short stories; Spillman is the editor of the recent anthology "Gods and Soldiers: The Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing."

You'd think with a pedigree like that, she'd be a gifted writer. And maybe she is, but first she's taking a rock 'n' roll detour. Maybe Spillman -- who often accompanies the band on its travels -- will pen the first I'm-the-dad-with-the-band memoir.

-- Carolyn Kellogg