The Suburbs by Arcade Fire (Tue.)
On Tuesday, Canadian indie-rock superstars Arcade Fire return with their much anticipated and already critically acclaimed third album, The Suburbs. Once again, the band has crafted a sprawling and melancholic concept album that’s hard to label as indie since it’s their most populist effort to date, sounding at times like a Bruce Springsteen album. Previously released songs “The Suburbs” and “Month of May” are standouts, but there are many more memorable songs amongst the 16 tracks, and the LP has already scored impressive reviews. It’ll be a busy week for the band as they’re scheduled to play Madison Square Garden on Friday -- in a show that will be streamed live and directed by cult film director Terry Gilliam (Brazil) -- and will then travel to Chicago to play Lollapalooza on Sunday.
On Thursday at 10pm ET, watch the Gilliam-directed performance streaming live online.
The Other Guys (Fri.)
If Kevin Smith’s homage to buddy cop movies Cop Out didn’t do it for you, then maybe Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg teaming up in The Other Guys is more your speed. Hijinks ensue as frequent Ferrell collaborator Adam McKay (Anchorman, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Step Brothers) co-writes and directs this comedy, which also features Eva Mendes, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Michael Keaton.
Read the early reviews for The Other Guys.
Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago (Fri. - Sun.)
Perry Farrell’s annual alternative music fest returns to Chicago's Grant Park with a three-day lineup that is top-lined with a reunited Soundgarden, a freshly Broadway’d Green Day, and the ever-touring Lady Gaga. If those three don’t float your boat, you can always check out acts as varied as The Strokes, Hot Chip, Empire of the Sun, MGMT, Erykah Badu, The National, and many, many more. There’s even a Kidzapalooza stage for the budding music fans out there.
Check out more of the lineup and set times at the official festival website.
On the Ones and Threes by Versus (Tue.)
If one big Merge Records release (Arcade Fire, see above) isn’t enough for you, then how about the first album in 10 years from indie legends Versus, following 2000’s Hurrah. The band's current three-piece lineup includes brothers Richard Baluyut and Edward Baluyut as well as Fontaine Toups. Collectors will be either happy or infuriated that the deluxe edition vinyl release includes two additional tracks and an alternate song order. After playing a couple of shows with the reunited Unrest, Versus is touring Canada and the East Coast throughout August and September.
Middle Men (Fri.)
Luke Wilson takes a break from shilling for AT&T in this dramedy from Midnight Run writer George Gallo, who also directs this based-on-a-true-story tale about 1995 businessmen who come up with a way to use credit cards over the Internet. Complications arise when the money starts to roll in largely from the adult entertainment industry, and grow larger when the Feds, international terrorists, and Russian mobsters get involved. The film also stars Wilson’s Bottle Rocket co-star James Caan, Giovanni Ribisi, and Kelsey “Oh good lord!” Grammer.
Learn more about this nerdfest at the film’s official website.
Shark Week on Discovery (through Wed.)
Sharks in the summer have been cool ever since Jaws came out in June of 1975. Thirty-five years later, sharks continue to be cool because of the annual Shark Week on The Discovery Channel. Indulge in slow-motion shots of shark attacks (Into the Shark Bite, Sun.), sharks flying through the air (Ultimate Air Jaws, Sun.), shark survivors (Day of the Shark 3, Mon.), and sharp wit Craig Ferguson as he takes part in Shark Bites: Adventures in Shark Week (Wed.) by trying to feed sharks. You’re gonna need a bigger boat.
Get a schedule of Shark Week programming at Discovery's official site.
Closing the book on last week
|Most Popular Title on Metacritic.com|
|StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (PC) 97||Week ending 7/31|
|Weekend Box Office Champion (Estimated, U.S. only; source: Boxofficemojo.com)|
|Inception 74||$27.5 million; 3rd week at #1|
|#1 Album on Billboard 200 (Source: Billboard.com/Nielsen SoundScan)|
|Eminem: Recovery 63||5th week at #1|
|Top-Rated Primetime Broadcast Show (Source: Nielsen)|
|America's Got Talent (NBC)||10.5 million viewers; week of 7/19-7/25|