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'Spider-Man,' Spoon and 'Stranger Things': A guide to pop culture in July

Joe Gross
jgross@statesman.com
Austin's Spoon, including frontman Britt Daniel, releases “Everything Hits at Once: The Best of Spoon" on July 19. [Tom McCarthy Jr. for Statesman]

Here are some of the most exciting new releases in movies, TV, books, comics, music and more on the horizon in July. As always, release dates are subject to change without notice.

“Spider-Man Far From Home.” The first post-”Endgame” MCU movie wherein young Spider-Man meditates upon the possibility of living up to Iron Man’s legacy, meeting a fellow who may be from another Earth and going on a European vacation. (July 2)

“The Pigeon HAS to Go to School” by Mo Willems (Hyperion). Anyone who has a toddler can tell you that a new Mo Willems book is cause for celebration. (July 2)

“What Do We Need Men For?: A Modest Proposal” by E. Jean Carroll (St. Martins). Ms. Carroll’s memoir has already gained notice for her allegation that President Trump raped her during an encounter in the 1990s. (July 2)

“Midsommar.” This new movie from the director of “Hereditary” has been compared to “The Wicker Man” for its wholehearted embrace of mythical pagan folk ritual and the attendant horrors therein. (July 3)

Related: The extremely Austin summer movie guide

“Stranger Things" (Netflix). The third season begins! Happy America Day! The 1980s seem totally great now, right? (July 4)

“Monstress Book One” by Marjorie Liu (author), Sana Takeda (artist) (Image). The first 18 issues of the smash-hit, Eisner Award-dominating fantasy comics series in hardcover. (July 9)

“Knife" by Jo Nesbo. Harry Hole, from the “The Snowman” and “The Thirst,” is back. (July 9)

“Snowfall” (FX). The acclaimed series on the rise of the crack crisis in Los Angeles returns. (July 10)

“Crawl.” After a massive hurricane, Floridians find themselves stalked by massive alligators. (July 12)

“Stuber.” Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista star in this goofy ode to action comedies. (July 12)

Africa Express, “EGOLI” (Africa Express). A musical collective led by Damon Albarn with guests including Gruff Rhys, Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner, Morena Leraba, Radio 123, Sibot and more. (July 12)

Kool Keith, “KEITH” (Mello Music Group). One of the weirdest rappers alive, produced by the Beatnuts’ Psycho Les with Jeru the Damaja, B-Real, Paul Wall. (July 12)

The Velvet Underground, "The Complete Matrix Tapes" (Universal). This legendary set, which sees the Velvets go almost full jam band in spots, is now getting the deluxe, eight-LP treatment. (July 12)

New Order, “∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes …” (Mute). Yes, that is the real title. The set was recorded live at the 2017 Manchester International Festival with visual artist Liam Gillick. (July 12)

Ed Sheeran, “No.6 Collaborations Project” (Atlantic). The dramatic return of the most popular bard in Westeros to his day job as Ed Sheeran. (July 12)

“Pandora” (The CW). Priscilla Quintana fronts this sci-fi series set in 2199 at Earth's Space Training Academy. Sounds good so far — few things turn one’s brain off so magnificently as a CW series. (July 16)

“Bad Weekend” by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image). The masters of noir comics turn their dark eyes to their own industry in this crime story set in the comics industry. (July 16)

“Silver Surfer: Parable 30th Anniversary Oversized Edition” (Marvel). Perhaps the last great Stan Lee story, the late co-inventor of the Marvel universe wrote an excellent story about one of his favorite characters, illustrated by the visionary French fantasy artist Moebius. (July 16)

The Flaming Lips, “King’s Mouth: Music and Songs” (Warner). A concept album narrated by Mick Jones of Clash fame. (July 19)

Brian Eno, “Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks (Extended Edition)” (Capitol / UMe). An expanded reissue of Eno’s 1983 album, made in collaboration with his brother Roger and Daniel Lanois, complete with 11 new instrumental compositions. (July 19)

Massive Attack, “Mezzanine (Deluxe Edition)” (Virgin / UMe). The classic 1998 album remastered with eight previously unreleased Mad Professor remixes. A must-listen for those remixes alone. (July 19)

Spoon, “Everything Hits at Once: The Best of Spoon” (Matador). A 13-song collection sports a new tune called “No Bullets Spent.” (July 19)

“The Lion King.” Disney remakes the animated smash, now with more Beyonce, Donald Glover and state-of-the-art CGI that makes people refer to this as “live action,” which it is not. (July 19)

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Starring Brad Pitt and someone named Leonardo DiCaprio. An actor and his long-term stuntman get vaguely involved with Charles Manson. (July 26)

“The Boys” (Amazon). Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, producers of “Preacher,” which was based on a comic book by creator Garth Ennis, go back to the well here, adapting Ennis’ superhero satire “The Boys” for Amazon. Starring Karl Urban, Elisabeth Shue, Chace Crawford, Jennifer Esposito, Antony Starr and more. I remain extremely curious. (July 26)

“Veronica Mars” (Hulu). We loved it from 2004 to 2007, we loved the 2014 feature film, and we get to enjoy these amazing characters in the present day as Veronica (Kristen Bell) investigates a grim new mystery. With OG co-stars Enrico Colantoni, Ryan Hansen, Jason Dohring, Francis Capra, Percy Daggs, Max Greenfield and Ken Marino. (July 26)

“Chances Are…” by Richard Russo (Random House). Three old friends meet in Martha’s Vineyard to contemplate a vanishing that has haunted them for nearly 50 years. (July 30)

“Four Weddings and a Funeral” (Hulu). A 10-episode adaptation of the 1994 romantic comedy helmed by Mindy Kaling and starring Nathalie Emmanuel, Brandon Mychal Smith, Rebecca Rittenhouse and John Reynolds. (July 31)

“Atmosphæra Incognita” by Neal Stephenson. A mere seven weeks after his latest epic, “Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell” drops, Stephenson returns with this sci-fi novella (no kidding, it’s only 104 pages). (July 31)