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Popping Off

What you’ll be reading, watching and listening to all summer long
By Joani Delezen, Jennifer Leigh, Sammi Sontag and Daniel Barnes

—Movies—
Summer Hope Springs Eternal

The summer movie season is always eagerly anticipated and even more eagerly forgotten, but the shit show known as the summer of 2016 will leave a lasting scar.

“Ghostbusters,” “Suicide Squad,” “Ghostbusters,” “Independence Day: Resurgence,” people tweeting about “Ghostbusters,” “The Legend of Tarzan” and let’s not forget “Ghostbusters.”

But this summer hope springs eternal, and film critic Daniel Barnes managed to find ten highly anticipated films that might just make for the best…summer…ever.

Wonder Woman (June 2)
Finally! A female superhero movie helmed by a female director—was that really so difficult?  Beyond checking off overdue boxes and rubbing Marvel’s nose in it, “Wonder Woman” could break out of the comic book bubble of bland mediocrity, if only because the character is more identified with bravery and sincerity than with wisecracking smugness or goth mopey-ness. It also helps that the demigoddess warrior princess is played by real-life demigoddess warrior princess Gal Gadot.

It Comes at Night (June 9)
Nobody watched Trey Edward Shults’ brilliant debut film “Krisha” but apparently the right nobodies watched it, because it won the 28 year-old director a two-picture deal with highly respected indie outlet A24. This follow-up is a horror movie, and after seeing Shults turn a Thanksgiving family dinner into hell on earth, it will be fascinating to watch him plant two feet in the genre.

Baby Driver (June 28)
After a number of aborted projects, including a famously failed attempt to make “Ant-Man,” Edgar Wright finally delivers his first film since 2013’s “The World’s End.” I’ll take anything we can get from the maniacally creative Wright at this point, even if this romantic action musical looks like the sort of film that talented directors make when they have no idea what to make.

The Beguiled (June 30)
I’m not usually stoked about remakes, especially a remake of a good film like Don Siegel’s kinky 1971 drama “The Beguiled,” but I’m very curious to see a female take on this somewhat misogynist material. It will also be interesting to see if Sofia Coppola can snap out of her funk and invest the film with some of that old “Lost in Translation” spark.

A Ghost Story (July 7)
David Lowery provided one of the last summer’s pleasant surprises with “Pete’s Dragon,” a project conceived as a cynical CGI remake, but imbued with love and optimism and old-school Disney magic (no wonder it tanked). His follow-up film, a supernatural love story starring Casey Affleck as a white-sheeted ghost trying to connect with his wife, received wide acclaim at Sundance.

Dunkirk (July 21)
Christopher Nolan is practically the only ‘auteur’ permitted to make money-is-no-object, off-brand blockbusters anymore. That sucks, if only because Nolan seems inclined to make the sort of movies an important director is supposed to make (pretentious space epics and bloated WWII anything) rather than following his “Memento” muse. Still, this story of the Allied evacuation is probably our best chance for non-superhero-related IMAX awesomeness this summer.

Atomic Blonde (July 28)
A longtime stunt coordinator and one of the creative forces behind “John Wick,” David Leitch officially steps behind the camera with “Atomic Blonde,” starring Charlize Theron as an undercover agent kick-punching her way through a buffet line of Cold War-era stooges. Leitch has “Deadpool 2” lined up for next year, so hopefully we get one decent genre film out of him before that abomination kills us all.

Detroit (Aug. 4)
Kathryn Bigelow reteams with “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty” screenwriter Mark Boal for her first film in five years—a visceral ensemble piece about the 1967 Detroit riots featuring John Boyega, Anthony Mackie and John Krasinski. Sparked by racial injustice and inflamed by police brutality, the riots seem like the sort of historical event tailor-made for Bigelow’s brand of compellingly problematic cinema.

Wind River (Aug.  4)
This is the second directorial effort from Taylor Sheridan, but the barely released 2011 genre film “Vile” was made before he became ‘Wunderkind Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan,’ the Oscar-nominated scribe behind “Sicario” and “Hell or High Water.” Now there are legitimate expectations for this low-key mystery about a murder on a Native American reservation.

Logan Lucky (Aug. 18)
Steven Soderbergh is very bad at retirement.  He claimed to call it quits following 2013’s “Behind the Candelabra,” but he has been working non-stop ever since, most notably on his Cinemax show “The Knick.” And now he’s going to beat the already overhyped “Ocean’s Eight” to the punch with his own heist movie, starring Channing Tatum and Adam Driver as brother thieves.

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—TV—
Stream On

Summer is usually when good TV takes a break, but it doesn’t seem to be the case this year. For every lame game show (looking at you, “Candy Crush”) there’s also a highly-anticipated series getting positive reviews from your friends and on Twitter.
So maybe you’re supposed to spend your summer enjoying the outdoors instead of camping in front of the TV. But there’s nothing wrong with binging on a few of these shows. Better yet, take your iPad outside and get the best of both worlds. Here’s a look at some shows you won’t want to miss.

Master of None
If you haven’t watched Season Two yet, we can’t talk you. Well, we can, but not without spoilers, and we don’t want to do that, so just hurry up and watch it, ok? We aren’t sure how Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang managed to top Season 1, but they did. Seriously, the only  thing better than Dev in Italy (Episodes 1 and 2) is Dev on a dating app (Episode 4). And don’t even get us started on how adorable little Dev is at Thanksgiving in the early 90s… (Episode 8).
Currently streaming on Netflix

The Handmaid’s Tale
Adapted from the dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood, “The Handmaid’s Tale” might just be this season’s must buzzed about new show and for good reason. It really does seem to be tailor-made for our current political climate— which is equal parts terrifying and entertaining.
Currently streaming on Hulu

Orange Is the New Black
Summer streaming really wouldn’t be the same without this show. Thankfully, the ladies of Litchfield are back for Season Five starting next week.
Premiers June 9 on Netflix

Claws
This Rashida Jones-produced series follows five manicurists at the Nail Artisan of Manatee County in South Florida. Beneath the acrylic nails is a money laundering scam for a nearby pain clinic. Niecy Nash (of “Reno 911” and “Getting On”) plays Desna, the owner who cares for her mentally ill brother Dean (Harold Perrineau).
Premieres June 11 on TNT

I’m Dying Up Here
Adapted from William Knoedelseder’s book “I’m Dying Up Here: Heartbreak & High Times in Stand-Up Comedy’s Golden Era,” the show, which smartly condenses the title, looks at the comedy scene in the 1970s and follows a group of unknown comics looking to break into the scene. The series gives a backstage look at stand-up comedy and has as much heart as it does good jokes.
Premieres June 4 on Showtime

I Love Dick
Fans of Jill Soloway (creator of “Transparent”) will likely want to binge her latest Amazon TV show, “I Love Dick,” starring Katherine Hahn and Kevin Bacon, based on the novel of the same name. The show follows Hahn, an artist and filmmaker, who goes to Marfa, Texas with her husband where he’s taken a research fellowship. In Texas, they both become obsessed with his fellowship sponsor, Dick (Bacon).
Currently streaming on Amazon

GLOW
A struggling actress (Allison Brie) unknowingly auditions for an all-female women’s wrestling circuit called GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) in this new Netflix dramedy. An added bonus is Marc Maron as coach Sam Sylvia.
Premieres June 23 on Netflix

Love Connection
Normally, cheesy game show remakes wouldn’t count as must-see TV, but the Bravo king himself Andy Cohen is the new host, so it’s worth a shot.
Currently airing on Fox

Raven’s Home
Oh, snap! Guess who’s back on Disney Channel? No, not “Girl Meets World” (sorry). But Raven-Symone is. In this spin-off to “That’s So Raven,” the teen psychic is all grown up as a single mom. And one of her children may have inherited her special powers.
Premiers July 21 on Disney

Snowfall
Director John Singleton (“Boyz n the Hood”) tells the origin story of the crack cocaine epidemic. Set in 1983 in Los Angeles, the story is told by weaving the lives of several different characters including a Mexican wrestler, a CIA operative and a young dealer.
Premieres July 5 on FX

Twin Peaks
The cult-classic show is back. The small-town mystery series was a precursor for a lot of the shows you love today. It’s worth it just to try it out just to add a little bit of weird to your summer.
Currently airing on Showtime

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
That plucky redhead is back for Season Three. Kimmy is still navigating the outside world and what she hopes to achieve in it, along with her gang of charming, yet odd, friends. If you watch just one episode, make sure it’s the one where Titus Andromedon does his best “Lemonade” homage, in a yellow dress and gold boots.
Currently streaming on Netflix

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—Music—

•Hit The Road

To travel for music, or not to travel for music, that is the question.  And if you ask us, the answer is always “yes.”

If you’ve been itching to see your favorite band and take a mini-vacation, why not take a quick summer road trip to see them?

Kendrick Lamar
Dates: July 7–Sept. 2
Closest Stop: July 17 in Duluth, GA

Chance the Rapper
Dates: Now–June 17
Closest Stops: June 11 in Atlanta

Ed Sheeran
Dates: June 29–Oct. 6
Closest Stop: Aug. 25 in Duluth, GA

U2
Dates: May 12–Aug. 1
Closest Stop: June 14 in Tampa

Jimmy Buffet
Dates: June 3–Oct. 21
Closet Stop: June 6 in Orange Beach

Paramore
Dates: July 28–Oct. 17
Closet Stop: Sept. 6 in Jacksonville

John Mayer
Dates: May 27–Sept. 3
Closest Stop: Aug. 9 in New Orleans

Coldplay
Dates: June 6–Oct. 8
Closest Stop: Aug. 28 in Miami Gardens

Paul Simon
Dates: Now–June 30
Closest Stop: June 2 in Fulton County, GA

Lionel Richie with Mariah Carey
Dates: July 21-Sept. 5
Closest Stop: Aug. 6 in New Orleans

•Feeling Festive
Missed Hangout? Don’t sweat it, there are still tons of other festivals going on this summer if you’re willing to travel a little (or a lot).

Bonnaroo
June 8-11, Manchester, Tennessee
Headliners: U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper
Details: bonnaroo.com

Firefly Music Festival
June 15-18, Dover, Delaware
Headliners: Muse, Twenty One Pilots, Chance the Rapper, Bob Dylan
Details: fireflyfestival.com

Essence Festival
June 29-July 2, New Orleans
Headliners: Diana Ross, John Legend, Chance the Rapper, Solange
Details: essence.com/festival-2017

SUMMERFEST
June 28-July 2 and July 4-9, Milwaukee
Headliners: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Chainsmokers, Future, The Shins
Details: summerfest.com

Pitchfork Music Festival
July 14-16, Chicago
Headliners: Solange, A Tribe Called Quest, Dirty Projectors
Details: pitchforkmusicfestival.com

Forecastle Festival
July 14-16, Louisville
Headliners: LCD Soundsystem, Weezer, 
Run the Jewels
Details: forecastlefest.com

Sloss Music and Arts Fest
July 15–16, Birmingham
Headliners: Alabama Shakes, Widespread Panic, Run the Jewels
Details: slossfest.com

Newport Folk Festival
July 28-30, Newport, Rhode Island
Headliners: Fleet Foxes, Wilco, Ben Gibbard, Regina Spektor, John Prine
Details: newportfolk.org

Panorama
July 28-30, Randall’s Island, New York
Headliners: Frank Ocean, Solange, 
Tame Impala
Details: panorama.nyc

Lollapalooza
Aug. 3-6, Chicago
Headliners: Muse, The Killers, Chance 
the Rapper, Arcade Fire
Details: lollapalooza.com

Satchmo Summer Fest
Aug. 4-6, New Orleans
Lineup will be announced June 20
Details: fqfi.org/satchmo

Outside Lands
Aug. 11-13, San Francisco
Headliners: Metallica, The Who, Lorde
Details: sfoutsidelands.com

Maha Music Festival
Aug. 19, Omaha
Headliners: Belle and Sebastian, Run the Jewels, The Faint, Sleigh Bells
Details: mahamusicfestival.com

Bumbershoot
Sept. 1-2, Seattle
Headliners: Flume, Lorde, Odesza, Haim, Solange
Details: bumbershoot.org

Made in America
Sept. 2-3, Philadelphia
Headliners: Jay-Z, J. Cole, The Chainsmokers, Solange
Details: madeinamericafest.com

•Spin It
Just in case you wear out “More Life” and need more music get through the summer, here are some upcoming albums worth getting excited about.

June 2
•Dan Auerbach “Waiting On A Song”
•Amber Coffman “City of No Reply”
•Bleachers “Gone Now”

JUNE 9
•Katy Perry “Witness”
•Phoenix “Ti Amo”
•Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit “The Nashville Sound”

JUNE 16
•Lorde “Melodrama”
•Fleet Foxes “Crack-Up”

June 30
•Calvin Harris “Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1”
•TLC “TLC”

JULY 7
•Haim “Something to Tell You”

JULY 15
•Waxahatchee “Out in the Storm”

JULY 28
•Arcade Fire “Everything Now”

Aug. 18
•Grizzly Bear “Painted Ruins”

RUMOR MILL
There’s some speculation these albums will drop sometime this summer, but no confirmed release dates
•DJ Khaled “Grateful”
•Camila Cabello “The Hurting, The Healing, The Loving”
•Zayn Malik (the title is also still TBA)

•On Repeat

Nothing says “summer” like an easy, breezy pop song. You know, the kind of track that instantly puts you in a good mood and is impossible to not sing along with?

Even though summer doesn’t technically start until June 21, there are already tons of contenders out there trying to become this season’s anthem.

Here are the songs we’re going to playing all summer long—windows down, volume up, of course.

I’m the One
DJ Khaled with Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper and Lil Wayne

Everything Now
Arcade Fire

Mourning Sound
Grizzly Bear

Slide
Calvin Harris with Frank Ocean and Migos
HUMBLE.  Kendrick Lamar

Junie
Solange

Want You Back
Haim

Sweet Creature
Harry Styles

Still Got Time
Zayn featuring 
PartyNextDoor

Shine On Me
Dan Auerbach

Passionfruit
Drake

No Coffee
Amber Coffman

Run Up
Major Lazer featuring Nicki Minaj and PartyNextDoor

J-Boy
Phoenix

Feel It Still
Portugal. The Man

Bad Liar
Selena Gomez

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—Books—
Bookmarks

Don’t limit your summer reading to magazines caked in sand and sunscreen. Whether you want to pick up a book of funny essays or an in-depth biography, here are a few good picks you can read on and off the beach. And since summer is all about being on the move, audio books do in fact still count as “reading.” 

Theft by Finding: Diaries 
(1977-2002) by David Sedaris
The reigning king of literary humor is back, this time with the first of two volumes of insights and short stories from his actual diary. Super Sedaris fans will recognize some of the characters, like his old neighbor Helen.

This is Just My Face: Try Not 
to Stare  by Gabourey Sidibe
Ever since the 34-year-old actress became a breakout star in “Precious,” it seems she’s been the center of debate in everything from skin color to size. Now, she tells us her story in her own words in this funny and heartfelt memoir.

When You Find Out the World is Against You: And Other Funny Memories About Awful Moments by Kelly Oxford
You likely know Kelly Oxford from her internet writings—for instance, she is the Twitter account behind the hashtag #NotOkay. In her second book, she writes about everything from natural disasters and cysts to motherhood and her love for McDonald’s.

Are You Anybody? by Jeffrey Tambor
Actor Jeffrey Tambor shares the story of his early life and career before he became an actor on beloved shows such as “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Arrested Development” and his latest role on Amazon’s “Transparent.” He shares funny anecdotes from his career and some life advice he’s learned along the way.

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby
Humor writer and blogger Samantha Irby collects the funny and not-so-funny stories of her life and shares them in this book of essays. Essay titles such as ‘I’m in Love and it’s Boring’ and ‘A Case for Remaining Indoors’ are good indicators for how funny and honest this book is.

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
Author Roxane Gay returns June 13 with “Hunger”—a memoir about food, weight and self-image. If you haven’t read her other best-selling essay collections—”Bad Feminist” and “Difficult Women”—we highly recommend those too.

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
This novel is labeled ‘Young Adult,’ but doesn’t seem to be limited to just that audience. The book is told from the perspective of a 16-year-old black girl who faces all of the normal struggles teenagers come in contact with. But yet, she’s also facing police brutality, when she witnesses police kill her childhood friend during a traffic stop. In a Slate article, writer Aisha Harris wrote that the book forces you to “remember not only the victim who died but the victim who lived.”

Sunshine State by Sarah Gerad
Sarah Gerad shares stories from her formative years living in South Florida. In the title essay, the author writes about volunteering at a bird refuge. Other stories include her first relationship and the work to care for the homeless in Florida.

The Answers by Catherine Lacey
The book follows the story of Mary, a young woman living in New York struggling to cope with chronic pain. When she finds relief from a New-Agey treatment, she discovers that it not only works, but it is very expensive. So she searches for fast-cash jobs on Craigslist, enlisting herself in the “girlfriend experiment,” in which she hired as the “emotional girlfriend” of an eccentric actor.

X: A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century by Chuck Klosterman
For his tenth book, Chuck Klosterman is doing what he does best—talking to pop culture figures and then talking about them. From Taylor Swift to Tim Tebow, no modern hero is left out in “X.”

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—Podcasts—
For the Pod People

Taking a road trip? Then you’ll want to start downloading these great podcasts to take on the road with you to drown out any annoying passengers.

You Must Remember
This Hollywood historian Karina Longworth’s popular podcast is coming back in June. Her last series, “Dead Blondes,” was as interesting as it was sad. No doubt when it returns, they’ll be more juicy stories.

Wow in the World
If you have kids in the car with you, tune into “Wow in the World.” It’s the first children’s program in NPR’s history and shares all kinds of neat stories about science that inspire, create wonder and provide some education.

The Sam Sanders Project
For those that miss hearing Sam Sanders say “Hey Y’all” on the NPR Politics podcast, you’ll soon be able to get him back in your podcast feed. “The Sam Sanders Project” debuts the week of June 15 and will feature Sanders in conversation with a wide variety of people. If you follow him on Twitter, you know his interests are certainly varied, so there will be something for everyone.

30 for 30 Podcasts
ESPN’s excellent string of sports journalism is coming to podcasts with a series of audio documentaries. Some rumored stories include the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the origin behind the “Yankees Suck” cheer and how a group of women from the UK became Artic explorers. The first episode will drop June 27.

Homecoming
The experimental audio drama made some headlines when it featured names such as Oscar Isaac and David Schwimmer—it was also acclaimed by critics and listeners alike. Season Two will begin in mid-July and will feature Alia Shawkat, Michael Cera, Spike Jonze and Chris Gethard.