This week in popular culture: Amy Schumer, Sharon Jones and ‘Ben-Hur’

110“The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo” by Amy Schumer (Gallery). Heavily anticipated first book from this increasingly incredibly popular comedian. Yes, the title feels a little dated, but still: Funny! (Aug. 16)

“Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock’s Darkest Day” by Joel Selvin (Dey Street) Journalist Joel Selvin versus the most notorious concert of all time. (Aug. 16)

Blood Orange, “Freetown Sound” (Domino). Early notices have been excellent for this new album from British songwriter Dev Hynes. (Aug. 19)

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, “Miss Sharon Jones! (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (Daptone). The soundtrack to the excellent documentary on the great Ms. Jones by Oscar-winning director Barbara Kopple. You are probably underrating her right this second. (Aug. 19)

Dolly Parton, “Pure & Simple” (Dolly/RCA Nashville). Speaking of women people actually underrate a bit, Parton’s 43rd (no, really) album has what she has called a stripped-down “garage band” feel. She writes rock-solid country songs the way you and I breathe. (Aug. 19)

kubo“Kubo and the Two Strings.” A 3-D, stop-motion animated movie set in ancient Japan, where a boy named Kubo becomes involved in a vendetta from the spirit world. Expect gods and monsters and possibly samurai. (Aug. 19)

“Ben-Hur.” Russian-Kazakh director Timur Bekmambetov (“Night Watch,” “Day Watch”) takes a swing at some famous 1880 fanfiction based on the greatest story ever told. There was a movie made of the book in 1959; I’m sure nobody remembers it. (Note to certain readers from whom I have already heard: That is a joke.) (Aug. 19)




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