What to spend you money on this month in music, movies, TV, books and videogames
'Guardians of the Galaxy' meet The Chairmen and a Legend
$13 - Ticket to see “Guardians of the Galaxy.” I don’t think I read a single Marvel comic book growing up; “Archie” and “Casper The Friendly Ghost” were more my speed, but I can’t wait to see just how many ways Vin Diesel manages to say “I am Groot” on Aug. 1.
$30 - "The Complete Invictus Recordings: The Chairmen of the Board 1969-1978.” This is coming out in the U.K., so I may be pricing it too low since I’ll have to buy the import. but no price is too steep for this 9-CD, 97-track set that includes the four Chairmen of the Board albums, as well as the members’ solo sets. Any serious student of great soul music needs to delve way deeper into The Chairmen’s catalog beyond such classics as “Give Me Just A Little More Time” and “(You’ve Got Me) Dangling On A String.” Out Aug. 4.
$10 - The buzz on Spoon’s “They Want My Soul” is tremendous and with good reason: the indie rockers hit it out of the pop ballpark with first single, “Do You,” their catchiest tune in ages. Out Aug. 5.
$45 - John Legend has reached a new pinnacle with “All Of Me,” so it’s no surprise that his Aug. 18 show at The Greek Theater is already sold out, but I’m going to figure out a way to get into his sweet show. I don’t expect anything as transcendent as when he performed Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” at the Kennedy Center with a symphony a few years ago for that seminal album’s 40th anniversary, but there will be plenty of other highlights.