Your Best July 2017
BYT at large | Jul 5, 2017 | 9:00AM |

It’s so hot outside. Maybe that’s why most of our recommendations for Your Best July are indoors. We’re giving you all you need to have Your Best July. Yes, it is possible to have one of the best months of your life in 2017.


Revenge of the Nerd: Or . . . The Singular Adventures of the Man Who Would Be Booger by Curtis Armstrong available July 11

Pick up the very good titled book Revenge of the Nerd: Or . . . The Singular Adventures of the Man Who Would Be Booger by Curtis Armstrong, who had a run in the 80s as a go-to sidekick roll in teen films like Revenge of the Nerds, Risky Business, and Better off Dead. This thing has gotten a lot of advance buzz for it’s tell-all style of storytelling which means you can expect a ton of weird and hilarious anecdotes about big time celebs. -Matt Byrne

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast at Sixth & I July 18

Do you remember what life was like before Harry Potter? Before people could build entire careers on being Harry Potter experts? Well, now it’s also a religion, sort of. Each episode of the Harry Potter and Sacred Text podcast focuses on one chapter of a Harry Potter book, dissecting it as if it were theological text. In fact, the podcast hosts are Harvard chaplains. I am as skeptical of this as I am sure there is an audience for it. Go forth, gentle nerds, and find your people. -Trisha Brown


A Ghost Story in theaters July 7

Existential drama A Ghost Story blew up the film fest circuit over the last handful of months and I’m really hoping this thing will be cool and brain teasery and not pretentious nonsense because folks it could for sure go either way!!! -Matt Byrne



Mitski @ 9:30 Club July 8, Panorama July 29

Come see an incredible artist play at the height of her powers. Words don’t do Mitski justice, and her first two albums are moving, transcendental snapshots of her life. Just buy a ticket already. -Jose Lopez-Sanchez



Algiers @ Baby’s All Right July 22, Black Cat July 24

Sometimes you’re introduced to a new band, and they exactly what you need to hear at that moment. Algiers, the self-described “dystopian soul” group, was that band for me. They mix everything from industrial, metal, post-punk, and soul to create intense, urgent music. Their new album, The Underside of Power, is one of the year’s best. -Alan Zilberman

Wimbledon July 3 through July 16

I was excited for the French Open last month, so it should come as no surprise that I’m fuckin’ STOKED for Wimbledon this month. We’ll see the return of some faces we haven’t seen for a while, like Vika Azarenka (who I could honestly live without) on the women’s side to shake up what felt like a kind of boring draw during the FO, and the inimitable Roger Federer will pick it back up on the men’s courts to complete the Big Four seedings. Will Coco Vandeweghe smash more rackets? Probably. Will Venus Williams be jailed for her involvement in a fatal car accident last month? Probably not. Will McEnroe continue to be a dick? Absolutely. Whatever happens, though, I will 100% be tuning in. -Megan Burns

The Standups now available on Netflix

Netflix has become a go-to source for original hour long standup specials and with The Standups, they’re giving half hour spots to a handful of very solid acts, including Beth Stelling, Deon Cole, Nate Bargatze, Fortune Feimster, Nikki Glaser, and Dan Soder. At least a handful of those will be absolutely killer. -Matt Byrne


Candy Crush premieres July 9 on CBS

CBS is launching a game show version of everyone’s favorite way to kill time on the bus, Candy Crush! Apparently they have contestants hanging from wires and getting jerked around and stuff while trying to match three purples or whatever. TV is weird, man. -Matt Byrne

The Hollywood Puppet Sh!t Show premieres July 11 on Fuse

Speaking of TV being insane, The Hollywood Puppet Sh!t Show is a new show on Fuse hosted by Wilmer Valderama, featuring 3D printed marionette replications of celebrities starring in reenactments of embarrassing anecdotes. It’s like Crank Yankers meets uh, Curb Your Enthusiasm or something I guess??????? -Matt Byrne

Game of Thrones returns July 16 on HBO

Don’t pretend you didn’t know. Don’t pretend you have better plans, don’t pretend you’re indifferent. Don’t pretend, essentially, that July 16 hasn’t spent weeks on your calendar circled in your enemies’ blood. Game of Thrones — the most important fantasy epic since Lord of the Rings, the most talked-about HBO series since The Sopranos — is returning for its penultimate season. And it is done fucking around.

Dany will at last reach the shores of Westeros, and her dragons will show their teeth on the battlefield. Jaime will charge into war, and Arya will leave footprints in the snow. Yara Greyjoy and Ellaria Sand, apparently, might be the lesbian couple no one saw coming. Just 13 episodes remain between this season and next, and the only safe bet is that none of them will be boring. By this time last year, season 6 was already done, so the gnawing impatience you feel is more than justified. Ugh, just put it into my eyes already! -Tristan Lejeune