... and four other things you should know about, including the curiously inconspicuous Fantastic Four, an introduction to "jizz jazz", and a book from the American author you didn't know you need in your life (but you do)More
Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch. Doesn't his name just glide off the tongue? Since the aristocratic British actor appeared on our screens in 2010 as Sherlock Holmes, his career has skyrocketed – his popularity buttressed with a deep internet well of erotic fan fiction. Now, he graces the stage at London's Barbican in Lyndsey Turner's new production of Hamlet.
Cumberbatch has had high-profile theatrical gigs before, notably in the National Theatre's 2011 production of Danny Boyle's Frankenstein with Johnny Lee Miller, though the anticipation of this one has reached new, feverish heights. It opens on Wednesday, so you can now find out if it's worth the hype. Except you’re probably not going to find out unless you’re a serious forward planner, because tickets sold out. A year ago. Soz.
Wednesday 5 August to 31 October, Barbican, London EC2, hamlet.barbican.org.uk
Of all the buzzwords you can find to describe Canadian singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco’s musical style, the strangest comes from the man himself, it’s jizz jazz. We don’t really know what it means, but we know we like it. Another One, DeMarco’s new self-recorded, eight-track mini album of jizz jazz (yeah, we said it again) is typically laid back and unpretentious.
Not dissimilar in style from his most recent album, Salad Days, this record feels as if it was as cathartic to write as it is to listen to: sincere lyrics and dreamy compositions and relatable tales of heartbreak make you want to hug the guy. What's more, at the end of final track 'My House By The Water' he gives the address for his apartment in Far Rockaway, New York. So you actually could.
Another One by Mac DeMarco is out on Friday 7 August (Captured Tracks)