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The Five Spot: Entertainment to Put In Your Brain This Week: The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones

Atomic batteries to power, turbines to speed: the new-model Batmobile, Keith Richards and Richard Thompson’s guitars, and Nina Simone’s chalk-and-flowers voice are all making a big noise to cut through the summer heat.

BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT
The final game (purportedly) in the Arkham series puts players behind the wheel of the Batmobile and opens up Gotham City’s landscape for exploration. Originally scheduled for last year, it’s accompanied by prequel comics, a pair of prose novels, and downloadable missions starring Harley Quinn, the Red Hood and other characters. (June 23)


THE ROLLING STONES: FROM THE VAULT: THE MARQUEE CLUB LIVE IN 1971
By the time they were at the peak of their powers, the Stones were mostly playing at very big venues, so the eight-song gig at a little London club captured on this DVD was an anomaly — half of its repertoire came from Sticky Fingers, then still a month away from being released. (June 23)


RICHARD THOMPSON: STILL
He’s one of those musicians who other musicians rave about — a songwriter whose work mines a very old vein of tragedy, a guitarist whose solos electrify the air like heat lightning — but Thompson’s somehow spent close to half a century barely known outside his fervent cult. His new album is produced by a younger admirer, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. (June 23)


Russian Olive to Red King

RUSSIAN OLIVE TO RED KING
Stuart and Kathryn Immonen are best known for their boisterous mainstream comics — he draws Marvel’s Star Wars, she wrote Operation S.I.N. — but they also collaborate on quiet, thoughtful graphic novels of their own. This one’s a story about the limits of hope in the face of disastrous loss, full of silences, vertiginous space, and images of broken windows. (June 24)


“WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?”
Directed by Liz Garbus (The Farm: Angola, USA), the first documentary film to be financed by Netflix tracks the rise and fall of the brilliant, tormented, category-smashing singer and activist Nina Simone (a Simone biopic starring Zoe Saldana, Nina, will be out later this year). The performance footage alone makes it riveting. (June 26)


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