1. MORNING-SHOW CONCERT SERIES
Everyone from Alicia Keys to Ed Sheeran will be taking over Good Morning America and Today with early-bird shows through Labor Day. (Go to ew.com/ morningconcerts for full schedule)
2. THAT METAL SHOW
Take a stage dive into all things hard-rock with host Eddie Trunk, as he entertains musicians such as Dave Mustaine and Sebastian Bach on his talk show devoted to the very best of headbanging. (VH1 Classic, Saturdays, 11 p.m.)
3. TRANSATLANTIC, by Colum McCann
This beautifully wrought novel by the Let the Great World Spin author hops between the 19th and 20th centuries, and expertly juggles a cast of fictional and historical characters like Frederick Douglass during his tour of Dublin in 1845.
4. PERSONAL RECORD, Eleanor Friedberger
The Fiery Furnaces singer’s sophomore solo effort showcases her poetic confessionals with warbling vocals that complement jaunty, road-trip-ready tunes like “Stare at the Sun.”
5. HEADS UP! app for iPhone and iPad
Ellen DeGeneres plays this insanely hilarious Celebrity-style guessing game with the stars who grace her talk-show stage (like Lauren Graham, left). Now you can play with your friends — in fact, the more, the better — with the clever mobile version.
6. NO PRYOR RESTRAINT Richard Pryor box set
One of the funniest stand-ups ever to wield a mic gets a huge collection that includes seven CDs’ and two DVDs’ worth of classic shows and never-before-heard gems like an extended suite of in-your-face heckler comebacks.
7. DIRTY WARS
Journalist Jeremy Scahill blows the whistle on the top secret military unit that can kill without fear of repercussions in this unsettling, essential documentary, which will be expanding in theaters throughout June. (Not Rated)
8. “SOMEONE SOMEWHERE TONIGHT,” Kellie Pickler
The new Dancing With the Stars champ has become one of country’s most compelling women. On a gorgeous ballad that recently hit radio, she sings about alcoholics, convicts, and lovers with a hard-earned authenticity.
9. BOBCAT AND OTHER STORIES, by Rebecca Lee
The wise and funny stories in Lee’s near-perfect collection contain multitudes about the messiness of love and modern life, whether they’re about a plagiarizing student or a single dinner that wrecks more than one marriage.
10. PRISONERS OF WAR on Hulu
Homeland won’t be back until Sept. 29, so get your conspiracy fix with season 2 of the twisty Israeli series that inspired it, about soldiers returning home after 17 years of captivity in Lebanon. (hulu.com/prisoners-of-war)