A look at the things we're most excited about watching, reading, browsing, and listening to:
In theaters Friday:
Fresh off charming, smart, and hilarious writing and acting roles in The Muppets, Jason Segal co-writes and stars with Emily Blunt in The Five Year Engagement, the Apatow gang's take on one couples' rocky life after courtship.
The Brits behind the well-loved Wallace and Gromit animated franchise and the well-reviewed kids flick 2011 Arthur Christmas are grabbing more praise for Pirates! Band of Misfits, a stop-motion romp with the lead character voiced by Hugh Grant.
On sale Tuesday:
Jack White's first true solo outing, Blunderbuss, sees the White Stripes/Dead Weather/Raconteurs' bluesman "at his most strange, contradictory and unfathomable, and therefore at his best," writes The Guardian in a five-star rave. The praise has been nearly unanimous, and the album's now streaming for free, temporarily, at iTunes.
Death Grips—the experimental, aggressive hip-hop project featuring punk-drumming virtuoso Zach Hill—releases its debut full-length, The Money Store, to follow a 2011 mixtape that The Quietus hailed as signaling "the birth of a new legend."
The NBA's shortened regular season comes to an end on Thursday of this week, with the playoffs starting on Saturday.