We've collected the best new films, podcasts, television, and music for you to focus in on for the remainder of the winter months. Enjoy our ten best, we will too.
1. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Premiering February 8 on TBS, this late-night chat fest hosted by hilarious Daily Show alum Samantha Bee promises to be a buffet of sarcastic, deadpan deliciousness. She’s also executive producing the show alongside her comedy
heartthrob hubby Jason Jones, proving that the family that slays together stays together.
2. Mavis! on HBO
Gospel/soul legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples is a national treasure. So it’s hard to believe there’s never been a documentary about her until now. Premiering February 29 on HBO and directed by Jessica Edwards, Mavis! charts her career “from her freedom songs of the ’60s and hits like ‘I’ll Take You There’ in the ’70s, to funked-up collaborations with Prince and her more recent albums.”
3. Angel Haze's "Back To The Woods" Tour
Hip-hop MC extraordinaire Angel Haze is bringing her electric live show to every corner of the globe through February 13. She’s also inviting one emerging local act in each city she’s performing in to open up for her on the road, so check out who’s on the bill in your town at angelhazemusic.com.
4. Found: After Dark Magazine
This smutty spinoff from Found— everyone’s favorite magazine of discarded and discovered notes and photos—is edited by Sarah Locke and promises to bring readers “into dumpsters, through back alleys, and inside bedrooms” for 96 pages of voyeuristic thrills. Draw the blinds and visit foundmagazine.com/about/found-after-dark/ for more info.
5. Harsh Crowd's "Don't Ask Me" Video
Mae Rock Camp in Brooklyn, Harsh Crowd is the coolest pop-punk group you haven’t heard of yet. The girls in the band may all only be 13, but they’ve already opened for Hurray for the Riff Raff, performed at Madison Square Garden to kickoff the WNBA’s 2014 season, and shared the stage with Indigo Girl Amy Ray. One spin of their explosive YouTube video “Don’t Ask Me” and you’ll know why.
6. Portlandia Season Six
Fred and Carrie made their triumphant return to IFC on January 21, which means the sixth season of cable’s funniest show is now is full swing. Guest stars this time around include Louis C.K., Wayne Coyne, Glenn Danzig, Zoe Kravitz, Alia Shawkat, Steve Buscemi, Natasha Lyonne, and more, so you don’t want to miss an ep!
7. BinderCast Podcast
An offshoot of the amazing BinderCon series of conferences for female and gender-nonconforming writers, the new BinderCast, hosted by Lux Alptraum and Leigh Stein, is all about the lives, careers, and challenges of people engaged in the literary life. The ﬁrst season features conversations with Roxane Gay, Emily Gould, Jillian Lauren, Aparna Nancherla, Jenny Lumet, Sara Benincasa, and Morgan Parker. Snap it up on iTunes.
8. Emily's D+Evolution by Esperanza Spalding
The ﬁrst album since 2012 from four-time Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding, Emily’s D+Evolution, out in March, boasts “wobbling synths, lovely jazz chords, virtuosic riffs, and theatrical melodies.” Recorded live in a studio in L.A. in front of a small audience, this recording will be the next best thing to seeing the neo-soul sensation live.
9. The Sixth Annual Athena Film Festival
Taking over Barnard College in N.Y.C. from February 18 to 21, the Athena Film Festival will be a weekend of “features, documentaries, and shorts that highlight women’s leadership.” This year, the fest is honoring heavy hitters including Mira Nair, the cast of Suffragette, Geralyn Dreyfous, Karyn Kusama, and Jeanine Tesori, so get in on the action at athenaﬁlmfestival.com.
10. The Facts of Life: The Complete Series
You take the good, you take the bad, you take ‘em both, and there you have all 201 episodes of this essential ’80s teen-girl sitcom, plus bonus features including a cast reunion, wrapped in a hot-pink DVD box set. Grab one at shoutfactory.com and fast-forward to the episodes where George Clooney made his babyfaced debut.
List by Emily Rems
Images from: wikipedia, Jena Cumbo(Harsh Crowd), Augusta Quirk/IFC(Portlandia), Holly Andres(Esperanza Spalding), Zanzibar International Film Festival (Mira Nair)
This originally appeared in the February/March print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!
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