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Already blown through your Netflix queue while stuck inside? Thankfully, there’s still tons of new music—and also other entertainment offerings, too. Read on for our top quarantine picks this week. MOVIES/TV The Circle France   Done with Tiger King and ready for your next Netflix binge-watch? Try the social media-centric reality show The Circle—the streamer has American and Brazilian seasons already available, and The Circle France will drop April 9. MUSIC/PODCASTS  The Prettiest Curse by Hinds   Madrid quartet Hinds is back with their third album, and a bigger sound than ever before. Out April 3, and catch our...
GLADIESafe Sins(Lame-O Records)     How do you find a way out of grief? Gladie’s Augusta Koch (formerly of the excellent punk band Cayetana) explores the intricacies of loss through indie-pop synths, heart-soaring guitars, and powerfully delivered lyrics that ache with wisdom. The Philadelphia band targets my heart in the same spot as P.S. Eliot and the Mountain Goats, acknowledging that healing is messy, full of wild emotions and contradictions, and often feels worse after it feels better. Cynicism and hope go hand-in-hand on Safe Sins: “The...
There are a lot of rules in the era of COVID-19. Don't gather with your friends. Don't go outside (unless you're looking for TP or sustenance). Don't touch your face. Don't you dare eat that unwashed apple! Although we can all agree that these temporary guidelines are for the greater good, this strange new world can feel pretty oppressive at times. You might even go so far as to compare it to the humorless town from the ’80s flick Footloose, where dancing, teen hijinks, and general fun had been all...
Someone please say sike right now. I don’t think we can handle an April Fools' joke today considering how the year’s been so far. So, to make us feel better, let’s look back at how crazy this year has been just three months in. Here are 10 things that happened in 2020 so far that we wish were April Fools' jokes. 1. Australia Fires and the Nudes that Helped usFrom Summer 2019 to early 2020, Australia had severe bushfires that were dangerously out of control. The...
TENNIS Swimmer (Mutually Detrimental) As Tennis, husband-and-wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley make dreamy indie-pop with a heavy nod towards nostalgia. Their music is warm and breezy, strongly influenced by 1970s AM Gold songwriters like Carole King and the Carpenters, yet bolstered by modern electronic-leaning production, harmonic keyboard and guitar riffs, and their own unique creative flair. On their fifth studio album, that creativity manifests in unexpected ways, like a surprise tempo change in the soulful “Need Your Love” or a swirling synth-driven outro in “Matrimony II.”...
In a time where the world seems like it’s perpetually on fire, Cameron Esposito has some advice: save yourself.  That’s the title of the comedian’s new memoir — literally, Save Yourself. Maybe that sounds a bit harsh, but after her title pulls you in, her story reveals just exactly what she means. Cameron didn’t grow up knowing she’d be a comedian, an actor, a writer or that she’s gay. Instead, she recalls being cross-eyed and awkward, wearing an eyepatch over her glasses, and growing up very,...
Guess we won’t be able to virtually view this painting for a while. Vincent van Gogh’s 1884 painting, titled “Spring Garden” of the vicarage garden in Nuenen, was stolen around 3 am on Sunday night after thieves broke in during a Coronavirus lockdown. No other art pieces were stolen. Not much is known about who the burglars are, but we do know that they broke a glass door of the building to get in. Van Gogh’s painting was on loan to the Singer Laren museum...
DAYS OF DISTRACTION: A NOVEL By Alexandra Chang(Ecco) In this beautiful, urgent, “coming-of-adulthood” novel, author Alexandra Chang redefines the concept of distraction. Her main character, also named Alexandra, is stuck at an underpaying tech-reporter job in San Francisco and unsure of her position, so she delves into the details of what constitutes a life, even though so much still lies ahead. A story-driven inquiry into issues of race, technology, family, loss, success, and love ensues as she follows her long-term boyfriend, J, from the West...
Sexism has and continues to run rampant in the music, sports and movie industries. Unfortunately, this means a lot of women celebrities are subject to inappropriate and offensive comments whether they’re on a radio show, walking down the red carpet or in interviews. Fortunately, the women of Hollywood are also not taking anyone’s shit. There’s nothing better than watching your favorite feminist celeb roast a douchy presenter on live television. So, being that it is Women’s History Month, we thought it was only fair to...
Wow, No Thank You: Essays By Samantha Irby(Vintage)      Samantha Irby never expected that at 40 she’d be married, building a home in a red state, writing books about poop and depression, and working on a hit TV show (Shrill)  in Hollywood with one of her best friends. But as her latest essay collection Wow, No Thank You reveals, life is weird and despite our best efforts—or in Irby’s case, our best non-efforts—you never know where you’re going to end up.  Irby pulls from seemingly minor moments...