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Binge this week: ‘Next in Fashion,’ ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ the music of Polvo and more

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Nandor the Relentless (Kayvan Novak) knows ‘What We Do in the Shadows’
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  • Music: Polvo Discography

    Merge Records just reissued Polvo’s first two albums—1992’s Cor-Crane Secret and 1993’s Today’s Active Lifestyles—on vinyl, and even if you don’t spin wax, the occasion serves as a good reminder to discover (or get reacquainted with) one of indie rock’s most unique and enjoyable acts. Swirling together strange time signatures, Eastern influences, noisy intensity and esoteric lyrics, the nimble North Carolinians shined brightly on four LPs and several EPs and singles before disbanding in 1998 (1994’s Celebrate the New Dark Age EP makes for a superb first dip into the band’s twin-guitar attack), then returned a decade later to provide two more excellent full-lengths before vanishing again in 2013. –Spencer Patterson

  • Television: Next in Fashion

    Hosted by Queer Eye’s Tan France/London It Girl-turned-designer Alexa Chung, this competition features bona fide designers vying for a $250,000 grand prize. Like all your BBC favorites, NIF is less about drama and more about talent—and it packs the fabulous feel-good vibes we all could use right now. Netflix. –Leslie Ventura

  • Comedy: End Times Fun

    While you can’t entirely excise anxiety in these times, you can at least hang with someone who mines laughs from it. Marc Maron just released his third Netflix special, End Times Fun, in which the comedian explores his thoughts on, well, the end of the world. Don’t be deterred by the topic—watch all the way to the end and be treated to the most absurd encounter between Jesus, Iron Man and Mike Pence. Then go back and watch Maron’s earlier Thinky Pain and Too Real for even more much-needed laughs. –Genevie Durano

  • Television: What We Do in the Shadows

    What We Do in the Shadows is a gift (wrapped in “creepy paper.” You’ll get it). This modern-day vampire comedy, created by two of the funniest New Zealanders alive—Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi and Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement-—is perfectly cast, outrageously dirty and consistently hilarious. Binge Season 1 on Hulu now, then jump into Season 2 next month. Second season debuts April 15 on FX & April 16 on Hulu. Geoff Carter

  • Reading: Author Erik Larson

    He turns dramatic histories—a sinking ship, the first serial killer, the rise of the Nazis—into nonfiction books that read like novels. Award-winning author Erik Larson has written six New York Times bestsellers; start with his latest tome, The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family and Defiance During the Blitz. –C. Moon Reed

  • Podcast: Invisibilia

    Human behavior is a mystery we may never come close to understanding, but the podcast Invisibilia sheds a glimmer of light through insightful, incisive storytelling. Each episode leaves much to ponder, and it’s no exaggeration to say some of them could even change the way you see and live your life. The sixth season just premiered, so you have a lot of catching up to do, but there’s no better podcast to binge when you have all the time to reflect. Apple Podcast and Spotify. –Genevie Durano

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