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Each week, Daily Arts writers evaluate the latest movies, shows, books, music, games and more. They watch, read and listen for the next standout artistic trends and then write about what that means for us in the art world and beyond. Come Friday, we highlight what Daily Arts loved most — here’s what will keep you captivated this weekend. 

— Zoe Phillips and Elise Godfryd, Managing Arts Editors 

Listen to: Carnage by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

‘Carnage’ is an album marked by a tremendous range. The diversity of instrumentation, vocal delivery and content gives each song a unique identity and emotional state. However, it is ultimately the strong, pervasive themes throughout the record that anchor the album and make the listening experience succinct.”

Read more from Kai Bartol here

Read: The Daily Arts Range B-Side

“We all have soft spots in our hearts for our favorite one-hit wonders, actors who seem to perpetually play themselves on shows with indistinguishable but enjoyable seasons. The “Range” B-Side is not here to shame them or take away their achievements. Instead, let us highlight artistic careers that took some twists and turns along the way, refusing to be mired in monotony.”

Read more at our Magnify site here

Play: “Ring Fit Adventure”

“I genuinely looked forward to exercising in the morning, because I could watch myself making progress. I could see how long I exercised, how many calories I burned and which parts of my body I was using the most. For one of the first times in my life, I was actually taking proper care of myself.” 

Read more from Harper Klotz here.

Listen to: A Range of Scenery by Quinn XCII

“One of the most enjoyable aspects of the record is how centered it is around the guitar. A lot of Quinn XCII’s past music is filled with exceptional and impressive production, with various instruments and layers. This album benefits from the simplicity of its instrumentals, which allows for the lyrics to stand out instead.”

Read more from Gigi Ciulla here

Watch: “Soul of a Nation” from NBC

“The series incorporates stories of Black actors, artists, activists and civilians. In doing so, these individuals are given the opportunity to voice what it is like to be a Black person in American society. Interviewees include Harry Dunn, a Black police officer who found himself scared for his life as Trump supporters charged the Capitol, and Robin Rue Simmons, the 5th Ward Alderman of Evanston, Ill., who fought for her city to be the first in the U.S. to offer reparations to its Black residents.”

Read more from Molly Hirsch here.