New albums from Mag Fields, Shins and hello, “Feud!”


Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, “One More Time With Feeling,” Blu-ray (Kobalt). Home video version of this absolutely haunting film, part musical performance, part meditation on the loss of his son. A total stunner. (out now)

 “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX). Ryan Murphy, anthologist, strikes again. This one is all about feuds and, Murphy being Murphy, the first one concerns Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) versus Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) and “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” Look for Stanley Tucci, Judy Davis, Alfred Molina, Catherine Zeta-Jones and more. The first episode aired March 5.

The South by Southwest Conference and Festivals. For an increasingly long time every year, Austin becomes ground zero for music, technology and film culture. And also people barfing in the street and traffic downtown being … not good. Welcome to town, folks. Have a taco. (March 10-19).

The Magnetic Fields, “50 Song Memoir” (Nonesuch). Shades of his legendary “69 Love Songs” collection come in this five-CD box chronicling 50 years of frontman Stephin Merritt’s life to the tune of (sorry) one song per year. (out now)


The Shins, “Heartworms” (Aural Apothecary/Columbia). Speaking of outfits that have taken some time off, the Shins’ last record was way back in 2012. “Mildenhall,” the first single, sounds like classic Shins: sharp, acoustic rifts, drifting sounds in the background; pure pop for (older than) millennial people. (March 10)

Author: Joe Gross

Joe Gross has covered books, movies, music and culture for the American-Statesman since 2002. He tweets at @joegross.

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