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The 9 Best Thanksgiving TV Episodes to Watch on Turkey Day

Celebrate thanksgiving by hiding from your family and watching these fictional families enjoy turkey day!

Celebrating Thanksgiving usually entails a day of eating, answering uncomfortable questions from your family about your career and romantic life, hearing about your grandma's bunion surgery, and, if you're lucky, a well-earned doze in front of the TV. This year, given the social distancing guidelines, you may bypass the family time and go straight to the couch.

Regardless of your plans for Turkey Day, when that second helping of turkey starts to settle in your belly and your eyelids start to feel heavy, it's time to shove your cousin (or cat) over on the couch, settle in, and turn on one of these classic Thanksgiving-themed episodes.

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Third Time’s the Charm with Sam Smith’s "Love Goes"

Sam Smith's artistry has always been most interesting when partnered with electronic soundscapes.

Sam Smith

On Sam Smith's third LP, Love Goes, the singer excels at exploring the LED glow and disco ball glitter of dance pop and electronica.

Although Sam Smith has made a name for themself in today's pop game as the chieftain of soulful, the multi-platinum singer-songwriter has best showcased their talent when their voice travels across enveloping, electronic soundscapes made for endless dancing rather than elegiac ruminating.
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Premiere: Nick Kingswell's "Brontide" Offers Shelter from the Storm

"Brontide" may be about longing and homesickness, but artistically, it has everything it needs.

"I covered a lot of ground on Brontide. Both lyrically and sonically. Brontide is the low sound of distant thunder, and my take on that is evident in these songs. They're the closest I've gotten to the truth," says Nick Kingswell of his new album.

Defined by Merriam Webster as "a low muffled sound like distant thunder heard in certain seismic regions especially along seacoasts and over lakes and thought to be caused by feeble earth tremors," brontide is the perfect word to describe the core emotions of the songs that comprise Kingswell's new release.

They're songs that feel born of turmoil, but not the kind of turmoil that boils over and burns—instead the songs evoke sensations of comfort, awe, and sometimes a measured peace. Layered with warm harmonies, slow-burning rhythms (like on "Blame") and shimmering strings (like on "Doubt,") the album is an expansive contribution from a folk artist whose warmth and rich sound resembles the work of Iron & Wine, Kodaline, or the Avett Brothers.

But Kingswell puts his original spin on old and familiar sounds, creating a comforting work of art that feels like sitting by the fire while a hurricane rages outside.

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Illuminati Hotties' "FREE I.H." Is a Literal Plea for Independence

The proceeds of Sarah Tudzin's fantastic new album are going towards buying herself out of her label contract.

Sarah Tudzin wrote her latest album to set herself free—literally.

The L.A.-based sound engineer's debut record as Illuminati Hotties, 2018's Kiss Yr Frenemies, allowed her to finally flex her songwriting chops. With an eye-catching name and a sprightly attitude, Illuminati Hotties quickly became one of many critics' favorite new rock acts, receiving positive reviews across the board. The fun was cut short, though, when Tudzin's record label, Tiny Engines, was put on blast for alleged breach of contract over royalty payments.

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"Women In Music Pt. III" Proves Haim Are Pop's New Blueprint

On their third album, the sister trio is bolder and better than ever before.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a current indie rock star that has embodied a personal brand as perfectly curated as Haim.

The trio, composed of sisters Danielle, Alana, and Este Haim, broke out in 2013 with Days Are Gone, a soft-rock debut brimming with Los Angeles cool that spread like wildfire. In the years since, Haim's music follows the other essential tenets of being a Haim: leather blazers, great choreography, middle-parted hair, and an obsession with '70s icons from Joni Mitchel to Diana Ross. There's a good reason Vogue once published a how-to on emulating the sisters' collective style.

Women In Music Pt. III

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Phoebe Bridgers' "Punisher" Is a Devastating Masterpiece

Three years after her solo debut, the L.A. folk singer goes bigger and better.

Phoebe Bridgers promised that a main tenet of her sophomore album, Punisher, would be "crying," as if emotional anguish hadn't been the driving force of her career thus far.

While the Los Angelean singer/songwriter asserts that she loves her life and hasn't experienced much more trauma than your average 25-year-old woman, she also recognizes that despair is a widely-shared experience. Punisher expands on Bridgers' knack for gut-wrenching lyrics served with a wit that could cut diamonds; this is, after all, the same musician whose breakthrough came with an upbeat diss track about her abuser.

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