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The Weekend Guide: February 19-21

Vinyl starring Bobby Cannavale on HBOWATCH: Vinyl on HBO
Brought to you by Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter, Vinyl profiles a pivotal period in music history, the 1970s. Set in New York City, this new HBO series stars Bobby Cannavale as a record producer during the era that saw the birth of hip-hop, punk and disco. Olivia Wilde costars.

The Circus on Showtime
As if it weren’t entertaining enough, the 2016 election gets the documentary treatment. Watch the candidates for more than just a soundbite or debate. The camera follows all the presidential contenders on the campaign trail and behind the scenes into the sphere where the camera rarely treads.

HEAR: Livin’ on a High Note by Mavis Staples 
Living legend and soul pioneer Mavis Staples has been enjoying a resurgence in popularity in recent years, even performing on the youthful festival circuit. With her latest release, Ms. Staples taps the talent of musicians Nick Cave, M. Ward, Neko Case, Justin Vernon and Benjamin Booker for what sounds like a celebratory lap on an already astounding musical career.

Mowing by Michael Nau
These mellifluous grooves defy the pop, folk and indie genres. Really, Mowing is more of a lounge album, thoughtful and relaxing, chill but never ambient. Nau lays down goading and encouraging lyrics on “Smooth Aisles.” “Your Jewel” skips along on a reggae beat. And “In There” furthers Nau’s philosophical inquiry with kind advice set to a bluesy guitar.