Heat of the week: Beats, bake-off and bar food

Need some pop culture inspiration for your week? Keep your finger on the pulse of all things A&E with this week’s heat.

Frankie Carlson

Finals are right around the corner, papers are due and you’re currently failing chemistry. Fear not, A&E is here for some recommendations that are sure to help bring those cortisol levels down.

Something to watch:

“The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix): Based on true events, this new drama tells the story of the seven people arrested for conspiracy, following their involvement with the 1968 protests at the Democratic National Convention. The film focuses on the notorious trial that took place in 1969 where the federal government accused the defendants of inciting riots to make an example of demonstrators and supporters of the anti-war movement. With a screenplay from Aaron Sorkin and performances by Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne and Yahya Abdul‑Mateen II, the film brings a thrilling lens to a powerful moment in history.

“The Great British Baking Show” (Netflix): The world’s most popular and least competitive baking series is back with a new season. This easygoing BBC show pits several amateur bakers against each other for the grand prize of a single cake platter. With all jokes, all fun and zero stakes, there is nothing better to watch during a stressful finals season.

Something to tap your foot to:

“Nightmare Vacation” by Rico Nasty: The debut studio album from Washington, D.C. rapper/singer Rico Nasty is just the vacation we all needed. An energetic and chaotic carnival ride of an album, “Nightmare Vacation” features some of Rico’s hardest-hitting songs to date. The album’s explosive beats and eclectic production style are tailored perfectly to her
one-of-a-kind flow and vocal delivery.

Nasty delivered quality from a range of genres on this album, from the frenzied auto-tuned industrial pop banger “IPHONE” to the instant club-style classic “No Debate.” Only building on the energy and style of her previous mixtapes “Nasty” and “Anger Management,” this project is a surefire success for the next time the aux cord is passed your way.

“The Lo-Fis” by Steve Lacy: Guitarist and singer-songwriter Steve Lacy takes a dive into the vaults with his latest project composed of music made during his high school days. “The Lo-Fis” is the second studio album from the solo artist and “The Internet” member. Lacy is bringing back his signature sound we all know and love.

Expanding on his teenage compositions, Lacy delivers all of the same R&B, funk and jazz influences from his 2019 debut record, “Apollo XXI.” His masterful guitar and bass performances, gorgeous vocals and unique songwriting talents all combine to keep your head bobbing and your toe tapping all throughout this fifteen-song project.

Something to try:

Your local bars: The pandemic has been devastating for bars, restaurants and small businesses. As the city has once again entered a temporary shutdown of in-person seating and dining, many of these businesses have been relying solely on takeout orders.

Bars have particularly been suffering as they are extremely limited on the alcohol they are able to sell to go. This week, we recommend you show some love to your favorite local eateries with a to-go meal off their menus. Sally’s, Blarney and Stub and Herbs are just a few local favorites all open for takeout.