What’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week:
“Nomadland”: There are many reasons to make time for “Nomadland” when it hits Hulu Friday, the most practical of which is that it is an awards favorite and you don’t want to be left out of the conversation come Oscars time. It’s also one of the loveliest and most spiritually invigorating films in recent memory, an American odyssey about life on the fringes. Frances McDormand gives an all-time performance as Fern, who takes to the road after her spouse dies and the great recession leaves her with nothing. David Strathairn is also terrific as a fellow nomad and writer-director Chloe Zhao is a once-in-a-generation talent who you’ll want to get to know sooner rather than later.
”Hunter and the Dog Star”: Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, who released their debut in 1988, will return with their fifth album on Friday. The 11-track “Hunter And The Dog Star” was written by Brickell and her bandmates, including Brandon Aly, Josh Bush, Brad Houser and Kenny Withrow. It is the band’s first album since “Rocket,” which was released in 2018 when the group returned following a 12-year hiatus. The new album includes the songs “My Power,” “Tripwire” and “Horse’s Mouth.”
“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”: Grammy-nominated singer Andra Day, best known for the R&B hit “Rise Up,” has earned two Golden Globe nominations for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in the Hulu film “The United States vs. Billie Holiday,” which premieres Feb. 26. But on Friday the film’s soundtrack featuring songs recorded by Day will be released. The album has 13 tracks including “Tigress & Tweed,” an original Day wrote with veteran singer-producer Raphael Saadiq. It is nominated for best original song at the Globes.
“Radio Astro”: The sons of John Fogerty, Tyler and Shane, make up the duo Hearty Har and they will release their debut album Friday. “Radio Astro” includes 11 tracks from the psych rockers, who have been working together under the Hearty Har name since 2012. Hearty Har’s album comes three months after John Fogerty, his daughter Kelsy as well as Shane and Tyler released “Fogerty’s Factory,” an album the Fogerty family recorded while quarantining together after the pandemic hit in March.
How the pandemic is affecting high school students emotionally and academically is explored in NBC News’ “Kids Under Pressure,” airing this week on shows and platforms including “Today,” “NBC Nightly News,” MSNBC and NBCNews.com. In partnership with the nonprofit Challenge Success, NBC News surveyed more than 10,000 students in a variety of American high schools. Among the findings detailed in reporting by NBC correspondents: a rise in diagnosis and prescriptions for attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder as students try to focus in online classes, and rising stress and sleep problems.