What if after an extended day of speak radio remedy, Dr. Frasier Crane wished to unwind within the pit at a Pearl Jam present? How would he really feel if he’d heard improper and it was really an early Temple of the Canine set? How would he react to his father’s brash Stone Temple Pilots fandom? Comic and author Jon Blair’s robust understanding of the ’90s sitcom Frasier’s characters, cadence, and dependable narrative beats is why “Grunge Frasier” is such exhilarating fanfiction. All this and extra are explored in a two-minute storyboard efficiency that features not one however two distinctive sitcom-ready Layne Staley puns. –Evan Minsker
Probably the most affecting musical second on this season of Atlanta comes courtesy of a scraggly Paper Boi fan who seems like Grizzly Bear
Although Atlanta’s principal narrative this season follows Brian Tyree Henry’s Paper Boi on a profitable European tour, there are barely any pictures of the rapper really performing onstage. As is usually the case with this present, it’s extra concerning the awkward moments that encompass stardom—within the inexperienced room or at a bullshit press convention. In truth, the season’s most memorable musical efficiency to date doesn’t even come from Paper Boi, however fairly a mysterious Paper Boi stan named Wiley.
Within the fifth episode, “Most cancers Assault,” Paper Boi’s cellphone is stolen backstage and everybody suspects Wiley is the one who took it. This results in a collection of splendidly unusual and humorous interrogation scenes through which Wiley, performed with unsettling nerviness by up-and-comer Samuel Blenkin, trembles, stammers, and, at one level, farts in entrance of his favourite rapper. On the episode’s climax, Paper Boi and Wiley have a one-on-one dialog the place Paper Boi admits he’s frightened about dropping contact along with his inventive muse, and Wiley attests to an uncanny connection along with his hero’s loneliness, one which goes past empathy to achieve a sort of cosmic mirroring. The interplay brings up every kind of knotty concepts about race and fandom and the transcendence of artwork: Is it actually potential for this scrawny white ghost from Budapest to make such a real reference to Paper Boi solely via his hard-nosed Atlanta lure music?