Movies, TV, Music Recommended by Our Twenty-Something Children

The best things our older kids do for us? Make us tune in to hipper stuff. Here, rut-shaking ideas from younger people we trust

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Music, Recommended by Eleanor Stills

Stills, 25, is a music-scene photographer who, as the daughter of rock star Stephen Stills, developed a keen ear for new sounds.

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Haim

The three sisters in this group are trying to connect many generations of music and women. I am inspired by their strength—and their ability to get people dancing.

 

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The Tallest Man On Earth (Aka Kristian Matsson)

A singer-songwriter from Sweden, Kristian is an updated version of Bob Dylan. He takes me back to the ’60s and ’70s.

 

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Tame Impala

I enjoy this Perth, Australia, band because they sound like a psychedelic take on the Beatles. I especially love their song “Elephant” because it has such a great beat.

 

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Jamie Lidell

English musician Lidell comes on as a combination of the Bee Gees and R&B. His soulful voice, similar to Marvin Gaye’s, is sweet, smooth and sexy.

 

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Gaslight Anthem

These New Jersey guys have the power of their state’s rock icon, Bruce Springsteen. When I listen to them, I feel so American because they bring the spirit of our country to their songs.

 

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Alabama Shakes

Once I saw them on Saturday Night Live, I was hooked. Their music is inspired by gospel, and lead singer Brittany Howard is mesmerizing; she sounds exactly like Janis Joplin.

 

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The Black Keys

When I hear them, I think Jimi Hendrix. I feel they’re using their music to bring back the distorted guitar and soulful music you don’t find anymore—raw rock from eras ago.

 

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The Vaccines

They’re an English indie band who remind me of our Violent Femmes. The Vaccines have a happy sound that makes you want to let loose. They’re the perfect remedy for a stressful day.

 

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Television, Recommended by Vanessa Marano

Marano, 20, plays Bay Kennish on the ABC Family series Switched at Birth and had a recurring role on Dexter.

Arrested Development (2003—06)

"I watch the DVDs over and over again because I constantly find myself laughing at jokes I didn’t realize were there before."

 

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Movies, recommended by Emmy Rossum

Rossum, 26, stars in Showtime’s Shameless and such films as Beautiful Creatures. Her latest CD is Sentimental Journey.

"La Doppia Ora" (2009)

This Italian thriller, which I saw on iTunes, centers on a woman who gets involved with a man and winds up in a coma. When she wakes up, she is under investigation.

 

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"Celeste and Jesse Forever" (2012)

A fresh take on a Woody Allen film, this low-budget comedy portrays a sometimes complicated and questionable relationship.

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"A Separation" (2011)

This Iranian drama, which won a 2012 Oscar, focuses on a family in which the mother wants a divorce, which is completely taboo. The acting is simply brilliant.

 

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"The Boy In The Striped Pajamas" (2008)

Depicting the friendship between a Nazi’s son and a Jewish boy who lives on the other side of a camp fence, it shows World War II through a child’s eyes.

 

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"A Royal Affair" (2012)

In this film, based on a true story, a Danish girl marries a king and then has an affair with his doctor. The cinematography is beautiful, and so are the costumes.

 

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