THE DANISH INVASION

Sweden is famous for its beautiful female vocalists, but its neighbor has just produced two striking chanteuses of its own: Oh Land (a.k.a. Nanna Øland Fabricius) is a Claudia Schiffer look-alike now based in Brooklyn whose self-titled debut delivers fizzy, danceable electro-pop in the mode of Lykke Li and Florence and the Machine. And with her album Philharmonics, the more cerebral Agnes Obel, who now lives in Berlin, offers a stark, minimalist palette reminiscent of Cat Power and Joanna Newsom.

THE LEGACY OF DAVID FOSTER WALLACE

The late author was a cultural omnivore, drawing inspiration from Jerry Seinfeld and Ludwig Wittgenstein, Roger Federer and David Lynch. And he held as much influence over others, as evidenced by the eager anticipation for his unfinished final novel, The Pale King [Little Brown, $28]. Here, a few of Wallace's most noteworthy disciples. Timothy Hodler

Literature
Dave Eggers (and nearly everyone else ever associated with McSweeney's)

Film
John Krasinski wrote, directed, and starred in the 2009 adaptation of the Wallace short-story collection Brief Interviews With Hideous Men and says the writer inspired him to become an actor.

Music
The Decemberists, Cold War Kids, and the Mountain Goats all reference Wallace in lyrics.

Academia
The burgeoning field of Wallace studies includes countless theses, an archive at the University of Texas at Austin, and international conferences.

Activism
Animal-rights advocates regard Wallace's influential Gourmet essay "Consider the Lobster," which asked whether crustaceans can feel pain, as one of their ur-texts.

PREMIUM CABLE'S NEW FORMULA

Two anticipated new series start with the deadly family drama of Tony Soprano and company—and introduce their own twists.

The Sopranos + The Lord of the Rings + Peter Dinklage + snow + ice = Game of Thrones
Premieres April 17 on HBO

The Sopranos + The Tudors + Jeremy Irons + Papal vice = The Borgias
Premieres April 3 on Showtime


THE NEW WAVE OF GREAT DOCUMENTARIES

Bill Cunningham New York

Director Richard Press turns the camera on the fashion-fixated 82-year-old New York Times photographer, whose "On the Street" column anticipated blogs like The Sartorialist.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Werner Herzog lavishes his lens on Braque-like paleolithic cave paintings believed to be the oldest in the world—in 3-D! (Surreal added bonus: an epilogue with albino crocodiles.)

Wretches and Jabberers

Academy Award winner Gerardine Wurzburg follows two autistic men who travel the world fighting misconceptions about their disorder. Neither speaks much, but both have lots to say.

Dumbstruck

Not a Christopher Guest mockumentary but a creepily endearing tale of the sacrifices five ventriloquists make in pursuit of ultimate success—the cruise-ship circuit.

POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Human guinea pig Morgan Spurlock sells out on purpose by financing a film about product placement through product placement—hence that titular reference to pomegranate juice.

THE SON OF THE FONZ MAKES HIS MARK

Director Max Winkler (son of Happy Days star Henry) melds Rushmore with Wedding Crashers in Ceremony, his surprisingly funny and heartfelt first feature. It's the story of a fast-talking children's book author (Michael Angarano) who (in a move reminiscent of The Graduate) makes a last-ditch effort to thwart the nuptials of the woman (Uma Thurman) he's infatuated with.

Out April 8.

THE GREAT AMERICAN TROUBADOUR YOU NEED TO KNOW

A track on the High Fidelity soundtrack is about as close as the Austin-based singer-songwriter Bill Callahan has ever gotten to mainstream recognition, but over the last two decades he has created an idiosyncratic, memorable body of work. His latest, Apocalypse, boasts all the traits that have made him a cult figure: a meandering Americana sound, an intimate hearth-warm voice that (like Leonard Cohen's) is deeply expressive without much range, and lyrics (America, America/I watch David Letterman/In Australia/Oh America/You are so grand and golden/I wish I was on the next flight) that are offbeat and poigant at the same time.

Out April 19 from Drag City.

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