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TV Jukebox: 'Nashville,' 'Downton Abbey,' 'Girls,' more music on TV

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Nashville Jukebox

Have you found yourself wondering “What’s that song?” while watching your favorite TV shows? If so, we’re here to tell you. Check out our Spotify playlist below and see why these music picks clicked. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!)


The song: Chip Esten & Lennon Stella, “Believing”

The episode: “I’ll Keep Climbing”

The hook: After some soul-searching — and self-doubting — on Wednesday, Deacon (Esten) realized he could find songwriting inspiration in places other than pain, emotional upheaval, and a bottle o’ booze. The product of his catharsis was this delicate duet he performed toward the end of the hour with daughter Maddie (Stella), who cowrote “Believing” — a heart-swelling meditation on faith and getting put back together after being broken.

Read Annie Barrett’s recap


The song: “O Mio Babbino Caro,” originally by Giacaomo Puccini

The episode: “Episode 2” (402)

The hook: A harrowing juxtaposition — as Australian opera diva Nellie Melba (Kiri Te Kanawa) performed the aria upstairs at the Abbey, her piercing high notes covered screams coming from downstairs as slimy valet Green (Nigel Harman) sexually assaulted Anna (Joanne Froggatt) downstairs. As EW’s Denise Warner pointed out, the song from Puccini’s opera Gianni Schicchi plays out over a family struggle that could have devastating consequences for two lovers. This does not bode well for Anna’s marriage to Bates (Brendan Coyle). She’s is hiding the rape for now, but it’s bound to come to light and be all the more devastating by every second that passes.

Read Denise’s recap


The song: Junip, “Line of Fire”

The episode: “The Good Samaritan Killer” (111)

The hook: It was a big week for the Swedish duo, whose “After All Is Said and Done” was featured on Sunday’s Revenge. The next night, the aptly titled “Line of Fire” closed out the night as Red (James Spader) completed a vengeance quest — which was itself ingeniously set to Johnny “Man in Black” Cash’s “The Man Comes Around” — and offed an associate who’d been working for the enemy. The character’s name (Grey), and the grayscale background conveyed the show’s slippery, shady morality, was perfectly expressed by José González’s lyrics: “What you choose to believe in dictates your rise or your fall.”

Read Jodi Walker’s recap


The song: Sheryl Crow, “All I Wanna Do”

The episode: “L.A.” (213)

The hook: Crow’s infectious ’94 hit played Tuesday while Mindy (Mindy Kaling) and Peter (Adam Pally) drove around the City of Angels. Ever the lovable dufus, Peter misquoted another song during their car talk: “That’s what they say about L.A. — if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.” Unfortunately, Peter couldn’t make it in Hollywood… or so it would seem considering he was eventually beaten up by entertainment anchor Pat O’Brien on live TV.


The song: Maroon 5, “One More Night”

The episode: “Truth or Dare” (302)

The hook: Sunday’s double-stuffed Girls premiere closed with Jenny Lewis’s jaunty “Completely Me,” but tweeters were amused by Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) and Hannah’s (Lena Dunham) road trip karaoke sesh to Maroon 5’s 2012 hit. Adam (Adam Driver) was less amused — he could barely get through the first chorus before turning off the radio… with his fist.

Ready Annie Barrett’s recap


The song: Bruce Springsteen, “Hunter of Invisible Game”

The episode: “We, the Juries” (512)

The hook: Fans of The Boss rejoiced Sunday night — none more so than Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King — as the show debuted a trio of Springsteen’s songs, including “Hunter,” “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” and “High Hopes” (a favorite of Jukeboxers on Twitter). As for the first of the three, which played over the last few minutes of the ep, Michelle King told EW’s Kyle Anderson, “There was a driving, dreamlike quality that I thought tied everything together.”

Read Breia Brissey’s recap and check out Kyle’s chat with the Kings

HOUSE OF LIES (Showtime)

The song: Basecamp, “Smoke Filled Lungs”

The episode: “Wreckage” (301)

The hook: After his pod split at the end of season 2, Marty (Don Cheadle) tried to rise like a metaphorical Phoenix from the ashes during Sunday’s premiere, so it only makes sense music supervisor were drawn to this “Smoke”-y track. But, without its core, the show’s chemistry felt a little off, and the Nashville trio’s opening line (“Throw me a bone”) also referred to fans’ hopes that Marty & Co. will reunite soon.


The song: 8mm, “Everybody Says” 

The episode: “Old Dogs, New Tricks” (401)

The hook: Let’s just say the honeymoon phase didn’t last long for Josh (Sam Huntington) and Nora (Kristen Hager). As Being Human entered its fourth season Monday, the couple spent their time alternately caged to control their werewolf phases, with only a few minutes to experience each other’s loves as humans. Both 8mm’s track and French for Rabbits’ “Claimed By the Sea” set an appropriately mournful tone for these cruelly brief moments.


The song: Laura Marling, “When Were You Happy? (And How Long Has That Been)”

The episode: “Jump Ball” (513)

The hook: Thursday’s Parenthood ended on a bittersweet note. Just as Drew (Miles Heizer) decided to give love a chance, Joel (Sam Jaeger) officially gave up on his relationship with Julia (Erika Christensen). Playing through both scenes, the theme and title of the British songbird’s track echoed the tone of last week’s conversation between the strained married couple. It was a question they both had to ask themselves after Julia’s emotional infidelity, and, with one tearful look at his sleeping children, Joel had his answer.

BANSHEE (Cinemax)*

The song: Mutts, “God, Country, Grave”

The episode: “Little Fish” (201)

The hook: Three, oh three, it’s the magic number. For gravelly-voiced Gainesvillians Mutts, it’s “God, Country, Grave”; for Lucas Hood (Antony Starr) and his town of Banshee, Pa., it’s abduction flashbacks, a false identity, a corpse theft — and that was just Sunday’s opener! Wrapping up the season 2 premiere, Ivy Levan purred on her horn-heavy “Money” that “cash is everything I need, so show me the money!” Oh, did I forget to mention there was also an armored-car heist this ep? Only in Banshee!

Read Darren Franich’s recap


The song: Miike Snow, “Devil’s Work”

The episode: “The Casket Girls” (110)

The hook: Twitter fans dug MS MR’s “Dark Doo Wop,” but we already gave love to that track last May. (Tuesday’s ep also featured Meg Myers’ “Curbstomp,” a song Jukebox singled out in November 2012.) Instead, we’ll draw your attention to the hour’s final track by the Swedish indie poppers, which played as both Rebekah (Claire Holt) and Davina (Danielle Campbell) set in motion their latest devious plans to take down Klaus (Joseph Morgan). I’ve got a Thierry… it could be witches!

Read Samantha Highfill’s recap


The song: Greg Laswell, “The Killing Moon”

The episode: “Date Expectations” (210)

The hook: Last Friday’s Carrie Diaries featured a stingingly bitter use of Erasure’s “Oh L’amour” as Bennet learned his ex was dying of AIDS — and that he, and thus Walt, might have it, too. (If you’re looking for something lighter, Portlandia used the ’86 tune to much funnier ends back in March 2012.) That said, we tip our hats to Laswell, who provided a gut-punch of emotion twice in the last week. On Carrie, his cover of Echo and the Bunnymen’s 1984 single “The Killing Moon” played out the Valentine’s Day-themed ep as the gang considered life, death, and expectations. Then, on Monday, Laswell’s “What a Day” struck an ironic chord during a traumatic Beauty & the Beast moment in which Vincent’s (Jay Ryan) own health was in jeopardy.


The song: Trentemøller feat. Sune Rose Wagner, “Deceive”

The episode: “The Black Queen” (912)

The hook: When Wednesday’s case forced Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) to reconnect with her hacker past, the Danish DJ’s throbbing beat gave a scene in a gaming den just the right amount of Jolt Cola-esque energy. (Bonus: Cool points of the 2001 variety go Garcia for making a sassy, in-character entrance into the game space to Destiny’s Child’s “Bootylicious.”)

*Readers’ Choice! Thanks to @_fangirlfeels, @anninaustin, @ilonarcari, @FeliciaSHo@tvdfansonline, and @TheMattFowler for their suggestions!

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