After maintaining a successful yet rather low-key career as a heartthrob soulster, Thicke burst rather dramatically into the upper reaches of the chart this summer with the title track from his upcoming sixth album, the second-best-selling single of the year so far.
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
After a breakout year in which they had a top 10 album, and landed frontman Alex Ebert a gig scoring Robert Redford’s “All Is Lost,” L.A.’s Zeros return with an eponymous work.
Anna Kendrick – “Cups (When I’m Gone)”
The perfect example of a slow burn: “Pitch Perfect” hit theaters last September, the Anna Kendrick video was released months ago, and the single recently entered the top 10.
Abandoned Battleship Island (Google Maps Street View, search for Hashima)
The abandoned island that inspired the creepy lair of Javier Bardem’s Silva in “Skyfall” is now viewable via Google Maps Street View. Reopened to tourists in 2009, Hashima Island is too fragile to film on, and had to be recreated via CGI for the Bond film. Search for Hashima on Google Maps.
Lauren Beukes “The Shining Girls” (Mulholland Books)
It’s been touted as this summer’s “Gone Girl,” but though those are hard shoes to fill, this Chicago-set tale of a Depression-era drifter who travels through time killing young women who seem to have a special shine has an eerie attraction all its own.
Guy Adams “The Sherlock Files” (It Books)
The show’s official companion features interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch, the skein’s creators and other stars. Posts from Dr. Watson’s blog, police reports and newspaper articles add more layers to the series, which returns to PBS in 2014.
Rona Edwards, Monika Skerbelis “The Complete Filmmaker’s Guide to Film Festivals” (Michael Wiese Prods.)
Navigating film festivals and finding the best strategy to launch a film takes an ever-changing set of skills. Filmmakers can learn the basics from this guide, with info from promotion to distribution to starting a fest.
Rush Bros. (Digital Tribe Games)
This side-scrolling action game, available as a download through Steam, features music by Infected Mushroom with levels that change depending on which tracks are played.
Fuse (Electronic Arts; Insomniac Games)
Players switch between four elite operatives as they exhange witty banter and take down a rogue paramilitary organization that has stolen a volatile alien substance.
Sarah Silverman and Joe Pantoliano are among those who use this diary app to track each day’s food and set fitness goals. Barcode scanning, plenty of brand-name and restaurant items and colorful food icons make the free service a breeze to use.