2012 releases

“Beautiful Things,” Anthony Green

Released Jan. 17

Circa Survive’s front man, Anthony Green, continues wowing with his solo work. His most recent release, “Beautiful Things” is both powerful and emotional and well worth a listen. The album is a 21-track masterwork (including a number of demos), with each track being different from the previous yet still retaining an unmistakable harmony throughout. As the name suggests, it truly is something beautiful.

“The Hunger Games”

In theaters Mar. 23

The film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling young adult books is being anticipated as the next “Twilight” in terms of fandom. The film stars Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence as the heroine Katniss Everdeen, who lives in a futuristic world where teenagers are forced to fight to the death in televised gladiatorial tournaments.

“The Avengers”

In theaters May 4

“The Avengers” unites Marvel Comics superheroes Iron Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk and Thor for a summer movie like no other. Actors Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth will all return to their respective roles and team to make the crimefighting team fans are eager to see.

“Human Again,” Ingrid Michaelson

To be released Jan. 24

Michaelson had not released an album since 2009’s “Everybody.” With this this release, listeners can expect more of her familiar, gentle instrumentation and honest lyrics. Hopefully, this time Michaelson found some more clarity when writing “Human Again” than on her previous releases, something she was so clearly yearning for.

“A Different Kind of Fix,” Bombay Bicycle Club

Released Jan. 17

While “A Different Kind of Fix” is Bombay Bicycle Club’s third album in as many years, the album’s unique instrumentation – anticipate intricate piano melodies mixed with raging electric guitars – makes it the standout of their short musical career. The band never ceases to surpass itself from its indie beginnings on “I Had the Blues But I Shook Them” to the acoustic-infused pop of “Flaws.” This newest album will leave you crossing your fingers that their fourth year will hold yet another album to top this near-perfection.

“The Great Gatsby”

In theaters Dec. 25

Director Baz Luhrman is mostly known for directing the fantastical musical “Moulin Rouge” and his modern version of “William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet.” So the fact that he’s directing a tragic love story such as “Gatsby” should come as no surprise, but that the film is going to be presented in 3D is unexpected. Leave it to stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan to bring the film back to its romantic roots.

Author: Staff Writer

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