I Can Be Your Hero, Baby: The 10 Best Music Superheroes

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Editor’s Note: This list originally published in 2013, but with the new Avengers movie releasing tomorrow, it seemed like a great time to revisit the list.

In a concerted effort to make it seem we do not take ourselves too seriously, perhaps out of a fear of taking ourselves too seriously sometimes, we like to mix up our more scholarly lists with those that make us out to be a handful of nerdy jackasses.  This is one of those lists.  There has been a lot of hysteria surrounding superhero movies this summer.  I mean, damn, a Batman, Spiderman, and Avengers movies all in the same summer.  We are all extremely partial to Batman, especially those of the Nolan/Burton persuasion, and decided to save this dopey collection for around the time The Dark Knight Rises was released.  As comic-book/superhero movie fans,  we thought we could fantasize a little bit about which musicians would make the best superheroes, and speculate a little bit about their key attributes.  For awhile there, we considered doing a joint heroes/villains list, but ultimately decided to make two separate lists, with the heroes list today, and the villains list coming at you next Thursday.  Enjoy.
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LxListening: I Got the Blues … the Bad Bears Blues

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Being the Chicago Bears die-hard I am, I find myself in a bit of a slump this evening. Last week the Bears (after the first few possessions) came out of the gate fists-a-swingin’, leading me to believe that we would have a very promising season. After last’s nights debacle with the Packers, I am still hopeful, but not quite as confident as I was yesterday. In any case, it suits me quite well given my music preference in this past week, to have a case of “the blues” about it. It’s almost as if my subconscious knew exactly what to prepare me for. In the midst of all the new glitz and glamor with recent albums that have dropped (or leaked), I still have had a hard time pulling away from my “blues” catalogue. Normally about 4-5 times a year I’ll slip heavy into a “blues” funk, and no matter what else is going on, I can’t seem to want to listen to anything else. All other times of the year it’s prevalent, but not as prominent. Because of all the new material at my fingertips lately, this week hasn’t been as par with the rest of those heavy weeks. However, I assure you it will come on full-bore tomorrow, after the suffering of what was last night’s game which included or notorious hero Jay Cutler being sacked seven times and throwing four interceptions. Here are some of my most coveted blues classics as of old.
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Top Ten Thursday: I Can Be Your Hero, Baby

In a concerted effort to make it seem we do not take ourselves too seriously, perhaps out of a fear of taking ourselves too seriously sometimes, we like to mix up our more scholarly lists with those that make us out to be a handful of nerdy jackasses.  This is one of those lists.  There has been a lot of hysteria surrounding superhero movies this summer.  I mean, damn, a Batman, Spiderman, and Avengers movies all in the same summer.  We are all extremely partial to Batman, especially those of the Nolan/Burton persuasion, and decided to save this dopey collection for around the time The Dark Knight Rises was released.  As comic-book/superhero movie fans,  we thought we could fantasize a little bit about which musicians would make the best superheroes, and speculate a little bit about their key attributes.  For awhile there, we considered doing a joint heroes/villains list, but ultimately decided to make two separate lists, with the heroes list today, and the villains list coming at you next Thursday.  Enjoy.
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The Black Keys Review: El Camino es Muy Bueno

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Not Pictured: El Camino

First off, I would like to apologize for the delay. This review was supposed to surface yesterday, but do to a hectic work schedule recently, it was not possible. When I finally began writing the review, I was so eager to talk about The Black Keys, that I wrote 700 words without even breaking into a single point about the new album. So I decided to split it up and write a Thoughts @ Work piece as well, that will be posted later today.
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