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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Top Ten Thursday: Arrested Development Characters…In Song!

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We at LxL are all huge Arrested Development fans.  And while the highly-anticipated fourth season resurrection may have come in under expectations, we thought we would still honor the effort with a list.  Before anyone makes a nasty remark in the comments section, yes, Billboard (who did a fantastic job) did a list along the same theme as this, but we eschewed all their song choices except for one.  As for the content of the list, we just attempted to pair each character with a song suiting their character.  A little different than our other lists, we decided it would be pointless to put them in any particular order.  This list more than any other, we would love to hear your suggestions for additional pairings.  Thanks and enjoy.

Michael:  Sly & the Family Stone – “A Family Affair”

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Michael’s goal has always been to “keep the family together”, but if the fourth season of AD is any indication, Michael may just turn out crazier than Sly Stone himself.

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The Real Reason for Detroit’s Recession

Kid Rock, Son of Detroit, ruining Thanksgiving at the Detroit Lions Halftime Show

Yes, I realize this headline is probably a bit misleading and a bit offensive for the people of Michigan, but I don’t care.
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Top 10 Best James Bond Theme Songs

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Last weekend, the twenty-third installment of the James Bond series was released in theaters across the world. Although I have yet to see it, Skyfall has been claimed to be one of the best Bond movies there is. With every good Bond movie there is a Bond girl. There is also a new car, new weapons, sometimes a new Bond, and certainly always a new theme song. So we decided in honor of everyone’s favorite British spy movies, to list out our favorite James Bond theme songs. Per usual, in order to rank this list fairly we set up a few ground rules. No using Dr. No was our first rule. Although it would have certainly been our #1, it is the standard “James Bond Theme Song” that has been used in every movie since. Also, we tried our best to judge on the caliber of the song and how it fit the James Bond theme. We paid no mind to the visuals of the opening sequence, the bond girl of that particular movie, nor which actor played Bond. Although, funny enough as you will see, Sean Connery and Daniel Craig (the two best bonds by majority vote) do dominate the list, while Timothy Dalton barely snuck by with even a mention. So without further ado, here comes our most action-packed list thus far. Brace yourself, this list is served shakin’ … not stirred.
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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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Julia Holter Review

Julia Holter

Ekstasis

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[Disclaimer: I can’t tell you anything interesting or unique about Julia Holter’s background or past musical experience, so please go here if interested so I’m not just coughing up allmusic.com’s good work]

Just because an artist uses a lot of sounds that are often used in more atmospheric works should not pigeonhole that artist’s music as purely atmospheric.  So while Julia Holter’s work on Ekstasis may veer into atmospheric territory on some of the lengthier tracks, her work seems more anchored in well-thought-out structure than it may appear at first glance. 

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Madonna’s Halftime Show Review

It’s fair to say that there are plenty of overrated things in the entertainment industry. HBO’s Entourage, Michael Bay, the entire clan of Kardashians (not just Kim), and essentially everything in the vein of “Hollywood life” or “Los Angeles culture” all lead the pack in worthless assets to the industry that should make people cringe, and maybe even throw-up in their mouth a little bit. Close behind all of these resides a special spot for the worthlessness of the Super Bowl halftime show. Don’t get me wrong, I love football, and the Super Bowl itself, and all the fun and hype that come along with it. But over the years, the halftime shows have just become a chore to watch. In fact there are really only two non-nudity involved halftime shows that have really ever stood out to me, and last nights performance was actually one of them.
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