The 10 Best Labor Songs

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Best Work Songs for Labor Day

Ah Labor Day. The last retreat for the summer before all hope is dashed and winter slowly creeps into our lives. It’s that last weekend for a big barbecue, hitting your pool (it seems like every pool on the planet closes on Labor Day), and kissing the summer goodbye.
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LxListening: Odds and Ends Pt. 3

LxListening: Odds and Ends

As we finish up the first week of the last month of 2013, we are getting close to shifting to year end lists, and all that was 2013 in music (and a few other areas). For now, I will release one last list that is not related to best-of-2013 lists, and just give five classic tracks I have more or less discovered recently. I have previously done odds and ends playlists here and here.
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Retro Review: The Replacements “Answering Machine”

The Replacements

“Answering Machine”

The Replacements "Answering Machine" Review

Sunday night, at the same time of all the tomfoolery of the VMAs, Minneapolis rock legends the Replacements returned to the stage for the first time in 22 years with a straight-up workmanlike attitude. Rather than twerking it for the boys and girls like Miley Cyrus, the Replacements busted out 23 songs at Toronto’s Riot Fest, including music spanning their whole career. Based on the videos I’ve seen, it looks like Paul Westerberg and the gang didn’t miss a hitch after the 22 year hiatus.
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The Men Review: Open Your Heart

The Men

Open Your Heart

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“Rock is dead” is a phrase that has become far too cliché. Even with traditional rock music being fairly paralyzed, there has been a fair share of great rock bands this past decade. That being said, hearing the opening notes of Open Your Heart, the Brooklyn foursome’s third album, is still no doubt invigorating, as its workmanlike, physical rock that rarely exists anymore.
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