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THE ROCK FATHER: THE POP CULTURE MAGAZINE FOR FAMILIES THAT ROCK.

For Grownups - CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS gets new voices from SNOOP DOGG and R. LEE ERMEY...

CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTSI'm way behind on my CALL OF DUTY playing. In fact, it's been a bit since I fired up the Xbox 360 (I still need an Xbox One) for some CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS action, and I need to catch up on all the DLC goodies, like the new personalization and voice packs that hit the game today. Among them, a "1987 Customization Pack" (which is pretty neon), and the first-ever voice packs, which bring in SNOOP DOGG and R. LEE ERMEY to narrate the multiplayer action. Check out some sneak-previews, below...

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Watch & Listen: Disney DCONSTRUCTED - "The Muppet Show Theme (Shy Kidx Remix)"

DCONSTRUCTEDToday, Walt Disney Records issued what is quite possibly one of the strangest, yet appropriately contemporary releases in their catalog. DCONSTRUCTED (available on Amazon & iTunes) finds Mickey Mouse and Friends going full-on EDM, with remixes of classic and modern Disney fare by artists such as AVICII, ARMIN VAN BUUREN, BT and more. Tonight, the video for THE MUPPET SHOW THEME as reimagined by SHY KIDX hit my inbox, and it is certainly something to behold. Not necessarily for the kids, it's a rave-styled trip. In fact, it reminds me of a few weekends back in 1994-1995-ish, when I visited some underground raves in the Quad Cities. I had a funky hat.

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FREE DOWNLOAD: Psychostick release Metal Cover of READING RAINBOW...

Well, this is a reminder out of nowhere. The folks at READING RAINBOW have been in touch a few times over the past few years, and every time I hear from them, I automatically end up getting the theme song to the iconic LeVar Burton family literature series stuck in my head. So why did it get stuck in my head this morning? No, it wasn't communique from READING RAINBOW at all, but an email from comedy metal band, PSYCHOSTICK. The band has just released a cover version of that earworm-inducing theme song, and you can hear it right here on THE ROCK FATHER, below.

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Review: SPLASH CARDS - Splash Pals and Splashimals by Winning Moves Games

Once in awhile, I get something interesting and unexpected submitted for review here at Rock Father HQ, an item unique enough that it really stands on it's own. One recent offering? SPLASH CARDS by Winning Moves Games. Now, Winning Moves is the company known for their sweet re-issues of Retro Games like Ouija, Trouble, and the classic Rubik's Cube - but Splash Cards are something new, a very simple idea that works really well. Waterproof, lightweight, floating, washable playing cards and card games, perfect for the tub or pool. The two sets they sent us: SPLASH PALS and SPLASHIMALS.

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JOANIE LEEDS and THE NIGHTLIGHTS will hatch a GOOD EGG this summer...

The summer of 2014 is already stacking up nicely for new family music, and the latest album to be confirmed here at Rock Father HQ is GOOD EGG, the sixth Kindie release from JOANIE LEEDS AND THE NIGHTLIGHTS, due out June 24 via Limbostar. This time around, Joanie and the gang are joined by fellow rockers like Jacob Stein of THE POP UPS, and funkmaster MISTA COOKIE JAR (CJ is everywhere lately), for a genre-bending album that goes from pop to a not-so-subtle BEASTIE BOYS homage, to Oi! Oi! Oi! punk rock fury (I kid you not).

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SLUGTERRA: GHOUL FROM BEYOND comes to DVD this June...

On June 10, Shout! Factory Kids and Nerd Corps Entertainment will release SLUGTERRA: GHOUL FROM BEYOND, the first feature-length animated film, based on the SLUGTERRA television series, which airs on Disney XD here in the 'States. The underground sci-fi comedy will include one bonus "Sluggisode." Check out the trailer and synopsis below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER.

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Rock Father Recipe: Sara Lee Toasted Pound Cake Chocolate Strawberry Sundae #SLSweetTreats

Sara LeeWith Spring here and the cold (mostly) behind us, the little ones have been asking for ice cream again (a "sometimes" treat), and a new spin on an old favorite recently popped-up, courtesy of my friends at Sara Lee, who've teamed-up with THE ROCK FATHER to help bring this "sweet treat" to the masses . It's funny how the simplest of changes can really bring new excitement to an old standard, and this is one of those occasions - toasting Sara Lee Frozen Pound Cake to add a warm layer to a Chocolate Strawberry Sundae, complete with a little crispness, and the soft goodness you'd expect.

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Giveaway: A Chance to Win a Rare Promotional T-Shirt from Disney's FROZEN!

Back in February, I had the opportunity to spend a few days visiting Walt Disney Animation Studios as part of the press tour for Disney's FROZEN. With something that's become so big that it's forever cemented it's place as a pop culture phenomenon, I'm fortunate and thankful to have been able to make such a hands-on connection with it and the folks behind it - if only for a short time. While I was out there, the folks at Disney hooked me up with some things... one of which stands out as something really unique. It's actually so unique - at least I think that it is - that I can't find any other pictures or reference to it online. I'd imagine the only other people that have these either worked on FROZEN, work for Disney, or were members of the media that were invited out to cover the film. Tonight, I'm giving all of YOU a chance to own it...

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Watch - MALEFICENT: THE LEGACY Featurette

On May 30, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures will release MALEFICENT, the live-action "re-invention" of SLEEPING BEAUTY with a focus on the titular villain, played here by Angelina Jolie. Today, Disney hit my inbox with a new featurette focusing on "The Legacy" of Maleficent, complete with some words from Jolie and Elle Fanning, who plays Princess Aurora in the new film. Check it out below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD presents the Top Five Tips to Go Green for EARTH DAY!

PBS KIDS VIPDANIEL TIGER's NEIGHBORHOOD brings fun lessons to families every day on PBS KIDS, and with Earth Day fast-approaching (Tuesday, April 22), Daniel Tiger and The Fred Rogers Company have come up with a list of five ways your family can "Go Green" (even if it's just a little bit) each and every day. It's important to teach kids to care for our planet, and here's some great conversation starters...

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Watch: RENE LOPEZ - "Here Comes Another Day"

"To all the papa's out there. Enjoy every minute of your kids. Nothing is more important," says New York's RENE LOPEZ about "Here Comes Another Day," the new music video from his forthcoming album, PAINT THE MOON GOLD. Shot earlier this month, the clip features the Lopez Kids - Cosimo and Ara - in an appearance that happened spontaneously as Rene and Director Ehud Lazin set out for an afternoon of filming. Check it out below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER.

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THE POP UPS to appear on Sprout's SUNNY SIDE UP SHOW this Saturday (plus a FREE DOWNLOAD)!

SproutThis Saturday, April 19, Brooklyn Kindie Rockers THE POP UPS, will make an appearance on Sprout - visiting the Sunshine Barn to play some tunes for Chica and Tim on THE SUNNY SIDE UP SHOW. The duo will debut "Bug Out," a new song from their forthcoming album, APPETITE FOR CONSTRUCTION, while also digging into their back catalog for some additional gems to perform. This news comes on the heels of their new single and lyric video for "All These Shapes," which hit the 'net last week. Check out the video below...

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Giveaway: Win DANNY WEINKAUF (They Might Be Giants) - NO SCHOOL TODAY on CD!

On April 29, DANNY WEINKAUF - known for his work as the bassist for THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS - will release his debut Kindie (that's family music in the indie rock realm, in case you didn't know) album, NO SCHOOL TODAY. To celebrate the release, Danny and THE ROCK FATHER are getting two (2) lucky readers hooked up with copies of the album on Compact Disc, the format that comes to you as a silver, spinning disc, encased in a cardboard digipack. The cover featured a Kangaroo and a Koala Bear rockin' out, but if you'd like to score a copy, you'll need to make a really good excuse. Yep, I want to hear your best excuses for skipping school!

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