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With legions of loyal fans tuning in to experience brightly-colored, circus-like spectacles soundtracked by music that is loved, hated, and sometimes misunderstood, Yo Gabba Gabba! and the Insane Clown Posse have a lot in common. Like opposite sides to the same psychedelic coin, both are acquired tastes for their respective age groups, but now they've come together...

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At this point, I am 100% convinced that any ploy to get me into a store - no matter how good the intention - will be capped off with some level of disappointment. I give you FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2012.

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Saturday, May 05 2012 00:01

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is TODAY!

It's Saturday, May 5, 2012 - which means that it's FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! Yes, it's the annual day in which independent comic shops open their doors to readers new and old to dish out some free books for kids of all ages. While I don't agree with some of the marketing materials regarding the popularity of print comic books these days, I do think that this is an important day, and the perfect chance to take the kids to a local comic book store. 

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While browsing the racks at Record Breakers in Chicago last night (part of the Reggie's complex), I happened to notice the Record Store Day exclusive version of Rockabye Baby's Lullaby Renditions of THE SMITHS. That record led to a discussion about kids music with one of the employees in the store, who informed me that something cool is about to take place for music-loving parents and kids: THE AGGROLITES will be performing their Yo Gabba Gabba! song 'Banana' as part of a FREE IN-STORE FOR KIDS on Saturday, May 19th, 2012.

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If you've got kids, have an affection for Kindie Rock, and can get to Brooklyn next weekend, then KindieFest is the event for you!

KindieFest is the place to be for fans, friends, and those involved with the family entertainment scene. I was invited to this (thanks, Stephanie!) but am a party pooper. I'm normally not a big ''event'' guy as-is, but with a new baby due in less than two months, I'm just not up for a trip to NYC from Rock Father HQ in Illinois...  this year. But if YOU can get to Brooklyn? Absolutely clear your schedule for April 27-29, and get ready to rock. Full details below.

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Pack up the kids and hop in The BattleTram, because it's time for an adventure. In what seems like it should've been an obvious move in the first place, the folks at Fearless Records announced this afternoon that THE AQUABATS! now have children's clothing available! I hope this means that THE AQUABATS! SUPER SHOW! is doing big numbers, because it needs to continue. Not since the 80s have I religiously cared about a Saturday Morning Television offering.

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