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With only 51 Days until Halloween, the Seasonal Songs are starting to creep out, one of which is "Dance Like a Monster" from PLAY DATE. Featured on their forthcoming album, IMAGINATION (out October 9 on Fun Fun Records), "Dance Like a Monster" features an appearance by The Ghouligans, and will have a full-length music video released very soon. In the meantime, check out a short preview below...

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Wednesday, September 05 2012 23:34

The Harmonica Pocket - APPLE APPLE (Album Review)

With so many of my recent posts having to do with the arrival of Fall, it seems fitting that this one is about an album called APPLE APPLE. Although the traditional Apple Harvest here in Northern Illinois (and much of the Midwest) is dismal this year (heat followed by frost followed by drought), the new album from THE HARMONICA POCKET would certainly make a mighty fine soundtrack for an afternoon in the orchard - something that I'd still like to attempt even with pickin's that are slim. Speaking of pickin'...

Released this week, WHEN YOU'RE A KID, the debut EP from NYC-based SHIRA & FRIENDS, is a five-song, fifteen-minute fireball of family-friendly tunes destined to get the little ones movin' and groovin.' What struck me immediately on the opening number and title track is that Shira Kobren's voice sounds a little like a kid-friendly Liz Phair. The clap-along pop rock shifts gears into a ska-flavored groove for "Dance, Dance, Dance," while getting punked up for nighttime jam, "Doin' the PJ."

Wednesday, August 22 2012 21:50

Melissa Green - SING LOUD! (Album Review)

Bubbly and bright, MELISSA GREEN delivers an uplifting dozen-song set on her new album, SING LOUD! 
 

A family-friendly pop-rock collection infused with elements of country, doo-wop, and even rap, Green's stylistic cornucopia quickly commanded dancing from my toddler, marking an instantaneous "win" for the songstress' fourth studio set.

Greetings, Friends! Musicbot 6000 here with a press release from BIG BANG BOOM, who are getting ready to release a new record of family rock. Check it out!

Hot on the heels of winning a Grand Prize in this year's John Lennon Songwriting Contest, North Carolina's favorite power pop band for kids, Big Bang Boom, is poised to come front and center on the national stage with the September 18 release of their third studio CD, Because I Said So!

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Earlier this week I teased this, and now you can hear it for yourself. SWIMMERS is a new kindie rock project from Ernest Wuethrich - a stay-at-home Dad and fellow Rock Father. Last month, Ernest entered Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, CA - best-known for it's metal and hardcore recordings - to lay down the first two songs from SWIMMERS. The end result can be streamed/purchased below through Bandcamp. Check out "Summers are the Breakfasts of Champions" and "Weekend Warriors of the Future"...

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