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Cinco de Mayo is this Tuesday, and LUCKY DIAZ AND THE FAMILY JAM BAND are continuing their tradition of seasonal releases with "Piñata Attack, a new single available in both English and Spanish. The new single follows the full album releases of ¡FANTASTICO! and AQUI, ALLA, both of which played well here at Rock Father HQ, and will be available just in-time for Cinco de Mayo on May 5th, with pre-orders up now on iTunes. Can't wait to hear it? Check out an advance stream on Lucky and Alisha's official site.

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On June 16th, Razor & Tie will distribute six "themed" digital albums from children's recording artist and preschool TV favorite Laurie Berkner. Personally curated by Berkner from her own archives, each album focuses on a particular theme in support of teachers and other grownups looking for help with a specific topic. Laurie Berkner's Animal SongsLaurie Berkner's Classroom FavoritesLaurie Berkner's Food Songs, Laurie Berkner's Movement SongsLaurie Berkner's Nature Songs, and Laurie Berkner's Transportation Songs  will all be available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, and more.

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Just in time for World Penguin Day (April 25), Seattle's prolific purveyors of perfectly pop! Kindie rock are serving-up "Penguinese." Yes, RECESS MONKEY have returned, and they'll be unleashing their latest album, HOT AIR (pre-order on Amazon) on June 16, 2015. In the meantime, "Penguinese" is the funky new single (available on iTunes) that focuses on a “new kid in school" -- a penguin searching for acceptance. Band leader Jack Forman (of SiriusXM's Kids Place Live) created the produced the 3D animation-live action video, which features vocalist/guitarist Drew Holloway and a penguin. Take a peek, and read-on for the tracklisting and cover art for HOT AIR, which includes something for the STAR WARS fans...

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Shelley Wollert is back as "Elska," the Icelandic Musical Pioneer who is said to have discovered a new island of volcanic rock while traveling by iceberg. For her newest electro-pop jam (available on iTunes now), Elska is teamed with WILCO's Mikael Jorgensen and long-time collaborator Allen Farmelo as they put forth a simple message: you don't need much. While I appreciate the sentiment and hope that my girls will one day identify with it (it's important to understand the difference between needs and wants), it's always weird to think of an anti-materialistic message while I'm sitting here in the confines of Rock Father HQ... where I often feel that we have "Too Much Junk." Check out the new video below!

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Is Glam Kindie the next evolution of the family music movement? Perhaps, as Canada's ROCK 'N" RAINBOW prepare to unleash their brand of "extravagant glam rock for families," staking out a March 17, 2015 release date for their debut album, LET'S BOOGIE. Had they been from the 70s, they totally would've been on THE GREAT SPACE COASTER. Check out their counting song, "5 Senses" and the full details on the new record below...

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There's been some late entries into the new Holiday music playlist for 2014 (see some top picks here), and one of the freshest tracks comes from the ever-busy MISTA COOKIE JAR & THE CHOCOLATE CHIPS. "Got the Spirit" is the third in their "song-a-month" series, and one that spreads a little seasonal cheer for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and more. Stream it below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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