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Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:00

Video Premiere: DANI - "Beauty Land"

It was just about a year ago when BEAUTY LAND, the fairy tale-inspired debut album from DANI first hit my radar. It’s a little Disney, a little pop-rock, and a lot of fun - a record that mixes styles and is one of a rare few releases of late that successfully pulls off any form of narration. On the title track, the storytelling begins immediately, with Dani laying the somber groundwork for her tale, just before opening into a country-tinged anthem filled with "purple waterfalls and unicorns." Now comes a music video for the track, helmed by Phil Dornfeld (producer of SCARY MOVIE 3, 4, and 5). I'm pleased to debut it this morning, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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Miss Jamie from the FarmReady for a rootin' tootin', yet rockin' good time with your little ones? I'm teaming-up with my friend MISS JAMIE FROM THE FARM for a Fall Giveaway! We're going to get three (3) lucky readers set-up with copies of her debut album, MISS JAMIE'S FARM (available at AmazoniTunes & CD Baby) - a collection of "New Tunes and Farm Favorites" that are perfect for kids preschool to age 7.

Check out the details below, and enter to win your copy, right here on THE ROCK FATHER!

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Music cruises or "floating festivals" are all the rage these days, with 70,000 TONS OF METAL, SHIPROCKED, THE WEEZER CRUISE, THE COUNTRY MUSIC CRUISE, BLUES ALIVE AT SEA, and several more genre and artist-specific cruises having hit the open waters over the past few years. Now comes one for the family music crowd with the just-announced MACARONI AND CRUISE, setting sail August 3-7, 2015. 

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This Tuesday, August 19, Brooklyn kindie stars THE POP UPS will release APPETITE FOR CONSTRUCTION (pre-order: Amazon | iTunes), their third full-length effort, and the follow-up to 2012's excellent, GRAMMY-nominated RADIO JUNGLE (reviewed here). To mark the impending release, THE POP UPS have partnered with THE ROCK FATHER to debut "Block House" as part of their #10Songs10Days promotion. With a deliciously-80s synth-pop groove, "Block House" is a celebration of building a mighty tower of alphabet blocks - a time-honored tradition for kids everywhere. The third track on the album itself, "Block House" fits perfectly into a collection of songs that are "dedicated to the simple joy of making things with family and friends." Stream it below...

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We're big fans of GUSTAFER YELLOWGOLD around these parts, Morgan Taylor's little sun-spawned creation having been mentioned in no less than 16 articles here on the site, over the years, and his YEAR IN THE DAY reviewed on THE ROCK FATHER way back in 2012 (two years seems pretty long these days) and being awarded a perfect 5-star review. On September 23, the follow-up arrives with the release of GUSTAFER YELLOWGOLD'S WISDOM TOOTH OF WISDOM, the next installment of the award-winning "Musical Moving Book" series of DVD/CD combos. Check out an extended, nearly four-minute trailer below...

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KidzapaloozaIf you're heading out to Lollapalooza this weekend in Chicago and you have little ones along for the ride, the Kidzapalooza stage has some fine, family-friendly music from the likes of BRADY RYMER AND THE LITTLE BAND THAT COULD, PLAY DATE, SCHOOL OF ROCK and more. But this year, something special is happening - performances by the Chicago Kindie All-Stars on Friday (1:30pm) and Saturday (12:30pm) featuring some of the Windy City's best family music stars performing alongside THE HEARTBEATS, best-known as LAURA DOHERTY's backing band. How many All-Stars you ask? Six.

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