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THE ROCK FATHER: The Pop Culture & Lifestyle Magazine for Families that Rock.

It's the premiere destination for the best in entertainment for the ENTIRE family, kids and grownups alike. Featuring the latest news and reviews on Music, Movies, TV, Comics, Books, Toys & Games, and lifestyle coverage including Home & Garden, Automotive, Cool Products and more, THE ROCK FATHER has it all...

Some news from PRODUCT OF HATE, a band managed by The Rock Father himself, James Zahn...

Wisconsin-based metal crew PRODUCT OF HATE have released a Special Edition summer EP via Noisetrade, available immediately as a FREE DOWNLOAD. “Revolution of Destruction” b/w “A Well Deserved Death” pairs together the band’s recent digital singles for the very first time, while bringing their crushing sound to new listeners gratis. Both songs were recorded and engineered by Chris Wisco (LAZARUS A.D., JUNGLE ROT) at Belle City Sound in Racine, WI. Wisco previously helmed the band’s 2010 release, THE UNHOLY MANIPULATOR, which was mixed by James Murphy (DEATH, TESTAMENT, OBITUARY).

On July 16, MARIA BAMFORD will release her new comedy album, ASK ME ABOUT MY NEW GOD! via Comedy Central Records. Her new album is an audio recording of material she performed on MARIA BAMFORD: THE SPECIAL SPECIAL SPECIAL! last year, including bits where she recites Paula Deen’s recipes as a suicide note, speaks pretend Spanish, and shares many of her family’s unique life perspectives. Tracks include “Gas Station Recipes,” “Over 40 and Dating” and “Dark Dad.” The CD version of the album also includes a bonus DVD of Bamford’s two half hour episodes of Comedy Central Presents from season eleven and season five of the series.

MINISTRY is a band that just will not die. In fact, I believe that as long as there is AL JOURGENSEN, there will be MINISTRY. Despite "final tours" and the occasional "final album," MINISTRY somehow manages to rise again, morphing into slightly different incarnations with new personnel and new music. On September 6, 13th Planet Records will release the 13th studio album from MINISTRY, when FROM BEER TO ETERNITY hits retail. But a new album isn't all that the band has cooking... a new DVD and a Jourgensen biography are also on-deck. Check out the full announcement below, right here on The Rock Father...

owenbenOn Friday June 28th Comedy Central will premiere the first one-hour comedy special from Owen Benjamin when Owen Benjamin: High Five Til It Hurts airs  Midnight ET/PT. In the new special recorded with a live audience at The Moody Theater in Austin, TX, Benjamin breaks out the musical jams by riffing on TIMBALAND, EDDIE VEDDER, BEETHOVEN, and more... on piano. He also covers talking his way out of speeding tickets, to avoiding arrest by the TSA, and even uncovering the solution to road rage. 

As Father's Day gets closer, many of my readers are still hunting for a perfect gift for that special Dad in their lives. As I always say - I don't ask for, nor do I require a gift, but if you must get one - don't overspend. Movies always make great gifts, and one that's been on my radar lately is THE LAST RIDE. Touted as "A Story of Hank Williams," THE LAST RIDE is a telling of the final days of Williams' life - not a true biopic, so the accuracy has come into question. But, with Henry Thomas (Elliott from E.T.) as Hank Williams, my interest is piqued. With the Blu-ray out now, the folks over at FoxConnect sent over the Top Five Most-Covered HANK WILLIAMS Songs. Curious what they are?

Legendary Florida death metal kings OBITUARY, in cooperation with UNATION, will be offering up a pay-per-view live stream this Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 8:30 EST. Broadcasting live from The Orpheum in their hometown of Tampa, Florida, the show will feature an all classics setlist. Full details below...

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