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Becoming a parent changes you - and although it's cliche to say that, it's completely true. I'm an example of that, and no matter what your age (I was almost 33 when we had Addie), there's "growing up" involved when it happens for the first time. While I became "The Rock Father" in 2009, this site wasn't here yet, and although everything may have appeared just perfect - the first year was actually pretty hard from an emotional standpoint and some changes in lifestyle and scheduling had to happen. MACKLEMORE is experiencing some of that right now, his daughter born on May 29th - just over two months ago. Today he and Ryan Lewis released a new single as a free download - a single that is for Sloane Ava Simone Haggerty - but also being offered to all of us - music and words that will most certainly resonate with parents. It comes with a note (available here), and the total package has really moved me - his voice sharing wisdom with his little girl, but also trying to find balance between the work he has to do to support his family. Listen to MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS - "Growing Up (Sloane's Song)" featuring ED SHEERAN below...

Los Angeles' THE AUGMENTS PROJECT have just released a video for the title track of their debut EP, AWAKEN (available on Bandcamp). "The track 'Awaken' was the first song we all wrote together, so it holds special weight for us all. The ideology of the band is for us all to shine in our skill sets, and I think that happened," states frontman Jimmy Trigger. "The result: something fresh & new but hinting that old skool influence. 'Awaken' is an aggressive song that got me to delve into emotions that I haven't visited in quite a while -- dealing with the turmoil of life and doing our best to succeed regardless." Check it out below.

This certainly came out of nowhere - an unexpected press release from Hasbro Studios and Sony Music/Legacy Recordings announcing this Friday's release of TRULY OUTRAGEOUS: A JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS TRIBUTE. It's no secret that my wife and I are JEM fans and have been introducing the girls to that world, and with a live-action movie arriving on October 23, the buzz is building. Labeled as "A TRIBUTE TO STARLIGHT RECORDS" on its cover, this 12-song album reimagines music from the classic animated series, and is up for pre-order now on Amazon and iTunes as a digital-only release. Songs come from the 65-episode run on Hasbro's JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS, featuring songs from that band, as well as THE MISFITS and THE STINGERS.

Slang Metalfest VII has just been announced for September 19, 2015 at the Vermillion County Fairgrounds in Oakwood, Illinois. The open air festival will feature performances by POWERMAN 5000 (pictured, top), BUTCHER BABIES, BATTLECROSS, BLUE FELIX, THE BLOODLINE, PRODUCT OF HATE, DEAD HORSE TRAUMA and more. Tickets for the All-Ages (21 to drink) event are on-sale for just $20 in advance via AttendStar ($30 at the door). Those in the area can also pick them up in-person at Vintage Villains or Chart Records. 

There's an L.A.-based duo called SNAKED (Hugh Myrone and Depressed Teenager) that just debuted a new single called "Paul Stanley" via NestHQ, and it's worth a listen. They're calling it RDM (Rockstar Dance Music), and over the top of the beats and riffs sits the onstage banter of the KISS vocalist for which the song is named. There's a couple of "Ohs" and "Woos" that sound more like VAN HALEN's David Lee Roth from the famed "Running With the Devil" acapella takes, but it's a tune all about Paul. Check it out below... 

Moments ago, Disney's DESCENDANTS (read my review here) finished its debut airing on Disney Channel, introducing audiences to The United States of Auradon, and the children of some iconic Disney Villains (and some heroic counterparts). The musical from Director/Choreographer Kenny Ortega (read my interview here) is already blowing up social media (#Descendants has been trending Globally tonight), and if you're wanting to relive those musical moments - you're in luck! My friends at Disney have just uploaded every musical number to the Disney Music VEVO Channel on YouTube, and I've assembled them into a handy playlist that's viewable below! But that's not all - want to own the music? The DESCENDANTS Soundtrack is now available from Amazon and iTunes.

Yesterday, after covering MARVEL's ANT-MAN extensively here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine in recent weeks, The Rock Daughters and I took an afternoon detour to catch a matinee screening of the film in 3D at a local Regal Cinema. They had yet to see the film (which I love - read my review here), and while they're technically young for a PG-13 film, I stand behind my words in that this really is a MARVEL film for the entire family.  Addie absolutely LOVED the film, giggling, laughing and cheering throughout, while little Finn fell asleep and missed 90% of it (in fairness, it was during her regular naptime). Upon exiting, I overheard another audience member mention "that mambo scene wasn't in the movie," which is exactly what prompted me to pen another ANT-centric post. As is the case with many films, there's a lot of deleted scenes and unused footage that makes it's way into trailers and TV spots for a film, and that's happened quite a bit with ANT-MAN. In one such spot that celebrates the film's #1 opening at the box office, the crew of Paul Rudd's Ant-Man (aka the #Antourage) is seen dancing to a swinging little number that's raised a common question: "What is that song?" Well, I can tell you that it's a tune called "Mr. Mambo," and it's the "Hips Mix" version by electro-jazz duo 11 ACORN LANE (Thomas Feurer and Neal Pawley) that appears in said spot.

This week. SyFy audiences sunk their teeth into SHARKNADO 3: OH, HELL NO! - the conclusion (doubtful) of the SHARKNADO Trilogy (until it becomes a Quadrilogy). With all of the Shark-tastic goodness flying around and being eaten by CGI creatures, actor Ian Ziering contributed a hand-picked playlist of appropriate songs to the folks at Rdio. You can give it a listen right here, or simply check out his picks below. I haven't yet seen a SHARKNADO film... perhaps it's time to get started...

L.A.-based producer/artist PRINTZ BOARD spent years collaborating with artists like The Black Eyed Peas, Mark Ronson, CeeLo, Justin Timberlake and DJ Mustard before stepping to the front a few years back. For summer 2015, Printz has a new single - one I can dig. "Rock N Roll" (featuring The Boardmemberz) was released a few weeks ago, and now comes the official video - one featuring appearances by SketchSHE, Ebonique (THE VOICE), pinup/glamour model Leanne Crow, singer/songwriter Ryan Cabrera and Vine star Wuz Good. Check it out below...

PEANUTS Brand AmbassadorWith Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox releasing THE PEANUTS MOVIE on November 6, generations of fans both old and new are discovering the adventures of a boy named Charlie Brown. Those adventures with Snoopy, Linus and Lucy, Pig Pen, Peppermint Patty, Schroeder, The Little Red-Haired Girl and more are timeless, and I'm in the crowd that holds sincere hope that Steve Martino will have crafted a worthy companion when his film arrives in theaters. For THE PEANUTS MOVIE, it's composer Christophe Beck (ANT-MAN, FROZEN) that has some big shoes to fill - those once occupied by the Vince Guaraldi Trio. It was Guaraldi's music that became just as iconic as the creations of Charles M. Schulz, and for many (likely myself included), a first introduction to jazz. On July 31, Concord Music Group will release a new collection under the Fantasy label - PEANUTS GREATEST HITS. Featuring a dozen classic songs and all-new liner notes by Derrick Bang (author of the career-spanning book, VINCE GUARALDI AT THE PIANO), Concord Music Group and THE ROCK FATHER Magazine are pleased to give readers a chance at winning one of five (5) copies of the album on CD!

It's official: Papa Emeritus III has been crowned, and GHOST will release their third album, MELIORA on August 21st via Loma Vista Recordings. Sure, some call them "gimmicky," but I care not about that - they're probably my favorite current band right now, and I can't get enough. Check out their just-released new single, "From the Pinnacle to the Pit" below - and get it as an instant download with pre-orders of the new record on iTunes or Amazon. So groovy...

If you're into music history like me, a must-see for this year needs to be THE WRECKING CREW. Just-released on Blu-ray by Magnolia Pictures, Denny Tedesco's documentary was inspired by his father, Tommy - a member of the legendary, yet largely unknown musicians known as The Wrecking Crew - the true performers behind some of the biggest hits of the 60s and 70s. In fact, the sheer volume of famous tunes that this crew contributed to is in large part the reason that this film (which started loose production back in 1996) took so long to get a proper release - the music licensing fees were expensive.  After some limited screenings, Tedesco raised funds via Kickstarter to get the licensing wrapped, and now it's available to the masses. The folks at Magnolia Pictures recently provided me with a couple of copies on Blu-ray, and one of those could soon be yours...

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