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Thursday, March 09 2017 11:00

Music Video Debut: Red Yarn - "Mockingbird"

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When it comes to family music, one of the most unique artists in the genre comes to us from Portland. Red Yarn has been spinning his sonic tale for a few years now, blending his vibrant brand of folk-infused Americana with a live show that features puppetry and storytelling. Now, with the release of his latest album, Born in the Deep Woods, Red Yarn completes his Deep Woods Trilogy, "an epic song cycle exploring the roots and branches of American folk music." Today, I'm happy to share the new video for "Mockingbird," a beautiful clip that includes Red Yarn rocking out with his 3-year-old son. I dig it, and think you will too. Check it out!

Thursday, January 26 2017 09:30

Video Debut: The Deedle Deedle Dees - "Super Strong"

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"I wanted to celebrate the themes in the song without being too on-the-nose about it," says Lloyd H. Miller, frontman of The Deedle Deedle Dees, and director of the video for their latest single, "Super Strong." Taken from their latest album, Sing-a-Long History, Vol. II: The Rocket Went Up! (songs inspired by true stories of science, discovery and magic), the new track might fall more into the "discovery" realm of that lengthy title, a song that Miller says "explores the different ways someone can be strong." Shot in the Ditmas Park, Brooklyn neighborhood of New York, today The Rock Father™ and Zooglobble present a shared debut of this new video that features dancers, teachers, kids and families who all define what it means to be #SuperStrong. Check out the video below...

This MLK Day, it's time to spread the world about an appropriate audio anthology - We Stood Up: Reflections on the Civil Rights Movement. We Stood Up (available for purchase on iTunes with proceeds benefiting The Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia) offers a wealth of recordings to inspire children, including interviews with civil rights icons and standard-bearers including Representative John Lewis, Shirley Franklin, Andrew Young, and the late Julian Bond, among several others with compelling stories to share with their young interviewers. On this album, they talk about their experiences struggling for freedom and equality. Check out a video trailer and a full album stream below...

LEGO Ninjago The RideOn January 12, visitors to LEGOLAND Florida Resort will be among the first to experience LEGO NINJAGO: The Ride, and today comes a new music video by The KIDZ BOP Kids for "The Weekend Whip," the official LEGO NINJAGO theme song... with a LEGOLAND spin. In the new video, The KIDZ BOP Kids are joined by brother-and-sister ninja Kai and Nya while demonstrating five signature ninja moves kids can use to defeat villains and capture a high score on LEGO NINJAGO The Ride. Check it out...

Back in September, Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee released her first album of family music, Dream Too Much. Along with the release came an animated video for the title track, now comes Dream Too Much: The Movie, a 27-minute longform video featuring the entire album in animated form. Available exclusively through Amazon, the new movie comes alongside the release of Amy's new single-track clip, "The End of the Book." See that one below...

"A Physician-Musician on a Mission" - that's how Kenny Davin Fine quickly describes himself, the truth being that the singer-songwriter, medical doctor, and spiritual Journeyman may take the term "multi-hyphenate" to new and unexpected levels. With his new album, Brand New Road available now, he's got a collection of country, rock and blues ready to be heard, but also a message of "Finer Health" - not just for grownups, but for kids, too! To celebrate the new album, Dr. Fine has teamed-up with THE ROCK FATHER Magazine to offer a special Prize Pack featuring his signature "Dr Blueberry" Organic Freeze-Dried Blueberries from The Organic Alternative, plus his new album and his previous children's record!

Despite all the cute photos I tend to post of The Rock Daughters™ and our family, my wife and I deal with cranky, angry kids at multiple points within each and every day. I like to say "Grumpelstiltskin" (which the girls hate), which is even more amusing since the Sugar Free Allstars just released a song and video with some similar thinking. Check out "Grumpopotamus (and the Crankosaurus Rex)" below for a serious kid-friendly funk jam!

Sara Lovell's new family music album, YOU'VE GOT ME, has a few songs on it that could be considered worthy of a Halloween playlist, but in the midst of a record that tackles monsters, alligators, and rabbits is one song that really stands out for the season. "The Skeleton Band" is that track, perfectly fitting the spooky seasonal bill, and just in-time for Halloween, there's an animated music video to go along with it. Check it out below as part of 31 Days of Halloween here on THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine...

Monday, October 24 2016 16:03

Video Debut: THE NOT-ITS! "Washington, D.C."

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What an Election year this has been. With unprecedented wackiness on all sides of the aisle, we can expect the chaos and controversy to continue well through Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th. As I've already experienced here at Rock Father HQ, kids are asking questions, and whether Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, or an unlikely-to-win third-party candidate will be getting your vote this season (I'm voting for Optimus Prime since I agree with his platform that "Freedom is the right of all sentient beings"), there's an opportunity to use this season to teach kids how our system is supposed to work. At that center of that system is Washington, D.C. - a city that evokes some natural curiosity in kids... a place unlike any other in the United States, and today Seattle's THE NOT-ITS! are paying tribute with the release of their new music video. "Washington, D.C." is a song that's been featured here on THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine in the past (get a free download here), and today it's back as one of my favorite bands in the "Kindie Scene" (and one with legit indie cred) goes on a big adventure...

This November, Keith Munslow and Bridget Brewer are set to release their first collaborative album of music for kids and families, with BIG BUNCHA BUDDIES. They've already been performing some of the new songs around Rhode Island, but until now, there hasn't been a formal taste of what to expect. With Halloween creeping-up, it's pretty appropriate that the first single to be released is one that's more... unleashed... from the crypt - a tale of "Jilly the Ghost!" You can't see her, but she sees you!

On October 14, two-time GRAMMY nominee Justin Roberts will release his 13th family music album, LEMONADE. “It's the musical equivalent of an impromptu lemonade stand popping up in the summer heat,” says Roberts about the new record, and today we're giving you a first-look at the music video for the title track, right here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine. A sweet and cheery number, "Lemonade" carries its summery-vibe right into fall. Gather the kids and have a look and listen...

Wednesday, September 14 2016 22:05

Joe's Live Brings Kids Concerts to Rosemont...

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Earlier this year, the folks behind Joe's Pub on Weed St in Chicago planted a flag in the suburbs by opening Joe's Live at the MB Financial Park in Rosemont, Illinois. An immediate hit with a mix of pop, country and party bands, this Fall finds the venue entering completely new territory, albeit a realm that I personally have been covering here on the site for the past six years: the Kindie Scene. Kids Shows at Joe's will take place on select Saturday mornings at 11am, beginning September 24th with an appearance by Randy Kaplan. Future dates have been booked into December with what should be some familiar names to readers of THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, including Poochamungus and Miss Jamie From the Farm. Check out the initial lineup below...

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