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THE RASKINS (twin brothers Logan and Roger) were born and raised in New York City in a musical household. Now, having left their East Coast home for Los Angeles, the duo are prepping their self-titled debut album for Spring 2014. In the meantime, they've served up a free single for the holidays with their version of "The Little Drummer Boy." Grab the download via the Reverbnation widget below, then check out their official website for more.

125krisallenAMERICAN IDOL winner KRIS ALLEN is no stranger to Holiday music (his WAITING FOR CHRISTMAS EP was released last year), and he's also no stranger to doing good (having had a history of philanthropy over the past several years). For 2013, he's released a new recording of "I'll Be Home for Christmas," and while it's available as a FREE DOWNLOAD, 100% of any "tips" donated via Noisetrade will go to benefit World Vision's aid efforts in the Philippines following the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan.

125meyouherME YOU & HER is Hannah Rand, Alaina Stacey and Olivia Harris - a trio of Chicago-based performers that started playing music together three years ago, while still in high school. Last year, they recorded a Holiday EP, and their rendition of "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" became an anthem for a promotional effort for the Greater Chicago Food Depository - after the girls learned that 1 in 5 children in Chicago don't know where their next meal will come from. For 2013, they've made the entire 7-song record available as a FREE DOWNLOAD - but if you're inclined to leave them "a tip" through Noisetrade, they will donate 100% of it to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. I did, and I gave the suggested amount of $6 to support their great efforts. Grab A LIL' MORE CHRISTMAS (and watch the making-of) below...

New York singer/songwriter STORY LAURIE knows a thing or two about gardening (she once sent me some rare corn to plant from the Woodstock region), and with October here, it's time for Pumpkin Picking. Her new song, "Picking Pumpkins in the Pumpkin Patch" was co-written by 1st graders (Mrs. Bailey's 2012-2013 class, South Kortright School, NY) who took part in one of Laurie's "Cultivating Connections" songwriting workshops. It's a fun sing-along for the little ones, and it lands at Day 9 in my 31 Days of Halloween here on The Rock Father this year. Listen or grab a FREE DOWNLOAD via the widget below...

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On October 29, BAZE AND HIS SILLY FRIENDS will release their new album, THE BEST DAY EVER! Since we're just a couple of weeks into the new school year, the band is offering a FREE DOWNLOAD of one new track from the album, the appropriately-named, "School Days." Grab the song by clicking the guitar on this page

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I took three years of French in high school. It was completely impractical, and I should've taken Spanish instead. But, the influence of France is felt by me daily. My Paris-obsessed wife also took three years of French, and we now have various French artifacts placed in strategic locations throughout our home, but that's not the biggie. Both of our daughters' middle names are taken from French impressionist painters - Monet and Renoir. That said, I recently started dabbling with Little Pim's French language set, which makes for a conversational segue into this - DidiPop's new music video of her song "Merci." She just released the video yesterday, and the song is now available as a FREE DOWNLOAD. Check out both below...

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