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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...

On September 30, Amazon will release the latest in their growing library of original children's and family music exclusively streaming on Prime Music, with DREAM TOO MUCH, the debut kindie album from AMY LEE, the GRAMMY award-winning co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock band, Evanescence. This week brings the release of the animated video for the title track, which can be seen below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine...

You heard it here first that LAURA MARANO's version of the theme song from MIRACULOUS: TALES OF LADYBUG & CAT NOIR  would have its music video premiere at San Diego Comic-Con, and with that behind us, the video is online thanks to Nickelodeon. Take a peek below, and read-on for what's next for MIRACULOUS!

With Comic-Con International (SDCC) getting underway in San Diego this week, families need a proper soundtrack filled with fresh jams. Just-released is INFINITY PLUS ONE, the latest album from Kindie superstar SECRET AGENT 23 SKIDOO - a record that brims with geektastic glory, covering subjects like Multiverses and Monsters. One song posits the question of whether the listener is a superhero or a supervillain? Personally, I'm probably a bit of both, but my victory laugh does indicate some nefarious tendencies. Want to explore your own super-aspirations? Skidoo just released the music video for "Secret Superhero," and it's Rock Father-approved! Check it out...

Following From Here to There and Dream a Little (Sueña un Poquito), bilingual children's artist NATHALIA is back with her third full-length album, Cuando Era Pequeña (When I Was Your Age). Released this month, the Columbian-born singer/songwriter serves-up a new collection of songs witten in English and/or Spanish that directly relate to her own childhood experiences, or that of her own kids. Nathalia says that she did, indeed, drink coffee when she was little, and that her mother most certainly did chase an iguana with a broom. When I Was Your Age also includes songs about dinosaurs, math, birthdays, nightmares and more. You can preview all of her music on her official website.

Have you ever heard the "Finger Family Song?" Despite having two young daughters, I'd never heard of it until today (neither had they) when a new version of the tune (an older version has over 221 MILLION views on YouTube) hit my inbox. The hook for me is that TRANSYLVANIA PETTING ZOO (from Charles Fulp, creator of Preschool Popstars) is a group of pretty cool monsters... and I do love some monsters. Check out the new video below, and check out both Preschool Popstars and Transylvania Petting Zoo on Facebook for more family-friendly tunes.

After a two-year absence, ERIC HERMAN returns to the family music scene on June 10th with the release of BUBBLE WRAP, the first album to feature his new band, THE THUNDER PUPPIES. Today comes the release of the first video from the album, appropriately for the title track. After all, the best part of any package is of course the bubble wrap, and that's something my wife and I see regularly through the actions of our daughters - the power of the bubble wrap compels them! About the new record, Herman says that "All of the songs came together in just over a year, and the process felt exciting, vibrant, and meaningful." Get your first taste below, and if you dig it - pre-order via iTunes or Eric's official site.

While the weather has been slow to change here in Northern Illinois, reality (and the calendar) tells us that summer is almost here. With the arrival of summer comes planning for those wonderful road trips - whether short weekend runs, or The Great American Road Trip to far-off locales. As always, you're gonna need a soundtrack, and following tradition, my friends at Sugar Mountain PR have assembled a Family Music Road Trip Playlist packed with tracks from 12 of their artists - available as a FREE DOWNLOAD from May 18-25, 2016, after which it will revert to streaming-only. Check out the full collection in the Soundcloud player below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine!

Saturday, May 14 2016 09:52

Lullaby Versions of TRIVIUM Rocks the Nursery...

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The crew over at Roma Music Group continues to dominate the rock lullaby space, expanding their popular Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star collection by several titles a month. This week comes the release of a new EP, LULLABY VERSIONS OF TRIVIUM, presenting a half-dozen songs by the Florida metal band, each re-worked into nursery-friendly instrumental lullabies for baby. Check out the tracklisting and a stream of "Until the World Goes Cold" below...

As I type these words, I'm just hours away from boarding a plane en route to Los Angeles to work the press junket for Disney's THE JUNGLE BOOK, and to attend the film's red carpet premiere at the famed El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. Thanks to technology, I've set this to post while I'm cruising at 35,000 feet in the air, somewhere high above the American Midwest. In preparation for Director Jon Favreau's live-action reimagining of the 1967 animated feature (reviewed here), my mind has been loaded with earworms... those from the soundtrack of the original. The iconic music of the Sherman Brothers, along with Terry Gilkyson's "The Bare Necessities" are classic, and over the years, these timeless songs have been covered many times. With that in mind, and using the BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY version of "I Wanna Be Like You" as a jumping-off point (after all, that band and Favreau have the SWINGERS connection), I've curated a new Spotify Playlist that features nearly one hour of the best JUNGLE BOOK covers out there. You'll find FALL OUT BOY, ROBBIE WILLIAMS, THE JONAS BROTHERS, BOWLING FOR SOUP, SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES, TONY BENNETT, SELENA GOMEZ and more, all putting their signature styles to the famous soundtrack. Check it out via this link, or in the embedded player below, and for coverage of 2016's THE JUNGLE BOOK, follow #JungleBookEvent on Social Media to check-in with 25 writers on the ground in L.A.!

Oklahoma City's SUGAR FREE ALLSTARS are one of my favorite bands lighting up the Kindie Scene, providing some true family-friendly funk jams that legitimately ROCK. On April 2, SFAs' Boom! (aka Chris Wiser) and Dr. Rock (aka Rob Martin) are back with a new, self-titled album of fresh jams that draw inspiration from Parliament Funkadelic, early ‘80s Prince, old-school rap, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Dixieland, and even Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem... one of the greatest bands of all-time. In fact, SUGAR FREE ALLSTARS even break out their own (stellar) version of The Electric Mayhem's "Can You Picture That?" from 1979's THE MUPPET MOVIE. For a taste of what's to come, check out the first video from the new album, "Monster Truck." Actually, this song nearly had me filing this one under Rock Father Rides...

Over the years, I've seen and heard a lot of family music albums written in foreign tongues that were unfamiliar, yet still managed to snag the interest of a young audience. Recently, news of a Ladino family music album by Sarah Aroeste hit my radar, but the first thing was that I had no idea what Ladino actually meant. Ladino is a Medieval language also known as Judaeo-Spanish - a dialect that originated by Spanish Jews after their expulsion from Spain in 1492. Along the way, this language picked up elements from neighboring vocabularies, including French, Greek, Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew and more. On March 25th, Aroeste will release Ora de Despertar (Time to Wake Up), perhaps the only album of original songs in Ladino that's geared directly toward children. The album was written with her own kids in mind, but to bring it to the masses, she's partnered with an animator to bring the songs to life as music videos, and has plans for board books as well. Check out the video for "Las Komidas" below...

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