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I've written quite a bit about Chicago's ELLA JENKINS over these past few years, most recently giving some virtual ink to her January release, 123s & ABCs. Now, on August 5, Jenkins will bring forth MORE MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN'S SONGS, a sequel to her best-selling 1995 album, MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN'S SONGS. Smithsonian Folkways will release the album - her 40th title spanning a 57 year career, and coming to retail just a day prior to her 90th birthday.

Blue ShirtFlorida Kindie Rocker MR. HARLEY has just released his first-ever music video, "These Rhyming Friends of Mine." The song comes from his album, BLUE SHIRT (Amazon | iTunes), and is a part of his "New Music Monday" Series. Every fourth Monday of the month, Mr. Harley will be releasing a brand new song, but for June it's a music video - filmed on-location by students of Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida.

Check it out below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

Last month, I took the girls to see Chicago's SCRIBBLEMONSTER perform for an impressive crowd of tots and up. The kids dug the show a lot, and today I've got some music to share from the SCRIBBLEMONSTER crew. Want to teach the "plight of the bumblebee" to the little ones? Well, "Shakin' Up the Pollen" does just that - and you can grab the song as a FREE DOWNLOAD, along with an activity sheet that teaches just what bees do to help flowers and our environment. Stream the song below, then hit the SCRIBBLEMONSTER website for the download!

When it comes to lullabies, there is no company more prolific than Roma Music Group and their TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE ROCK STAR series. They've released over 160 albums worth of baby-friendly jams for the nursery, each re-working a popular artist (or a collection of them) into "lush instrumental" versions. While we've just reached the halfway point of 2014, they've just released LULLABY HITS OF 2014 (Amazon | iTunes), which I'd sorta venture is probably "Volume 1," and by year's end a sequel will be released - just a hunch. But if you're looking for something a little different for your baby's sonic indulgence, check this out...

Last week, BRADY RYMER was one of the featured fellow "Rock Fathers" in my Father's Day profile series here on the site (read his story here), and today, his latest record, JUST SAY HI! has arrived at retail. As he gears up for a busy summer that includes an appearance on the Kidzapalooza stage of Lollapalooza here in Chicago, Brady and the The Little Band That Could have released a new lyric video for the title track of their new record. Check it out below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER!

When I was interviewing fellow "Rock Fathers" for my Father's Day series this year, I discovered that LEGO is a major hobby for these musically-inclined Dads and their kids. One band, RECESS MONKEY (read their feature here) is so into LEGO that they've recorded an entire ode to the famous bricks, and the music video for "Brick by Brick" has been released today - conveniently-timed to the Blu-ray and DVD release of THE LEGO MOVIE (out now from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment). Or was it conveniently-timed with the release of the excellent new RECESS MONKEY album, WIRED, which also hit stores today? It's a brick-based conspiracy! Watch the new video below... and answer this question: What would happen if Drew Holloway borrowed an X-Wing Fighter from LEGO Luke Skywalker and flew into a galaxy far, far away? Yep, there's STAR WARS in here...

It's a weird thing when a press release or an album announcement arrives in my inbox, and I read it only to find a quote from myself. It's also an exciting, and sometimes flattering thing, and such is the case with the new album from RIFF ROCKIT, whose latest album announcement was quite unexpectedly led-off by your truly. That said, I'm just sharing what landed in the news department below!

Saturday, June 07 2014 16:05

Watch: DANI - "Ocean" Music Video

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Life moves too fast sometimes. I have this unavoidable habit that I check something out, plan on posting it, and then completely move beyond it since there's not enough hours in the day, and more stuff rolls in - sometimes hundreds of emails a day, all vying for coverage. One item I'm circling back to is the April video "Ocean," by DANI. The song comes from her fairy tail-themed album, BEAUTY LAND. Check it out...

Friday, May 16 2014 23:42

Listen: THE BOO HOO CREW - "Teddy Bear March"

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After releasing their latest album, TIME OF OUR LIVES, this past February, San Diego Kindie rockers, THE BOO HOO CREW have already started issuing new music. Each month for the next twelve months, The BHC will release one new single, all leading up to the release of their next album, SUPER HERO. First up? "Teddy Bear March," which hit iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp. Stream the cuteness below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

Each Mother's Day, I post a similar message on THE ROCK FATHER and all of my social networks: "For All the Moms Who Rock, I Salute You." Yes, that play on the old AC/DC classic "For Those About to Rock" is something I stand behind, but this year, I have something very special for all of you to go with it - a Kindie Rock playlist from a group of true All-Stars, all of whom are allowing me to share their music with you as a FREE DOWNLOAD for the next week. Below the break, you'll find ten songs for Moms to share and enjoy with their kids - tracks from folks like Seattle's THE NOT-ITS!, the wonderful LUCKY DIAZ and THE FAMILY JAM BAND, THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS bassist DANNY WEINKAUF, and more...

For STAR WARS DAY 2014, I'm featuring a handful of STAR WARS-inspired music here on THE ROCK FATHER for your enjoyment and consumption. After all, what other Pop Culture franchise has inspired so many musical homages and parodies? Sure, HARRY POTTER and THE LORD OF THE RINGS are up there, but nothing trumps STAR WARS in the musical inspiration department. Here's seven STAR WARS-themed pieces of music worth checking out as you celebrate May 4th. May the Fourth Be With You!

THE ROCK FATHER is a 2014 PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent)PEG + CAT has been a fixture at Rock Father HQ even before it was released, my first experience with the math-based PBS KIDS series coming last May, when I met with creators Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson at the PBS Annual Meeting. Since that time, families have come to love PEG + CAT, and it was only a matter of time until this animated duo were given the proper musical treatment. PBS KIDS presents Peg and Cat's Really Big Album has just hit Amazon and iTunes (with a very BEATLES, Sgt. Pepper's-inspired cover), joining recent releases from DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD in the PBS KIDS music library, and setting the stage for further releases in the months ahead.

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