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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...

There always seems to be a solid new crop of family music when we head into Spring, and 2016 is proving that once more. This week comes the release of the debut album from MICHAEL & THE ROCKNESS MONSTERS, a new project from Michael Napolitano, founder of the Preschool of Rock. Napolitano states that he "allowed himself more freedom with the songwriting than on his past Preschool of Rock releases. Without needing to pair each song with a specific class theme or structured activity, he was able to write music that came purely from artistic inspiration. There are no classroom walls or age restrictions here, all are welcome to this energetic party." Check out a couple of music videos below...

It's President's Day, and aside from being a day off school, possibly work, and a time to get great, limited-time savings on electronics, furniture and automobile purchases, it's also a day to remember the heritage of our Nation - The United States of America. One of my favorite cities has long-been Washington, D.C., and for their forthcoming album, ARE YOU LISTENING? Seattle kindie rockers, THE NOT-ITS! wrote a song about it. For this week only, you can grab a FREE DOWNLOAD of "Washington D.C." from the band's Soundcloud page. Stream it below...

Tuesday, February 02 2016 09:30

Kindie Scene: Watch SHARKY SHARKY "Bring the Rock!"

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Last October, I introduced you to SHARKY SHARKY, a guitar-heavy Kindie (perhaps, Kindie Metal) band out of Aberdeen, Scotland. This family-friendly offshoot of UK Power Metallers, ASCENSION is back on the attack, presenting their first-ever music video... the appropriately-titled "Bring the Rock!" I approve of this mission, and that's why I'm sharing their new video with you today. See it, and learn more of the legend of SHARKY SHARKY below!

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, the season of love and friendship will soon be here, and this year it's got a brand-new soundtrack. Heart Beats: Feel Good Songs for Families is the second compilation album from Mighty Mo Productions, bringing together an impressive lineup of artists from the family-friendly kindie world - with styles ranging from indie folk and pop to surf rock and swingin' jazz. Check out the tracklisting below...

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