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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.

As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, has contributed to The Toy Book and writes a regular Star Wars column - Transmissions from a Galaxy Far, Far Away for The Pop Insider. He also regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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As we enter day 11 with no rain here in Northern Illinois, 'drought' is the word on the tongues of many. The plants in the garden here at Rock Father HQ have been thirsty lately (though we've taken care of them), and some flowers have already turned a little crispy. It makes you wish for a rainy day, and even though we don't have one for real, HULLABALOO has delivered an ''Out Standing'' music video to remind us that the rain will come again one day. Check it out below.

IT'S LOVE, the second album from L.A.-based kindie duo Ellen & Matt is packed with cute, retro-flavored goodness, just as the cover art would indicate. The rainbow-colored digipack conjures thoughts of the 70s and early 80s, while reminding me of what the outside of Toys R Us used to look like (also part inspiration for the color scheme of this website, I think). Not quite as even or as polished as certain genre peers, there's a rawness that I really dig, epecially when the rock is fully cranked up.

While we're still on baby watch here at Rock Father HQ, Colorado-based ARCANIUM have just released their official lyric video for the song ''Blind Sided,'' and it was edited/chopped together by yours truly. Lately, I've been helping some bands create cost-effective lyric videos and album trailers, and I prefer working with up-and-comers. Check out this new clip below, then give ARCANIUM a 'Like' over on Facebook.  The band is currently seeking a label home for their new album, ONTOGENESIS.

Through seemingly countless mini-releases and live configurations over the past few years, Klayton - the multi-hyphenate musician/performer best known as CELLDWELLER - has been giving listeners bite-sized tastes of the music that would ultimately become his second full-length studio album. Now, after much waiting and anticipation, that album has been released as WISH UPON A BLACKSTAR. Out this week on FiXT, 'BLACKSTAR is searing hour of electronic music that bridges and blends elements of dance, industrial, dubstep, and more.

''Nobody likes getting out of bed in the morning, but if you gotta do it you might as well make it a funky dance party,'' states SUGAR FREE ALLSTARS vocalist Chris Wiser about ''Gotta Get Up,'' the duo's brand-new music video. Combining stop-motion animation (from over 3,000 images) with live action video, new clip was crafted by filmmaker Kyle Roberts of Reckless Abandonment Pictures and released this morning, day-and-date with Sugar Free's new album, ALL ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON (read my review here). Check it out below...

As I type this entry, we're sitting here at Rock Father HQ awaiting the weekend delivery of Daughter #2. This weekend is also Father's Day, which means that The Rock Father is officially one year old! There's a lot to celebrate this weekend, and while I've steered clear of doing the big 'Father's Day Gift Guide' loaded with expensive trinkets and $400 electronics, occasionally there's something cool that comes along, and in this case, Fathead fits the bill. The folks at Fathead have teamed up with The Rock Father to give one lucky reader the Fathead of their choice, but we need to make something very clear - despite the logo up top, Fatheads aren't just for sports nuts. Did you know that they make items for babies' nurseries?

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