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Seven+ Things to Look for at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show

The 2016 Chicago Auto Show is underway at McCormick Place, and with a million square feet of automotive goodness, there's a lot for enthusiasts and families to enjoy. While I'll be rolling out #CAS16 features here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine throughout the week, today I'm highlighting seven things (with a few add-ons) to look for at the auto show - from debut vehicles, to concepts, music, tech and more.

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First-Look! LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises featuring Characters from THE FORCE AWAKENS...

So much STAR WARS news! The latest is that the first-ever LEGO Star Wars short to feature characters from THE FORCE AWAKENS, will premiere MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15 at 8:00 p.m. EST on Disney XD. "Poe to the Rescue" is the first episode in "LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises," a series of all-new animated shorts that take place prior to the First Order's attack on Jakku and tell never-before-told stories including Kylo Ren, Han Solo, Finn, Rey, BB-8, Maz Kanata and more. 

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DOC McSTUFFINS gets a 4th Season, and an Adopted Sibling...

There's some big news from one of our favorite shows, and it's two-fold! First-up, DOC McSTUFFINS will tackle the subject of adoption in an all-new 5-part story arc this month. Baby McStuffins will be an important arrival, and viewers will also meet Grandma McStuffins, and of course, some new toys. You can check out a preview and details on all four episodes below, but the bigger announcement is that DOC McSTUFFINS Season Four will premiere this summer, finding Doc and her toy friends "magically transported to a make-believe town, made up entirely of toys, where Doc serves as chief resident of the Toy Hospital." Anthony Anderson (ABC's "black-ish"), Molly Ringwald ("Sixteen Candles"), Ellen Pompeo (ABC's "Grey's Anatomy"), Gabourey Sidibe ("Empire"), Vanessa Williams ("The Good Wife") and Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges ("Furious 7") will guest star. 

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Preview: The 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle from the Chicago Auto Show

It's no secret that I'm a fan of Kia, and over the past few years I've also made some friendships there (my wife and I went to the Chicago Bulls game the other night with some Kia Execs, disclosure and all), but we don't own a Kia just yet. When it comes to the Chicago Auto Show, they've kicked it off the past few years, and this year they pretty much perfected the art of a kick-off press conference - bringing in the young students of the School of Rock Oak Park (ages 14-18) to truly ROCK the auto show. It's stuff like this that makes me love Kia - outside of their cars, of course. On a press conference note, it's hard for some of the other automakers to follow - especially the ones with really bland presentations (up your game, gentlemen - there's several of you). With a medley of tunes that included some from QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, LED ZEPPELIN, THE ROLLING STONES and more, the School of Rock Show Team provided the perfect soundtrack for Kia's Michael Sprague to throw down some Chicago music history (Chess Records was mentioned) before rolling out a trio of hybrids, one of which was the much-anticipated 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle (HUV). Sprague said it was designed "in the rock and roll spirit of rebellion." I can dig it.

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2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE Performance Package debuts at Chicago Auto Show

Until General Motors brings back the Pontiac nameplate - even if only for what I want it for, a new version of the famed Firebird Trans Am, the Chevy Camaro will rank among the top of what I dig when it comes to american muscle. For 2017, the Chevrolet Camaro 1LE performance package returns, aiming to put "attainable track performance" into the hands of the masses, and it made its debut at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show.

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Toyota Goes BACK TO THE FUTURE at the Chicago Auto Show...

The 30th Anniversary of 1985's BACK TO THE FUTURE was last year, and while much of the excitement peaked with the October 21st celebration of the actual date (the real one, not the fake ones your friends constantly meme on Facebook) that Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) traveled to the future in 1989's BACK TO THE FUTURE II, there's still a lot coming. Take Toyota's reimagined version of Marty's dream truck - a 2016 Toyota Tacoma that's been decked-out with accessories mirroring the truck that Marty finally gets in BACK TO THE FUTURE III. Or how about the Toyota Mirai Concept - a fuel cell electric vehicle (complete with Delorean mirroring gull-wing doors) that was featured in Toyota’s “Fueled by Everything” video starring Fox and Christopher Lloyd? Both are on display in the Windy City for the very first time at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, where families can check out just what the real future may hold. I checked them out and did a little toyography - with my Hot Wheels Retro Entertainment Toyota and Delorean, along with the Funko ReAction Figure of Marty...

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BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE - The Final Trailer

I grew up a DC Comics kid. Despite how much I love what Disney has done (and continues to do) with their MARVEL Cinematic Universe, my two favorite comic book characters are the ones that Warner Bros. Pictures are making go head-to-head this March - BATMAN v SUPERMAN. Yes, the DAWN OF JUSTICE set the the internet on fire yesterday with the release of the film's final trailer, and I'm completely digging it. I was sold on the film before - but I was in the camp that likes Director Zack Snyder, enjoyed MAN OF STEEL, and was totally down with Ben Affleck putting on the cowl this time around. There is definitely some fight. Check this out...

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Disney XD to Launch LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures

The STAR WARS universe is getting bigger again, and this time it's being done brick-by-brick. For the first time LEGO is doing an ongoing series with Disney XD, and it's rooted firmly in a galaxy far, far away. LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures is a comedy adventure series with new characters and old favorites, set to debut on Disney XD this summer.

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Spotify Playlist: THE ROCK FATHER presents COVERED

It took me ages to embrace Spotify as a streaming music service, but now I've turned the corner and have begun to love it for it's potential as a source of music discovery. While I still don't know how the long term will wind-up in terms of converting listeners into buyers, the depth of the library is intriguing, and something I can have a little fun with. Today I'm presenting to you my first-ever curated Spotify Playlist. THE ROCK FATHER presents COVERED is a 3 hour+ genre-spanning collection of hand-picked cover songs. I dig a good cover tune, (hence my "covered" features here on the site), and this is just the start. There's some great ones out there, and this first playlist features 53 tracks including some from FAR, ANBERLIN, FAITH NO MORE, METALLICA, GUNS N' ROSES, JANET DEVLIN, DINOSAUR JR., A LOSS FOR WORDS, ELECTRIC SIX and more. I even snuck in my boys, PRODUCT OF HATE, throwing down their heavy version of OZZY OSBOURNE's "Perry Mason." Check it out below...

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Eddie Vedder, Chris Cornell, Sia join BEAT BUGS - A Netflix Kids Original Series inspired by THE BEATLES!

Netflix #StreamTeamTwo years ago, news hit that an Australian/U.S. Production company called GRACE had made an unheard-of deal with Sony Music/ATV Publishing to use THE BEATLES' song catalog in a children's series. Now comes the news that BEAT BUGS will debut as a Netflix Original Series this August, presenting over 50 famous songs of THE BEATLES, reimagined by artists such as PEARL JAM's Eddie Vedder, SOUNDGARDEN's Chris Cornell, Sia, Pink, Regina Spektor, The Shins and more - all woven into a world set in a suburban backyard. Check out a teaser and full details below!

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A Zootopian Society: Creating the Characters of Disney's ZOOTOPIA

For Walt Disney Animation Studios' ZOOTOPIA, there was an entirely new set of challenges created by the sheer size and scope of the film. In fact, nothing about ZOOTOPIA was "business as usual," because unlike other "talking animal" movies that we've seen in the past, this film was done with great attention to both detail and scale. When I met with the filmmakers, there was a lot of talk about how the city itself had to be able to accommodate different sizes of animals (like a subway that serves mice and elephants), as well as consideration given to how different species would move, should they begin walking upright on two legs. With so many elements at play, Art Director of Characters (and fellow MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE enthusiast) Cory Loftis,  and a team of animators had to design over 1,000 unique characters, and during a visit to Disney Animation's temporary campus, he took our press group through a little bit of the process... and gave us a lesson in drawing the Ginnifer Goodwin-voiced Judy Hopps.

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STAR WARS HEADSPACE Merges Electronic Music with The Sounds of STAR WARS...

It was incredibly odd and surprising to receive two announcements today about albums that were "inspired by" some heavy-hitting pop culture franchises. While the first was Cybertronian in nature, the biggest surprise was the one from a galaxy far, far away...STAR WARS HEADSPACE. On February 19 digital/March 18 physical, Hollywood Records and American Recordings will release this new collection of electronic music inspired by, and featuring the sounds of the STAR WARS Saga. Executive Produced by Rick Rubin, the 15-track compilation throws down odes on everything from Ewoks to Bounty Hunters, Jabba's Palace to the Mos Eisley Cantina. Check out the tracklisting and a quartet of preview tracks below...

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TRANSFORMERS ROLL OUT to Bring a Collection of TRANSFORMERS-inspired Music to the Masses...

There was a time not terribly long ago when "inspired-by" compilations brought forth some interesting new takes on some pop culture classics - with albums like 1995's SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS' GREATEST HITS, or 2006's SOUND OF SUPERMAN coming to mind. Today, some unexpected news hit my inbox about not one, but two (!) albums that are inspired-by some pop culture icons. The first is a collaboration between Hasbro Studios and Sony Music Entertainment entitled TRANSFORMERS ROLL OUT. The 11-song album features BUSH, alongside up-and-coming artists like CRASH KINGS and MOUNT HOLLY, all paying tribute to all things Cybertronian. Available digitally on April 15, two singles arrived for streaming today, just as iTunes pre-orders went live. Additionally, F.Y.E. Stores will be the exclusive destination for CD and Vinyl editions. 

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Watch: The "Full" Trailer for FULLER HOUSE Has Arrived...

Netflix Stream TeamIt's true... I have seen the first season of FULLER HOUSE, the new Netflix Original Series that continues the adventures of the Tanner family (and friends) nearly three decades after FULL HOUSE first premiered on ABC, and two decades after it came to a close. The popularity of the series has only continued in what could now be considered to be a really, really long hiatus - and on February 26, the script is flipped as D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure), Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) and Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) take center stage - all grown-up and raising kids of their own. Earlier today, the first official trailer arrived via ELLEN, and now it's been shared by Netflix. Check it out below, and look for more about FULLER HOUSE right here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine in the weeks ahead. I'll be bringing it to you as a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam...

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Rides Revisited: The 2016 Kia Sorento vs The 2016 Kia Sedona

#CAS16With the 2016 Chicago Auto Show rolling into McCormick Place this week, I figured it would be a good time to roll out some "Rides Revisited" features on a few vehicles that I'd driven before, but have since taken out to rock the road with my family. In this installment, it's the 2016 Kia Sorento crossover vs. the 2016 Kia Sedonamulti-purpose vehicle minivan. I had the opportunity to drive pre-release versions of both of these vehicles back in 2014, hopping behind the wheel of the Sedona out near Dana Point, California, while I had a chance to drive a pair of Sorentos through multiple climates between Lake Tahoe, California and Reno, Nevada. While I certainly had formed an opinion of both vehicles (I liked the Sedona, but loved the Sorento), sometimes having the vehicle here at Rock Father HQ for some time with the family helps re-shape things. In the case of these, that's just what we did late last year...

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