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THE ROCK FATHER: THE POP CULTURE MAGAZINE FOR FAMILIES THAT ROCK.

Review - TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Construct-Bots #TransformersToys

TF4Wrapping-up my coverage of the new toys from TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (until new Transformers arrive), comes a look at a pair of new sets from Hasbro's Construct-Bots line. Similar in ideals to what LEGO does with their Bionicle line, we've reviewed Construct-Bots in the past, and what's really cool here is that you can build your own TRANSFORMER, but they also transform, without having to do a full rebuild like you do with more traditional building sets like KRE-O. Here's the sets we built here at Rock Father HQ...

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Introducing goumikids! Learn their Story, and Enter for a Chance to Win a Newborn Starter Kit!

I'm always intrigued by, and in some cases bummed that a lot of the new baby products weren't around when I could actually use them for my own girls. Even in the jumps between the release of our first daughter in 2009 and the sequel in 2012, there was so much cool stuff that didn't exist just three years prior, and here I sit with my youngest now two, and it's really set-in that my days of having a "baby" in my life are over. But, for those of you that are just entering your parenting adventure (or perhaps starting a new chapter in it), goumikids is a new player on the scene - a Portland-based company founded by two Moms (Lili Yeo and Linsey Ebuen), longtime friends on a mission to improve the lives of not only those around them - but Global residents as well.

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2014 Rock Father Fitness Challenge: Week 27 Results

THE ROCK FATHERRock Father vs. Rock Father - It's been 27 weeks since James Zahn and Tom George (read the kick-off story here) began a year-long journey to not only lose weight, but get fit. These two Work-at-Home Dads had let time and their jobs take their toll on their personal well-being. For each week of the journey, we've been checking-in to find out how their efforts are paying off. Today - Sunday, July 6, 2014, both men did their weigh-in, and these are the results...

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Review - TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION KRE-O Grimlock and Combiners Obsidian #TransformersToys

TFWe've got quite a few of Hasbro's KRE-O sets here at Rock Father HQ, KRE-O being their spin on the building brick category (technically, "Oxford Bricks" re-branded for the U.S.), and "compatible with major brands," which means that they can be mixed-and-matched with LEGO, Mega Bloks, C3, you name it. I've even reviewed a few KRE-O sets here on the site, and one of the earliest came from the TRANSFORMERS assortment. Now, with TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION obliterating the box office, there's some new sets, and Hasbro sent us a couple to check out. Here's my thoughts...

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#ForGrownups: AMERICAN BORN MOONSHINE is Running in Six States (Please Rock Responsibly)

Independence Day... The 4th of July... Americans dig their celebrations, and along with it, the grownups in the crowd do enjoy a tasty beverage on occasion, myself included... from time to time. I've featured a few brews here on THE ROCK FATHER in the past, and while I've covered beer and wine, I don't think I've ever covered whiskey in the past, but that changes today with some news that landed here at Rock Father HQ about AMERICAN BORN MOONSHINE. See, as a kid - my knowledge of runnin' moonshine came courtesy of the Duke boys - yep, THE DUKES OF HAZZARD - who were known to toss some of Uncle Jesse's signature recipe in the trunk of their bright orange Dodge Charger, and proceed to run from the law a bit. So why AMERICAN BORN MOONSHINE now? Because the makers officially enter California today... the 4th of July... and they've got a massive event schedule spread across the State.

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Watch: THE NOT-ITS! - "Haircut" Music Video

On July 15, one of the best Kindie Rock albums of the year will hit the streets when Seattle's THE NOT-ITS! unleash RAISE YOUR HAND. Part of Seattle's "Kindiependent Collective," alongside RECESS MONKEY, THE BOARD OF EDUCATION, THE HARMONICA POCKET, CASPAR BABYPANTS (Chris from PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA), BRIAN VOGAN & HIS GOOD BUDDIES, and JOHNNY BREGAR, THE NOT-ITS! features the former singer of Sub Pop's VELOCITY GIRL and drummer of HARVEY DANGER - facts I always point out, just in-case you've not yet heard of THE NOT-ITS!, which, if you read this site often (as you should) you have. Check out their new music video for "Haircut," right here on THE ROCK FATHER, and when you're done, be sure to check out my recent interview with guitarist Danny Adamson.

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First-Look at Superman in BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (Super High Res)!

BvSAs a kid who grew up on SUPERMAN as his #1 hero (though eventually, BATMAN took over), I loved Zack Snyder's MAN OF STEEL. Now, with BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE on the way, we're about to see SUPERMAN team-up with a new BATMAN, along with WONDER WOMAN and potentially a whole lot of other heroes as the JUSTICE LEAGUE takes shape. With filming taking place in Michigan right now, it's likely the "spy" pics are coming, and with that, Warner Bros. has released the first image of Henry Cavill as SUPERMAN from the new film. The costume has some tweaks, too - making it a lot closer to the comic books, with little flourishes and details making it different... yet the same. See the photo below, which was provided via Warner Bros. Entertainment. Credit goes out to Clay Enos for the shot (and click for Super high-res)...

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Watch - JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE (Trailer)

On September 26, the long-awaited Jimi Hendrix biopic, JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE will hit theaters here in the U.S. Focusing on the pre-fame Hendrix, 12 YEARS A SLAVE writer/director John Ridley crafted the film around some challenges - like the Jimi Hendrix Estate barring the use of his music in the film. That doesn't seem to matter, as the proper trailer has arrived, and it looks pretty fantastic. Take a look...

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Superhero Action: A Complete GREEN LANTERN Costume for Under $7 Bucks?

Summer is a prime time to unplug and let the imagination run wild, and with that, I'm always big on dress-up play. Right now (while supplies last) my affiliate, BuyCostumes has a crazy deal on a GREEN LANTERN costume - perfect for your little member of DC Comics' GREEN LANTERN CORPS. Want a full uniform for under $7 Bucks??! Yep, I said it was a "crazy" deal, and right now you can score a  $60 costume for $6.50.

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Summer Road Trips, Musical Messages, and a RIO 2 Giveaway! #Rio2Insiders

riotruckOn July 15th, my friends at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release RIO 2 on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD (it's out now on iTunes). The film is sort of a "road trip" story in which Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) and his family take flight after his wife Jewel (voice of Anne Hathaway) decides that their children should explore the world. In the spirit of the film, there's a RIO 2 Summer Party Tour hitting select cities over the next two weeks (dates here), and the 2014 #RockFatherTour is hitting the road once more, too! But this time, we're actually on the road (as opposed to the air). While we get started on that end, Fox and I are giving all of you a chance to WIN the RIO 2 Blu-ray Combo Pack, and since THE ROCK FATHER has a foundation built on music... we're going to take a quick look at some of the "Musical Messages" of RIO 2...

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It's OK To Be Smart: Why Did We Blow on Nintendo Game Cartridges?

If you grew up in the 1980s as did I, you blew into a Nintendo Entertainment System cartridge more than a few times. I did, and I still have my non-functioning NES (and a Power Glove!) stored safely away for eventual repair. But did blowing into the cartridge really work to aid in the weird NES start-up glitches? That depends on who you speak with about it, but the one thing I've heard most over the years has been confirmed by Nintendo themselves - that blowing into the cartridge can cause damage by corroding it due to the moisture in your breath. This week, PBS Digital Studios' IT'S OK TO BE SMART looks into the mystery of "Why Did we Blow On Nintendo Games?" Take a look at what they have to say about it...

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Two New Books for Garden and Landscape Inspiration from Schiffer Publishing...

If you're like me, you're always looking for, and absorbing inspiration of garden and landscape projects, filing-away a nearly infinite potential "to-do" list, while staying current on all the latest ideas and trends. The only limits: time, money and space. But one can certainly explore the possibilities, and with that in mind, the folks from Schiffer Publishing sent over the details on two new books for garden and landscape inspiration. Personally, I'm digging the idea of training fruit trees as noted in the first title...

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Giveaway: Willard Scott & THE ROCK FATHER want YOU to Win Smucker's Fruit-Fulls!

Last Fall, I had the opportunity to visit one of my favorite companies, when I took a trip to Orrville, Ohio and spent a few days at Smucker's HQ. The folks at The J.M. Smucker Company have been producing some great things over the years, and for me, the down-home goodness just rings pure Americana when I think of it. Last week, Smucker's unveiled their new Smucker's Fruit-Fulls by turning the Flatiron District of New York City into a full-blown apple orchard, and to kick things off in-style, they brought along a familiar face when it comes to their brand - Willard Scott, the iconic weatherman and birthday well-wisher from NBC's TODAY Show. Did you know that Willard is down with THE ROCK FATHER? Take a peek at the Instagram video below...

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