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

Rock Father's Day 2014: Artist Spotlight - Shaun Glass of THE BLOODLINE and BROKEN HOPE #RockFathersDay

"I think I was in our bathroom and the wife said 'IT'S POSITIVE!,'" recalls Shaun Glass of THE BLOODLINE and BROKEN HOPE while discussing the moment he realized he'd soon become a father for the very first time. "I just was overwhelmed and couldn't believe it! It hit me the next morning, lying In bed thinking, 'Wow I'm going to be a father,'" he continues, thinking about his earliest days as a "Rock Father," ahead of #RockFathersDay 2014 as he prepares the next moves in his lengthy musical career, with one album by BROKEN HOPE just-released, and another from THE BLOODLINE in production now...

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Gift Guide: SEARS Most-Gifted Rock Father's Day Picks #DestinationDad

Sears: #DestinationDadThe old saying is that "the more things change, the more they stay the same." I don't know if that's 100% accurate, but I do know that there's an interesting parallel between my former and current selves when it comes to SEARS. Growing up in the late 1970s and early 1980s, SEARS was the destination for cool... toys. The annual Sears Wish Book was a staple in our home, and I can vividly remember visiting the catalog department of the gargantuan Park Forest Sears to await the arrival of some new treasure that would be delivered in a plain brown box, emerging from a mythical stockroom via  squeaky-wheeled track. Two favorites of mine have actually become sought-after, and highly valuable "collectibles" in the nearly four decades past - the 1978 STAR WARS Cantina Adventure Playset and the G.I. JOE Cobra Missile Command Headquarters. While the Sears of my youth could've been hashtagged as #DestinationToys, the Sears of my adulthood can be tagged #DestinationDad - those cool playsets replaced by other... cool playsets - like Craftsman Sheds, deck-mounted Gazebos and all the accessories. But instead of plastic blasters, starships and tanks, it's lawn mowers, coffee makers and tablets. Dad stuff.

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Time for Your Check Up! DOC McSTUFFINS: SCHOOL OF MEDICINE headed for DVD...

On September 9, there's a new collection of DOC McSTUFFINS episodes headed for DVD! DOC McSTUFFINS: SCHOOL OF MEDICINE is a compilation that showcases "the many specialties in which doctors practice medicine and health care in a manner that young kids can comprehend."  In her playhouse clinic, Doc is an optometrist, helping her stuffed owl toy, Professor Hoostburgh, to see clearly again.  As a dentist, she fixes a tooth on Donny’s toy shark Mr. Chomp and, as a radiologist, Doc takes an inside look at Daisy’s arm after a Roller Disco fall.  Then, Doc accidentally sprains her own ankle, so it’s up to her toys to provide the care and compassion to Doc herself and with rest,  patience and plenty of cuddles, she will be as good as new, singing  “The Doc is in.”   

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Giveaway: BRITISH STERLING has Returned for #RockFathersDay 2014 with H.I.M.

I distinctly recall someone in my family - perhaps my Father, maybe even a Grandfather - having a bottle of two of BRITISH STERLING around when I was a kid. After all, when your brand sells over 50 Million units in the 1970s, it's bound to show up somewhere. Even Lynn Tilton, CEO of Patriarch Partners, the New York-based private equity firm that owns Dana Fragrances agrees, “For years British Sterling could be found in almost every household across America." For 2014, BRITISH STERLING is back - sleeker, and better than ever with a pair of NEW fragrances - H.I.M. "Reserve," and H.I.M. "Private Stock." What is "H.I.M.," you ask? H.I.M. is short for ‘His Imperial Majesty’ - a subtle nod to King George VI who was one of only a few British Royals to hold that title and who’s military background led him to work tirelessly to strengthen the image and resolve of England after World War II. With Rock Father's Day approaching, Dana Fragrances and THE ROCK FATHER have teamed up to deliver some BRITISH STERLING.

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Rock Father's Day 2014: Artist Spotlight - Secret Agent 23 Skidoo #RockFathersDay

"I was a wild 25 year-old musician, free and crazy, and it hit me like a ton of bricks to the gut," explains SECRET AGENT 23 SKIDOO while recalling the moment he discovered that he'd soon become a father for the first time. "You wanted honesty, right?," he continues, reflecting on twelve years of parenting ahead of Rock Father's Day 2014, and the June 24th release of his latest album of family-friendly funk, THE PERFECT QUIRK. Like many fellow "Rock Fathers" (myself included), the undisputed king of "Kid-Hop" may have been on a different path in the beginning, but it all came together. He continues, "I told my soon-to-be-wife that as long as she was down with being with a musician, 'cause I wasn't gonna change, that I would be the best father and husband i could possibly be. As soon as she accepted that instantly, I knew we'd all be alright."

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Summer Days and 'Sometimes' Treats with TWIX Bites and The Rock Daughters #EatMoreBites #Shop

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#EatMoreBites

I can be sort of a "party pooper" when it comes to snacking and my girls - always trying to find that right balance and not over-do things. When it comes to things like candy, I'm a big fan of the "sometimes" treat - a little something special that we can enjoy from time to time, and in moderation (pretty much anything is good in moderation). Personally, I like chocolate - a lot - but I don't really do the full bar thing anymore, though I still find myself craving the unmistakable taste of TWIX, SNICKERS and 3 MUSKETEERS. Now, with the release of TWIX Bites I've got a new "sometimes" treat for the girls, and one that Dad digs, too.

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Hub Network and WWE Tag-team for Slamtastic Father's Day Movies... #RockFathersDay

Hub Club MemberThis Rock Father's Day (Sunday, June 15), the Hub Network is welcoming WWE Legend Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart and his daughter, WWE Diva Natalya as they celebrate Father's Day in a series of skits that will air as interstitials during "Hub Network's WWE Slamtastic Father's Day Movies." From 3-10 p.m. ET on the Hub Network, families can check out a trio of movies that includes STAN LEE'S MIGHTY 7, THE NEXT KARATE KID and SUPERMAN III. Check out a preview below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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Watch - AFTER HOURS: Bentley - CARS THAT ROCK with BRIAN JOHNSON of AC/DC #CarsThatRock

My friends and readers in the UK have hopefully been able to check out some of CARS THAT ROCK with BRIAN JOHNSON as it's been airing Thursdays at 9pm on Quest (Freeview 38, Sky 167, Virgin Media 172), in which the AC/DC frontman gets hands-on with some of the world's finest rides. While CARS THAT ROCK is not yet airing here in the 'States (hopefully it will later this year) the folks connected to the series have been sending me "After Hours" clips - each one focusing on the car line featured in the latest episode.  Tonight, viewers in the UK got a look at BENTLEY... and now we can all check out "After Hours." 

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Cowabunga! Stretchkins team with TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES...

You may have already seen the commercials for the "classic" STRETCHKINS, the four-foot characters that kids can dance, exercise and play with. Now they're moving into licensed territory, and having already spied some pics of SCOOBY-DOO, BATMAN, SUPERMAN, HELLO KITTY and CARE BEARS versions in the pipeline, today comes the announcement that some familiar heroes will emerge in July. Just in time for the August release of the new TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES FILM, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello will be available as Stretchkins, in addition to the classic Playful Puppy, Pretty Unicorn, and Red Dragon models.

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Giveaway: Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star - Lullaby Versions of Hair Metal Power Ballads #RockFathersDay

With Rock Father's Day fast-approaching (June 15), it can be expected that there's a lot of new dads out there - or even some soon-to-be dads (and Moms!) - that dig a little throwback hair metal from time to time. For those about to rock their nursery, my friends at Roma Music Group have been building quite the library of lullabies based on the works of popular artists. Whether you hope to have a rock star baby, a hard rock and metal baby, or even a pop star, jam band, soul or musical-loving infant, they have something for you in their Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star collection, and with LULLABY VERSIONS OF HAIR METAL POWER BALLADS having just-been released, they've teamed-up with THE ROCK FATHER to get five (5) lucky readers hooked-up with digital downloads of the new record, just in-time for Father's Day. You know, I don't think I'd be out of line in stating that many children have likely been conceived to the original versions of these songs...

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60 Reasons Why Throwing Up the "Devil Horns" Makes Any Picture Better...

Ah yes, "This Sign of the Horns." Whether you view it as a "nod to the goat," "metal fingers," "rock fingers," or even an "homage to the beast," one thing is certain - the horns go together with rock and roll - and metal - like peanut butter and chocolate. Many, like myself, have adopted the horns as a sign of approval, a friendly gesture to signal that "all is well," or even in the chosen phrase of Pharrell Williams, that you're simply "happy." But they need to be done right. A misplaced thumb can easily shift the horns into "I Love You" territory (sign language) or into the Spider-man web-shooter realm. One thing that everyone can agree on? That throwing up the horns just makes everything better... especially pictures! You see, I have a long-standing habit of tossing up the horns on virtual film, so when another "stay-at-home-dad" started getting coverage on sites like Buzzfeed and The Huffington Post for throwing up the horns in photos of his baby, I heartily approved. But then, being a guy known as "The Rock Father," everyone and their brother started hitting me with the link. "Have you seen..." Yes, I've seen it, and it's been shared and re-shared dozens of times around groups that I've joined, and websites that I frequent. There is nothing innovative about throwing up the horns, nothing unique... but it is special. It just makes the world a better place, and whether its a "Metal Dad," a "Rock Father," or anyone else for that matter, horns are a good thing. That said, I decided to go back, just into 2013, and pull photos mostly from my Instagram account, to show just how the horns can make any picture better.

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Rock Father's Day 2014: Artist Spotlight - Danny Adamson of THE NOT-ITS! #RockFathersDay

"It was my 27th birthday and my wife, Rebecca, had a wonderful little surprise for me that day. We had 'pulled the goalie' for about a month, so we were definitely trying to get pregnant," explains DANNY ADAMSON, rhythm guitarist and vocalist for Seattle's THE NOT-ITS!, while discussing the day he found out that he'd soon become a father for the first time. "She went and bought a little onesie or unisex baby outfit and wrapped it up like a birthday gift for me - I think she may have even included the pee test she took! It was a wonderful surprise - I was pretty excited when I found out." With THE NOT-ITS! gearing-up to release their fifth full-length album, RAISE YOUR HAND, on July 15, Adamson took some time to discuss his life as a "Rock Father" ahead of #RockFathersDay 2014.

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