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This news item was offline for a few hours earlier this evening while I figured out what to do with it. iTunes pre-orders were up, and are now down.

On December 3, Frontiers Records will release LIFE, LOVE & HOPE, the sixth studio album by iconic rockers, BOSTON - an record more than a decade in-the-making. Assembled by BOSTON founder Tom Scholz, the new album features vocals from the late Brad Delp, Tommy DeCarlo, Kimberley Dahme, David Victor, and songwriter Scholz himself.

Published in Music for Grownups
Sunday, October 20 2013 12:06

Watch: JOSH & THE JAMTONES - "Fill It Up"

jamtonesbearBoston Kindie Rockers JOSH & THE JAMTONES just-released album, BEAR HUNT!  has been spinning for families for a few weeks now, and today I'm sharing their new video for "Fill It Up," the 14th track on that record. They're a band that claims to rock even "Aunt Ethel and Fido the Dog." I don't know either of those people (human or canine), but we should probably all just take their word for it just to be on the safe side. Check out the new video below...

Published in Family Music

A lot of you know this already, but I love the DROPKICK MURPHYS. If you read The Rock Father regularly, you also know that I'm a big fan of the lullaby collections released by Roma Music Group under their Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star line. Well, on June 18, two worlds collide when LULLABY VERSIONS OF DROPKICK MURPHYS hits the streets... and your baby's nursery. The TTLRS crew was kind enough to let me be the first to share the full details on the new album, along with the cover art, tracklisting, and a preview stream of "I'm Shipping Up to Boston." And, if you pre-order it now on iTunes, you'll get the track right away as an instant download!

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I hate this. Exactly four months ago today, I posted an entry dedicated to those that perished at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Yesterday, on the exact day that my youngest daughter turned 10 months old, yet another horrifically violent act of terror has taken place in our Nation. Whatever you want to call it - "The Boston Marathon Massacre," "The Boston Bombing," etc. - the traditional news media was quick to hit After Effects to whip-up some fancy graphics to pair with dramatic stock music to aid in feasting upon the carnage. As with any disaster, the "news" spread swiftly, filled with lies, speculation, and outright fabrication - our favorite social networks working overtime to keep delivering a heavy dose of garbage. And, like Sandy Hook, Twitter and Facebook users were quick to start sharing an image of a boy (and one of a girl) supposedly killed in Boston, easily inspiring the mindless masses to hit the "Retweet" and "Share" buttons without checking facts (or at least blatant details).   As a wise man once said, "Who's the more foolish... the fool, or the fool who follows him?"

Published in James' Journal

Currently in the midst of a run of European tour dates--including a performance at the UK’s 10th annual Download Festival--Dropkick Murphys have announced a September 21 show at Boston’s Bank Of American Pavilion waterfront amphitheatre as part of their “Halfway To St. Patrick’s Day Tour.” Additional September tour dates will be announced soon.

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