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Skillet 155x114Here's a story for ya that comes from my pre-Rock Father days: A decade ago, I was nearing the end of my run at what was perhaps my last "normal" job - as Store Manager of a Sam Goody Record Store - a job that I fortunately left prior to watching the music industry as we knew it completely collapse. While I was still there, a band that was previously from the South somehow wound up in Kenosha, Wisconsin... and subsequently became occasional shoppers at my store (not far from there, in Gurnee, Illinois). That band was SKILLET, and the day that COLLIDE was released, the band stopped in to buy some copies first-hand - an old tradition of sorts for bands on release day. So here we are a decade later, and SKILLET is pretty much huge - having traveled the world, and racking up over 4 million fans on facebook. Now, the folks at Total Assault have partnered with The Rock Father and a few other upstanding websites to give readers a chance to hang with SKILLET in Chicago or Nashville.

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It's the next-to-last week for regularly-scheduled DLC on the ROCK BAND platform as Harmonix wraps things up after more than five years of weekly rock. For those of you still rocking the plastic instruments, CHEVELLE makes their ROCK BAND debut with a trio of tracks. Interestingly enough, these guys hail from a location very close to Rock Father HQ (they even played a local show in Arlington Heights at H.O.M.E. tonight), and back when their album WONDER WHAT'S NEXT came out in 2002, I personally sold a bunch of copies to their families at the Sam Goody store I used to run. Good memories from a time when the music business was still a business fun.

Chicago kindie rockers POOCHAMUNGAS are prepping to release a new album later this year, and as they move toward unleashing their full-serving of rock upon the masses, the band has issued a new single as a FREE DOWNLOAD. "My Favorite Summer Day (Block Party)" might seem more appropriate for July, but in March it's a tool for "thinking warm thoughts." Stream the track (along with others from the band) and grab your free download in the widget below. You can also click here for a direct link should the widget be slow to load.

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Those of you that are both cinematically inclined and located in the Chicago area can look forward to the arrival of SCI-FI SPECTACULAR 7, 24 hours of Science Fiction and Fantasy on the big screen. Set to take place on March 9, 2013 at the Portage Theater (4050 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60641) with the action running noon 'till noon, the lineup includes the family-favorite THE DARK CRYSTAL, screening on Saturday afternoon. Full lineup below, and children under 12 are only $10.

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Chicago-based ISTVAN & HIS IMAGINARY BAND have just released the first video from their recent album, SWEET! "Pio Ta GoGo" was shot by Michelle Mike using stop-motion techniques and a smart phone. Check out the cute new clip below...

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HERBERT GRÖNEMEYER is huge. He might not be a household name in the United States just yet, but he's Germany's most successful recording artist, selling over 18 million albums during the course of his lengthy career. Now, with his first English-language album on the way, he's released a new single called "Mensch" featuring BONO of U2, and will be performing his first-ever U.S. shows - in Chicago (Feb 23) and New York (Feb 26). The Rock Father invites you to enter to win a night out with HERBERT GRÖNEMEYER, or for those not in Chicago or NYC, a great prize pack. Details below...

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