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tossersChicago's THE TOSSERS (who I've seen live and can vouch for as 100% Rock Father-approved!) have released a new digital single, the title track from their forthcoming album, THE EMERALD CITY (out March 5 via Victory Records). Grab the new single on iTunes right now, or check out a preview of the new album below...

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As someone that has worked in the music business off-and-on for over two decades, please listen to me: NEVER TRUST A BAND. They flip-flop (I'm looking at Rob Zombie on this one). They offer vague responses (I'm looking at my favorite band of all-time, FAITH NO MORE on this one). And in some cases, they flat-out lie. Example? Local boys to these parts (that's near Rock Father HQ here in Illinois), FALL OUT BOY are back. Yes, it's 100% official... just 48 hours after bassist Pete Wentz told the Chicago Tribune "don't hold your breath that it's happening."

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I feel that I'm pretty much obligated to share the new video from LOCAL H here on The Rock Father. The reason? LOCAL H actually are local to the area surrounding Rock Father HQ. And this new track, "Another February" spawned a new EP that will be released digitally on February 5th (CD copies will only be available at the merch table on the band’s forthcoming spring tour), and completely describes what it's like to live in the far Northern Suburbs of Chicago during a typical winter. Unlike tonight, which brought with it a thunderstorm and 60 degree heat in late January. Just watch the video...

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Just over 31 years ago (November 28, 1981 to be exact), my parents took me to the Chicago Stadium for something special. The "World Premiere Edition" of WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS' WORLD ON ICE promised "a whole new concept in live and in person entertainment for every member of the family." It delivered on that promise, becoming forever a part of my most cherished childhood memories.

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They've been called "The Anti-BARNEY," "THE WIGGLES' worst nightmare," and "The World's Most Dangerous Kids Band." Quite simply, the BOOGERS are a Chicago-based trio that cranks out high-energy punk rock for kids (and their grownups) that rules. Having previously written reviews of their 2008 debut, ROAD TO ROCK, and it's 2010 follow-up, LET'S GO!, the release of EXTRACTUM VICTORIS marks the first time that I've been able to review a BOOGERS record upon street date. Out this week on Spire Records, how does album number three stack-up against it's predecessors?

Chicago's Victory Records have opened the polls for music fans to vote for the Top 10 Music Videos of 2012 from artists on the Victory Roster. A DAY TO REMEMBER, A HERO A FAKE, CLOSE YOUR EYES, COMEBACK KID, DR ACULA, EMMURE, FALL CITY FALL, FAREWELL TO FREEWAY, GOD FORBID, ILL NINO, JUNGLE ROT, PATHOLOGY, RINGWORM, SISTER SIN, TAPROOT, THE BUNNY THE BEAR, THE ROYALTY, THESE HEARTS, VICTORIAN HALLS, and WRETCHED are all in the running. Check out a special announcement video below, then click here to cast your vote.

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