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Welcome to THE ROCK FATHER's Kindie Scene 6, a new column in which you'll find some quick thoughts on six genre-spanning family-friendly albums that you can check out right now. On-deck today, we've got records spinning from BRADY RYMER, ERIC HERMAN, RIFF ROCKIT, THE OKEE DOKEE BROTHERS, DJANGO JONES and SUZI SHELTON. Let's get to work...

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Rock Father's Day 2014 is this weekend, and in the spirit of giving, eight top artists from the family music world are offering up some new and classic tracks as FREE DOWNLOADS, now through June 18. There's brand-new cuts from the forthcoming new records by BRADY RYMER, THE NOT-ITS! and RAFFI... along with favorites by THE POP-UPS, SUZI SHELTON, SUGAR FREE ALLSTARS, LUCKY DIAZ and ERIC HERMAN. Stream the entire set below, or head to this spot for a download.*

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Each Mother's Day, I post a similar message on THE ROCK FATHER and all of my social networks: "For All the Moms Who Rock, I Salute You." Yes, that play on the old AC/DC classic "For Those About to Rock" is something I stand behind, but this year, I have something very special for all of you to go with it - a Kindie Rock playlist from a group of true All-Stars, all of whom are allowing me to share their music with you as a FREE DOWNLOAD for the next week. Below the break, you'll find ten songs for Moms to share and enjoy with their kids - tracks from folks like Seattle's THE NOT-ITS!, the wonderful LUCKY DIAZ and THE FAMILY JAM BAND, THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS bassist DANNY WEINKAUF, and more...

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"I love it, Dad." That's what Addie said to me after watching "Cinnamon Bear," the new music video from Brooklyn-based Kindie artist SUZI SHELTON's forthcoming album, SMILE IN MY HEART (more details on that, here). "He looks like my Halloween Bear. Actually, he might be related to Poopsie Bear," she said. She might be right, but now "Cinnamon Bear" has hit the 'net for all of you to see and enjoy. Call the kids to gather 'round the internet-connected device, and hit play on the box below...

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On May 4, Brooklyn-based artist Suzi Shelton will release her first full-length family music album in six years. Produced by Marc Bazerman, and featuring guest vocals by Mike Messer from The Dirty Sock Funtime Band and Chicago's own Little Miss Ann, SMILE IN MY HEART is a twelve-track collection of original and traditional songs. Later this week, Suzi will debut the first of several planned music videos from the album, when "Cinnamon Bear" hits the 'net.

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For our friends in NYC, Brooklyn is getting another family-friendly music festival as the HIP TOT MUSIC FEST will be taking place on the Second Sunday of every month, beginning July 8th. Sponsored by Plum Organics (my toddler loves their stuff), the fest will take place at Littlefield in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn. Check out the dates and performers below, then hit this link for tickets and more info.

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