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On July 15, one of the best Kindie Rock albums of the year will hit the streets when Seattle's THE NOT-ITS! unleash RAISE YOUR HAND. Part of Seattle's "Kindiependent Collective," alongside RECESS MONKEY, THE BOARD OF EDUCATION, THE HARMONICA POCKET, CASPAR BABYPANTS (Chris from PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA), BRIAN VOGAN & HIS GOOD BUDDIES, and JOHNNY BREGAR, THE NOT-ITS! features the former singer of Sub Pop's VELOCITY GIRL and drummer of HARVEY DANGER - facts I always point out, just in-case you've not yet heard of THE NOT-ITS!, which, if you read this site often (as you should) you have. Check out their new music video for "Haircut," right here on THE ROCK FATHER, and when you're done, be sure to check out my recent interview with guitarist Danny Adamson.

Published in Family Music

When I was interviewing fellow "Rock Fathers" for my Father's Day series this year, I discovered that LEGO is a major hobby for these musically-inclined Dads and their kids. One band, RECESS MONKEY (read their feature here) is so into LEGO that they've recorded an entire ode to the famous bricks, and the music video for "Brick by Brick" has been released today - conveniently-timed to the Blu-ray and DVD release of THE LEGO MOVIE (out now from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment). Or was it conveniently-timed with the release of the excellent new RECESS MONKEY album, WIRED, which also hit stores today? It's a brick-based conspiracy! Watch the new video below... and answer this question: What would happen if Drew Holloway borrowed an X-Wing Fighter from LEGO Luke Skywalker and flew into a galaxy far, far away? Yep, there's STAR WARS in here...

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Over the past two weeks leading up to Rock Father's Day 2014 here on THE ROCK FATHER, I've been profiling fellow "Rock Fathers" from different corners of the music industry. While I've had a fine assortment of great musicians, great Dads, and just plain great people, one thing I have not featured until today is an entire band - you could even argue that they're a "great" band - most certainly among the most prolific and consistently entertaining in the kindie rock scene today, regularly releasing satisfying concept albums built around a central theme, and on Tuesday, June 17, their latest album WIRED, will hit the streets. Ladies and Gentlemen, from Seattle, Washington... Drew Holloway, Jack Forman and Korum Bischoff, collectively known as RECESS MONKEY!

Published in Rock Father's Day

"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.

Published in Rock Father's Day

Two bands associated with the Seattle sound of the early 1990s. Two deaths... on the same day, eight years apart. One, completely unexpected. The other, expected much sooner. Yesterday, April 5, 2014, marked the 20th anniversary of the suicide of NIRVANA frontman KURT COBAIN, and the 12th anniversary of the overdose that killed ALICE IN CHAINS frontman LAYNE STALEY.

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As first mentioned here on The Rock Father in early July, September will mark the 20th Anniversary of NIRVANA's 1993 album, IN UTERO. As with BLEACH and NEVERMIND before it, IN UTERO will see a celebratory reissue in several configurations. Of even greater interest to many (myself included) is the full release of the 1993 LIVE & LOUD concert from Seattle. Check out the full specs below...

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