New tunes for families
Rock out the summer with Recess Monkey, Lucky Diaz and the Family Band, and Daddy A Go Go.
Crazy summer schedule keeping you from our outdoor concert picks? Then take some boogie to go, courtesy of these new kindie rock releases.
Recess Monkey Flying! (Recess Monkey)
Permanent kings of the musical playground, these Seattle musicians demonstrate once again why they are flying high over other family musicians. They show off their musical chops from the vaudeville-esque “My Valentine” to the bluesy, harmonica-heavy “Sidekick.” These harebrained harmonies will simultaneously charm pint-sized listeners and keep Mom and Dad sane as they cruise the carpool lane.
Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band Oh Lucky Day (Rainy Day Dimes Music)
The California-based characters of Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band produce music as heartfelt as their endearing cover art. Mellow folk music and whimsical lyrics intertwine to form a colorful carousel of songs like “Dreamland” and “Quite Like You.” Might we suggest: The lilting melodies are a perfect cooldown before your little rascal’s summer catnap.
Daddy A Go Go Grandkid Rock(Boyd’s Tone Records)
Kids more interested in rock & roll than Rihanna will air-guitar along to Daddy A Go Go’s twangy tunes. This greatest-hits compilation demonstrates what Daddy does best: relaying his stay-at-home parental experiences through silly songs like “I Wanna Be an Action Figure” and “Ants in My Pants.” The next time your kids are turning green at the dinner table, throw on a little “Eat Every Bean and Pea on Your Plate” to convince them that only the coolest kids savor their salads. Hey, a little peer pressure never hurts.