A kindie rock primer


Salon Staff
June 24, 2006 4:00AM (UTC)

To celebrate the new breed of kids music, we asked some of our favorite kindie rockers to let us offer a song or two for free download, and the resulting playlist covers a good range of the scene's sound, from the ska-punk antics of "Meltdown," the title track of of Justin Roberts' recent release, to the melodic folk-rock of Laurie Berkner's "Walk Along the River," from the bonus CD of her "We Are ... The Laurie Berkner Band" DVD. Also included here: Dan Zanes' roots-rock groove "House Party Time" from 2003's "House Party," two songs from Baltimore's Milkshake -- the alt-rocky "Happy Song" and "Bottle of Sunshine," a pop song that could almost be from the '80s in its ebullient enthusiasm -- and a more somber but wonderfully catchy song from Roberts, "Sand Castles." They'll only be up for a week, so download them now!

If you're looking for new sources of children's music, the Web, as always, is obliging: Check out Zooglobble, Kids' Music that Rocks, ((sm))all ages and the About.com Children's Music page.

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1. "Meltdown," Justin Roberts
2. "House Party Time," Dan Zanes
3. "Happy Song," Milkshake
4. "Walk Along the River," Laurie Berkner
5. "Sand Castles," Justin Roberts
6. "Bottle of Sunshine," Milkshake

-- Scott Lamb


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