Kids' music isn't all about songs from Dora the Explorer or Justin Bieber. Several companies release CDs featuring catchy tunes and fun indie music for kids and families. Check out these new music CDs that are being released this spring and summer.
On April 3, The Pop Ups released their second family music CD, Radio Jungle. Reviewers say this collection of songs is going to be a big hit. The Pop Ups have also been busy crafting a brand new stage show, the follow-up to their acclaimed "PASTA" puppet musical. The theatrical version of Radio Jungle will debut at the Littlefield Performance & Art Space in Brooklyn on April 22.
On May 15, look for the second CD from this terrific traveling family band. Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band's A Potluck features summery, catchy, original songs your little ones will love. The Chicago Tribune calls this band "... indie pop-rock for seriously groovin' families... "
Mister Diddie Wah Diddie
This summer, look out for Randy Kaplan's CD on the new myKaZoo music label. This release, two years in the making, takes a kid-friendly journey into American blues. With a name like Mister Diddie Wah Diddie, this CD has to be good.
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo puts out his third studio release this summer, this time on his own new Underground Playground label. Music with a message, Make Believers features a wide range of musical styles from hip-hop, funky R&B to punky garage rock.
The Woodstock-based band Dog on Fleas lets loose this summer with their new "kindie" CD, Invisible Friends. This CD features energetic, rhythmic music that your whole family will love.
Before you buy any music for your kids, listen to a sample online to make sure that it's the type of music that your child will enjoy (and that you'll want them to hear).