Kids' Music Roundup: A Slew of New Family CDs

There have been so many new kids' music albums released in the past couple of months that it's hard to narrow down our picks to just a handful. But, here are some of the best, most noteworthy new releases for your wee ones' next impromptu dance party...Here are some of the best, most noteworthy new music releases for your wee ones' next impromptu dance party.

New Kids' Music: Some of the Best CDs Were Saved for the End of the Year

Some great family music albums have been released throughout 2010, including Frances England's "Mind of My Own," Secret Agent 23 Skidoo's "Underground Playground" and Caspar Babypants' "This is Fun!" But four of my personal favorites squeezed in just...Four musical favorites for kids squeezed in just at the end of the year.

New Kids' Music: The Indie Scene Goes Preschool

With every passing day, the line between the kids' music scene and the indie music scene blurs a bit more. If you don't have indie artists recording their own CDs for kids, you'll see them making guest appearances on other people's family-music album...Indie rock tunes for kids? The morning carpool just got cool.

From Hip-Hop to Zydeco: A World of Difference in Kid's Music

Whatever genre you want, you can find it in children's music. Illustration: Christopher Healy
Once upon a time, children's music was nothing but folk. Or at least it seemed that way. From the '60s, right on through the end of the last centu...
Nowadays, it's hard to find a genre that the family music scene hasn't touched upon, so your child's musical education can be as widely varied as you like.

Kids' Music: Fresh & New vs. Tried & True

The children's sections of music stores -- whether online or off -- have never been more crowded. You've not only got the exciting, parent-friendly new wave of family artists, but you'll always have the still-wonderful, nostalgia-inducing old sc...

Best New Family Road Trip Music

Road trip season is upon us, and you need to make all necessary preparations -- including packing some good tunes for the car. If you've got young kids, though, that can be tricky. You don't dare play the radio, lest Lady Gaga suddenly come on s...

Catherine MacLellan Talks Parenting, Divorce and Cool Kids' Tunes

The songs of Catherine MacLellan may sound soft, but they carry a big emotional wallop. The Prince Edward Island-born singer/songwriter has been compared to Joni Mitchell. She shares with that legendary performer an expressive and lyrical sensibilit...

Has Children's Music Gotten Too Hip for the Wiggles?

In 1991, the Wiggles released their first album and the monochromatic Aussie quartet became that decade's megastars of children's music. Almost two decades later, they're still at it, having just put out their, oh, let's say 300th CD, Hot Poppin'...

10 Most Surprising Artists To Appear on Children's Albums

Thanks to talented artists like They Might Be Giants, Lisa Loeb and Jack Johnson, it's no longer uncool for mainstream musicians to record children's songs. Still, every now and again you see a name on a kids' CD and do a double-take ("Really? The...

Music Review: Love & Peace/Pickin' & Grinnin'

A seminal children's music label celebrates its 25th with two big anthologies. Credit: Music for Little People.
Various Artists: Peace & Love and Pickin' & Grinnin' (Music for Little People) To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the influ...

Music Review: "Rock and Roll Garden" by Bari Koral Family Rock Band

Bari Koral will cure young couch potatoes. Credit: Loopytunes
Rock and Roll Garden by Bari Koral Family Rock Band Some children's artists rely on gimmicks to draw audiences; others bank on gearing their sound toward parents and hope to ...

Music Review: We're Not Kidding! A Tribute to Barry Louis Polisar

Barry Louis Polisar is a songwriter you should know. Credit: Snail Sounds/Rainbow Morning Music
We're Not Kidding! A Tribute to Barry Louis Polisar by Various Artists Who is Barry Louis Polisar and why would dozens of artists get together ...

Music Review: Kidz Bop 17

Kidz Bop keeps on bopping. Somehow. Credit:
Kidz Bop 17 by the Kidz Bop Kids I'll be honest: I've never understood the appeal of Kidz Bop. Back in 2001, when the first disc in the anthology series was released, the idea of taki...

Music Review: "C'mon" by Renee & Jeremy

There is such as thing as children's music that parents will actually like. Credit: One Melody Records C'Mon by Renee and Jeremy Upon first listen, there is absolutely nothing about C'mon, the second disc from L.A. duo Renee Stahl and Jeremy Tob...

Music Review: "76 Trombones" by Dan Zanes

Dan Zanes's 76 Trombones give showtunes their due. Credit: Festival Five Records
76 Trombones by Dan Zanes and Friends There are few true superstars in kids' music, but Zanes is one of t...


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