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Adventurous wit from Billy Kelly

Adventurous wit from Billy Kelly

Bill Kelly's adventurous songwriting mixes clever lyrics with a range of musical styes.He brings complex themes to simple songs.

March 2013
The Hipwaders reinforce control

The Hipwaders reinforce control

"You Gotta Hold It" is a potty song that takes a grownup approach to a lifelong challenge. Also reviewed: The Not-Its!' latest CD, Kidquake.

February 2013
Good grade for Dudes' Fitness Test

Good grade for Dudes' Fitness Test

Music critic Kathy O"Connell lauds the Diggity Dudes' Presidential Fitness Test, a Jeremy Zmuda EP and a song by the Sugar Free All Stars.

January 2013
Mighty Sky: an astronomical success

Mighty Sky: an astronomical success

Kathy O'Connell also likes the song “Escalator,” from David Tobocman's CD of the same name, and she tracks Trout Fishing in America's December appearances.

December 2012
The best family CDs of 2012

The best family CDs of 2012

Reviewer Kathy O'Connell declared a 20-way tie for 2012's best children's music. Scroll her choices and see videos from the artists.

November 2012
A brilliant bridge to the blues

A brilliant bridge to the blues

Through kid-friendly language and themes, Randy Kaplan brings the blues form to family music. Also recommended: Justin Roberts' "Trick or Treat," a non-scary Halloween song.

October 2012
Big Bang Boom and Caspar Babypants

Big Bang Boom and Caspar Babypants

Rockers Big Bang Boom make big noise with their third family CD. "Summer Baby (Let it Ride)" is a rocking daddy/baby love song by Caspar Babypants.

September 2012
3 collections with a message

3 collections with a message

Children's CDs encourage girls to study science and engineering, look at friendship and teach little folks to be nice.

August 2012
14 Awesome Kids' Summer Concerts

14 Awesome Kids' Summer Concerts

Among the many groups performing in July and August, The Plants sprout up at the Abington Art Center's Kidfest and Phoenixville's Colonial Theater.

July 2012
Spellbinding Lullaby Love Songs

Spellbinding Lullaby Love Songs

Broadway's greatest composers, singers and lyricists are raising funds for breast cancer research with a stunning collection of original lullabies

June 2012
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