If you tired of listening to the “Frozen” soundtrack two months ago, check out these two new albums debuting this month. One is a creative and imaginative collection of kid-friendly punk rock like we’ve never heard before; the other is a melodic compilation of acoustic instrumental songs from one of our favorite artists. Read on to find out what makes them worth adding to your rotation.

Rainbow Beast & The Rock Band Land Rockers

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Creative, mysterious, imaginative and even dark at times, Tales From the Monstrosity Scrolls, the new album from San Francisco’s Rainbow Beast & The Rock Band Land Rockers is undeniably punk rock. Led by Marcus Stoesz (vocals, guitar, keys), Brian Gorman (drums, backing vocals) and Jen Aidrich (bass), Rainbow Beast is “a band born from the minds of children, embodied in the lives of professional musicians.”

Each playful song tells a unique story. “The Truth About Polar Bears” follows the adventures of a polar bear that scares a French village but then ends up becoming its protector. “Rooster Skull” unveils what happens when a Hawaiian rooster ignores a farmer’s advice. And “The Little Big Easy” is a slower tune that layers in New Orleans jazz. The unconventional tales and indie rock vibe will make you dance, sing along and rewind so you can hear each story again and again.

Why you’ll listen to the album on repeat: These songs are reminiscent of Wilco, Radiohead and The Kinks. With tracks that are anything but typical kiddie rock, Rainbow Beast’s new release will be as enjoyable for you as it is for your kids.

Good to know: Since some of the songs deal with themes like loss, nightmares, and fear the album is best for kids ages 5-11.

Listen: 

Online: rockbandland.org/rainbow-beast

Buy Rainbow Beast’s album by clicking here

Laura Doherty

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If you’re looking for catchy melodies with a folksy vibe, you’ll found it in Laura Doherty’s new album, In a Heartbeat. With Parents’ Choice Gold and Silver Awards under her belt for her first two albums, Doherty’s third release is as kid-friendly as it is fun. The 13 tracks range from the jazz/blues-influenced “Electric Guitar” to the folksy “Woolly Woolly Bear” to “Drum Kit” that features Glenn Kotche from Wilco. Whether you need songs for a car ride or play time, In a Heartbeat is an instant mood booster.

Why you’ll listen to the album on repeat: The positive lyrics coupled with soothing acoustic instrumentals make is pleasing for young and old alike.

Good to know: The album is best for kids ages 0-6 since the tunes are like lullabies, and they all promote an upbeat message.

Listen: 

Online: lauradohertymusic.com

Buy Laura Doherty’s album by clicking here

Tell us what you think of these two new albums. Would your kids like these songs?

— Erin Lem