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Join Focus on the Family's media and culture analysts for a light-hearted reviews for parents and conversation about entertainment, pop culture and technology. Through this 30 minute podcast from Focus on the Family, you'll hear practical information from a Biblical worldview to help guide decisions about what to watch, listen and visit. And connect to a ton of related Christian resources and articles.
 
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In this episode I talk to guitarist Anton Kabanen from the band “Beast In Black” about their new album “Dark Connection”. Anton discusses the making of the album and about his influences. Get the album here YouTube Videos: "Moonlight Rendezvous" "One Night In Tokyo" To pre-order my name album with “Roach & Weyden” click here Roach and Weyden Thank …
 
As the calendar drifts toward late October, Hollywood has one thing on its mind – monsters. And monster movies for kids are hitting theaters and streaming services everywhere. The Plugged In team talks about "The Addams Family 2" and "Muppets' Haunted Mansion." Paul and Adam then delve into the recent news about a change to the DC universe's Superm…
 
Phil introduces Jay and Clifton to the chill indie vibes of Bloomsday's debut album, The Day The Colors Died. Sources: http://www.gracehotel.50megs.com/Albums/Bloomsday96.html https://enthusiastsource.com/starflyer59fans/?topic=810.0 https://www.musicbanter.com/hardcore-emo/29342-bloomsday.html https://www.turnofftheradio.de/2011/01/1997.html https…
 
In this episode I talk to guitarist/songwriter Steve Janevski from the band “Wicked Smile”. Steve gives us a great track by track breakdown of their new album “Wait For The Night”. If you would like to know more about Steve’s playing check out episode #7 which we recorded back in 2017 Episode #7 Steve Janevski Click here for the Wicked Smile store:…
 
The arrival of Fall ushers in a new television season with lots of new shows on both network and streaming services. The Plugged In team examines these new offerings with recommendations for programs to enjoy and to avoid. Adam and Jonathan then take a deep dive into the trending news stories surrounding Facebook and Instagram and how their product…
 
In this episode I talk to Japanese guitarist Taka from the band “Mono” about their new album “Pilgrimage Of The Soul” which is out now: Click here for album info To pre-order my album with “Roach & Weyden” click the following link: Roach and Weyden Thank you to my sponsors: Arnaud Krakowka yousician.com Custom guitar picks To download my online gui…
 
The state of Georgia has long been a hotbed of rock, rhythm and blues that has captured the attention of music lovers worldwide. From the Allman Brothers to Gladys Knight & The Pips to Little Feat, from the B-52s to R.E.M., from OutKast to Widespread Panic, Gnarls Barkley to the Black Crowes, the Atlanta Rythym Section, Zac Brown, Drivin N Cryin an…
 
Grace and Lizzie share all about their favorite Fall traditions, and Lizzie reveals that she is part of The Village Fandom. Here's a link to pre-save the upcoming Semler EP, Late Bloomer! Here is how to make Lizzie's crockpot apple cider: -quarter 5-10 apples (depending on the size of your crockpot) and cut out the seeds--a mix of green, red, pink,…
 
We've seen a resurgence of musical movies hit streaming networks and the big screen. The Plugged In team reflects on their favorite musicals, what you need to know about the new movie "Dear Evan Hansen," and why this style of movie is making a comeback. They then examine Instagram filters and the impact they may be having on young teams. Get the bo…
 
Jay and Clifton are introduced to the unique hard rock sounds of Stavesacre's debut, Friction, by special listener guest Derek! Sources: https://web.archive.org/web/20021218080312/http://www.hmmagazine.com:80/old/stavemayjune1996.html https://urbanachievershow.com/episodes/mark-salomon https://urbanachievershow.com/episodes/mark-salomon-part-2 http…
 
In this episode I talk to guitarist Vince Martell from the band “Vanilla Fudge” about their new single “Stop In The Name Of Love” originally performed by The Supremes. Vince shares some great stories regarding the band, about Paul McCartney and George Harrison, The Who, his book “Psychedelic Solo” plus lots more. vincemartell.com www.vanillafudge.c…
 
The fourth installment of the "God's Not Dead" film franchise is about to hit theaters. The Plugged In team examines these movies and unpacks what you need to know about "God's Not Dead: We the People." Adam Holz then speaks with Christian recording artist Francesca Battistelli about her involvement in the movie. You'll see how this film and others…
 
The son of country music royalty; check. Shipped off to live with his ultra-religious aunt and uncle who ultimately outcasted him after he came out of the closet in his teens; check. Did drugs for the first time with this father; check. Established himself as a viable country artist with a strong debut record; check. Disappeared like Eddie from “Ed…
 
In this episode I talk to Steve Price (ex Thor) and Nick Z Marino (Yngwie Malmsteen) about their new album and project “Red Moon Project”. We go into details about the songs, the guest artists and the recording process. Steve also shares some great stories about hanging out with David Lee Roth, meeting Jimmy Page, the movie “I am Thor” plus lots mo…
 
Grace and Lizzie have a fireside chat about creativity and some recent events involving Switchfoot and LuLaRoe. In three places, the audio of this episode is garbled. Please accept our apologies and know that it doesn't last long. Here are links to the Switchfoot TikTok saga: Grace's initial video, the vlog of the concert, Switchfoot's response, an…
 
In this episode I talk to guitarist David Anderson from the band ‘The Night Flight Orchestra” and also “Soilwork”. We talk about the new album “Aeromantic 2” and how they just started touring their previous album “Aeromantic” just before the pandemic hit plus lots more. Get the album here More info click here Youtube Clips: "Burn For Me" "White Jea…
 
With little rock music on the charts, you might think rock is dead ... but it's not! The Plugged In team reflects on their favorite rock song and examines the work of bands like Skillet, Switchfoot, and Imagine Dragons. Adam Holz then speaks with Skillet's front man, John Cooper, about the power of music in our lives. You'll be challenged to think …
 
As a wise poet once said: "Everybody has those days. Everybody knows what, what I'm talkin 'bout. Everybody gets that way." Grace and Lizzie share their tips on how to have a better day and read listeners' suggestions and favorite creature comforts. As promised, here is a link to the Spotify page for Sleeping At Last, and the Spotify page for Sleep…
 
In this episode I talk to one my favourite guitarist and someone who has inspired myself and my original band “Busted Up”, Mr Robben Ford. We talk about his new album “Pure” plus his website the “Robben Ford Guitar Dojo”. Robben Ford guitar dojo Order his album here Thank you to my sponsors: Arnaud Krakowka yousician.com Custom Guitar Picks To down…
 
Let’s start here: Jon Foreman is not a brand of elegant men’s watches. Far from it, in fact. He’s the frontman of the popular rock band Switchfoot, which reached its peak of commercial chart success in the early 2000s with a pair of mammoth hits. But this not some has-been rock-and-roll outfit looking to hang on. Switchfoot has continued to produce…
 
Anime and manga – Japanese animated storytelling genres – are growing in popularity with kids and teens, even though the target audience is adult. The Plugged In team discusses the history of these artforms and the allure behind them. You'll learn what you need to know as a parent or consumer of these genres as well as a new video game in this real…
 
In this episode I talk bassist Tim Foreman from the band “Switchfoot” about their new album “Interrobang”. Tim breaks down the recording process for the album plus some great insight to the music. Switchfoot has been continually breaking musical barriers in their 20+ career. They have sold almost 10 million copies worldwide of their eleven studio a…
 
Unless you closely follow the Americana music circuit, the name Paul Thorn may sound more like an elegant fashion brand rather than one of the more distinctive singer-songwriters out today. But the Mississippi-raised Thorn – a former championship caliber professional boxer who once fought the great Roberto Duran – has one of the more unique styles …
 
It's a surprise QUEERY LETTER episode! Grace and Lizzie dig deep into the Under Our Roof inbox and read listener questions submitted over the past few weeks. Topics include long-distance crushes, tips for keeping a tidy space, falling in love with a friend, coming out to a lukewarm parent, and dating dealbreakers. You can find the step-by-step guid…
 
As the Kendricks' Brothers latest movie "Show Me the Father" hits theaters, the Plugged In team's Adam Holz talks with Alex Kendrick about this new documentary. They discuss the "why" behind the film and the heart that is revealed through the stories captured in it. Then the team explores Amazon's latest version of the Cinderella story and runs thr…
 
Jay and Clifton get a taste of Black Eyed Sceva with their EP, 5 Years, 50,000 Miles Davis, and declare Ryan's Driveway one of the Top 10 Christian songs of the 1990s. Sources: https://isawlightningfall.blogspot.com/2014/09/music-to-write-by-model-engines-scarred.html http://modelengine.astepintothedark.com/enter.htm http://modelengine.astepintothe…
 
This is not a drill. It's THE SALAD EPISODE!!! In this much-requested episode, Grace and Lizzie try making different types of church potluck, 1970's midwestern-style "salads," and share their opinions on the results. You can find a blog post accompanying this episode (with pictures) here. If you just want the recipes: Snickers Salad Pea 'n' Peanut …
 
In this episode I talk to Alex Grossi from the band “Hookers and Blow” and also “Quiet Riot”. We discuss the new album out now by Hookers and Blow plus what is coming up with Quiet Riot. Digital Sales Link: here Physical Sales: here and here YouTube Links: "Rocks Off" "Shakin'" "Ziggy Stardust" Thank you to my sponsors: Arnaud krakowka yousician.co…
 
Marvel's latest superhero to hit the big screen – "Shang-Chi" – has some unique offerings, and the Plugged In team wants to share those with you. They will also explore a new trend in virtual reality known as the metaverse and what you need to know for your family. Beyond that, you'll pick up some interesting news items from the Culture Countdown. …
 
Between cell phones, computer gaming, and television and movie viewing, you may be concerned about too much screen time in your family. The Plugged In team talks with Focus on the Family's Vice President of Parenting Dr. Daniel Huerta about the impact screens have on your child's brain. They also look at the new Disney+ animated Marvel series "What…
 
Jay and Clifton don their diving equipment and delve into the deep waters hidden under the noisy surface of this '60s chic indie rock darling. https://luxury.bandcamp.com/ https://www.parallel-love.com/ https://www.lulu.com/en/au/shop/d-e-lee-bozeman/strange-flowers/paperback/product-1v9ejwv8.html SOURCES: http://luxuryfansite.yolasite.com/ https:/…
 
In this episode I talk to guitarist Bill Steer from the band “Carcass” about their new album “Torn Arties” out September 17th. Bill also answers some questions from listeners from the facebook page. Physical Pre Sale link: here iTunes Pre Sale: here YouTube Links: "Kelly's Meat Emporium" "Dance Of Ixtab" Thank you to my sponsors: Arnaud krakowka yo…
 
Popular streaming services Apple TV and Netflix are promoting some of their new content, and as a parent, you'll want to know about it. The Plugged In team takes a deep dive into Apple TV's "Ted Lasso" and the charm behind the show. They then explore the Netflix movie franchise "The Kissing Booth." You'll learn why these programs have such a draw w…
 
To close out the summer, the Plugged In team examines a new Netflix release Vivo and Jonathan McKee's latest book "Parenting Generation Screen." They also run through a quick culture survey, highlighting things you need to know to navigate the world of entertainment and media with your family. Get Jonathan's book "Parenting Generation Screen" for y…
 
Jay and Clifton crank the volume, pull up their tube socks, and mosh to the brutish punk rock of One 21’s first ep, In The Year King Uzziah Died. "It kind of became a quest to be holy instead of a quest to be honest." SOURCES: https://pac139.tripod.com/one21/index.htm https://facedownrecords.com/family/one-21/ https://deathisvictory.wordpress.com/2…
 
Thank you to everyone that has supported the podcast over the past 4 years. Here is my gift to you. Download my 10 week online course for free. All you need to do is send me an email here This offer ends on August 31st 2021. Thank you to my sponsors: Arnaud krakowka yousician.com Custom guitar picks To download my online guitar course and all other…
 
As a nod to their wedding anniversary this month, Grace and Lizzie share all about their wedding day three years ago. Listen in for recommendations, favorite memories and things they'd do differently, queer wedding planning advice, and thoughts on changing your last name. Also, weigh in on whether Under Our Roof should do an episode all about salad…
 
When books written for teens hit streaming services, they seem to 'grow up' quite a bit. The Plugged In team reflects on their favorite books versus the companion movies/television shows, then discuss Netflix's new take on R.L. Stine's "Fear Street" series. You'll learn what you need to know about these shows targeting your teen and how you can gui…
 
In this episode I talk to guitarist Nili Brosh about her guitar playing, growing up in Israel, playing with some of the worlds best musicians including Tony MacAlpine, Stu Hamm, Virgil Donati plus lots more. Nili Brosh website Thank you to my sponsors: Arnaud Krakowka yousician.com Custom Guitar Picks To download my online guitar course and all oth…
 
The Olympics give us a global opportunity to celebrate excellence and competition every four (or five years), to see the remarkable things that athletes can accomplish in their single-minded devotion to their sport. The Plugged In team explores what you need to know when it comes to the controversy and commercialism surrounding the Olympic games. Y…
 
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