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Camp Punksylvania Returns for Year Three

Official lineup announcement poster for Camp Punksylvania 2023

Riot Squad Media’s Camp Punksylvania Music and Camping Festival is gearing up for its 3rd year of debauchery from September 1-3, 2023 at The Circle Drive-In Theater in Scranton, PA. Official lineup announcement poster for Camp Punksylvania 2023 Featuring a stacked lineup with national names like The Suicide Machines, A Wilhelm Scream, Tsunami Bomb, The […]

Plight Takes Flight with New Album and Tour

4 bandmates of Plight sit on a blue velvet couch placed on an outdoor sidewalk in front of a chain fence and overgrown backyard in a city setting.

More to Watch Brooklyn-based Indie rockers, Plight, have begun a string of tour dates along the east coast in support of their debut album, Plastic Sun. Plight “No Outlet” press photo; courtesy of @jennamanders The band’s description of the album fleshes out a sense of isolation that is both vague and dense: “Plastic Sun is […]

Keely Burn Finds Her People with New EP

The official album art for Never Stuck In One Place featuring the 5 members of the band lined up on a sidewalk against a railing. Behind them are a few building, a bridge, and an open sky.

Recent Articles Richmond-based band, Keely Burn and The Tea Lights, are making moves with their new EP, Never Stuck In One Place. Keely Burn “Never Stuck in One Place” EP album cover Across the five tracks, Burn covers a vast amount of genre ground moving between the poppy funk grooves of “Mine” to the more […]

Slightly Stoopid Comes to Virginia Beach This Summer

Official poster for the Slightly Stoopid summer tour with Sublime with Rome.

More to Watch San Diego-based punks, Slightly Stoopid, are hitting the road this summer with Sublime with Rome on a massive tour that hits outdoor amphitheaters and select festivals across the country. Official Slightly Stoopid 2023 Tour Poster With support from special guests Atmosphere and The Movement, the tour will stop by the Veterans United […]

See Underoath at Pier Six Pavilion

The official poster for Underoath's Summer '23 Tour with The Ghost Inside, We Came As Romans, and Better Lovers.

More to Watch Alternative heavy-hitters, Underoath, will be performing at the Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore Maryland on July 29 as part of their summer ’23 co-headlining tour with The Ghost Inside. Official Underoath 2023 Tour Poster With support from We Came As Romans and Better Lovers, this aggressive mix of grit and melody between […]

Brent Funkhouser Keeps His Chin Up with “We Get By”

Brent Funkhauser looks away while holding a guitar.

Recent Articles Virginia country/Americana musician, Brent Funkhouser, is taking it one step at a time with his latest single “We Get By.” Brent Funkhauser – Photo courtesy of the artist Recorded locally at Crab Shack Studios in Alexandria, Virginia, he seems as poised as ever to make a name for himself with a good-vibes song […]

Illterate Light Hit The Road for Massive U.S. Tour

Two men wearing loosely buttoned shirts and disheveled hair stand on a beach in front of a hotel.

Recent Articles Virginia-based rock duo, Illiterate Light, is heading out on a massive U.S. 42-show tour that extends over 20 cities between June and December of this year. Illiterate Light – Photo Credit: Taylor Flynn Having released their latest album, Sunburned, earlier this year, Jeff Gorman and Jake Cochran are ready to share their songs […]

Cody Lawless Stays True with “It’s Always Warm In San Araya”

Album art for It's Always Warm In San Araya featuring a sewn patch with the song's title beneath a set of mountains in front of a sunset.

Recent Articles British Columbia-based indie-pop singer-songwriter, Cody Lawless (previously known as KNOWN) seeks better weather in new track, “It’s Always Warm In San Araya.” Cody Lawless “It’s Always Warm in San Araya” album art The falsetto vocals and light, plucky guitar lines give this song a bubbly sense of fun that is nicely balanced by […]

Arts Fishing Club Shows Humility in “Doug Song”

Arts Fishing Club "Doug Song" press photo

More to Watch Nashville-based band, Arts Fishing Club, puts a contemplative foot in the water with the first single off their new album Rothko Sky titled, “Doug Song.” Arts Fishing Club “Doug Song” press photo – courtesy of the artist Inspired by a moment he spent hanging out with a dog named Doug, front man, […]

Musical Portraits of Contemporary Fathers

Music Portraits of Contemporary Fathers amalgamation

Contributing writer Charlie Maybee celebrates Fathers list of contemporary pop songs that commemorate the good and bad of fatherhood.
Father’s Day can be a sentimental or challenging day depending on individual perspective, but there is no doubt that dads have a significant influence over the way that many people move through the world, and how they express themselves through music. This year, I am deciding to move against the grain a bit and discuss some contemporary pop songs about fathers or fatherhood that run the gamut from positive to negative experiences, often landing somewhere in between.

I want to be clear from the get-go that this is not a ranked list of songs nor a definitive guide to portrayals of fatherhood in music. It is more a think-piece that explores a general theme found across a variety of songs and styles.

Without further ado, here are some songs that come up for me, and please feel free to listen along with our official playlist.