The Pop Ups (Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein) are a Brooklyn-based musical duo which the Wall Street Journal says “reflects the creativity percolating on the independent children's music scene.” Time Out New York Kids recognizes them as one of the top 15 kids’ music bands in the nation. In April 2014, the duo made their national TV debut on Sprout’s “Sunny Side Up Show,” and they will release their third all-ages release celebrating the power and joy of creativity, Appetite for Construction, in summer 2014.
Jason Rabinowitz, a performer and dad who has appeared on Broadway (“One Man Two Guvnors” and Encores! City Center), and Jacob Stein (an art and music educator who has taught at Columbia University and makes music with dozens of kids every day) have been creative collaborators for several years now.
Not content to stand still onstage playing their guitars, The Pop Ups perform using cardboard props, hand-painted sets, and a colorful cast of original puppets, crafting a world of magic that engages, educates and delights all ages. The Pop Ups perform regularly at New York City venues and also tour regionally, including with Yo Gabba Gabba Live.
The Pop Ups created a puppet musical for their two previous albums, weaving their unique and catchy “electro-acoustic pop” songs into an adventurous world. The duo won high praise from critics for their first stage show “PASTA: A Pop Ups Puppet Musical,” which has enjoyed successful runs in New York and Los Angeles.
The Pop Ups’ first release Outside Voices took the kindie rock world by surprise when it was released in 2010, winning awards, national radio play and mounds of critical acclaim.
Released in 2012, Radio Jungle garnered a GRAMMY nomination and accolades from Parents’ Choice, the Fids and Kamily Awards (a national critics’ poll), PopDose and as well as heavy rotation on SiriusXM’s “Kids Place Live” radio show, and other national acclaim. A love letter to pop music, Radio Jungle assimilates pop idioms into something new and altogether unique. The songs are polished, sonically cohesive and inviting with themes ranging from where “Bananas” come from, to the artistic potential presented by a “Box of Crayons.” Teachable moments abound, as in the phonemic “Elephants” and the bouncy counting song “Math Rock.” The Pop Ups exuberance and musical prowess shine with every track. The album features Shawana Kemp (Shine & the Moonbeams), legendary psych-rock pioneer Peter Stampfel (The Fugs and Holy Modal Rounders), and Oran Etkin, a clarinetist-educator who has participated in other productions recognized by the Recording Academy (GRAMMYs).
The Pop Ups’ music is recorded from Jason’s home in South Brooklyn, which is also where their stage shows, videos and even their T-shirts are assembled. A fixture in the neighborhood, the garage is always open and frequently attracts the interest of passersby who know something magical is always brewing.
The Pop Ups are busy developing a new web video series and planning several summer concerts, including shows in June at Wolf Trap in Virginia, and concerts in New York and Massachusetts.
For tour updates, please visit The Pop Ups online at www.thepopups.com
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