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11-20-2008, 12:30 PM

Apples in Stereo rocker turns to kid's music -- and mad science
By Laura at Parenting


What do indie rockers do when they become dads? Apparently, they get a bubble machine!

Robbert Bobbert, better known as Robert Schneider, frontman of hipper-than-thou indie rock group The Apples in Stereo, debuted his wacky new kiddie band-cum-science show in New York City last weekend. (Love this Sunday event series dubbed BYOK -- Bring Your Own Kid.)

Donning a lab coat and a guitar -- and, yes, flocked by a flashing bubble machine! -- the mad musician led playful lessons about such high-brow subjects as elephants and puppies. That was between the happy, Beach Boys-esque rock tunes that got kids bopping and grooving. Songs like "I Am a Clock" were deceptively simple and perfectly infectious. Funny thing is, the on-stage persona is not so far off: Schneider is a long-time student of mathematics, who came up with his own musical scale based on natural logarithms.

This dad is, like, totally rad.

(Look for Robbert Bobbert and the Bubble Machine, due out in January 20th on Little Monster records.)

11-20-2008, 12:41 PM

(though he actually debuted it in NYC in 2006, I believe. Still, very nice!)