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Tonight in Rock in LA - The Trachtenberg Family

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The dad sings, the cute little daughter plays drums, and the mom clicks the slide show. Perfectly sweet novelty band way too good for our times.

They wear thriftstore costumes, they make songs to the slides that they find or receive, they support dad who used to be in a band, they put theatre back into rock. They sound like the Violent Femmes minus the violence.

This has been the summer of the little girl: Jon Benet, of course, made her way back in the headlines tragically; that adorable bespeckled lass in "Little Miss Sunshine" made her way to the big screen triumphantly; and tonight if you dare, you can watch 12 year old Rachael Trachtenberg sing and play drums at the Troubadour with her family as she makes her way into your heart.

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If you can't make it out to West Hollywood. may we recommend the new dvd "Off and On Broadway" that follows the quirky family on tour as they play, shop, and live the rock n roll dream - minus the topless groupies, drugs, and run-ins with the law.

Some have criticized the parents for sexualizing their little angel, but those people aren't being honest with themselves, for who wouldnt have wanted to be in a traveling rock band playing drums at such a young age? Plus their heads are in the gutter, this is wholesome entertainment that could just as easily find itself on Radio Disney or KROQ depending on who accepts this sweet family first.

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