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Reviews

GOOD STUFF KIDS PODCAST - SEPTEMBER 5, 2016
Keeth from The Harmonica Pocket + World Premiere Song and Video.

"I had a great time talking to Keeth from The Harmonica Pocket about his music. He's an incredible songwriter, great for adults and kids."

[ listen to the podcast ]

PARENTMAP - JUNE 2016
Local Families Living Off the Grid

"These Seattle area families have something to teach us about self-sufficiency, green living and reducing your carbon footprint."

[ link to full article online ]

CAMPFIRES AND KIDS - MAY 24, 2016
The Harmonica Pocket: Music Review

"Don't buy this album if you don't like catchy music with good lyrics that will get stuck in your head for hours."

[ read the full review ]

SEATTLE'S CHILD - NOVEMBER 2015
Home on the (free) range: Local parents help kids explore risk through music

POSTER"Keeth Monta Apgar, front man for The Harmonica Pocket, embraces the wilds of the outdoors in his parenting and in his music."

[ read the full review ]

COOL MOM TECH - NOVEMBER 22, 2015
Kids' Table free download for Thanksgiving

"Kids' Table...the super-fun song by Kindiependent which is made up of members of kindie-favorite bands, Recess Monkey, The Harmonica Pocket, and Johnny Bregar."

[ link to full article online & mp3 download ]

JERSEY FAMILY FUN - NOVEMBER 2015
The Harmonica Pocket: Sundrops

"Uplifting."

[ link to full article online ]

PARENTS' CHOICE AWARDS - SEPTEMBER 2015
Sundrops

"Apgar's lyrics and music are consistently innovative and pleasing."

[ read the full review ]

NATIONAL PARENTING PUBLICATIONS AWARDS - AUGUST 2015
Sundrops by The Harmonica Pocket

"[The Harmonica Pocket's] laidback charms recall the easy-going manner of Jack Johnson's music."

[ read the full review ]

PARENT MAP - AUGUST 14, 2015
Musical Road Trip: New Family CDs to Rock Your End of Summer

"Harmonica Pocket's Sundrops is a well-crafted album that explores the relationship between sun and rain on tracks like It's Gotta Rain (If You Want a Rainbow). Songs like I Love Ukuleles highlight the band's inventive songwriting."

[ link to full article online ]

SEATTLE'S CHILD - JUNE 25, 2015
Watch the video premiere of Harmonica Pocket's Are You a Monster Too?

"Here now, Seattle's Child is proud to debut Harmonica Pocket's new video for Are You a Monster Too?"

[ link to full article online ]

THE LEADER - JUNE 24, 2015
Harmonica Pocket lightens up Finnriver Farm with Sundrops

"The Harmonica Pocket is a part of the growing Kindie Rock music scene, but makes music that appeals to all ages."

[ read the full review ]

MODE - JUNE 23, 2015
Fresh Family Music to Start Your Summer

"THE HARMONIC POCKET are a fantastic band."

[ read the full review ]

KIDS CAN GROOVE - JUNE 2015
Dads Who Rock! Father's Day Q&A featuring Keeth Monta Apgar of The Harmonica Pocket

"Keeth Monta Apgar, master songwriter and multi-instrumentalist for the Northwest-based group, The Harmonica Pocket, delivers rich vocals in harmony with his wife, Nala Walla. Keeth shares his thoughts on Father's Day, and how he is inspired through creative play and his 4-year-old's wonderfully magical imagination."

[ read the full review ]

TOTALLY FULL OF IT - JUNE 16, 2015
Delicious New Music

"Organic music to grow on...."

[ read the full review ]

CHERRY BLOSSOMS - JUNE 13, 2015
The Harmonica Pocket's Sundrops

"The Harmonica Pocket has released a new album, Sundrops, and it's just beautiful."

[ read the full review ]

COOL MOM TECH - JUNE 14, 2015
I Love Ukuleles by The Harmonica Pocket

"...Clever wordplay throughout this sweet, old-timey sounding love song."

[ read the full review ]

SEATTLE'S CHILD MAGAZINE - JUNE 9, 2015
On Heavy Rotation: Harmonica Pocket's Solar Powered new album

"An acoustic treat."

[ read the full review ]

NW KIDS MAGAZINE - JUNE 2015
Tunes for June

"Rain and sun-soaked organic tunes..."

[ read the full review ]

MODE.COM - MAY 2015
Fresh Family Friendly Rock for May!

"On their third album Sundrops the band brings forth another quality collection of jams for the whole family."

[ read the full review ]

METRO PARENT - JUNE 2015
Playlist: Road Trippin'

"Sweet acoustic songs..."

[ read the full review ]

ZOOGLOBBLE - MAY 2015
Itty-Bitty Review: Sundrops - The Harmonica Pocket

"The album starts off particularly strongly -- the country-folk of Sing In the Sun followed by the pure pop goodness of Raindrops....Its mellow sound and open-hearted lyrics will make a nice accompaniment for both rainy afternoons and sunny Sunday mornings. Recommended."

[ read the full review ]

BERTOIS SIR RANT A LOT - MAY 26, 2015
Review: Sundrops by The Harmonica Pocket

"The music and instrumentation is on par with any current alt or folk rock album. I definitely recommend it...."

[ read the full review ]

DADDY MOJO - MAY 26, 2015
The Harmonica Pocket gets immediate love from the Kindie lot

"You will find yourself listening to The Harmonica Pocket when the kids aren't in the car and loving it."

[ read the full review ]

A NATION OF MOMS - MAY 2015
The Harmonica Pocket ~ Sundrops CD

"I rely on music to be uplifting, and that is exactly how I would describe Sundrops."

[ read the full review ]

HILLTOWN FAMILIES - MAY 20, 2015
CD Review: Sundrops

"Their...music is always joyful and uplifting, and SUNDROPS is no different!"

[ read the full review ]

CREATIVE MOM BLOG - MAY 18, 2015
CD Review: Sundrops

"What sweet music!"

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EMOTIVE DAD - MAY 2015
Sundrops

"...This new album Sundrops is AMAZING."

[ read the full review ]

MR. JEFF 2000 - MAY 7, 2015
Here Comes Sundrops from Harmonica Pocket

"Bottom line, rain or shine, the Harmonica Pocket wants to hit your child's musical sweet spot and put a summery song in their ear."

[ read the full review ]

MOMMA'S BACON - MAY 4, 2015
The Harmonica Pocket releases Sundrops

"This album is SO uplifting..."

[ read the full review ]

PORT TOWNSEND LEADER - DECEMBER 18, 2013
Kids' music with charm and wit

"If you haven't heard this band, you're missing out."

[ read the full interview ]

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS - AUGUST 21, 2013
Interview: Polishing Apples and Tunes with The Harmonica Pocket

"Keeth Apgar is a veteran of the indie folk-pop scene. These days, with his group The Harmonica Pocket, he's at the forefront of the Pacific Northwest's burgeoning Kindie scene."

[ read the full interview ]

KIDS CAN GROOVE - MARCH 11, 2013
Interview: Chat with Keeth Apgar from The Harmonica Pocket

"Intrigued by Keeth's thoughtful songwriting and musicality, I was very happy to have the chance to talk with him about the album, his approach to songwriting, monkey love and apples..."

[ read the interview ]

ZOOGLOBBLE - JANUARY 2013
Apple Apple - The Harmonica Pocket

"Recommended."

[ read more ]

PREGNANCY AND NEWBORN MAGAZINE - DECEMBER 2012
Our Wish List Cravings: Apple Apple

"Recorded in a solar-powered studio, the latest album from groovy-green swing band The Harmonica Pocket features tender tracks to connect mom and baby to Mother Nature."

[ read more ]

BALTIMORE'S CHILD - NOVEMBER 2012
Musical Notes: Apple Apple

"Just as awesome as Ladybug One, with the same cool, relaxed vibe."

[ read more ]

KIDS CAN GROOVE - OCTOBER 27, 2012
"America" -- The Harmonica Pocket

"With Election Day quickly approaching...[America] illuminates the profundity of Apgar's thoughts on the state of affairs."

[ read the article ]

NUGGET ISLAND - OCTOBER 25, 2012
Fall Music Round-up

"True to their name, The Harmonica Pocket's Apple Apple is filled with acoustic, harmonica-filled eco-pop songs that range from the silly-with-a message Diaperman to the educational I'm Gonna Count to the goofy Caspar Babypants-cameo tune Monkey Love."

[ read the article ]

NATURAL MAMA - OCTOBER 6, 2012
Apple Apple CD Review

"The Harmonica Pocket has done the right thing by parents, making sure that the music is a pleasure to listen to by both kids and adults. If you only pay attention to the instruments rather than the lyrics, you most likely would not even notice that they are singing songs called "Diaperman" and "Turkey in the Straw". That is just how good the music is."

[ read more ]

PARENTS' CHOICE - SEPTEMBER 2012
Fall 2012 Parent's Choice Gold Award Winner: Apple Apple

"...inspires chills."

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A THRIFTY DIVA - SEPTEMBER 16, 2012
The Harmonica Pocket Apple Apple

"The Harmonica Pocket immediately appealed to my taste in music. A twist on classic, pop, jazz, and rock tunes melted together to produce music that is not only kid friendly but mom approved."

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COOL MOM PICKS - SEPTEMBER 14, 2012
One apple worth picking this fall

"...Cool guitars, sultry saxophones, and mature lyrics that sound like a long love letter sung to our babies. Kids' music? Yes, but oh, so much more too."

[ read more ]

THE SIMPLE MOMS - SEPTEMBER 14, 2012
The Harmonica Pocket : Apple Apple

"...A family favorite."

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THE ROCKFATHER - SEPTEMBER 5, 2012
The Harmonica Pocket - Apple Apple Album Review

"Utilizing a multi-layered and multi-instrumental approach, there's a lot going on here, and it's all exceptionally played behind pitch-perfect vocal harmonies."

[ read more ]

KIDS CAN GROOVE - SEPTEMBER 5, 2012
Check This Out: The Harmonica Pocket - Apple Apple

"...A melodic dream. The eloquence with which the words and instrumentation flow throughout the album leave you feeling like someone just whispered a gentle lullaby in your ear."

[ read more ]

TECHNORATI - SEPTEMBER 5, 2012
Bite into Apple Apple by The Harmonica Pocket — It's Sweet

"Ever listen to an album for the first time and say "Oooh, I like that song"? Ever listen to an album for the first time and say "Oooh, I like that song" fourteen times? That's the great pleasure of Apple Apple by The Harmonica Pocket."

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SEATTLE WEEKLY - AUGUST 2012
CD Review

"Adult ears will enjoy the happy-go-lucky vibe."

[ read more ]

LONG WAIT FOR ISABELLA - SEPTEMBER 3, 2012
CD Review

"Apple Apple is not just an album for kids."

[ read more ]

COOL MOM TECH - AUGUST 26, 2012
Music Download of the Week: Monkey Love

"I love that Caspar Babypants (aka Chris Ballew) joins the duo of Keeth Monta Apgar and Nala Walla --their three voices come together at the end to make a most beautiful harmony."

[ read more ]

THE MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW - AUGUST 2012
Apple Apple CD Review

"Highly recommended."

[ read more ]

THE ABCD DIARIES - AUGUST 24, 2012
Apple Apple CD Review

"An A+!"

[ read more ]

KIDS TODAY - AUGUST 23, 2012
Seasonal Singing

"Supercool."

[ read more ]

MOMMY ON A SHOESTRING - AUGUST 2012
The Harmonica Pocket's new cd — perfect for summer and toddlers!

"Light and fun, with utterly catchy lyrics."

[ read more ]

THE SOUNDS SWEET SHOW - AUGUST 16, 2012
...with guest Keeth Apgar of The Harmonica Pocket

[ listen to the podcast ]

PARENTMAP - AUGUST 15, 2012
CD Review: Apple Apple by The Harmonica Pocket by Lauren Valencia

"Apple Apple will engage all ages and imaginations."

[ read more ]

CHERRY BLOSSOMS - AUGUST 14, 2012
Review: The Harmonica Pocket's Apple Apple

"...fluid, sweet, and marinated in love."

[ read more ]

KID INDEPENDENT - AUGUST 2012
Apple Apple by The Harmonica Pocket

"My top pick off this album is the groovy title track, "Apple Apple". It's super simple, but I love the jazzy beats."

[ read more ]

MOMMA'S BACON - AUGUST 13, 2012
Apple Apple CD by The Harmonica Pocket

"You won't want to miss it!"

[ read more ]

MR. JEFF 2000 - AUGUST 10, 2012
Quiet Corner for Harmonica Pocket

"Performers like the Harmonica Pocket and Renee and Jeremy fill an important space in the children's music scene – it can't all be loud guitars and deep cosmic theme. To fill a child's head with knowledge, one must take their time. And some time with the Harmonica Pocket would be well-spent."

[ read the article ]

FAMILY MAN - AUGUST 2, 2012
Family Man Recommends: Quick Picks for August 2012

"Harmonica Pocket, a Puget Sound-based band, offers their latest recording, full of acoustic simplicity and charming lyrics."

[ read the article ]

BALTIMORE'S CHILD - JUNE 2012
Good Music That's Good For You by Charlotte Bohn

"Within the first few tracks of this CD, I realized that I had never heard anything like this group's music— laid back and chill, with a cool vibe that is strikingly appealing."

[ read more ]

COOL MOM TECH - MAY 2012
Kids' (free!) music download of the week by Christina Refford

"I love the unusual minor harmonies between lead singers Keeth Apgar and Nala Walla contrasted against the super-sweet lyrics."

[ read more ]

SEATTLE METROPOLITAN - AUGUST 2011
Seattle's Kindie Rockers Play G-Rated Tunes Even Parents Can Love by Laura Dannen

"The rotating Harmonica Pocket cast continues to redefine kindie rock."

[ read the article ]

PENINSULA DAILY NEWS - JUNE 2010
Water Rhymes Show Preview by Diane Urbani de la Paz

"The Harmonica Pocket party is all about imagination and play."

[ read the article ]

MRS. MAMA'S MONSTERS- MARCH 2010
The Harmonica Pocket - Live at the Library!

"The kids expressed shear delight when Nala broke out her hula hoop....She received quite a bit of applause for all her tricks."

[ read more ]

THE OLYMPIAN- FEBRUARY 2010
Get Loose With Seuss Show Preview by Molly Gilmore

"Unbelievably creative."

[ read more ]

MAUREENFREEHILL.BLOGSPOT.COM - FEBRUARY 2010
Blog post about Get Loose With Seuss by Maureen Freehill

"[The Harmonica Pocket] cleverly uses the simplest things and the children GO wild....Songs, stories, hula hoops, scarves, funny hats, books, balloons and "Seussephones" home made from inverted plastic funnels, PVC pipe and kazoos!"

[ read more ]

THUNDERWORD - NOVEMBER 2009
Show Review by Joanna Woods

"Highly energetic...kid-friendly, indie-pop."

[ read more ]

THEFUNKY-MONKEY.COM - OCTOBER 2009

"Genius."  [ read more ]

COOLMOMPICKS.COM - SEPTEMBER 2009

"Cool, trippy harmonies and smart, offbeat lyrics..."  [ read more ]

MOTHERING MAGAZINE- MARCH-APRIL 2009:

"This unique album, which includes the funkiest version of the ABCs you've ever heard, is a real treat."  [ read more ]

TIME OUT NEW YORK KIDS- JANUARY 2009:

"Acoustic folk-rock story-songs."

NEW  YORK MAGAZINE - JANUARY 2009:
Show Preview by Alexandra Zissu

"Soft, clever, and beautiful."  [ read more ]

DAVENPORT LIBRARY BLOG - JANUARY 3, 2009
Harmonica Pocket

"Unpredictable and unique."  [ read more ]

ZOOGLOBBLE.COM - DECEMBER 28, 2008:
My Favorite Kids and Family Albums of 2008

Ladybug One made Zooglobble.com's top 20 albums of the year.  [ read the article ]

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL:
Music Review

"Harmonica Pocket defies classification and...should be commended for experimenting with non-western musical traditions and mixing it up with western practice."  [ read more ]

RHAPSODY.COM:
Album Review

"These kid-friendly indie-pop folks are on the way to becoming big favorites." 
[ read more ]

URBANBABY.COM - AUGUST 2008
Surround Sound

"With their soothing voices, Harmonica Pocket can be quite Simon & Garfunkel at times. "  [ read more ]

RICHMOND PARENTS MONTHLY:
Song and Dance and Some Stories too

"Powerful."  [ read more ]

PARENTS' CHOICE AWARDS - SPRING 2008:
Music Category Award Recipient

"This inventive album cruises off the beaten path..."  [ read more ]

LADYBUG MAGAZINE:
Let's Sing

"Extra cool."  [ read more ]

SCHOLASTIC PARENT & CHILD - MAY 2008:
Fun Finds

"A toe-tapping, ear-catching collection"  [ read more ]

EVERETT HERALD - MAY 9, 2008:
Harmonica Pocket Spellbinds the Kids

Read The Everett Herald's review of a live performance by The Harmonica Pocket Children's Show.

PARENTING MAGAZINE - APRIL 2008:
Lines We Love

"Clever"  [ read more ]

FAMILY FUN MAGAZINE - APRIL 2008:
Earth-Friendly Music for Kids

"Delicious"  [ read more ]

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW - APRIL 23, 2008:
Arbor Day Episode

"Ladybug One is a new favorite of mine."  [ read more ]

LIME.COM - APRIL 15, 2008:
The Green-Eyed Momster

"Funky, world inspired originals and cleverly twisted classics."

COOKIE MAGAZINE - APRIL 2008:
Ladybug One

"George Harrison would be proud."  [ read more ]

TEXAS FAMILY - APRIL 2008:
"Ladybug One" from Harmonica Pocket

"A delightful array of offbeat takes on standard children's songs and ... concludes with a relaxing succession of six precious lullabies, perfect for getting your little ladybug to sleep!"  [ read more ]

GRUNTLINGS.COM
Ladybug One: Indie Music for Kids

"If you’re into Indie music, put it on the top of your list."  [ read more ]

BABYBUYPRODUCTS.COM - MARCH 2008:
Music for Kids: Ladybug One

"Dreamy...Acoustic...Sweet...Original...Classic..." [ read more ]

COMMON SENSE MEDIA - MARCH 2008:
Ladybug One Review

"This album is a nearly perfect example of tasteful, adult standards of excellence applied to music meant for kids." 

i VILLIAGE.COM - MARCH 2008:
Ladybug One: Original and Organic Collection of Music

"Imaginative, beautifully performed..."  [ read more ]

ABOUT.COM - MARCH 2008:
Children's Music Blog

"Unique."  [ read more ]

NEWSVINE.COM - MARCH 24, 2008:
Interview with The Harmonica Pocket about Ladybug One

"My inner child was smiling..."  [ read more ]

TIME OUT NEW YORK - MARCH 2008:
Now Hear This, by Katharine Rust

"Folkie, alterna-rock sound..."  [ read more ]

OUT WITH THE KIDS . BLOGSPOT.COM - MARCH 2008:
Kid's Music Tournament - Harmonica Pocket vs. Johnette Downing

"While most of us know modern kid's music is anything but vanilla and cookie-cutter, it is not every day we come across a record like the Harmonica Pocket's Ladybug One."  [ read more ]

ZOOGLOBBLE.com - MARCH 16, 2008:
Review: Ladybug One - The Harmonica Pocket

"...The most unusual good kids' album you'll hear all year. Definitely recommended."  [ read more ]

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS - MARCH 2008:
Baby Beats: Fun new tunes for kids that parents will like, too

"Organic."  [ read more ]

PLAYTHINGS.COM - MARCH 1, 2008:
Engagement Parties

"Catchy, quirky, original" [ read more ]

KIDS MUSIC THAT ROCKS . BLOGSPOT.COM - FEBRUARY 2008:
The Harmonica Pocket: Ladybug One, by Warren Truitt

"Perfect for new parents or indie music fans...you won't hear arrangements like this on any other album for children..."  [ read more ]

NEW YORK POST- JANUARY 2008:
The Harmonica Pocket: Ladybug One

"Ladybug One" has a relaxing, mellow vibe appropriate for any age."  [ read more ]

A TO Z KIDS STUFF . COM - 2008:
Ladybug One: The Harmonica Pocket

"Wonderful."  [ read more ]

WHAT'S UP MAGAZINE - MAY 2006:
Harmonica Pocket: Music for All Ages

"Thoroughly catchy, toe-tapping indy pop tunes..."

WEEKLY VOLCANO - APRIL 2006:
Singer-Songwriter / The Harmonica Pocket

"Definitely precious..."

WHAT'S UP MAGAZINE - JANUARY 2006:
Harmonica Pocket - Birds Falling from the Sky Record Review

"Birds Falling from the Sky is just way too good.  Simple, understated indie pop, and always just plain pretty.  These guys have their chops and don’t need to prove it, freeing them up to explore their own sound and the ways they can spin it..." [ read more ]

THE SITTING DUCK - DECEMBER 2005:
Seattle Band Harmonica Pocket

"The Harmonica Pocket's groove is gentle, lighthearted, and ripe."

LOUD AND FOUND - DECEMBER 2, 2003:
Starving Artist Award for Song "The Radio"

"Harmonica Pocket serves up a catchy little number with a warm, simple combo of guitar and drums. It's truly a shame that this song has flown under the mainstream listening radar..." [ read more ]

DAIRYLAND - JUNE 2003:
A Front Porch, a Bottle of Booze, and a Pillowcase

"Underneath Your Umbrella should come packaged with a time-stained porch, a rickety rocking chair, your favorite half-emptied bottle of whiskey, and an early afternoon thunderstorm..." [ read more ]

CAMPUS TALK - FEBRUARY  2003
Underneath Your Umbrella Album Review

"I'd like to introduce you to one of Seattle's best songwriters: Keeth Apgar....I love this record!..."
[ read more ]

VIGILANCE - DECEMBER 2002
Poppin' the Circuit Breaker

"This Seattle combo's groove is just right to wind down after a night of flying around..." [ read more ]

POPMATTERS.COM - MARCH 2001
Renaissance Man

"Keeth Apgar is talented as f$@k..." [ read more ]

 

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