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Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein
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The Pop Ups (Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein) are a GRAMMY nominated children's musical duo based in Brooklyn, New York. Making their national TV debut on Sprout's "Sunny Side Up Show" in April 2014, the duo released their third album “Appetite For Construction” to critical acclaim in August 2014. The Pop Ups perform regularly around New York City venues using cardboard props, hand-painted sets and a cast of original puppets. They also have toured nationally, including a tour with Yo Gabba Gabba! Live. A leading band in the kids music genre, the Wall Street Journal says the music “reflects the creativity percolating on the independent children's music scene,” and Time Out New York Kids recognizes them as one of the top 15 kids’ music bands in the nation.


Joining forces in 2009, creators Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein have a combined background in music and art. Jason Rabinowitz, a performer and musician, has appeared in Broadway shows “One Man, Two Guvnors” and “Encores! City Center”. Jacob Stein, having studied Art at Yale and Columbia has taught music and education at the University level. The duo created a puppet musical for their two previous albums, weaving unique “electro-acoustic pop” songs into a live stage show. The Pop Ups won praise from critics for their first stage show “PASTA: A Pop Ups Puppet Musical,” which enjoyed successful runs in New York and Los Angeles. The Pop Ups’ music is recorded from Jason's home in South Brooklyn, which is also where their stage shows, videos and merchandise are all assembled.

“Radio Jungle” (2012) features such notable collaborators as 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). In 2012 they also released "40 Things To Do In A Blackout" a post Hurricane Sandy relief single. “Appetite For Construction” (2014) premiered to wide critical acclaim from outlets such as Huffington Post, Cool Mom Picks and SiriusXM program director Mindy Thomas described the sound as "sophisticated pop beats, juxtaposed with kid-centric lyrics, in a way that's simultaneously masterful and comical,” and named the record “an all-ages album that is defining the family music scene today."


  • Outside Voices – 2010
  • Radio Jungle – 2012
  • Appetite For Construction – 2014
  • Great Pretenders Club – 2015
  • Giants of Science – 2018
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