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A stay-at-home mom who rocks

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"My mom's cooler," said seven-year-old William, without so much as a blink.

After smoothing back her curly blonde hair, 5-year-old Sophie had a more sentimental answer.

"I think she's great because I love her," she said. "And ... she's a very good rock star."

Yes, their mom is a rock star.

"Maybe an old man sees her in her regular clothes and doesn't know she's a rock star," rationalized William while sitting on the family's front porch.

Indeed, looking at her white floral peasant top and neatly pinned-up hair, no one would guess that Ali Frankfurt spends her nights rocking crowds full of tattooed, bandana-wearing heavy metal fans as lead singer of the all-female rock group The Blackouts.

"We rock the stage harder than any man," she said while sitting in the band's practice room in the basement of her family's home–right next to the laundry room.

With the band gaining in popularity and playing shows regularly, Ali has her her gig night routine down to a science.

"I'll read books and put [the kids] down at 8:30. And I'll just jump in the shower ... get my makeup on, kiss the husband and say 'See you in a few hours,'" she said.

She knows that audiences would be shocked if they realized that rocking out is not her full-time job.

"I think there are a lot of people who don't even realize that I wake up the next day and I'm a mom," she said.

The majority of the women in the band are also moms. Whether it is through performing hard rock songs, or taking a jog, Ali thinks all moms need an outlet.

"I think it's really important to have something, ultimately, for yourself. And you're a better mom when you do," she said. "And I think it's something neat for your children to see: you pursuing something you're passionate about."

William and Sophie love to see their mom get dressed up in her rock-and-roll gear.

"She looks like Batgirl," said William of the mostly-leather ensemble his mom wears while playing the guitar.

Ali knows her kids get a kick out of her dual life, which earns her some "cool points" in the process.

"They think we're pretty cool," she said while glancing at the stick figures drawn next to her list of songs for an upcoming performance. "I'm pretty cool."

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