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Live reviews

LIVE: SMITH & MYERS – October 17, 2020

LIVE: SMITH & MYERS – October 17, 2020

| 21 October 2020 | Reply

Venue: Crofoot Festival Grounds City: Pontiac, MI Date: October 17, 2020 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Let’s be honest… after more than seven months without a concert, I would have gone to see just about anyone to get back in a photo pit and enjoy the atmosphere of a live show.  Luckily, I […]

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LIVE: BREAKING THE CHAINS – Jaime Page’s Dark Universe, Black Steel & Triple Engine 22 Aug ‘20

LIVE: BREAKING THE CHAINS – Jaime Page’s Dark Universe, Black Steel & Triple Engine 22 Aug ‘20

| 26 August 2020 | Reply

LIVE: BREAKING THE CHAINS – Jaime Page’s Dark Universe, Black Steel & Triple Engine 22 Aug ‘20 The Civic Hotel, Perth, Western Australia – Saturday, 22nd August, 2020 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Photography by Pete Gardner For many of the 100 present tonight this was our first live music since the world shut down due […]

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LIVE: HOWARD JONES wsg RACHAEL SAGE – March 11, 2020

LIVE: HOWARD JONES wsg RACHAEL SAGE – March 11, 2020

| 1 April 2020 | Reply

Venue: Saint Andrews Hall City: Detroit, MI Date: March 11, 2020 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) 80’s icon Howard Jones is out touring and putting an interesting twist on his set by featuring a three-man acoustic set featuring hits and favorites fro throughout his catalog.  Before the headliner took to the stage, we […]

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Interviews

A Dirty Dozen with TOP TIER – January 2021

A Dirty Dozen with TOP TIER – January 2021

| 28 January 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “One of the main responses to the year 2020 is “Over It.” Miami-based pop punk band Top Tier (for fans of Story So Far, Get Up Kids, State Champs, All Time Low, and Neck Deep) have shared their new song “Over It,” which examines the strength it takes to just move on. “‘Over It’ […]

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A Dirty Dozen with CHRISTOPHER SHAYNE – January 2021

A Dirty Dozen with CHRISTOPHER SHAYNE – January 2021

| 24 January 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Blood, sweat, and guts. These are three of the core elements required of artists who set out to make music that’s steadfast, honest, and true. And if you’re going to make the kind of music that’s embedded in the finest, deepest-rooted Southern rock traditions, then you better be […]

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INTERVIEW: JEFF SCOTT SOTO from W.E.T. – FEBRUARY 2021

INTERVIEW: JEFF SCOTT SOTO from W.E.T. – FEBRUARY 2021

| 22 January 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Much to the delight of melodic rock fans around the globe, W.E.T. has announced the release of their fourth album, Retransmission on January 22, 2021 via Frontiers Music Srl. Core members Jeff Scott Soto, Erik Mårtensson, and Robert Säll deliver another astounding album that will surely be a contender […]

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Music reviews

MUSIC REVIEW: DATURA4 – West Coast Highway Cosmic

MUSIC REVIEW: DATURA4 – West Coast Highway Cosmic

| 27 January 2021 | Reply

MUSIC REVIEW: DATURA4 – West Coast Highway Cosmic Alive Natural Sound April 2020 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 94% Datura4 are a band who immediately set a bar so high that there wasn’t a lot of wriggle room for them to “get better and better.” When you’re born fully formed and at the top of your […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: W.E.T. – Retransmission

MUSIC REVIEW: W.E.T. – Retransmission

| 23 January 2021 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: January 22, 2021 Rating: 100% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur W.E.T. hit my radar with their debut release thanks to the association with Jeff Scott Soto and Talisman, but with each releases this band burrows deeper into my musical catalog and has developed a stronghold.  These guys are the definition of […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: CHRISTOPHER SHAYNE – Ten High [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: CHRISTOPHER SHAYNE – Ten High [EP]

| 21 January 2021 | Reply

Label: Carry On Music Release Date: January 22, 2021 Rating: 89% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur The latest EP from Christopher Shayne is my introduction to this Southern rocker, and man am I glad I took this for a spin and a had a 7-track meet & greet!  Disc opener “Pour The Bottle” gets the blood pumping […]

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Book reviews

BOOK REVIEW: WILD AND CRAZY GUYS by Nick De Semlyen

BOOK REVIEW: WILD AND CRAZY GUYS by Nick De Semlyen

| 11 September 2020 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: WILD AND CRAZY GUYS by Nick De Semlyen Picador June 2019 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Non fiction, movie, comedy 79% Nick De Semlyn catalogs the leap from Saturday Night Live’s iconic TV comedy stage to film stardom for many of its major players in the late ‘70s and ‘80s. John Belushi, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: FACE IT by Debbie Harry

BOOK REVIEW: FACE IT by Debbie Harry

| 31 August 2020 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: FACE IT by Debbie Harry Harper Collins Australia October 2019 Hardback, $45 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Autobiography 79% Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry delivers a fascinating memoir with Face It, but somehow, in all the retelling of her life and times, she still manages to retain her privacy and mystique. She’s an enigmatic figure, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: THE LIFE & TIMES OF MALCOLM MCLAREN by Paul Gorman

BOOK REVIEW: THE LIFE & TIMES OF MALCOLM MCLAREN by Paul Gorman

| 31 August 2020 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: THE LIFE & TIMES OF MALCOLM MCLAREN by Paul Gorman Hachette Australia May 2020 Paperback, $34.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Non fiction, movie, comedy 82% Most fans of the Sex Pistols and their one-and-only album – the explosive soundtrack to an entire movement detonating a hole in England’s social fabric – Never Mind […]

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Movie & Theatre reviews

MOVIE REVIEW: Peninsula (2020)

MOVIE REVIEW: Peninsula (2020)

| 11 November 2020 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: Peninsula (2020) Directed by Yeon Sang-ho Starring Gang Dong-won, Lee Jung-hyun, and Lee Re 7/10 Zombies have always had a unique place in modern culture. In fact, the horror sub-genre has established itself well beyond the realm of film and television. Zombie games such as Dying Light have been quite popular over the […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY

MOVIE REVIEW: THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY

| 11 September 2020 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY Written by Scott B Smith from Charles Willeford’s novel Directed by Guiseppe Capotondi Starring Claes Bang, Elizabeth Debicki, Donald Sutherland, Mick Jagger Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 64% Set in the rarified air of the high art world, The Burnt Orange Heresy is an intriguing tale with some hard-to-ignore flaws. […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE KING

MOVIE REVIEW: THE KING

| 30 January 2020 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: THE KING Written by Joel Edgerton, David Michôd Directed by David Michôd Starring Timothée Chalamet, Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, Robert Pattinson Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 86% Set in the early fifteenth century, The King draws from a combination of accepted history, Billy Shakespeare’s plays, and modern dramatic licence to concoct a […]

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News

BAND OF MISSFITS release cracking new single CRICKETS (inc lyric video)

BAND OF MISSFITS release cracking new single CRICKETS (inc lyric video)

| 22 January 2021 | Reply

BAND OF MISSFITS release cracking new single CRICKETS Hailing from the hills of Perth, Western Australia, Band Of Missfits have released a stormtrooping new single in Crickets. Recorded in Yallingup in the state’s Southwest by Sean Lillico just before lockdown in early 2020, the single is a near-perfect FM-friendly crowd-pleasing clap-and-stomp-along slice of instantly accessible […]

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An Evening with Tab Benoit” Jannus Live, St. Petersburg

An Evening with Tab Benoit” Jannus Live, St. Petersburg

| 20 January 2021 | Reply

Renowned Louisiana Cajun-blues guitarist Tab Benoit is on tour, with a socially-distanced, local performance in St. Petersburg at Jannus Live, 200 First Avenue North, Sunday, January 31. Gates: 6pm. Show: 7pm. Tickets $50. (21 and over). Info: (727) 565-0550 or visit https://www.jannuslive.com/event/tab-benoit/. Benoit performed last November at Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium in a concert livestreamed worldwide, accompanied by blues […]

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Evan Stanley — “Memories” (Maroon 5 Cover) Video  ft. Bryan Cranston Debuted w/ Rolling Stone

Evan Stanley — “Memories” (Maroon 5 Cover) Video ft. Bryan Cranston Debuted w/ Rolling Stone

| 12 January 2021 | Reply

Today, Evan Stanley (son of KISS’ Paul Stanley) has released an irresistible new cover of “Memories” by Maroon 5  with a cinematic video featuring acclaimed actor Bryan Cranston. Inspired by a Texas road trip, Stanley says, “A lot of that drive is open desert with nothing around, and at one point I saw my fuel gauge getting lower with no gas station in […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ELISE ERIKSEN – January 2021

A Dirty Dozen with ELISE ERIKSEN – January 2021

| 22 January 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Emerging pop starlet Elise Eriksen has released the music video for her feel-good debut single “Less,” co-written by multi-platinum-selling songwriter Julia Michaels. The effortlessly cool visual features cameos from Shoffy and Blu DeTiger, who plays bass on the track, and shows Elise defying expectations to stand out and be herself alongside a cast of her best friends. The […]

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A Dirty Dozen with NATHAN JAMES from INGLORIOUS – January 2021

A Dirty Dozen with NATHAN JAMES from INGLORIOUS – January 2021

| 22 January 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Up-and-coming British hard rockers Inglorious will release their fourth studio album, We Will Ride” February 12th via Frontiers Music Srl. This will be their first official recording with new members guitarists Danny Dela Cruz and Dan Stevens and bassist Vinnie Colla, who join original members vocalist Nathan James and drummer Phil […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: WIG WAM – Never Say Die

MUSIC REVIEW: WIG WAM – Never Say Die

| 20 January 2021 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: January 22, 2021 Rating: 88% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur They’re back… Wig Wim have dusted off the instruments, pulled the microphone out of storage, and pulled together a killer set of rockers for their latest installment.  Disc opener and instrumental “The Second Crusade” takes us down a different path sonically […]

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A Dirty Dozen with SYDNEY SHERWOOD – January 2021

A Dirty Dozen with SYDNEY SHERWOOD – January 2021

| 20 January 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “New Jersey based Singer / Songwriter SYDNEY SHERWOOD has released the official lyric video for “Creep,” which was created by Jared Dylan of Red 13 Studios, and is the first single off of her upcoming, sophomore EP, Headspace. Produced and co-written by Brian Craddock, guitarist of Daughtry and […]

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A Dirty Dozen with FALLEN ROADS – January 2021

A Dirty Dozen with FALLEN ROADS – January 2021

| 20 January 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Imagine you’ve been standing in line for an amusement park ride when you finally make your way to the front and… nothing happens. Drawing from this feeling, “No Ride” by rock artist Luke Rhodes of Fallen Roads details what it’s been like for him to look back on […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ANDREW STERN from 3 PAIRS OF BOOTS – January 2021

A Dirty Dozen with ANDREW STERN from 3 PAIRS OF BOOTS – January 2021

| 19 January 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “California-based husband-and-wife duo Andrew Stern and Laura Arias of 3 Pairs of Boots share a vast musical history as well as a talent for pairing catchy melodies with heartfelt messages. The two artists met through a “Singer Wanted” ad and were married within a year of their first […]

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A Dirty Dozen with BLUE STAHLI – January 2021

A Dirty Dozen with BLUE STAHLI – January 2021

| 19 January 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Regarded for his slick, genre-bending electronic rock, Bret Autrey – commonly known as Blue Stahli – produces cyberpunk anthems of the fringe zeitgeist: Doom/disco; Industrial/pop; Chillwave/glitch-hop; avant-garde inspiration from David Lynch and Philip K. Dick merge with the saccharine excess of 80s and 90s straight-to-VHS films to define […]

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A Dirty Dozen with KEVIN CALI from DREAMSHADE – January 2021

A Dirty Dozen with KEVIN CALI from DREAMSHADE – January 2021

| 19 January 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Modern metal band DREAMSHADE have announced their fourth album A Pale Blue Dot. The record arrives on March 5, 2021. Pre-orders are live here. To celebrate the release of the album, the band has shared the new track “Lightbringers.” Watch the animated visualizer video here. The album includes two features — New York-based Italian pop singer Rose Villain and […]

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A Dirty Dozen with RENE MATA from REACH NYC – January 2021

A Dirty Dozen with RENE MATA from REACH NYC – January 2021

| 19 January 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “REACH NYC, who came to prominence in the hard rock scene in the ’00s and were signed to Lava/Atlantic, have returned with the fittingly titled new single “Back From the Dead.” It’s their first new song in 17 years and features Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix. The band has premiered the “Back […]

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A Dirty Dozen with AL BOLTZ from A SCENT LIKE WOLVES – January 2021

A Dirty Dozen with AL BOLTZ from A SCENT LIKE WOLVES – January 2021

| 8 January 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Pennsylvania metalcore band A SCENT LIKE WOLVES — Al Boltz (vocals), Nick Boltz (vocals), Cody Frain (drums), Jeff Brown (guitar), Kyle Pettigrew (guitar), and Blake McClimon (guitar) — have shared the video for “Death Effect” at Knotfest.com. The song features guest vocals from Brian Wille of Currents. A Scent Like Wolves released their debut And The Story Goes in 2013. The band’s We Are […]

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