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Live reviews

LIVE: COLT FORD – November 18, 2022

LIVE: COLT FORD – November 18, 2022

| 23 November 2022 | Reply

Venue: The Stockyard City: Holiday, FL Dates: November 18, 2022 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) There are performers I will see every time they come through town no matter where I am and Colt Ford is one of those performers.  Ford and his band work hard traversing the country to get in front […]

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LIVE: SILVERSUN PICKUPS wsg ELIZA & THE DELUSIONALS – November 15, 2022

LIVE: SILVERSUN PICKUPS wsg ELIZA & THE DELUSIONALS – November 15, 2022

| 19 November 2022 | Reply

Venue: Jannus Live City: St. Petersburg, FL Dates: November 15, 2022 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) After nearly a month off from the camera and shows to review, I couldn’t wait to light the fire again from the pit at Jannus Live on a Tuesday evening to see Silversun Pickups and openers Eliza […]

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LIVE: THE BLACK ANGELS – October 22, 2022

LIVE: THE BLACK ANGELS – October 22, 2022

| 2 November 2022 | Reply

Venue: Brooklyn Bowl City: Nashville, TN Date: October 22, 2022 Review and Photographs by: Jacob Smith (www.jhs-photo.com) Playing to a small but very enthused crowd over at Brooklyn Bowl, Saturday October 21st. The opener, The Vacant Lots – a two-piece post-punk/synth pop duo from from Brooklyn, New York – got onto stage and helped to set the […]

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Interviews

INTERVIEW: JIM “ARRO” MÜLLER from LEAGUE OF DISTORTION – November 2022

INTERVIEW: JIM “ARRO” MÜLLER from LEAGUE OF DISTORTION – November 2022

| 1 December 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “German modern metal upstarts LEAGUE OF DISTORTION have introduced an incredibly refreshing sound to the scene with the successful releases of fiery first singles “Wolf or Lamb” and “My Revenge”, proving the musical finesse and experience of lead members Anna “Ace” Brunner (Exit Eden) and Jim “Arro” Müller (Kissin’ Dynamite). While the electrified third single “It Hurts So Good” recently added […]

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INTERVIEW: RIKI RACHTMAN – November 2022

INTERVIEW: RIKI RACHTMAN – November 2022

| 30 November 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see Riki Rachtman live in concert? Well, wonder no more… because Rachtman is coming to a theater near you! Rachtman is calling his debut tour One Foot In The Gutter and will be stories, tales and more from Riki himself, and it’s a safe bet there will be some sex, drugs […]

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A Dirty Dozen with MICHAEL SMALL from JADED TRUTH – November 2022

A Dirty Dozen with MICHAEL SMALL from JADED TRUTH – November 2022

| 29 November 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Jaded Truth was formed in 2019 in St John’s Newfoundland. It all began when Kyle Woodland & Aaron Jones were looking for a drummer after the demise of their previous band. They soon recrutied Michael Small behind the kit and began writing songs. Influenced by the 90’s bands of Seattle such […]

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Music reviews

MUSIC REVIEW: MADELINE MERLO – Slide [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: MADELINE MERLO – Slide [EP]

| 19 October 2022 | Reply

Label: This Is Hit, Inc. d/b/a Wheelhouse Records Release Date: September 23, 2022 Rating: 89% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Some Country artists are in my wheel house and others aren’t and I know it right away.  There is something about newcomer Madeline Merlo that literally slid her into my listening rotation.  Here EP is four […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: MY KID BROTHER – Happy.Mad.Weird.Sad

MUSIC REVIEW: MY KID BROTHER – Happy.Mad.Weird.Sad

| 18 October 2022 | Reply

Label: Fearless Records Release Date: October 7, 2022 Rating: 93% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur You HAVE to dig into a disc when one of your favorite publicists places a bolded statement in a release about something NOT being a metal record.  My tastes are all over the board so of course I had to take […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE DEAD DAISIES – RADIANCE

ALBUM REVIEW: THE DEAD DAISIES – RADIANCE

| 12 October 2022 | Reply

ALBUM REVIEW: THE DEAD DAISIES – RADIANCE SPV 30 September, 2022 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 90% The mighty Face Your Fear kicks off album number six for The Dead Daisies, and immediately Glenn Hughes reminds us why he earned the “Voice of Rock” moniker all those years ago. That his voice remains so rich, soulful […]

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Book reviews

COOKBOOK REVIEW: PRIDE AND PUDDING by REGULA YSEWIJN

COOKBOOK REVIEW: PRIDE AND PUDDING by REGULA YSEWIJN

| 12 October 2022 | 1 Reply

COOKBOOK REVIEW: PRIDE AND PUDDING by REGULA YSEWIJN Murdoch Books May 2022 Hard cover, rrp $55.00 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 92% Cookbook The last person you might expect to have assembled a definitive and historical tome of British puddings is a Belgian, but Regula Ysewijn is a renowned culinary historian, author and photographer, and this […]

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COOKBOOK REVIEW: CHINESE-ISH by ROSHEEN KAUL & JOANNA HU

COOKBOOK REVIEW: CHINESE-ISH by ROSHEEN KAUL & JOANNA HU

| 11 October 2022 | Reply

COOKBOOK REVIEW: CHINESE-ISH by ROSHEEN KAUL & JOANNA HU Murdoch Books July 2022 Hard cover, rrp $39.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 90% Cookbook Immigrants Rosheen Kaul and Joanna Hu don’t just label the food they present here as ‘Chinese-ish’, but also themselves. With convoluted bloodlines and upbringings taking in Kashmiri, Singaporean, Chinese, Filipino, Indonesian, Nyonya, […]

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BOOK REVIEWS: GODDESS MAGIC by Aurora Kane & THE THRIFTY WITCH’S BOOK OF SIMPLE SPELLS by Wren Maple

BOOK REVIEWS: GODDESS MAGIC by Aurora Kane & THE THRIFTY WITCH’S BOOK OF SIMPLE SPELLS by Wren Maple

| 20 July 2022 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: THE THRIFTY WITCH’S BOOK OF SIMPLE SPELLS by Wren Maple Allen & Unwin Rrp $27.99 Paperback, 18 Jan 2022 And BOOK REVIEW: GODDESS MAGIC by Aurora Kane Allen & Unwin Rrp $24.99 Paperback, 01 Feb 2022 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Both 75% These review books landed upon me on consecutive days, from the […]

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Movie & Theatre reviews

THEATRE REVIEW: EVERY BRILLIANT THING

THEATRE REVIEW: EVERY BRILLIANT THING

| 26 August 2021 | Reply

THEATRE REVIEW: EVERY BRILLIANT THING Black Swan Theatre, Perth, Western Australia – 25th August, 2021 Written by Duncan MacMillan with Jonny Donahoe Starring Luke Hewitt By Shane Pinnegar We cried true tears last night – equally from laughter, compassion and respect – as we experienced Luke Hewitt performing the one-handed play Every Brilliant Thing in […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: BOSS LEVEL

MOVIE REVIEW: BOSS LEVEL

| 25 February 2021 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: BOSS LEVEL Written by Chris & Eddie Borey, Joe Carnahan Directed by Joe Carnahan Starring Frank Grillo, Mel Gibson, Naomi Watts Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 72% Frank Grillo oozes charisma and cool as retired special forces officer Roy Pulver in this assassin-Groundhog Day action-fest. Waking up each day on the exact same day […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: KING KONG (2005)

MOVIE REVIEW: KING KONG (2005)

| 24 February 2021 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: KING KONG (2005) Image: Wikimedia Hollywood is going through a phase of revisiting old properties of late. And just as recent years have brought us a reimagined take on an iconic Batman villain in 2019’s Joker, or a deeper look into the Alien franchise in Memory (which was reviewed here), we’re soon to […]

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News

HOLY CRAP – METALLICA ARE GOOD AGAIN!!!!!

HOLY CRAP – METALLICA ARE GOOD AGAIN!!!!!

| 28 November 2022 | Reply

  New single Lux Æterna dropped completely out of the blue tonight and – GASP – it’s pretty damned great! \m/  

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ZEROKING TEAMS UP WITH 100% ROCK FOR NEW SINGLE VIDEO PREMIERE – “BACK OFF”

ZEROKING TEAMS UP WITH 100% ROCK FOR NEW SINGLE VIDEO PREMIERE – “BACK OFF”

| 22 October 2022 | Reply

ZEROKING TEAMS UP WITH 100% ROCK FOR NEW SINGLE VIDEO PREMIERE – “BACK OFF” West Virginia hard rock mavens ZEROKING release ”Back Off,” the second single and video today from their upcoming release, American Savior. The quartet has teamed up with 100% Rock to premiere the video worldwide. The video for “Back Off” was shot […]

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A Dirty Dozen with BECKY BRIDEAU from DYSTOPICA – October 2022

A Dirty Dozen with BECKY BRIDEAU from DYSTOPICA – October 2022

| 15 October 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Connecticut-based heavy metal band Dystopica releases their newest EP, Deception, via Pavement Entertainment. Recorded at Dexters Lab Recording Studio by producer Nick Bellmore (Dee Snider, Corpsegrinder, Ripper, Hatebreed, Toxic Holocaust), Deception has a fresh sound combining hard rock, heavy metal, thrash metal, and progressive metal. The 5-track EP is truly an ode to uniting […]

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A Dirty Dozen with NATE GARRISON from PREACHER – November 2022

A Dirty Dozen with NATE GARRISON from PREACHER – November 2022

| 29 November 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Metalcore band Preacher released their new single “Live Laugh Lobotomy” to all major platforms via Daeth Records/TLG/INgrooves. The single is from their forthcoming EP, Blur. Preacher is a metalcore band from Reno, Nevada. In a short 5 years, 3 EPs and 5 singles later, they have managed to tour from coast to coast all on their own. […]

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A Dirty Dozen with RYDER COOLEY from DUST BOWL FAERIES – November 2022

A Dirty Dozen with RYDER COOLEY from DUST BOWL FAERIES – November 2022

| 29 November 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Their first release since 2020’s critically acclaimed album The Plague Garden, “Lost In Time” is a slow and sinister tarantella that captures the essence of the band perfectly. Blending elements of goth, rock, cabaret, vaudeville, and folk, Dust Bowl Faeries stir up a masterful concoction that seems at once both ancient and yet […]

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A Dirty Dozen with LUKE DAVIES from OF LIMBO – November 2022

A Dirty Dozen with LUKE DAVIES from OF LIMBO – November 2022

| 22 November 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Brothers Jake and Luke Davies were raised in Melbourne, Australia. Growing up on Rock N’ Roll, they developed a passion for the music. With the release of new track & video “Let’s Go,” the band is continuing down the road of no-holds-barred Rock N’ Roll. The Davies brothers loved […]

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A Dirty Dozen with DEREAK MESSER from MESSER – November 2022

A Dirty Dozen with DEREAK MESSER from MESSER – November 2022

| 18 November 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Modern Rock powerhouse Messer are sharing their defiant new single “Unfvckwitable,” the follow-up to their Top 40 Active Rock song “Hope In This World.”  Known for their catchy hooks and high energy live performances, they continue to build their career as a truly independent Rock band. Messer is continuing their momentum of […]

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A Dirty Dozen with AIRE COMO PLOMO – November 2022

A Dirty Dozen with AIRE COMO PLOMO – November 2022

| 15 November 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “AIRE COMO PLOMO (translates to AIR LIKE GUNFIRE) also known as A.C.P is a Colombian extreme music group that combines Death grind, Thrash Metal and Hardcore Punk with elements of Avant-garde art and Latin-American horror and folklore. The name is commonly referred to as a metaphor for a forced and daily […]

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A Dirty Dozen with MARK JOHNSTON from KNELT BEFORE – November 2022

A Dirty Dozen with MARK JOHNSTON from KNELT BEFORE – November 2022

| 15 November 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Knelt Before is a Positive Mental Attitude Hardcore / Pop Punk band featuring former members of Second Coming, LoveHateHero, What Lies Within and Divide the Day. After leaving music for many years, Mark Johnston and Don Rossington got together through a mutual appreciation of straight edge hardcore, positive thinking, and strong moral […]

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A Dirty Dozen with MAGGIE CUBILLOS – November 2022

A Dirty Dozen with MAGGIE CUBILLOS – November 2022

| 8 November 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Singer-songwriter Maggie Cubillos is currently a junior at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. The 21-year-old Colombian/Cuban/American vocalist grew up in Hermosa Beach, a small Southern California coastal town, with its own rich musical history steeped in both Jazz and Punk Rock. She has spent her entire life on stages, starting with […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ANNAMARIA PINNA from VAJRA – November 2022

A Dirty Dozen with ANNAMARIA PINNA from VAJRA – November 2022

| 8 November 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “New York based, alternative dark rock band VAJRA has announced select, East Coast dates for their DESCENT TOUR. The limited tour starts October 20 in Providence, RI and wraps up October 23 in Hampton Beach, NH. New York-based dark rock mavens Vajra originate and radiate outward from the sensual and multi-range vocals […]

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A Dirty Dozen with DANY ROBERGE from GET THE SHOT – November 2022

A Dirty Dozen with DANY ROBERGE from GET THE SHOT – November 2022

| 7 November 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Quebec City’s GET THE SHOT will release their new album Merciless Destruction, out October 7 via New Damage Records. Merciless Destruction marks the awaited return of Get the Shot. As with No Peace In Hell (2014) and Infinite Punishment (2017), the upcoming fourth album sees the band exploring new territories of extreme music, while sticking to its roots and its fierce DIY approach to music. Following the thrash-influenced Infinite Punishment, Get the Shot incorporate death metal and beatdown elements on Merciless […]

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A Dirty Dozen with KK FOSSOR from THEM – November 2022

A Dirty Dozen with KK FOSSOR from THEM – November 2022

| 2 November 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Wanna take a trip to Fear City? Fear City, by international power metal band, Them, is a fantastical concept album that transports its listeners to a fictional world set in 1981 New York City which bore this nickname at the time. Following a trilogy set in the 19th century on their first three albums, Fear City takes its […]

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