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Live reviews

LIVE: DEADMAU5 – July 22, 2021

LIVE: DEADMAU5 – July 22, 2021

| 26 July 2021 | Reply

​​​​​​​Venue: Pan Am Pavilion City: Indianapolis, IN Date: July 22, 2021 Review and Photographs by: Jeffrey Everett (http://www.jeffrey-everett.com) Deadmau5 (aka Joel Zimmerman) played a 2-hour set to a sold out crowd at the Pan Am Pavilion. This was one of the largest indoor concert crowd since the pandemic as Indy is slowly loosening restrictions. Here are […]

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LIVE: UPHEAVAL FESTIVAL – July 17, 2021

LIVE: UPHEAVAL FESTIVAL – July 17, 2021

| 22 July 2021 | Reply

Venue: Belknap Park City: Grand Rapids, MI Date: July 17, 2021 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) The inaugural Upheaval festival is less than a week old and I am already looking forward to next year’s lineup and show.  Unable to hit opening day, I was at Belknap Park in Grand Rapids chomping […]

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LIVE: THE DEAD DAISIES – June 30, 2021

LIVE: THE DEAD DAISIES – June 30, 2021

| 21 July 2021 | Reply

Venue: The Token Lounge City: Westland, MI Date: June 30, 2021 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) The Dead Daisies are a solid rock band that never disappoints.  With an ever-changing lineup, you never know for sure how the band will deliver in a live situation.  The latest incarnation of the band took […]

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Interviews

A Dirty Dozen with MAX KELLY from BANTAMWEIGHT – July 2021

A Dirty Dozen with MAX KELLY from BANTAMWEIGHT – July 2021

| 26 July 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Los Angeles synth-rock duo BANTAMWEIGHT have emerged from their practice studio after nearly a decade of close-quarters collaboration with their groundbreaking new EP Sounds + Haptics, which sees them blending modern prog-rock and EDM sensibilities with freakish, one-of-a-kind hybrid-instrumental talent that leaves listeners wondering how a twosome can […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ROKK from XSKULL8 – July 2021

A Dirty Dozen with ROKK from XSKULL8 – July 2021

| 23 July 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Slovenian rock band XSKULL8 are set to release their new album From Sin To Sinners via Curtain Call Records on July 23, 2021. Even though it’s the first record under the name XSKULL8, the guys say it’s “apparent that it’s not our first. This is already a product that we fearlessly introduce ourselves with to the […]

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A Dirty Dozen with WORMWOOD – July 2021

A Dirty Dozen with WORMWOOD – July 2021

| 22 July 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “WORMWOOD’s second single and music video for “The Gentle Touch of Humanity”, the last grand epos from the upcoming album. Arkivet, which will be released August 27th on CD, vinyl, and digital/streaming format, has arrived. The album title Arkivet (“The Archive”) is a document you write for your close ones after your passing in […]

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Music reviews

MUSIC REVIEW: POP EVIL – Versatile

MUSIC REVIEW: POP EVIL – Versatile

| 22 July 2021 | Reply

Label: eOne Records Release Date: May 21, 2021 Rating: 89% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Pop Evil always brings their A game to the table, whether a live show or in the studio.  The same can be said about their latest disc of twelve tracks.  Sonically, this disc shows us a different band, without deviating from their […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: LEE AARON – Radio On!

MUSIC REVIEW: LEE AARON – Radio On!

| 22 July 2021 | Reply

Label: Metalville Records Release Date: July 23, 2021 Rating: 92% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Lee Aaron is one of the original Metal Queens, having been at this game a long time.  While the musical tides have ebbed and flowed over the decade, make no mistake, she still has her finger on the pulse of the music […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: ROZZI – Hymn For Tomorrow [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: ROZZI – Hymn For Tomorrow [EP]

| 16 July 2021 | Reply

Label: BMG Records Release Date: July 23, 2021 Rating: 93% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur According to a recent press release: “As we grow up, being vulnerable becomes harder. But for Rozzi, openness is a sign of perseverance. That’s how the LA-based neo-soul luminary has designed her “dangerously personal” new Hymn For Tomorrow EP — the first installment […]

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Book reviews

BOOK REVIEW: HRT: Husband Replacement Therapy by Kathy Lette

BOOK REVIEW: HRT: Husband Replacement Therapy by Kathy Lette

| 26 July 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: HRT: Husband Replacement Therapy by Kathy Lette Vintage Australia April 2020 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Modern & Contemporary Fiction 65% Rocking Kathy Lette may be in her sixties but she knows a lot about girl talk. The Australian author first came to fame as the co-author of the book, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: A Weekend With Oscar by Robyn Bavati

BOOK REVIEW: A Weekend With Oscar by Robyn Bavati

| 25 July 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: A Weekend With Oscar by Robyn Bavati Walker Books July 2021 Paperback $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Fiction 75% Rocking A moving #LoveOzYA novel about loss, first love and being there for your family, no matter what. “It’s only a weekend. Don’t you want quality time with Selena?” We both […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Billie Eilish by Billie Eilish

BOOK REVIEW: Billie Eilish by Billie Eilish

| 24 July 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Billie Eilish by Billie Eilish Wren & Rook May 2021 Hardcover $45.00  Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction / Photography / Celebrities / Music & Entertainment 25% Rocking Legendary recording artist Billie Eilish shares an intimate inside look at her life and career—both on and off the stage—in this stunning, photo-filled book. Billie Eilish […]

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Movie & Theatre reviews

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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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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News

Celtic Band Gaelic Storm Returns to Touring; Announces 70-Date Tour, Releases Two New Songs

Celtic Band Gaelic Storm Returns to Touring; Announces 70-Date Tour, Releases Two New Songs

| 22 June 2021 | Reply

  Nashville, TN (June 17, ’21) – International award-winning Celtic band, Gaelic Storm, is celebrating their return to touring with the announcement of a 70-date “We Missed You” tour kicking off August 6 in Dublin, Ohio, and wrapping up March 19, 2022, in Chicago, Illinois. Tickets for all shows are on sale. The band has also announced […]

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MONSTERS ON THE MOUNTAIN ANNOUNCED

MONSTERS ON THE MOUNTAIN ANNOUNCED

| 17 June 2021 | Reply

  The inaugural Monsters on the Mountain (MOTM), a three-day hard rock music experience brought to you by the creators of the pioneering Monsters of Rock Cruise, has been announced for this October 15th-17th at the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge in Tennessee’s beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. This immersive fan and artist celebration will be the first “Monsters” event in almost two years, so attendees will definitely […]

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SILENT KNIGHT RELEASE POWER METAL COVER OF DREAMS, DEDICATED TO EDDIE VAN HALEN

SILENT KNIGHT RELEASE POWER METAL COVER OF DREAMS, DEDICATED TO EDDIE VAN HALEN

| 4 June 2021 | Reply

SILENT KNIGHT RELEASE POWER METAL COVER OF DREAMS, DEDICATED TO EDDIE VAN HALEN Perth, Western Australia power metall legends Silent Knight have released a supercharged, high-octane cover version of the Sammy Hagar-era Van Halen classic Dreams. Their version of Dreams is instantly recognisable, yet a unique take on the ‘Van Hagar’ favourite, with savage riffs, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Fat: the Secret Organ: The surprising science behind the most misunderstood part of the body written by Mariette Boon and Liesbeth van Rossum and translated by Colleen Higgins

BOOK REVIEW: Fat: the Secret Organ: The surprising science behind the most misunderstood part of the body written by Mariette Boon and Liesbeth van Rossum and translated by Colleen Higgins

| 23 July 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Fat: the Secret Organ: The surprising science behind the most misunderstood part of the body written by Mariette Boon and Liesbeth van Rossum and translated by Colleen Higgins Quercus March 2020 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Family & Health 80% Rocking   Fat is an organ that is essential for […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Annie Stanley, All At Sea by Sue Teddern

BOOK REVIEW: Annie Stanley, All At Sea by Sue Teddern

| 22 July 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Annie Stanley, All At Sea by Sue Teddern Mantle | Pan Macmillan July 2021 Paperback $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction / General Fiction 70% Rocking Before we leave, I go to the loo. Before I go to the loo, I go to the dresser, take the urn of Dad’s ashes and cram […]

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A Dirty Dozen with TODD THANHAUSER from A.D. 2020 – July 2021

A Dirty Dozen with TODD THANHAUSER from A.D. 2020 – July 2021

| 22 July 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “A.D. 2020 released their new single “Ricochet” to all major platforms today. “Ricochet”, written by Mark McNelley, Dan Reed and Todd Thanhauser, is the first single from the band’s forthcoming album Lockdown Diaries due out independently on August 10, 2021. “Ricochet” is available to stream and download on Itunes, Amazon, Spotify and all major digital platforms.” We get drummer […]

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A Dirty Dozen with RATINOFF – July 2021

A Dirty Dozen with RATINOFF – July 2021

| 22 July 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “The first single from his upcoming album LET IT OUT (due out Fall 2021 through CEN / The Orchard), “Light Me Up” taps into the music that Ratinoff absorbed as a child.  Inspired by the likes of Joy Division, The Cure and Depeche Mode, the propulsive track bottles up the “eff you” attitude […]

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A Dirty Dozen with IMMERSER – July 2021

A Dirty Dozen with IMMERSER – July 2021

| 20 July 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Hard Rock solo project IMMERSER has released the official music video for “Transmute.” Produced and Engineered by KANE CHURKO at the Immerser is a dynamic, hard rock, solo project featuring the powerful music of John Logan Parsons III. The goal of the Immerser project is to bring meaning to a melody. As an artist John L Parsons […]

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INTERVIEW: DEAN ROLAND from COLLECTIVE SOUL – JULY 2021

INTERVIEW: DEAN ROLAND from COLLECTIVE SOUL – JULY 2021

| 16 July 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Multi-Platinum, Georgia-bred rockers COLLECTIVE SOUL–Ed Roland (vocals / keyboards / guitar), Dean Roland (rhythm guitar), Will Turpin (bass), Jesse Triplett (lead guitar), Johnny Rabb (drums)—celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2019 in all-out style with the June 21, 2019 release of their tenth studio album, BLOOD, on Fuzze-Flex Records/ADA. Now that […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ANDY CHAVES from KATASTRO – July 2021

A Dirty Dozen with ANDY CHAVES from KATASTRO – July 2021

| 14 July 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “As they gear up for the release of their new album Sucker next month, emerging alt-rock / hip-hop hybrid Katastro has released their new single “Droptop.” The positive, floaty track features background vocals from longtime friend Micah Brown of Iration. Sucker, the Phoenix-based quartet’s sixth full-length album, also features their buzzy summer anthem “The Way […]

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A Dirty Dozen with HAL MARABEL from MAD INVASION – July 2021

A Dirty Dozen with HAL MARABEL from MAD INVASION – July 2021

| 14 July 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Swedish band MAD INVASION combines vintage 70’s hard rock influences with a modern approach and soundscape. The vast experience of the band members as musicians, songwriters and performing artists −includes numerous album releases and tours over the years. In September MAD INVASION release their long awaited debut album entitled Edge Of The World, an […]

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A Dirty Dozen with MICHAEL JAHNZ from RICHRATH PROJECT 3:13 – July 2021

A Dirty Dozen with MICHAEL JAHNZ from RICHRATH PROJECT 3:13 – July 2021

| 14 July 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Michael Jahnz started the REO connection when he became lead vocalist and front man for the legendary Gary Richrath, former lead guitarist and song writer for REO Speedwagon. They toured together for over a decade as the Gary Richrath Band playing the songs Gary had written for REO […]

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A Dirty Dozen with DEZ MONEY – July 2021

A Dirty Dozen with DEZ MONEY – July 2021

| 14 July 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “When Dez Money released “Lost” in April of 2021 he invited the listener into his new world, with his song “Trippin,” currently featured on Apple Music New In Rock and New In Alternative playlists he invites us into a technicolor dream, filled with hypnotic grooves. The multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer show’s his versatility and creates his own path […]

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