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Live reviews

LIVE: JONATHAN ANTOINE – December 23, 2021

LIVE: JONATHAN ANTOINE – December 23, 2021

| 26 December 2021 | 2 Replies

Venue: Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater City: St. Petersburg, FL Dates: December 23, 2021 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) There are some show you know you have to attend from the first moment you hear about them.  There are others you figure it might be worthwhile seeing.  There are […]

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LIVE: ROANOKE – December 20, 2021

LIVE: ROANOKE – December 20, 2021

| 22 December 2021 | Reply

Venue: Jaeb Theatre inside Straz Center for the Performing Arts City: Tampa, FL Dates: December 20, 2021 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) If we have learned anything over the last 21+ months, it is expect the unexpected.  That was so true when I popped into the Jaeb Theatre in the Straz Center theatre […]

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LIVE: SARAH BRIGHTMAN – December 15, 2021

LIVE: SARAH BRIGHTMAN – December 15, 2021

| 18 December 2021 | Reply

Venue: Ruth Eckerd Hall City: Clearwater, FL Date: December 15, 2021 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) It always amazes me the diverse crowds that attend certain shows and performances, with the recent Sarah Brightman tour stop in Clearwater, FL being no different.  Whether you showed up to Ruth Eckerd Hall for the […]

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Interviews

A Dirty Dozen with SETH BURDEN from SEVEN YEAR WITCH – December 2021

A Dirty Dozen with SETH BURDEN from SEVEN YEAR WITCH – December 2021

| 31 December 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “South Carolina Hard Rock, Blues-Punk band SEVEN YEAR WITCH has released their blues-punk infused cover of AKON’s 2006 Billboard chart topping, dirty rap hit single “I Wanna Love You.” Filmed live at Blue Light Lounge in Chattanooga, TN, “I Wanna Love You” was recorded, engineered, and mixed by Chase Brown of Atlanta based rock band The CEO. Straight out […]

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A Dirty Dozen with JASON CLARK from BOURBON HOUSE – December 2021

A Dirty Dozen with JASON CLARK from BOURBON HOUSE – December 2021

| 31 December 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “December 10, 2021 – Heavy Blues Rock band BOURBON HOUSE has released the official music video for their single, “I Got Trouble.” Directed and produced by Jocelyne Berumen, “I Got Trouble” is off of the band’s third studio album, Into The Red, which is out now on PACgroove Records. Bourbon House was founded by guitarist Jason […]

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A Dirty Dozen with TIAN NIENABER – December 2021 (BMA)

A Dirty Dozen with TIAN NIENABER – December 2021 (BMA)

| 31 December 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Tian Nienaber delivers a touching lament to personal struggles and their impact on close relationships on his debut single, “HURTING LOVE.” His colossally graceful voice brings the same energy as international vocal powerhouses like Rag’n’Bone Man, and the song’s heavy bassline, underpinned by a synthesized keyboard progression, and complimented […]

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Music reviews

MUSIC REVIEW: BILLY TALENT – Crisis Of Faith

MUSIC REVIEW: BILLY TALENT – Crisis Of Faith

| 17 January 2022 | Reply

Label: Spinefarm Records Release Date: January 21, 2022 Rating: 96% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I first came across Billy Talent a few years ago when they opened a show in metro Detroit for Thirty Seconds To Mars and was instantly taken by their sound and vibe, incorporating a rock attitude with some great punk rock laced […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: KELLY MONROW – Pronoia [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: KELLY MONROW – Pronoia [EP]

| 23 December 2021 | Reply

Label: SummitArts Release Date: December 17, 2021 Rating: 92% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I am typically hesitant to check out material when artists cross over genres looking for greener pastures and the same typically stands true for actors that decide to become singers (I am still not over Don Johnson’s “Heartbeat in the 80’s).  Actress Kelly […]

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VINYL REVIEW: RAYGUN MORTLOCK – SALT MINE EP

VINYL REVIEW: RAYGUN MORTLOCK – SALT MINE EP

| 26 November 2021 | Reply

VINYL REVIEW: RAYGUN MORTLOCK – SALT MINE EP Independent Recorded 2019, Released 2021 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 85% A slab of barely contained vitriol from the four-man anarcho-noise destructopunks Raygun Mortlock is always welcome on the turntable of the 100% ROCK Armageddon Shelter. This clear vinyl 10” EP is housed in a garishly illustrated cover […]

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Book reviews

BOOK REVIEW: BAD BOY BOOGIE – THE TRUE STORY OF AC/DC LEGEND BON SCOTT by JEFF APTER

BOOK REVIEW: BAD BOY BOOGIE – THE TRUE STORY OF AC/DC LEGEND BON SCOTT by JEFF APTER

| 6 January 2022 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: BAD BOY BOOGIE – THE TRUE STORY OF AC/DC LEGEND BON SCOTT by JEFF APTER Allen & Unwin August 2021 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Biography 85% There have been countless books and articles published about AC/DC frontman Bon Scott –some hack jobs containing nothing new for fans and followers, some personal […]

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BOOK REVIEW: THE CAT WHO SAVED BOOKS by SOSUKE NATSUKAWA

BOOK REVIEW: THE CAT WHO SAVED BOOKS by SOSUKE NATSUKAWA

| 6 January 2022 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: THE CAT WHO SAVED BOOKS by SOSUKE NATSUKAWA Picador September 2021 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Magical Realism, Fiction 80% Sosuke Natsukawa, a Japanese physician, welcomes you into the lonely world of Rintaro Natsuki, with the help of translator Louise Heal Kawai. Rintaro is what the Japanese refer to as hikikomari – […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Set The Night On Fire by Robby Krieger with Jeff Alulis

BOOK REVIEW: Set The Night On Fire by Robby Krieger with Jeff Alulis

| 3 December 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Set The Night On Fire by Robby Krieger with Jeff Alulis Hachette Australia October 2021 Hardcover, $32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Autobiography/ Rock and Roll 92% Robby Krieger writes about seeking enlightenment in this illuminating autobiography, penned with the help of Jeff Alulis. Judging by Krieger’s calm tone throughout, and the lack of […]

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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

U2 Upgrade Their Sound and Instruments By Joining TikTok

U2 Upgrade Their Sound and Instruments By Joining TikTok

| 12 November 2021 | Reply

U2 Upgrade Their Sound and Instruments By Joining TikTok U2 has been smashing records and topping the rock charts for decades. The band was formed in the late 80s, composed of Bono (singer), Edge (guitarist and keyboardist), Adam Clayton, (bassist), and Larry Mullen Jr. (drummer). They have released notable hits like With Or Without You, […]

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NORTHERN IRISH SINGER-SONGWRITER LEE ROGERS RELEASES NEW SIX-TRACK EP

NORTHERN IRISH SINGER-SONGWRITER LEE ROGERS RELEASES NEW SIX-TRACK EP

| 30 October 2021 | Reply

Nashville, TN (October 29, 2021)…Recording throughout 2021 for a forthcoming long-awaited second album (due out in spring 2022), Northern Irish singer-songwriter Lee Rogers has taken a handful of his more deviant and sinister new songs – plus a distinctive cover version of “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees – and grouped them together for a digital […]

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REVIEW: NANOLEAF LIGHTSTRIPS STARTER KIT – October 2021

REVIEW: NANOLEAF LIGHTSTRIPS STARTER KIT – October 2021

| 27 October 2021 | Reply

REVIEW: NANOLEAF LIGHTSTRIPS STARTER KIT – October 2021 By Shane Pinnegar Nanoleaf recently sent me one of their relatively new Lightstrips Starter Kits to assess, and I can attest that it is a huge leap forward for groovy mood lighting for your office, bar, chillout room or – and here’s where it gets really interesting […]

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A Dirty Dozen with SANDRINE ORSINI from THE BATELEURS – December 2021 (BMA)

A Dirty Dozen with SANDRINE ORSINI from THE BATELEURS – December 2021 (BMA)

| 18 December 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “The Bateleurs are a Blues/Rock band from Lisbon, Portugal; their debut Video EP “The Immanent Fire” was released digitally in October 2018. After a run of shows in their country, they’re wrapping up their debut album’s “The Sun in the Tenth House” production. The Bateleurs is a finalist for the 5th Annual Banger Music […]

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A Dirty Dozen with SKYFEVER – December 2021 (BMA)

A Dirty Dozen with SKYFEVER – December 2021 (BMA)

| 15 December 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Skyfever are a band of 5 Irish guys looking to take over the world. Fearlessly releasing their debut album Is This The End Of The World in the middle of a global pandemic, they have not just survived…they have thrived! In the UK, they are a major source of inspiration […]

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A Dirty Dozen with BRENDAN SHANE from THE NOCTURNAL AFFAIR – December 2021

A Dirty Dozen with BRENDAN SHANE from THE NOCTURNAL AFFAIR – December 2021

| 14 December 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “The Nocturnal Affair, an alternative/dark rock project spearheaded by singer/songwriter Brendan Shane, have shared the video for their new single “Down” over at Outburn. It was directed by Dale “Rage” Resteghini (Diddy, Gun N’ Roses, Pitbull, Hatebreed, and many more). The band’s musical style is an ode to darker alternative music torchbearers like Type O […]

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A Dirty Dozen with FRAME 42 – December 2021 (BMA)

A Dirty Dozen with FRAME 42 – December 2021 (BMA)

| 11 December 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “This group of artists has shocked their audiences with their natural talent and pure entertainment power. Frame 42 started in Lapeer, MI, under the direction of four-time Grammy nominee Deb Barber.  Their style has evolved from many genres, based on a foundation in classic rock. Their expanding set of original […]

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LIVE: ENCHANT TAMPA – December 9, 2021

LIVE: ENCHANT TAMPA – December 9, 2021

| 11 December 2021 | Reply

Venue: Tropicana Field City: St. Petersburg, FL Dates: November 26 2021 – January 02 2022 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) One of the oddest things to experience in the last year has been the transition to being a snowbird – splitting my time between beautiful Lake Huron in Lexington, MI and the wonders […]

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A Dirty Dozen with VIKA from INSAMMER – December 2021 (BMA)

A Dirty Dozen with VIKA from INSAMMER – December 2021 (BMA)

| 11 December 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “INSAMMER is one of Sweden’s most promising metal bands, combining dark, pulsating Nordic grooves with Eastern European lyricism and melodic romanticism. Their live shows throb with emotional energy; Vika’s voice ranges from a whisper to a full-throated growl, melding with the instruments as verses explode into churning, hypnotic choruses […]

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A Dirty Dozen with DONNIE VIE – December 2021 (BMA)

A Dirty Dozen with DONNIE VIE – December 2021 (BMA)

| 11 December 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Donnie Vie – one of rock’s biggest secrets who has been crafting melodic power pop and rock songs for over 25 years. He and his band were instant critics’ darlings with a debut record that soared up the charts generating two long playing MTV hits, a “Top Pick” from […]

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A Dirty Dozen with MIKE BURT from LIMBERLOST – December 2021 (BMA)

A Dirty Dozen with MIKE BURT from LIMBERLOST – December 2021 (BMA)

| 11 December 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Limberlost is an American rock band from Seattle, WA. Behind the crushing vocals of Krystle Pyette and mesmerizing harmonies of Brittany Lauren, the band, consisting of Ricky Dunn on Guitar, Ben “Thor” Beman on Bass, Anthony Ciarochi on Keys and Michael Burt on Drums, use captivating hooks and tenacious […]

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A Dirty Dozen with MANORA – December 2021 (BMA)

A Dirty Dozen with MANORA – December 2021 (BMA)

| 8 December 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Manora originated several years ago when guitarist Ivo Visser and keyboard player Arthur Stok started writing their own songs. After several lineup changes Manora found a steady lineup at the end of 2016, with Tijn Scholtze on drums, Tomasz Kisielewicz on bass and vocalist Mirte van der Ham. With this […]

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A Dirty Dozen with EMPERORS & ANGELS – December 2021 (BMA)

A Dirty Dozen with EMPERORS & ANGELS – December 2021 (BMA)

| 8 December 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “The band was formed in 2020 by 4 long-time friends and musical counterparts.  Each having success on multiple scales, the right time presented itself providing safe passage for Emperors & Angels to surface. The quartet began writing and soon found producer Paul Trust “Starset” to help mold EA’s sonic assault. After working together […]

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