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Live reviews

LIVE: THE ANGELS PRESENT DARK ROOM RECHARGED, Perth, Western Australia – 25th June, 2022

LIVE: THE ANGELS PRESENT DARK ROOM RECHARGED, Perth, Western Australia – 25th June, 2022

| 27 June 2022 | Reply

LIVE: THE ANGELS PRESENT DARK ROOM RECHARGED, Perth, Western Australia – 25th June, 2022 The Charles Hotel, Perth Saturday, 25th June, 2022 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Photos by Linda Dunjey Hallelujah, brothers and sisters, for rock n’ roll is back – and not a moment too soon. It’s not just us who’ve missed it – […]

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LIVE: HINDER wsg NO RESOLVE – June 14, 2022

LIVE: HINDER wsg NO RESOLVE – June 14, 2022

| 21 June 2022 | Reply

Venue: The Machine Shop City: Flint, MI Dates: June 14, 2022 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Hinder and The Machine Shop go back as far as 2005, as it was pointed out during the show.  The crowd is always amazing, packed, and energetic and demands the best from the band.  To kick the […]

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LIVE: LIVE & UNZOOMED featuring STYX & REO SPEEDWAGON – June 8, 2022

LIVE: LIVE & UNZOOMED featuring STYX & REO SPEEDWAGON – June 8, 2022

Venue: Pine Knob Music Theatre City: Clarkston, MI Dates: June 8, 2022 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Summer concert season is upon us, and it was no more evident than hitting Pine Knob (FINALLY get to call it that again in reviews) and catching another killer co-headlining tour from Styx and REO Speedwagon as […]

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Interviews

INTERVIEW: JOHN CONNOLLY from PROJECTED – June 2022

INTERVIEW: JOHN CONNOLLY from PROJECTED – June 2022

| 27 June 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “With society consumed by hardline opinions on opposite extremes, neither side of a conversation tends to bend an ear to the other. It sucks the oxygen out of human interaction and leaves us gasping for a healthy breath. Projected explore this social suffocation on their third full-length offering, the aptly titled […]

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Almost A Dirty Dozen with OREN HELMET from OHP – June 2022

Almost A Dirty Dozen with OREN HELMET from OHP – June 2022

| 25 June 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Israel born and LA based heavy rock artist OHP (OREN HALMUT) has taken the 2017, chart dominating, award winning single, “Shape of You,” and twisted it with his trademark savagery into an inhuman metal banger! With a live music video produced, directed, and edited by the enigmatic artist, OHP’s “Shape of You” trades […]

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A Dirty Dozen with KEVIN KLEIN from VALLEYHEART – June 2022

A Dirty Dozen with KEVIN KLEIN from VALLEYHEART – June 2022

| 23 June 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Massachusetts trio VALLEYHEART, who craft dynamic, cinematic alternative rock earmarked by lyrical eloquence and sweet melodies, are pleased to announce their second album Heal My Head, out June 3 via Tooth & Nail. Valleyheart’s music summons the biggest and smallest corners of emotions alike, which has garnered them millions of streams and acclaim from American Songwriter, FLOOD, […]

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Music reviews

MUSIC REVIEW: THE LICKERISH QUARTET – Threesome, Vol. 3 [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: THE LICKERISH QUARTET – Threesome, Vol. 3 [EP]

| 25 June 2022 | Reply

Label: Stranger Danger Records and Tapes Release Date: May 20, 2022 Rating: 98% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Wrapping up the trio of discs that make up The Lickerish Quartet’s Threesome, Vol. 3 comes at us with four more slabs of goodness that not only build on the other tracks, but help tie them all together […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: CINEMA STEREO – Cinema Stereo

MUSIC REVIEW: CINEMA STEREO – Cinema Stereo

| 24 June 2022 | Reply

Label: Independent Release Date: June 24, 2022 Rating: 98% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur If nothing else, 2022 has introduced me to some new artists – new in general or just new to me.  The former is the case of Orlando, FL’s Cinema Stereo who are dropping their debut release this week after delivering three singles […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: ROZZI – Berry [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: ROZZI – Berry [EP]

Label: BMG Release Date: April 22, 2022 Rating: 100% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Another EP rolled across my email during tax season and planted itself in my ears and has remained there waiting for a proper listen and review to flow from my speakers, through my hands, and across the web.  This six-track collection has different […]

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Book reviews

BOOK REVIEW: ALL ABOUT ME – My Remarkable Life In Showbiz by Mel Brooks

BOOK REVIEW: ALL ABOUT ME – My Remarkable Life In Showbiz by Mel Brooks

| 22 June 2022 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: ALL ABOUT ME – My Remarkable Life In Showbiz by Mel Brooks Century November 2021 Hardback Rrp $39.99 Autobiography By Shane Pinnegar 80% Imagine being sat down comfortably with your favourite uncle, and being told warm, interesting and often hilarious stories about his life. That’s exactly what All About Me is all about […]

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BOOK REVIEW: EVERYONE IN MY FAMILY HAS KILLED SOMEONE by Benjamin Stevenson

BOOK REVIEW: EVERYONE IN MY FAMILY HAS KILLED SOMEONE by Benjamin Stevenson

| 22 June 2022 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: EVERYONE IN MY FAMILY HAS KILLED SOMEONE by Benjamin Stevenson Penguin Random House March 2022 Paperback, $32.99 Mystery, thriller, whodunnit Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 85% Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone has, quite rightly, already had the rights sold to HBO for a future film or TV series, and that’s all down […]

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BOOK REVIEW: BECOMING MR NICE – THE HOWARD MARKS ARCHIVE by Amber Marks

BOOK REVIEW: BECOMING MR NICE – THE HOWARD MARKS ARCHIVE by Amber Marks

| 28 April 2022 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: BECOMING MR NICE – THE HOWARD MARKS ARCHIVE by Amber Marks No Exit Press Rrp $39.99 Hardcover, November 2021 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 90% Howard Marks’ story remains a riveting ride, six years after his death and more than thirty years after he was ‘banged up’ in the USA for his drug smuggling […]

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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

NEWS: OZZY OSBOURNE CONFIRMS SEPTEMBER 9 AS RELEASE DATE FOR NEW ALBUM ‘PATIENT NUMBER 9’ (EPIC)

NEWS: OZZY OSBOURNE CONFIRMS SEPTEMBER 9 AS RELEASE DATE FOR NEW ALBUM ‘PATIENT NUMBER 9’ (EPIC)

| 25 June 2022 | Reply

OZZY is back. Mark September 9 on your calendar as the release date for PATIENT NUMBER 9, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy®-winning singer and songwriter OZZY OSBOURNE’s new album and the first since his critically acclaimed, worldwide, chart-topping 2020 ORDINARY MAN release. The album’s self-titled first single and video have today (Friday, June 24) been released […]

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NEWS: Shinedown Announces Veeps Free Global Livestream Of Planet Zero Album Release Day Show and In-Store Signing on July 1st

NEWS: Shinedown Announces Veeps Free Global Livestream Of Planet Zero Album Release Day Show and In-Store Signing on July 1st

| 17 June 2022 | Reply

Following the recent arrival of their new single “Daylight,” multi-platinum rock band Shinedown have announced that they will be celebrating the release of their new studio album Planet Zero with a free Veeps global livestream of their album release day event on July 1st. Taking place at Daddy Kool Records in St. Petersburg, FL, beginning at 3pm EST, Shinedown will perform a ticketed free outdoor show followed by a celebration and signing in-store with fans. Please visit the event […]

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Shinedown Releases Soaring Anthem About Our Human Connections

Shinedown Releases Soaring Anthem About Our Human Connections

Multi-platinum band Shinedown have released their soaring and poignant anthem “Daylight.” Offering an assurance that you are never alone, the single’s meaningful portrait of a vital human connection reflects the importance of our relationships and the people in our lives whose support and empathy help get us through to the next day. “This is about […]

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A Dirty Dozen with LUIS DIAS from MOONSHADE – June 2022

A Dirty Dozen with LUIS DIAS from MOONSHADE – June 2022

| 23 June 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Moonshade will release their second album As We Set The Skies Ablaze on July, 22nd 2022. After releasing the singles “Epitaph” and “Blood Of The Titans,” “Everlasting Horizons” is the third single from Moonshade’s sophomore album. The song is now available on all major streaming platforms. This song was taken from Moonshade’s upcoming album As We Set […]

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A Dirty Dozen with JARED ROHDE from COUNTERPUNCH – June 2022

A Dirty Dozen with JARED ROHDE from COUNTERPUNCH – June 2022

| 23 June 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Chicago’s melodic punk rock darlings Counterpunch return with Rewire, their long-awaited follow-up LP to 2014’s acclaimed Bruises. Delivering a patented blend of potent harmonies and showcasing exactly what they do best, ‘Rewire’ ushers in a new era for the punk rock stalwarts. Counterpunch is a four piece powerhouse that has been bringing […]

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INTERVIEW: CHUCK WRIGHT – June 2022

INTERVIEW: CHUCK WRIGHT – June 2022

| 22 June 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Chuck Wright is proud and excited to release his debut solo album, Sheltering Sky, on Los Angeles-based Cleopatra Records, on May 20. The album features guest appearances by 40 of Wright’s musical peers including keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater/Billy Idol), guitarist Lanny Cordola (House of Lords), vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen), Troy […]

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A Dirty Dozen with WHO ON EARTH  – June 2022

A Dirty Dozen with WHO ON EARTH – June 2022

| 22 June 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “New Jersey hard rock quintet WHO ON EARTH are back with another hard-hitting single and video from their forthcoming debut album, Blame, due out this fall. The new track, titled “On The Brink”, delivers a potent combination of earth moving vocals, guitar virtuosity, powerful bass, and thunderous drums that have seemingly been lost in the modern-day shuffle! Somebody […]

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A Dirty Dozen with STACY ANTONEL – June 2022

A Dirty Dozen with STACY ANTONEL – June 2022

| 21 June 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Nashville-based retro Americana singer-songwriter Stacy Antonel is set to release her debut album, Always the Outsider, independently on June 17, 2022. An idiosyncratic artist with a background in classical piano, Antonel makes clever Americana that feels both vintage and hyper-modern at the same time. Rooted in classic country but influenced by jazz, pop, and R&B, […]

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A Dirty Dozen with LOVE CRUSHED VELVET – June 2022

A Dirty Dozen with LOVE CRUSHED VELVET – June 2022

| 21 June 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Today, with the release of the mind-melting music video for “The Future,” the NYC post-punk outfit Love Crushed Velvet reveals details of their new studio album ‘Souls and the Barren Heart,’ out July 22nd. Inspired by post-pandemic Manhattan and the untapped chaos of urban life, the album features taut, […]

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A Dirty Dozen with MEREDITH LAZOWSKI – June 2022

A Dirty Dozen with MEREDITH LAZOWSKI – June 2022

| 21 June 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Toronto-based Americana singer-songwriter Meredith Lazowski is set to release her debut album, Other Way Home, independently on June 17, 2022. Other Way Home presents a collection of 10 distinctive songs, each beckoning like a siren tempting us to take risks and face our undying desires, the songs mirroring the landscapes of life – from the […]

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A Dirty Dozen with A FITTING REVENGE – June 2022

A Dirty Dozen with A FITTING REVENGE – June 2022

| 17 June 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Rochester, NY based Heavy Melodic Metal band A FITTING REVENGE has released the official music video for their single, “The Overthrow.” Produced by Jack Daniels (WAR OF AGES) with SickTones Studio (Life By Death, Fleshkiller), with mastering by John Douglass (Nile, Carnifex, Amon Amarth Records), “The Overthrow” is off of the band’s upcoming album, Omnipresence, due to release July 1, 2022. Breaking onto […]

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A Dirty Dozen with JON ELMALEH from NAPOLEON – June 2022

A Dirty Dozen with JON ELMALEH from NAPOLEON – June 2022

| 17 June 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Based in Toronto ON, Alt-Punk four-piece ​Napoleon​ has been attracting attention from fans and media alike within their local Toronto scene since they formed in early 2018. The band has managed to develop an impressive resume in the short period of time they have been active, performing alongside bands such […]

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A Dirty Dozen with BILLY McKNIGHT from SOUL CIRCUS COWBOYS – June 2022

A Dirty Dozen with BILLY McKNIGHT from SOUL CIRCUS COWBOYS – June 2022

| 11 June 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “A country band boasting Southern Rock attitude, Soul Circus Cowboys has put out record after record of powerful music that drips lived experience and robust sound. SCC is currently made up of Billy McKnight (lead vocals), Dewey Buxton (acoustic guitar/vocals), Ron Zebron (lead guitar/vocals), James Caulk (Bass), and Steven […]

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