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Live reviews

LIVE: TWIN TEMPLE – February 21, 2024

LIVE: TWIN TEMPLE – February 21, 2024

| 27 February 2024 | Reply

Venue: Jannus Live Dates: February 21, 2024 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Twin Temple brought their God Is Dead tour to St Petersburg, FL’s Jannus Live on a brisk Wednesday evening.  After an atmospheric opening set from VOWWS, the stage was reset and readied for the Satanic Doo-Wop duo Twin Temple to […]

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LIVE: FIT FOR A KING / THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA – February 23, 2024

LIVE: FIT FOR A KING / THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA – February 23, 2024

| 26 February 2024 | Reply

Venue: The Park Theatre City: Winnipeg, MB Date: February 23, 2024 Review and Photographs by: Alejandro Penner (https://www.alejandropenner.ca/) As I am waiting in line to get into the Park theatre in the -7C (19F) weather the anticipation for this show kept growing, I had not seen any of the band on this bill perform live. The night […]

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LIVE: BLINK-182 – February 8, 2024, Perth, Western Australia

LIVE: BLINK-182 – February 8, 2024, Perth, Western Australia

| 15 February 2024 | Reply

LIVE: BLINK-182 – February 8, 2024, Perth, Western Australia RAC Arena Photos by Stuart McKay The local trash media has gone out of its way to suggest that Blink-182 did not like their recent stay or 2-night run in Perth, but Perth certainly loved their visit, as this epic photo gallery of their epic first […]

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Interviews

INTERVIEW: HUGH CORNWELL – February 2024

INTERVIEW: HUGH CORNWELL – February 2024

| 28 February 2024 | Reply

INTERVIEW: HUGH CORNWELL – February 2024 By Shane Pinnegar   Hugh Cornwell is best known for the seventeen years and ten studio albums he made with UK band The Stranglers, but it’s his work as a solo artist both during that time and since leaving the band in 1990 which is far more interesting to […]

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INTERVIEW: DERRY GREHAN from HONEYMOON SUITE – February 2023

INTERVIEW: DERRY GREHAN from HONEYMOON SUITE – February 2023

| 27 February 2024 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “HONEYMOON SUITE was originally formed in 1981 by lead vocalist and guitarist Johnnie Dee from Niagara Falls, Ontario. Following the departure of the original lead guitarist, Derry Grehan, also from the Niagara Falls area, joined the band. Johnnie and Derry decided to re-build the band at that point and recruited Dave Betts on drums, Ray Coburn on keys, and Gary Lalonde on bass. They […]

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A Dirty Dozen with THE IVY – February 2024

A Dirty Dozen with THE IVY – February 2024

| 27 February 2024 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Dubbed by Earmilk as “one of the most promising indie pop acts to come out of Oklahoma,” The Ivy burst onto the scene in 2017 when their songs “Gold” and “Have You Ever Been in Love” went viral climbing the Spotify charts and winning over critics and fans alike. Wyatt Clem (singer/songwriter/guitarist) and Shawn Abhari (songwriter/synth player/bassist) met studying at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Oklahoma City. Both grew up […]

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Music reviews

MUSIC REVIEW: ACE FREHLEY – 10,000 Volts

MUSIC REVIEW: ACE FREHLEY – 10,000 Volts

| 22 February 2024 | Reply

Label: MNRK Heavy Release Date: February 23, 2024 Rating: 95% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur It’s no secret to ANYONE who knows me that I am a huge KISS fan.  There isn’t much the band does that I don’t dig, and this carries to former lead guitarist Ace Frehley who is releasing his 10th solo album […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: HONEYMOON SUITE – Alive

MUSIC REVIEW: HONEYMOON SUITE – Alive

| 14 February 2024 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: February 16, 2024 Rating: 98% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur There are bands from my ‘youth’ that never really got their due and one of those bands I feel were overlooked through my formative years was Honeymoon Suite.  I cut my melodic rock teeth on songs like “New Girl Now,” […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: HOUSE PARTIES – Side Effects [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: HOUSE PARTIES – Side Effects [EP]

| 1 February 2024 | Reply

Label: Equal Vision Records Release Date: January 19, 2024 Rating: 91% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur The day in the office always dictates the music I play.  Meetings and deadlines call for upbeat energetic tunes and the latest from House Parties fits perfectly.  The short EP is packed with a power pop punk hybrid sound that […]

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News

COOKBOOK REVIEW: IS THIS A COOKBOOK? By Heston Blumenthal

COOKBOOK REVIEW: IS THIS A COOKBOOK? By Heston Blumenthal

| 27 February 2024 | Reply

COOKBOOK REVIEW: IS THIS A COOKBOOK? By Heston Blumenthal Bloomsbury Publishing November 2022 Hardcover – $49.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 85% Is this a cookbook? Well, it walks the walk and talks the talk, so I’m saying, “yes – yes it is”. It’s also more than that. Alongside the many recipes there are thoughts and […]

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SAM TOUT ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF DEBUT SOLO ALBUM ‘JUST FLOATING AROUND’

SAM TOUT ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF DEBUT SOLO ALBUM ‘JUST FLOATING AROUND’

| 26 February 2024 | Reply

SAM TOUT ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF DEBUT SOLO ALBUM ‘JUST FLOATING AROUND’ Multi-talented Perth musician Sam Tout has announced the release of his debut instrumental solo album, Just Floating Around. In the last few years Sam has played around WA with alt-blues-rock outfit Redcliffe and also became the musical curator of the work of his late […]

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HOCKEY DAD – NEW ALBUM ‘REBUILD REPEAT’ PLUS AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2024

HOCKEY DAD – NEW ALBUM ‘REBUILD REPEAT’ PLUS AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2024

| 26 February 2024 | Reply

HOCKEY DAD – NEW ALBUM ‘REBUILD REPEAT’ PLUS AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2024 Has it really been four years? Windang’s favourite sons Hockey Dad released their last album – the ARIA #2 ‘Brain Candy’ in 2020 amongst a backdrop of uncertainty. It turned out to be their biggest album yet and set them on a path of […]

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Book reviews

BOOK REVIEW: PERILOUS TIMES by Thomas D Lee

BOOK REVIEW: PERILOUS TIMES by Thomas D Lee

| 27 February 2024 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: PERILOUS TIMES by Thomas D Lee Orbit Books May 2023 $32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 91% Thomas D Lee’s debut novel (endearingly dedicated to his high school English teacher Mrs Parker “because I said I would”) sees several Knights of the Round Table colliding headfirst with ecological cataclysm and a group of enviro-warriors. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: SIR HEREWARD & MISTER FITZ by Garth Nix

BOOK REVIEW: SIR HEREWARD & MISTER FITZ by Garth Nix

| 15 February 2024 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: SIR HEREWARD & MISTER FITZ by Garth Nix Allen & Unwin August 2023 Paperback – RRP AUD$32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 70% Garth Nix should be well known to fantasy fans – especially through his YA writing – with his myriad of titles selling over six million copies around the world, and 65+ […]

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BOOK REVIEW: JAWSOME 1 by R TIMMIS

BOOK REVIEW: JAWSOME 1 by R TIMMIS

| 31 January 2024 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: JAWSOME 1 by R TIMMIS Albert Street Books (Allen & Unwin) August 2023 Paperback – RRP AUD$15.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 75% Who could possibly guess that Finley the Reef Shark and his schoolmates Hunter the Tiger Shark, Gnash the Great White and Gilleon the Lemon Shark were members of ultra famous rock […]

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Movie & Theatre reviews

MOVIE REVIEW: THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS & SNAKES

MOVIE REVIEW: THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS & SNAKES

| 20 November 2023 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS & SNAKES Directed by Francis Lawrence Starring Rachel Zegler, Tom Blyth, Viola Davis, Peter Dinklage Reviewed by Tia Pinnegar 85% The Ballad Of Songbirds & Snakes (from here on referred to as TBOSAS) is the fifth movie in the Hunger Games series. This prequel is set […]

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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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BUZZCOCKS RETURN TO AUSTRALIA WITH THEIR ARSENAL OF POWERHOUSE PUNK ANTHEMS

BUZZCOCKS RETURN TO AUSTRALIA WITH THEIR ARSENAL OF POWERHOUSE PUNK ANTHEMS

| 21 February 2024 | Reply

BUZZCOCKS RETURN TO AUSTRALIA WITH THEIR ARSENAL OF POWERHOUSE PUNK ANTHEMS Thursday 24th October – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast Friday 25th October – The Triffid, Brisbane Saturday 26th October – The Gov, Adelaide Sunday 27th October – Metro Freo, Fremantle Thursday 31st October – King St Bandroom, Newcastle Friday 1st November – Metro Theatre, Sydney […]

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DRUNK MUMS ANNOUNCE NATIONAL TOUR + SHARE SINGLE & VIDEO ‘NEW AUSTRALIA’

DRUNK MUMS ANNOUNCE NATIONAL TOUR + SHARE SINGLE & VIDEO ‘NEW AUSTRALIA’

| 21 February 2024 | Reply

DRUNK MUMS ANNOUNCE NATIONAL TOUR + SHARE SINGLE & VIDEO ‘NEW AUSTRALIA’ “This is well worth the wait. Scratchy, rollicking punk rock that’s messy in all the best ways.” – Abby Butler, triple j “it’s bloody epic.” – Life Without Andy “The track is, as expected, barnstorming: the band expel their carefree attitude in relatable […]

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Sleater-Kinney Brings ‘Little Rope’ To Australia & New Zealand This May

Sleater-Kinney Brings ‘Little Rope’ To Australia & New Zealand This May

| 21 February 2024 | Reply

Sleater-Kinney Brings ‘Little Rope’ To Australia & New Zealand This May 30 years after they formed as part of the Riot Grrrl movement, alt-rock icons Sleater-Kinney return where they recorded their debut self-titled album in just one night in 1994, right here in Australia. Hailing from Olympia, Washington, and known for their feminist and progressive […]

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JIMMY BARNES – SOLD OUT SHOWS AND NEW DATES ADDED TO “HELL OF A TIME” NATIONAL TOUR

JIMMY BARNES – SOLD OUT SHOWS AND NEW DATES ADDED TO “HELL OF A TIME” NATIONAL TOUR

| 21 February 2024 | Reply

JIMMY BARNES – SOLD OUT SHOWS AND NEW DATES ADDED TO “HELL OF A TIME” NATIONAL TOUR Jimmy Barnes’ return to touring has been overwhelmingly welcomed by fans with six shows on his national Hell of a Time Tour selling out within a day as well as an announcement that the Red Hot Summer Tour […]

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A Dirty Dozen with LISA BARCA – February 2024

A Dirty Dozen with LISA BARCA – February 2024

| 20 February 2024 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Based in Phoenix, AZ, Lisa Barca got her start in music in the clubs and coffee houses of New Haven, CT, where she focused on poetry as well as busking around the city every opportunity she had. After relocating to Phoenix, Lisa’s musical landscape moved to artists such as Liz Phair […]

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THE TEA PARTY ANNOUNCE JUNE 2024 AUSTRALIAN TOUR

THE TEA PARTY ANNOUNCE JUNE 2024 AUSTRALIAN TOUR

| 19 February 2024 | Reply

THE TEA PARTY ANNOUNCE JUNE 2024 AUSTRALIAN TOUR Iconic Canadian rockers The Tea Party are heading back to Australia this June for the first time since 2019, bringing their [TRIPtych] 25 tour to our shores. Performing shows across the country in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Thirroul and Brisbane, The Tea Party will be playing a […]

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Almost A Dirty Dozen with TWIN TEMPLE – February 2024

Almost A Dirty Dozen with TWIN TEMPLE – February 2024

| 19 February 2024 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Everyone’s favorite Satanic doo-wop group Twin Temple is back with a brand new record God Is Dead due out Friday, October 13. In the meantime, Twin Temple is now streaming their single “Burn Your Bible” for all your evil-related needs. With a Satanic philosophy that prizes individualism, respect, equality and defiance, Twin Temple are intuitively […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ALAN GRIFFITH from CHANGING THE DESIGN – February 2024

A Dirty Dozen with ALAN GRIFFITH from CHANGING THE DESIGN – February 2024

| 19 February 2024 | 1 Reply

According to a recent press release: “Changing The Design is the passionately-aggressive musical project developed by multi-instrumental, singer-songwriter, Alan D. Griffith. Changing The Design is founded on the truth that we are never truly who we were yesterday, and not quite who we will be tomorrow. Everything in life generates a specific energetic-nuance, which creates an […]

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A Dirty Dozen with THE DISASSOCIATES – February 2024

A Dirty Dozen with THE DISASSOCIATES – February 2024

| 19 February 2024 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “The Disassociates are an electrifying alternative rock band emerging from Southern California, fusing elements of alternative rock, power-punk, and catchy melodies with relatable, authentic, and at times hilarious lyrics. Debuting in 2023 with their singles “I Don’t Wanna” and “30mg,” this enigmatic band is comprised of longtime friends vocalist […]

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PEARL JAM – NEW ALBUM, DARK MATTER, OUT APRIL & AUS NZ TOUR DATES

PEARL JAM – NEW ALBUM, DARK MATTER, OUT APRIL & AUS NZ TOUR DATES

| 15 February 2024 | Reply

PEARL JAM – NEW ALBUM, DARK MATTER, OUT APRIL & AUS NZ TOUR DATES “‘Gigaton’ surprised many fans and critics with how hard-rocking it was. The new one (‘Dark Matter’) goes even harder.”- Associated Press “(Dark Matter)…tailor-made for chanting and fist-pumping.” – SPIN Pearl Jam will release their twelfth studio album, Dark Matter, on Monkeywrench […]

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