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Live reviews

LIVE: HARD-ONS with SEAWITCH and LEECHES, PERTH, August 5th, 2022

LIVE: HARD-ONS with SEAWITCH and LEECHES, PERTH, August 5th, 2022

| 8 August 2022 | Reply

LIVE: HARD-ONS with SEAWITCH and LEECHES, PERTH, August 5th, 2022 Amplifier Bar, Perth Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Photography by Karen Lowe Entering the dank cave that is Amplifier, Leeches have already cranked their amps up to eleven for a set of short, sharp, shock hardcore that hits like a two-inch punch to warm the slowly […]

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LIVE: BRANTLEY GILBERT – August 5, 2022

LIVE: BRANTLEY GILBERT – August 5, 2022

| 8 August 2022 | Reply

Venue: Veterans Memorial Park City: Bay City, MI Dates: August , 2022 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) There was nothing that could stifle the energy and anticipation that packed Bay City’s Veterans Memorial Park on a sunny Friday night in early August.  After two sets from a local band that used their 70’s […]

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LIVE: GOO GOO DOLLS – August 5, 2022

LIVE: GOO GOO DOLLS – August 5, 2022

| 7 August 2022 | Reply

Venue: TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park City: Indianapolis, IN Date: August 5, 2022 Review and Photographs by: Jeffrey Everett (http://www.jeffrey-everett.com) After more than a two-year Covid delay, the Goo Goo Dolls were finally able to perform their rescheduled concert in Indy. Frontman John Rzeznik and bass player Robby Takac formed the group all the way back […]

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Interviews

A Dirty Dozen with GHOSTS OF SUNSET – August 2022

A Dirty Dozen with GHOSTS OF SUNSET – August 2022

| 9 August 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “American pop metal duo GHOSTS OF SUNSET have released their debut full length album, No Saints In The City, through Golden Robot Records.  Singer / guitarist John Merchant and multi-instrumentalist Todd Long (ex-Verve Pipe) first came to attention in 2020 with their self-released and well received six song EP, Headed West which initially brought them to […]

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INTERVIEW: LANCE HOPPEN from ORLEANS – July 2022

INTERVIEW: LANCE HOPPEN from ORLEANS – July 2022

| 5 August 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Orleans smooth melodic pop-rock has produced timeless classic hits like “Dance with Me” and “Still the One” (both Top Six chart hits in 1976) along with “Love Takes Time” (which reached #11 in 1979). The band is known for its tight ensemble playing, gorgeous harmony vocals and inspired, well-crafted songwriting. The band was formed […]

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A Dirty Dozen with TONY TYRRELL – August 2022

A Dirty Dozen with TONY TYRRELL – August 2022

| 5 August 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “On his seething new single “Mocking Bird,” out today on all platforms, the Dublin-based songwriter Tony Tyrrell weaves an ominous tale of betrayal and heartbreak. “This one is personal, reflecting a life experience that struck a chord,” he explains. “The sweep and depth of the production captures the sort of […]

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Music reviews

MUSIC REVIEW: CAPITAL THEATRE – A Hero’s Journey

MUSIC REVIEW: CAPITAL THEATRE – A Hero’s Journey

| 29 July 2022 | Reply

Label: Reslau Records Release Date: June 24, 2022 Rating: 99% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur When recently asked to describe the new music, frontman Adam Stevenson told me in a recent Dirty Dozen installment: “Our debut album A Hero’s Journey is a concept album based on the hero’s journey archetype coined by Joseph Campbell, so for lovers of […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: PROJECTED – Hypoxia

MUSIC REVIEW: PROJECTED – Hypoxia

| 26 July 2022 | Reply

Label: Rat Pack Records Release Date: June 24, 2022 Rating: 93% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur It seems every five years, Projected unleashes new music.  After the double album opus released in 2017, I feared we may have to wait 10 years, but the pandemic allowed the band to crank through some new music for us […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: ALICIA BLUE – Inner Child Work [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: ALICIA BLUE – Inner Child Work [EP]

| 14 July 2022 | Reply

Label: Magnetic Moon Release Date: July 15, 2022 Rating: 94% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Another fresh and new to me artist Alicia Blue is dropping an EP with five great songs that spread her musical talent across the various tracks in different ways.  Disc opener “Dog Days in LA” is more of a singer-songwriter style […]

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Book reviews

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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BOOK REVIEW: The Match by Harlan Coben

BOOK REVIEW: The Match by Harlan Coben

| 20 July 2022 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Match by Harlan Coben Penguin Random House March 2022 Paperback, rrp $32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 88% Thriller The term “unputdownable” is overused nowadays, but rarely does it apply so accurately as with Harlan Coben’s latest, The Match. The Netflix darling is on a roll with novel number thirty-four-ish, pitching an ex-marine […]

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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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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: COLT FORD TO HEADLINE NHRA CONCERT SERIES PRESENTED BY 8 TRACK ENTERTAINMENT AT DODGE POWER BROKERS NHRA U.S. NATIONALS

NEWS: COLT FORD TO HEADLINE NHRA CONCERT SERIES PRESENTED BY 8 TRACK ENTERTAINMENT AT DODGE POWER BROKERS NHRA U.S. NATIONALS

| 4 August 2022 | Reply

Country Superstar Colt Ford kicks it into high gear as the headline of the NRHA Concert Series Presented by 8 Track Entertainment Saturday, September 3, at 3:00 p.m. at this year’s Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals held at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in Indianapolis, Indiana August 31-September 5. The biggest, longest and most historic […]

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AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES – AUGUST 2022

AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES – AUGUST 2022

| 29 July 2022 | Reply

AUSTRALIAN TOURS BEGINNING IN AUGUST 2022: HARD-ONS with TIM ROGERS WEST OZ DATES The Hard-Ons announce supports for the final leg of their I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken tour The Hard-Ons kicked off their I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken tour – their first tour with new singer Tim Rogers – in […]

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NEWS: ALICE COOPER SHARES FALL 2022 TOUR UPDATE!

NEWS: ALICE COOPER SHARES FALL 2022 TOUR UPDATE!

| 14 July 2022 | Reply

Alice Cooper has shared the following update regarding his upcoming fall tour.   “I’m looking forward to welcoming back Kane Roberts for our shows in September and October. We’ve been friends all this time, and he’s always been one of my favorite guitarists. He’s bringing more muscle to the Detroit Muscle Tour. We’ve always had […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ALIGN THE TIDE – July 2022

A Dirty Dozen with ALIGN THE TIDE – July 2022

| 5 August 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “HOLLOW the much anticipated follow up album from the 2019 Dead Religion album by the Maltese Metal Heads – ALIGN THE TIDE. Formed in September 2015, the band experimented with several different music sounds while working alongside different local musicians, extracting influences and styles. The founders of the band, have been exploring music […]

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INTERVIEW: TIM ROGERS, HARD-ONS – July 2022 & VIDEO PREMIERE

INTERVIEW: TIM ROGERS, HARD-ONS – July 2022 & VIDEO PREMIERE

| 3 August 2022 | Reply

INTERVIEW: TIM ROGERS, HARD-ONS – July 2022 By Shane Pinnegar Legendary Australian band Hard-Ons finally make their way back to Western Australia this week for the final leg of their national tour in support of latest album, the mighty I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken. They’re bringing not only one of their best albums, […]

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A Dirty Dozen with OLIVER NIKOLAS from LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE – July 2022

A Dirty Dozen with OLIVER NIKOLAS from LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE – July 2022

| 28 July 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Today, Lacrimas Profundere have finally unleashed “The Curtain Of White Silence”, the third single from their upcoming new album How To Shroud Yourself With Night. This track is very important to the band, because it’s proof that you can still come up with something new, surprising, and different. Music is art and art is […]

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A Dirty Dozen with BANKS ARCADE – July 2022

A Dirty Dozen with BANKS ARCADE – July 2022

| 27 July 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Melbourne-via-Auckland heavy agents Banks Arcade will release their debut album Future Lovers on July 29 via UNFD. Today, they ignite the lead up to their maiden LP with the video for “Used,” a bouncy ode to self-doubt in the digital age. The track is a high-octane blend of alt rock riffage, spitfire vocals, and melodics. The accompanying music video captures the band in […]

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A Dirty Dozen with BEAU NAIR – July 2022

A Dirty Dozen with BEAU NAIR – July 2022

| 22 July 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “After years on the road crisscrossing the United States playing Honky Tonks, saloons, pool halls, and trailer parks alike, prolific outlaw country singer-songwriter Beau Nair released his debut album Truth Or Nair today. Beau kicked off the release of his debut album earlier this year with the release of his first single “I’m So Hard” following a premiere with Vents Magazine and Ground Sounds. Beau followed the release of “I’m So Hard” with his second single “Funk You” that featured […]

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Almost A Dirty Dozen with MIKE PALACIOS from ANOVA SKYWAY – July 2022

Almost A Dirty Dozen with MIKE PALACIOS from ANOVA SKYWAY – July 2022

| 22 July 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “In an exquisite and multilayered expression of progressive and alternative rock; ANOVA SKYWAY will debut their six song EP Reset on July 15, 2022. Pre-Orders including exclusive bundles have launched today along with the new single and are available to order now on the band’s website. ANOVA SKYWAY have also announced the details for […]

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LIVE: COUNTING CROWS – July 16, 2022

LIVE: COUNTING CROWS – July 16, 2022

| 19 July 2022 | Reply

Venue: Rock The Ruins Holliday Park City: Indianapolis, IN Date: July 16, 2022 Review and Photographs by: Jeffrey Everett (http://www.jeffrey-everett.com) Counting Crows played to a sold-out crowd on the first of two nights shows. Their current tour is in support of the latest EP release Butter Miracle Suite One which is expected to be expanded into their eighth […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ADAM STEVENSON from CAPITAL THEATRE – July 2022

A Dirty Dozen with ADAM STEVENSON from CAPITAL THEATRE – July 2022

According to a recent press release: “New Zealand based alternative rock trio CAPITAL THEATRE has released their electrifying, debut album, A HERO’S JOURNEY, a 10 track LP showcasing why the band has exploded across the world! Recorded with Grammy Award-winning Mike Clink (Guns N’ Roses, Steve Vai), the phenomenal freshman release has unleashed several already runaway viral videos, including “Fait Accompli”! […]

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A Dirty Dozen with NICK PETTY from THE HAPPYS – July 2022

A Dirty Dozen with NICK PETTY from THE HAPPYS – July 2022

| 19 July 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “The Happys are a Bay Area band composed of four degenerates playing surf-tinged alternative indie rock. The group’s latest album ADHD is out now. The ADHD cover image is a photo of frontman Nick Petty’s beloved father, San Francisco Firefighter Dennis Petty, who passed of cancer in August 2019. The LP was recorded at Donut Time Audio, and […]

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A Dirty Dozen with BRETT WISCONS – July 2022

A Dirty Dozen with BRETT WISCONS – July 2022

| 19 July 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Indianapolis-based roots rock/pop singer-songwriter Brett Wiscons releases his new album, Late Bloomer, today, July 13, 2022, via Wiscons’ own label, MAD Diamond Entertainment. A labor of love created with mix engineer, producer, and collaborator Thom Daugherty (The Elms, The Band Perry), Late Bloomer was born of trying times, yet a silver-lining mentality ended up permeating […]

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