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Live reviews

LIVE: DREW HOLCOMB and the NEIGHBORS – June 11, 2021

LIVE: DREW HOLCOMB and the NEIGHBORS – June 11, 2021

| 15 June 2021 | Reply

Venue: Holliday Park City: Indianapolis, IN Date: June 11, 2021 Review and Photographs by: Jeffrey Everett (http://www.jeffrey-everett.com) Indianapolis welcomed the return of live music with Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors at Rock the Ruins at Holliday Park. The grounds were divided in pods for distancing, but the mask mandate has been lifted and things felt close […]

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LIVE: SOTA 2021, Burswood Park, Perth, Western Australia – 7 June 2021

LIVE: SOTA 2021, Burswood Park, Perth, Western Australia – 7 June 2021

| 14 June 2021 | Reply

LIVE: SOTA 2021, Burswood Park, Perth, Western Australia – 7 June 2021 Review & Photography by Pete Gardner There are not many places in the world right now where 6000 people can gather together for a day of free music (albeit with one or two restrictions in place), but here in Perth, our annual State […]

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LIVE: SISTER HAZEL – April 15, 2021

LIVE: SISTER HAZEL – April 15, 2021

Venue: Florida Cracker Company City: Brooksville, FL Date: April 15, 2021 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) In celebration of the Florida Cracker Company’s 8th Birthday, they hosted a huge party behind the original location in Brooksville and the house band for the evenings festivities was none other than Sister Hazel.  After an […]

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Interviews

A Dirty Dozen with ASHES TO OMENS – June 2021

A Dirty Dozen with ASHES TO OMENS – June 2021

| 15 June 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Ashes to Omens is a five-piece multi-genre rock band, hailing from Athens, Georgia. The band formed in the summer of 2017 by James Branton when he met guitarist David Gaines and bassist Christopher Blake. The 3 musicians had immediate musical chemistry. Their sound has been described as “melodic” […]

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Q+A – THE FIVE RECORDS I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT with Tim Steward of Screamfeeder

Q+A – THE FIVE RECORDS I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT with Tim Steward of Screamfeeder

| 14 June 2021 | Reply

THE FIVE RECORDS I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT with Tim Steward of Screamfeeder The must-see Australian 90’s indie festival SPRING LOADED is currently travelling around Australia with a colossal lineup including Grinspoon, You Am I, Regurgitator, Jebediah, Magic Dirt, Frenzal Rhomb, Custard, The Fauves, The Meanies, Tumbleweed, Screamfeeder, Caligula and MC Lindsay ‘The Doctor’ McDougall. Screamfeeder’s […]

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A Dirty Dozen with NANDO FERNANDES from BROTHER AGAINST BROTHER – June 2021

A Dirty Dozen with NANDO FERNANDES from BROTHER AGAINST BROTHER – June 2021

  According to a recent press release: “We have loved seeing all the great feedback for the upcoming self-titled debut album from Brother Against Brother, which features co-lead vocalists Nando Fernandes and Renan Zonta (Electric Mob). The band has just released a third single, ‘Deadly Sins’. Awesome melodic metal! Conceived by Serafino Perugino, President and A&R director of Frontiers Music Srl, Brother Against Brother is meant […]

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Music reviews

MUSIC REVIEW: THE VENOMOUS PINKS – Based On A True Story [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: THE VENOMOUS PINKS – Based On A True Story [EP]

| 12 June 2021 | Reply

Label: Independent Release Date: April 23, 2021 Rating: 85% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur What can I say… sometimes a punk band comes out of the woodwork and hits me over the head with a folding chair.  Earlier this year, it was the latest EP form The Venomous Pinks that did exactly that.  Not my normal fair, […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: DIRTY HONEY – Dirty Honey

MUSIC REVIEW: DIRTY HONEY – Dirty Honey

| 12 June 2021 | Reply

Label: Dirt Records Release Date: April 23, 2021 Rating: 95% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur 2021 is shaping up to be the year of great new albums from new(ish) artists.  I was lucky enough to check out Dirty Honey when they released their debut EP and then interview guitarist John and check out the band live in February […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: MAMMOTH WVH – MAMMOTH WVH

MUSIC REVIEW: MAMMOTH WVH – MAMMOTH WVH

| 11 June 2021 | Reply

Label: EX1 Records Release Date: June 11, 2021 Rating: 100% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur It was inevitable that a kid with the talented DNA of Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli would wind up somewhere in the entertainment industry.  Wolfgang jumped into the fray playing bass with Van Halen as well as other projects like Mark […]

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Book reviews

BOOK REVIEW: FRIDAY ON MY MIND by Jeff Apter

BOOK REVIEW: FRIDAY ON MY MIND by Jeff Apter

| 10 February 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: FRIDAY ON MY MIND by Jeff Apter Allen & Unwin August 2020 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Biography 90% Oz rock biographer Jeff Apter takes a deep dive into the life of George Young, who might arguably be the most influential and pivotal Australian music industry figure of the twentieth century. Not […]

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BOOK REVIEW: WILD AND CRAZY GUYS by Nick De Semlyen

BOOK REVIEW: WILD AND CRAZY GUYS by Nick De Semlyen

| 11 September 2020 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: WILD AND CRAZY GUYS by Nick De Semlyen Picador June 2019 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Non fiction, movie, comedy 79% Nick De Semlyn catalogs the leap from Saturday Night Live’s iconic TV comedy stage to film stardom for many of its major players in the late ‘70s and ‘80s. John Belushi, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: FACE IT by Debbie Harry

BOOK REVIEW: FACE IT by Debbie Harry

| 31 August 2020 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: FACE IT by Debbie Harry Harper Collins Australia October 2019 Hardback, $45 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Autobiography 79% Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry delivers a fascinating memoir with Face It, but somehow, in all the retelling of her life and times, she still manages to retain her privacy and mystique. She’s an enigmatic figure, […]

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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

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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INTERVIEW: LEE AARON – JUNE 2021

INTERVIEW: LEE AARON – JUNE 2021

  According to a recent press release: “Multi-platinum, award-winning Canadian vocalist Lee Aaron is back with a collection of 12 brand-new originals that invite you to tune into the heartbeat of your personal radio dial and hear the best of what this rock ‘n’ roll legend has to offer. Like the FM stations that once ruled the airwaves, Radio On! is full of classic, […]

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AUSTRALIAN TOUR NEWS ROUNDUP – BLUESFEST ALL AUSSIE EDITION, BILL BAILEY, HOODOO GURUS with THE DANDY WARHOLS, JOHN PAUL YOUNG, CUSTARD, POSTMODERN JUKEBOX

AUSTRALIAN TOUR NEWS ROUNDUP – BLUESFEST ALL AUSSIE EDITION, BILL BAILEY, HOODOO GURUS with THE DANDY WARHOLS, JOHN PAUL YOUNG, CUSTARD, POSTMODERN JUKEBOX

| 1 June 2021 | Reply

AUSTRALIAN TOUR NEWS ROUNDUP – BLUESFEST ALL AUSSIE EDITION, BILL BAILEY, HOODOO GURUS with THE DANDY WARHOLS, JOHN PAUL YOUNG, CUSTARD, POSTMODERN JUKEBOX BLUESFEST RISES AFTER EASTER CANCELLATION WITH ALL-AUSSIE EDITION MIDNIGHT OIL TO HEADLINE OPENING NIGHT – FRI 1st OCT PAUL KELLY TO HEADLINE SAT 2ND OCT TASH SULTANA & JIMMY BARNES RETURN AS […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ALEX OSIP from WITHOUT END – June 2021

A Dirty Dozen with ALEX OSIP from WITHOUT END – June 2021

  According to a recent press release: “Hard Rock/Metal band WITHOUT END released their new single “Save You” to all major platforms today. The single was produced by Nick Reitman. After a 2 year hiatus, on October 9th, 2020 the band released a music video for 2016 single “Creature Of Habit”, which featured the bands new look and line up. The […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ANGELA AUTUMN – June 2021

A Dirty Dozen with ANGELA AUTUMN – June 2021

  According to a recent press release: “Americana/folk singer-songwriter Angela Autumn is set to release her new album, Frontiers Woman, on June 4, 2021. A guitar player by trade who also plays clawhammer banjo, Autumn originally hails from Zelienople, Pennsylvania but now calls Nashville home. Like the weathered Appalachian mountain peaks of her home, her voice yodels, cascades, and breaks […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: GILBY CLARKE – The Gospel Truth

MUSIC REVIEW: GILBY CLARKE – The Gospel Truth

Label: Golden Robot Records Release Date: April 23, 2021 Rating: 88% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Gilby Clarke is one of those performers that is solid and consistent, if nothing else.  The latest disc of ten rockers is no exception.  Disc opener and title track “The Gospel Truth” gets things underway with a chugging bottom end that […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: QUINN SULLIVAN – Wide Awake

MUSIC REVIEW: QUINN SULLIVAN – Wide Awake

Label: Mascot Records Release Date: June 4, 2021 Rating: 100% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I dig some blues stuff and will take most of it for a spin, as long as it hits a rock vein.  That said, I dug into the latest from Quinn Sullivan because I really enjoyed his last effort, Midnight Highway.  Instead of […]

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A Dirty Dozen with MATT EASTON from THE JENNY THING – May 2021

A Dirty Dozen with MATT EASTON from THE JENNY THING – May 2021

  According to a recent press release: “The Jenny Thing came together on the Berkeley campus of the University of California in 1991 when singer/guitarist Matt Easton met guitarist Shyam Rao. Matt and drummer Mike Phillips had grown up together, and both had been friends with bass player Ehren Becker since junior high. That first album, Me, was recorded shortly after the […]

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ARCHIVE INTERVIEW: Lord Zion – Spit Like This, 2010

ARCHIVE INTERVIEW: Lord Zion – Spit Like This, 2010

| 6 June 2021 | Reply

ARCHIVE INTERVIEW: Lord Zion – Spit Like This, 2010 By Shane Pinnegar In memory of the wildly talented and unique individual Lord Zion, we share this 2010 interview discussing his (and partner Vikki Spit’s) band Spit Like This and their then-t-shirt business Smell Your Mum. Zion passed away on 19th May, 2021 after complications following […]

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Q+A – THE FIVE RECORDS I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT with Richie Lewis of Tumbleweed

Q+A – THE FIVE RECORDS I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT with Richie Lewis of Tumbleweed

| 4 June 2021 | Reply

THE FIVE RECORDS I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT with Richie Lewis of Tumbleweed The must-see Australian 90’s indie festival SPRING LOADED is currently travelling around Australia with a colossal lineup including Grinspoon, You Am I, Regurgitator, Jebediah, Magic Dirt, Frenzal Rhomb, Custard, The Fauves, The Meanies, Tumbleweed, Screamfeeder, Caligula and MC Lindsay ‘The Doctor’ McDougall. Tumbleweed […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ALEX MOORE and SPENCER LIVINGSTON from LIVINGMORE – June 2021

A Dirty Dozen with ALEX MOORE and SPENCER LIVINGSTON from LIVINGMORE – June 2021

  According to a recent press release: “Rising Los Angeles-based female-fronted alternative rock band Livingmore has released their new single “Got Me Feelin’ Like,” the latest off their sophomore full-length studio album Take Me, via Nomad Eel Records. “Got Me Feelin’ Like” tells the story of a larger-than-life “rhinestone cowboy” character envisioned by lead vocalist Alex Moore as showcased in the song’s official music video. Anchored by glossy […]

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A Dirty Dozen with DREW MCMANUS of SATSANG – June 2021

A Dirty Dozen with DREW MCMANUS of SATSANG – June 2021

  According to a recent press release: “All. Right. Now., the new album from Montana-based quartet Satsang, is an ode to their homestate, so it may come as no surprise that the album’s breathtaking opening track was written on a rock in the middle of the Stillwater river, in Montana’s southwest region. Written and recorded during an extended hiatus […]

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A Dirty Dozen with JIMMY VANZENO from SONIC CIRCUS – June 2021

A Dirty Dozen with JIMMY VANZENO from SONIC CIRCUS – June 2021

  According to a recent press release: “Combining the best of modern melodic prog rock with a hefty dose of funk are Australian 3-piece, Sonic Circus. The Aussie rock trio are back in 2020 with the announcement of their new single, “Aeroplane,” ahead of their debut album, “Everything.” We get Jimmy to discuss new music, influences, and […]

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