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LIVE: DOROTHY – February 9, 2019

LIVE: DOROTHY – February 9, 2019

| 18 February 2019 | Reply

Venue: Saint Andrews Hall City: Detroit, MI Date: February 9, 2019 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Dorothy first hit my musical radar last year when I caught her opening for Greta Van Fleet.  Her vocals are amazing, the songs structured perfectly and catchy as hell, and her band is tight.  With two […]

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LIVE: ALESTORM – Perth, 6 Feb, 2019

LIVE: ALESTORM – Perth, 6 Feb, 2019

| 15 February 2019 | Reply

LIVE: ALESTORM – Perth, 6 Feb, 2019 Capitol, Wednesday, 6 February, 2019 Reviewed by Karl Infirri Photography by Damien Crocker Alestorm, pirate metal extraordinaires. I’ve been a casual fan for years and always wondered what they would be like live, and tonight I was proud to witness the insanity that is Alestorm. Opening up the […]

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LIVE: SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators – Perth, 3 Feb, 2019

LIVE: SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators – Perth, 3 Feb, 2019

| 4 February 2019 | Reply

LIVE: SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators – Perth, 3 Feb, 2019 Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators – RAC Arena, Perth Review by Damien Crocker Photography by Stuart McKay New Zealand’s Devilskin kicked off the night with a bang. The clearly seasoned artists were more than comfortable performing on the big stage, […]

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Music

MUSIC REVIEW: STEPHEN PEARCY – View To A Thrill

MUSIC REVIEW: STEPHEN PEARCY – View To A Thrill

| 21 February 2019 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: November 9, 2018 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Stephen Pearcy has always marched to his own drum, whether as frontman of RATT or as a solo artist.  He bucked trends and veered from a sound he was aligned with when he recorded earlier solo efforts, but has […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: ROYAL TUSK – Tusk II

MUSIC REVIEW: ROYAL TUSK – Tusk II

| 19 February 2019 | Reply

Label: eOne / Entertainment One Music Release Date: October 26, 2018 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I am not sure how these guys have stayed off my radar, but when I pushed my way through some late 2018 releases, this one popped into the fray, and I am so glad it did – […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: ACE FREHLEY – Spaceman

MUSIC REVIEW: ACE FREHLEY – Spaceman

| 16 February 2019 | Reply

Label: eOne / Entertainment One Music Release Date: October 19, 2019 Rating: 9.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Every artist proclaims their latest release is their best, and in most cases it just demonstrates the artists growth, maturity, adaptation, etc.  With Ace Frehley’s latest disc, Spaceman, it rivals most of his catalog for best material […]

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Books

BOOK REVIEW: Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

BOOK REVIEW: Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

| 21 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor Hodder & Stoughton October 2018 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Fantasy 8/10   If you have not read Strange the Dreamer, please stop reading and go check out the linked review/grab yourself a copy of the first book. — SPOILERS FOR BOOK 1 (Strange […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Nobody Cares by Anne T. Donahue

BOOK REVIEW: Nobody Cares by Anne T. Donahue

| 20 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Nobody Cares by Anne T. Donahue ECW Press September 2018 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Comedy & Humour / Humour Collections & Anthologies 55% Rocking Anne T. Donahue’s debut book, Nobody Cares is missing a suffix. It should clarify that people don’t care “About the small stuff.” We all know […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Highway Bodies by Alison Evans

BOOK REVIEW: Highway Bodies by Alison Evans

| 19 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Highway Bodies by Alison Evans Bonnier Echo February 2019 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / LGBTQ+ / Horror 9/10 ‘Do you know anything – at all, about what happened?’ The toddler tugs at Hasib’s hand but doesn’t say anything. I don’t know what to say. It’s something bad, and I […]

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Movies

MOVIE REVIEW: AMERICAN ANIMALS

MOVIE REVIEW: AMERICAN ANIMALS

| 8 February 2019 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: AMERICAN ANIMALS Written & directed by Bart Layton Starring Spencer Reinhard, Warren Lipka, Eric Borsuk, Chas Allen, Evan Peters, Blake Jenner, Barry Keoghan, Jared Abrahamson Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 72% Few films challenge the narrative process or mix it up quite like American Animals. Combining small elements of Pulp Fiction and maybe even […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE

MOVIE REVIEW: BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE

| 8 February 2019 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE Written & directed by Drew Goddard Starring Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 90% Ten years after a bag full of stolen cash was hidden under the floorboards of a room at the El Royale […]

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BLURAY: BORDELLO OF BLOOD

BLURAY: BORDELLO OF BLOOD

| 8 February 2019 | Reply

BLURAY: BORDELLO OF BLOOD Shock Entertainment June 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 62% Budget, budget, budget… there are plenty of films out there that cannily overcome their budgetary constraints, but sadly Bordello Of Blood seemingly squandered its bucks on a few cheesy set pieces and a robotic crypt master, rather than on a decent script. […]

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News

DAVID BOWIE ALUMNI ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN CONCERTS IN MAY 2019

DAVID BOWIE ALUMNI ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN CONCERTS IN MAY 2019

| 8 February 2019 | Reply

DAVID BOWIE ALUMNI ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN CONCERTS IN MAY 2019 To mark 25 years since David Bowie’s Space Oddity was unleashed on the world, The Thin White Duke’s band today announces AUSTRALIAN dates for its “A BOWIE CELEBRATION: THE DAVID BOWIE ALUMNI TOUR”. This extraordinary group of musicians will tour Australia commencing May 7 at Perth […]

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US POP SENSATION BILLIE EILISH ANNOUNCES AUSTRALIAN HEADLINE DATES FOR APRIL-MAY 2019

US POP SENSATION BILLIE EILISH ANNOUNCES AUSTRALIAN HEADLINE DATES FOR APRIL-MAY 2019

| 8 February 2019 | Reply

US POP SENSATION BILLIE EILISH ANNOUNCES AUSTRALIAN HEADLINE DATES FOR APRIL-MAY 2019 – WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WORLD TOUR – Global pop-phenom Billie Eilish has revealed anticipated Australian headline dates for this April-May. The 17 year-old singer-songwriter-producer will bring her When We All Fall Asleep, World Tour through Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion on Tuesday 30 […]

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ELUVEITIE Announce May 2019 Australian Tour

ELUVEITIE Announce May 2019 Australian Tour

| 6 February 2019 | Reply

ELUVEITIE Announce May 2019 Australian Tour An Evening With ELUVEITIE – Extraordinary 2 Hour show from the kings and queens of Pagan Folk Metal Mythology, pagan belief and spirituality combine with brutally melodic metal to provide a concert experience like no other. ELUVEITIE have long found their very own trademark sound, a sonic adventure based […]

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Interviews

A Dirty Dozen with SEBASTIAN LINNET of GHOST IRIS – February 2019

A Dirty Dozen with SEBASTIAN LINNET of GHOST IRIS – February 2019

| 20 February 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Ghost Iris premiered their new single and video “The Devil’s Plaything”. It’s the last single taken from the 3rd studio album “Apple Of Discord” which will be released on February 22nd, 2019 via Long Branch Records. The album will reflect the fundamental transformation the band has made since their founding only a […]

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Ten Quick Ones with SILVERTUNG – February 2019

Ten Quick Ones with SILVERTUNG – February 2019

| 19 February 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Silvertung and Thermal Entertainment have joined forces for the band’s forthcoming album (BUT, AT WHAT COST??!) to be released on February 15th, 2019. The first single “Done My Best” is now at radio and is available for streaming / download. A music video will be debuting next week. (BUT, AT WHAT COST??!) includes 7 driving tunes […]

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A Dirty Dozen with THE INFECTION – February 2019

A Dirty Dozen with THE INFECTION – February 2019

| 19 February 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Forming just two years ago, New York City’s The Infection has quickly infiltrated the hard rock scene with their heavy modern grooves and accessible hooks and melodies. Now, after teaming up with renowned Engineer Anthony Rocky Gallo (John Legend, Jon Bon Jovi, The Cult), they are releasing their debut single “Consequences” on Friday, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble

BOOK REVIEW: The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble

| 18 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble Allen & Unwin February 2019 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Climate Fiction 7.5/10 ‘We’re gonna starve if we stay here,’ Emery said. ‘If we’re gonna go, best go now.’  And he said it like going was something easy. Like all we have to […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Afterwards by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Emily Gravett

BOOK REVIEW: The Afterwards by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Emily Gravett

| 17 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Afterwards by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Emily Gravett Bloomsbury Children’s Books November 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade 5/10 Its voice was kind, firm, honest, sharp, but reserved. A short distance away from being warm. ‘I know what you’re thinking,’ it said. ‘I can hear you across the town,’ […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Mr Ordinary Goes to Jail by Wil Patterson

BOOK REVIEW: Mr Ordinary Goes to Jail by Wil Patterson

| 16 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Mr Ordinary Goes to Jail by Wil Patterson Finch Publishing June 2018 Paperback, $27.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Biographies & True Stories / Memoirs 60% Rocking For most people, their idea of prison is like a combination of Orange is the New Black and Prison Break. The book, Mr Ordinary Goes […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: SLASH featuring MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS – Living The Dream

MUSIC REVIEW: SLASH featuring MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS – Living The Dream

| 16 February 2019 | Reply

Label: Snakepit Records / Roadrunner Records Release Date: September 21, 2019 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Slash, Myles, and the guys have done it again.  The group dropped a disc with a dozen killer tunes that get you rocking, headbanging, and playing a shitload of air guitar.  Disc opener “The Call Of The Wild” […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Disasters by M.K. England

BOOK REVIEW: The Disasters by M.K. England

| 15 February 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Disasters by M.K. England Harper Teen December 2018 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Science Fiction 8/10 Hotshot pilot Nax Hall has a history of making poor life choices. So it’s not exactly a surprise when he’s kicked out of the elite Ellis Station Academy in less than twenty-four […]

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A Dirty Dozen with MICAH LINDER of WAXPANEL – February 2019

A Dirty Dozen with MICAH LINDER of WAXPANEL – February 2019

| 13 February 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “WAXPANEL is a Christian alternative/modern grunge band from San Antonio, Texas, that was originally conceived in July of 2008. Current members include Micah Lindner (vocals/guitar), Fletch (bass), James Esquibel (guitar), and Steve Boldway (drums). The band is dedicated to making music that blends their faith in Christ along with […]

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