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Live reviews

LIVE: JINJER – December 1, 2021

LIVE: JINJER – December 1, 2021

| 5 December 2021 | Reply

Venue: Jannus Live City: St. Petersburg, FL Date: December 1, 2021 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Jinjer brought their energetic metalcore show and Coming To America tour to St. Petersburg, FL’s great open air live venue Jannus Live.  With a couple powerhouse openers in tow, the packed venue braced for a powerful […]

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LIVE: BILLY IDOL – November 27, 2021

LIVE: BILLY IDOL – November 27, 2021

| 30 November 2021 | Reply

Venue: Murat Theatre at Old National Centre City: Indianapolis, IN Date: November 27, 2021 Review and Photographs by: Jeffrey Everett (http://www.jeffrey-everett.com) The 1980’s punk rock phenom, Billy Idol, is back with on tour supporting his new four song EP The Roadside. Accompanied by guitarist Steve Stevens, the acoustic performance was one for the ages. The Indianapolis […]

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LIVE: TECH N9NE – November 20, 2021

LIVE: TECH N9NE – November 20, 2021

| 24 November 2021 | Reply

Venue: Jannus Live City: St. Petersburg, FL Date: November 20, 2021 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Full disclosure – I requested access to review and photograph Tech N9ne’s current Strange New World tour knowing not much about his solo material, but familiar with who he is and the fact that he had […]

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Interviews

INTERVIEW: KEVIN MARTIN from CANDLEBOX – December 2021

INTERVIEW: KEVIN MARTIN from CANDLEBOX – December 2021

| 8 December 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Seattle-based, multi-platinum rock band Candlebox has announced the release of the acoustic version of their hit song “Riptide.” The original version is featured on their latest album Wolves, which is available on streaming platforms everywhere via Pavement Entertainment. The emotional, stripped-down version of “Riptide” was produced by Peter Cornell, brother of the late Chris […]

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A Dirty Dozen with MANORA – December 2021

A Dirty Dozen with MANORA – December 2021

| 8 December 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Manora originated several years ago when guitarist Ivo Visser and keyboard player Arthur Stok started writing their own songs. After several lineup changes Manora found a steady lineup at the end of 2016, with Tijn Scholtze on drums, Tomasz Kisielewicz on bass and vocalist Mirte van der Ham. With this […]

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A Dirty Dozen with EMPERORS & ANGELS – December 2021

A Dirty Dozen with EMPERORS & ANGELS – December 2021

| 8 December 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “The band was formed in 2020 by 4 long-time friends and musical counterparts.  Each having success on multiple scales, the right time presented itself providing safe passage for Emperors & Angels to surface. The quartet began writing and soon found producer Paul Trust “Starset” to help mold EA’s sonic assault. After working together […]

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Music reviews

VINYL REVIEW: RAYGUN MORTLOCK – SALT MINE EP

VINYL REVIEW: RAYGUN MORTLOCK – SALT MINE EP

| 26 November 2021 | Reply

VINYL REVIEW: RAYGUN MORTLOCK – SALT MINE EP Independent Recorded 2019, Released 2021 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 85% A slab of barely contained vitriol from the four-man anarcho-noise destructopunks Raygun Mortlock is always welcome on the turntable of the 100% ROCK Armageddon Shelter. This clear vinyl 10” EP is housed in a garishly illustrated cover […]

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CD REVIEW: FABRIZZIO GROSSI & SOUL GARAGE EXPERIENCE – COUNTERFEITED SOULSTICE VOL 1

CD REVIEW: FABRIZZIO GROSSI & SOUL GARAGE EXPERIENCE – COUNTERFEITED SOULSTICE VOL 1

| 24 November 2021 | Reply

CD REVIEW: FABRIZZIO GROSSI & SOUL GARAGE EXPERIENCE – COUNTERFEITED SOULSTICE VOL 1 Soul Garage Experience Recordings September 2021 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 81% You may be cool, but you’ll never be Fab Grossi cool. It’s not enough for this Italian born Californian rocker to exude cool whilst draped in rock n’ roll garb in […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK – Regards [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK – Regards [EP]

| 18 November 2021 | 2 Replies

Label: OK!Good Records Release Date: November 19, 2021 Rating: 93% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Don’t judge — how does a rock and metal guy check out AND ENJOY the latest from Engelbert Humperdinck?  Simple – the EP is packed with classic tracks that come to life once again thanks to Humperdinck’s lush vocals.  Look back through […]

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Book reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Set The Night On Fire by Robby Krieger with Jeff Alulis

BOOK REVIEW: Set The Night On Fire by Robby Krieger with Jeff Alulis

| 3 December 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Set The Night On Fire by Robby Krieger with Jeff Alulis Hachette Australia October 2021 Hardcover, $32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Autobiography/ Rock and Roll 92% Robby Krieger writes about seeking enlightenment in this illuminating autobiography, penned with the help of Jeff Alulis. Judging by Krieger’s calm tone throughout, and the lack of […]

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BOOK REVIEW: There’s a Ghost in This House by Oliver Jeffers

BOOK REVIEW: There’s a Ghost in This House by Oliver Jeffers

| 5 October 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: There’s a Ghost in This House by Oliver Jeffers Harper Collins October 2021 Hardcover, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book / Mixed Media / Pantomime 85% Rocking A captivating new picture book with interactive transparent pages, from world-renowned artist Oliver Jeffers. Hello, come in. Maybe you can help me? A young girl […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Curiosities by Zana Fraillon and Phil Lesnie

BOOK REVIEW: The Curiosities by Zana Fraillon and Phil Lesnie

| 30 September 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Curiosities by Zana Fraillon and Phil Lesnie Lothian Children’s Books September 2021 Hardcover, $26.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Children’s Picture Books / Diversity 78% Rocking   A lyrical and moving story inspired by the people who see the world differently, from the award-winning author of The Bone Sparrow and Wisp. With the […]

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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

U2 Upgrade Their Sound and Instruments By Joining TikTok

U2 Upgrade Their Sound and Instruments By Joining TikTok

| 12 November 2021 | Reply

U2 Upgrade Their Sound and Instruments By Joining TikTok U2 has been smashing records and topping the rock charts for decades. The band was formed in the late 80s, composed of Bono (singer), Edge (guitarist and keyboardist), Adam Clayton, (bassist), and Larry Mullen Jr. (drummer). They have released notable hits like With Or Without You, […]

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NORTHERN IRISH SINGER-SONGWRITER LEE ROGERS RELEASES NEW SIX-TRACK EP

NORTHERN IRISH SINGER-SONGWRITER LEE ROGERS RELEASES NEW SIX-TRACK EP

| 30 October 2021 | Reply

Nashville, TN (October 29, 2021)…Recording throughout 2021 for a forthcoming long-awaited second album (due out in spring 2022), Northern Irish singer-songwriter Lee Rogers has taken a handful of his more deviant and sinister new songs – plus a distinctive cover version of “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees – and grouped them together for a digital […]

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REVIEW: NANOLEAF LIGHTSTRIPS STARTER KIT – October 2021

REVIEW: NANOLEAF LIGHTSTRIPS STARTER KIT – October 2021

| 27 October 2021 | Reply

REVIEW: NANOLEAF LIGHTSTRIPS STARTER KIT – October 2021 By Shane Pinnegar Nanoleaf recently sent me one of their relatively new Lightstrips Starter Kits to assess, and I can attest that it is a huge leap forward for groovy mood lighting for your office, bar, chillout room or – and here’s where it gets really interesting […]

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A Dirty Dozen with LATE NIGHT TROUBLE – December 2021

A Dirty Dozen with LATE NIGHT TROUBLE – December 2021

| 8 December 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “After dropping the songs “Sex Drive” & “Scream My Name,” Late Night Trouble follows up with their 3rd single “Diamond In The Rough.” “Diamond In The Rough” is just the right combination of heaviness & boldness. It will make you wanna dance, bang you head and carry away your worries for […]

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A Dirty Dozen with DOMENIC DUNEGAN from THE GHOST CLUB – November 2021

A Dirty Dozen with DOMENIC DUNEGAN from THE GHOST CLUB – November 2021

| 23 November 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “The Ghost Club, the musical brainchild of singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Domenic Dunegan, delivers anthems that are as infectious as they are intriguing—just the kind of enigma alternative music needs. Newest output “I Feel Fine,” produced by Eric Palmquist [Bad Suns, Thrice, MUTEMATH], rides a funky bass groove to keyboard-lifted dancefloor ecstasy, […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ELOAH JONES – November 2021

A Dirty Dozen with ELOAH JONES – November 2021

| 20 November 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Nashville-based indie-pop singer-songwriter Eloah Jones releases a new single, “Under the Bridge,” today, November 19, 2021, via Rock Ridge Music. The single, a jazzy, hypnotic, ethereal-pop cover of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ hit, is from her forthcoming self-titled EP, which will be released in early 2022. Even at 21, Jones can claim veteran […]

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Almost A Dirty Dozen with JON STANCER – November 2021

Almost A Dirty Dozen with JON STANCER – November 2021

| 19 November 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Today, Toronto-based alt-pop/rock songwriter Jon Stancer announces In Light Of, his impressionistic and achingly beautiful new EP, will be out on January 21st, 2022. The album’s lead track, the tense and moody, “These Arms (Won’t Let You Go),” features a dynamic instrumental makeup of lulling piano and ambient textures contrasted […]

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A Dirty Dozen with JUKKA from OMNIUM GATHERUM – November 2021

A Dirty Dozen with JUKKA from OMNIUM GATHERUM – November 2021

| 19 November 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Finnish melodic death metal masters OMNIUM GATHERUM have just announced their Origin North American Tour 2022. The band will be hitting the road for their headline tour with support from Allegaeon and Century Media labelmates Black Crown Initiate starting on February 26th in Brooklyn, NY and wrapping on March 27th in Boston, MA. OMNIUM GATHERUM is Jukka Pelkonen (vocals), Markus Vanhala (guitars and clean […]

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Almost A Dirty Dozen with SHERI MILLER – November 2021

Almost A Dirty Dozen with SHERI MILLER – November 2021

| 18 November 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Today, with the release of her sensual, swaggering new single “Gold Hearted Man,” singer-songwriter Sheri Miller announces her extraordinary new EP, Waking Up To This Miracle Life, a revealing, poetic, and deeply intuitive 6-song collection. Like much of the album, “Gold Hearted Man” is an intoxicating, passionate tune, one that […]

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A Dirty Dozen with PAUL CROSBY from COLDWARDS – November 2021

A Dirty Dozen with PAUL CROSBY from COLDWARDS – November 2021

| 18 November 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “ColdWards (pronounced Cold-Words) – is a four-piece rock band with three family members including drummer Paul Crosby of Grammy nominated + Gold and Platinum awarded Saliva, and his two sons. Youngest son Zac, (Vocals/ All things electronic -Loops, samples, synths, etc). And oldest son, Sean (Vocals/Guitar), with the band also consisting […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: HADLEY KENNARY – Crooked Roots [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: HADLEY KENNARY – Crooked Roots [EP]

| 18 November 2021 | Reply

Label: Independent Release Date: October 29, 2021 Rating: 92% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Sometimes a pop-flavored 5-track soundtrack is exactly what is needed to pass some time and help with the workflow.  The latest release from Hadley Kennary is a perfect example of that ‘just under 20 minute’ slice of goodness.  Disc opener “Orbit” kicks things […]

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A Dirty Dozen with DARREN MOSS from ESCAPE RING – November 2021

A Dirty Dozen with DARREN MOSS from ESCAPE RING – November 2021

| 16 November 2021 | Reply

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find? The song is called “Winning The War.” One of the things I struggle with […]

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LIVE: SILVERSUN PICKUPS – November 11, 2021

LIVE: SILVERSUN PICKUPS – November 11, 2021

| 16 November 2021 | Reply

Venue: The Vogue Theater City: Indianapolis, IN Date: November 11, 2021 Review and Photographs by: Jeffrey Everett (http://www.jeffrey-everett.com) Silversun Pickups have started their long-awaited tour in support of the 2019 release Widow’s Weeds. Like so many entertainers, the pandemic derailed live appearances. As they finally get to showcase their latest release, it will be on the heels […]

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