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Live reviews

LIVE: TESLA – January 19, 2023

LIVE: TESLA – January 19, 2023

| 25 January 2023 | Reply

Venue: Hard Rock Event Center City: Tampa, FL Dates: January 19, 2023 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) It took a couple weeks (and more than a month since my last show in December) to get back into a venue with camera in hand to start my own 2023 concert season.  Tesla announced one […]

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LIVE: TAYLOR DAYNE – December 11, 2022

LIVE: TAYLOR DAYNE – December 11, 2022

| 26 December 2022 | Reply

Venue: The Palladium Theater City: St. Petersburg, FL Dates: December 11, 2022 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Closing out 2022’s concert season, I was treated to one of the best shows of the year.  Taylor Dayne and her band brought a bag full of hits, a handful of stories, and the perfect amount […]

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LIVE: GIRL TALK – December 9, 2022

LIVE: GIRL TALK – December 9, 2022

| 25 December 2022 | 1 Reply

Venue: Jannus Live City: Saint Petersburg, FL Date: December 9, 2022 Review and Photographs by: James Zambon (https://jameszambon.com/portfolios/concerts/) I recently had the opportunity to see Girl Talk in concert for the second time. My first was 12 years ago at this same venue (Jannus Landing, St Pete, FL) and was once again, blown away by their performance. […]

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Interviews

A Dirty Dozen with STEVEN MANDELL from AMERICAN STANDARDS – February 2023

A Dirty Dozen with STEVEN MANDELL from AMERICAN STANDARDS – February 2023

| 3 February 2023 | Reply

In advance of American Standards’ upcoming EP DOPAMINE DEALER being released on 02/03/23, we get bassist Steven to discuss new music, influences, and more. 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 […]

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A Dirty Dozen with GIUSEPPE SBRANA from SKINFLINT – February 2023

A Dirty Dozen with GIUSEPPE SBRANA from SKINFLINT – February 2023

| 2 February 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “African metallists Skinflint return on Friday, February 17, 2023 with their sixth release overall, Hate Spell, which will be immediately supported by almost a month’s worth of live dates in the US – when the trio tours with Soulfly. Comprised of guitarist/vocalist Giuseppe Sbrana, bassist Kebonye Nkoloso, and drummer Cosmos Modisaemang, Skinflint’s […]

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A Dirty Dozen with NOW AFTER NOTHING – January 2023

A Dirty Dozen with NOW AFTER NOTHING – January 2023

| 27 January 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Today darkwave duo Now After Nothing release their dynamic debut single “Sick Fix” as frontman Matt Spatial and drummer Michael Allen unveil their new project. The track, mixed by Carl Glanville (U2, Joan Jett) and mastered by John Davis (Placebo, JAMC, Suede) features pounding bass and rhythmic opening beats that nod to the […]

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Music reviews

MUSIC REVIEW: THE WINERY DOGS – III

MUSIC REVIEW: THE WINERY DOGS – III

| 3 February 2023 | Reply

Label: Three Dog Music Release Date: February 3, 2023 Rating: 98% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur The Winery Dogs is one of the best “all-star” collaborations out there today, in my opinion.  There is something about these three guys that just settles perfectly in my rock and roll world.  The trios latest and third release aptly […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: RAUE – KARMA!! [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: RAUE – KARMA!! [EP]

| 31 January 2023 | Reply

Label: Independent Release Date: February 2, 2023 Rating: 90% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur A two-track EP from Raue drops later this week.  According to a recent press release: “Up-and-coming punk duo Raue is excited to announce their forthcoming EP KARMA!!, set to be released on February 2nd. Featuring two brand new tracks, KARMA!! pulls inspiration from the 90’s grunge scene. Raue is a […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: ANTI-FLAG – Lies They Tell Our Children

MUSIC REVIEW: ANTI-FLAG – Lies They Tell Our Children

| 6 January 2023 | Reply

Label: Spinefarm Release Date: January 6, 2023 Rating: 92% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Punk has never been a genre I have aligned myself with… even with all the metal and hard rock I get into.  Turning over a new leaf at the turn of the year, I decided I am going to be open to […]

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Book reviews

COOKBOOK REVIEW: PRIDE AND PUDDING by REGULA YSEWIJN

COOKBOOK REVIEW: PRIDE AND PUDDING by REGULA YSEWIJN

| 12 October 2022 | 1 Reply

COOKBOOK REVIEW: PRIDE AND PUDDING by REGULA YSEWIJN Murdoch Books May 2022 Hard cover, rrp $55.00 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 92% Cookbook The last person you might expect to have assembled a definitive and historical tome of British puddings is a Belgian, but Regula Ysewijn is a renowned culinary historian, author and photographer, and this […]

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COOKBOOK REVIEW: CHINESE-ISH by ROSHEEN KAUL & JOANNA HU

COOKBOOK REVIEW: CHINESE-ISH by ROSHEEN KAUL & JOANNA HU

| 11 October 2022 | Reply

COOKBOOK REVIEW: CHINESE-ISH by ROSHEEN KAUL & JOANNA HU Murdoch Books July 2022 Hard cover, rrp $39.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 90% Cookbook Immigrants Rosheen Kaul and Joanna Hu don’t just label the food they present here as ‘Chinese-ish’, but also themselves. With convoluted bloodlines and upbringings taking in Kashmiri, Singaporean, Chinese, Filipino, Indonesian, Nyonya, […]

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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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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

SHINEDOWN Releases Music Video  For New Rock Single “Dead Don’t Die”

SHINEDOWN Releases Music Video For New Rock Single “Dead Don’t Die”

| 18 January 2023 | Reply

NEW YORK, NY– January 18, 2023 – Multi-platinum, chart-topping band Shinedown are kicking off 2023 with the release of their new music video for next rock single “Dead Don’t Die” from their hit album Planet Zero. The defiant track, featuring pummeling drums and searing off-the-rails guitar solos, is a rousing declaration of survival and an […]

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Country Goes Metal & Righteous Vendetta Fuse Metal & Country

Country Goes Metal & Righteous Vendetta Fuse Metal & Country

| 8 December 2022 | Reply

Forget your mom and dad’s Country music and crossover hits of the 80’s.  New single “If You’re Going Through Hell,” will be dropping December 8, 2022 from 8 Track Entertainment to introduce the world to Country Goes Metal, a five-song EP featuring some of country music’s biggest hits covered by popular metalcore band Righteous Vendetta, which will […]

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HOLY CRAP – METALLICA ARE GOOD AGAIN!!!!!

HOLY CRAP – METALLICA ARE GOOD AGAIN!!!!!

| 28 November 2022 | Reply

  New single Lux Æterna dropped completely out of the blue tonight and – GASP – it’s pretty damned great! \m/  

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A Dirty Dozen with DIEGO and ALASTAIR from DEEP AL BRINDLE – January 2023

A Dirty Dozen with DIEGO and ALASTAIR from DEEP AL BRINDLE – January 2023

| 26 January 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Los Angeles-based electronic duo Deep Al Brindle will drop a five-song EP titled Late Night, Early Morning on January 13, 2023 via Tooth & Nail.  For Deep Al Brindle, countless hours playing music as friends progressed to songs built by bandmates; Alastair Wilson and Diego Castellanos became Deep Al Brindle and released their first single, “Ctrl V,” in late 2019. They released two more singles before signing to Tooth […]

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A Dirty Dozen with DERON MILLER from 96 BITTER BEINGS – January 2023

A Dirty Dozen with DERON MILLER from 96 BITTER BEINGS – January 2023

| 25 January 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: ” 96 Bitter Beings was formed in 2016 by Deron Miller (former lead vocalist and guitarist for CKY). The band released their debut record Camp Pain in 2018 and have returned four years later with their highly anticipated follow up. Fans of the original CKY sound will find Miller’s songwriting, signature riffs and inimitable […]

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A Dirty Dozen with JEFFREY DONOVAN from THE GUITAR & WHISKEY CLUB – January 2023

A Dirty Dozen with JEFFREY DONOVAN from THE GUITAR & WHISKEY CLUB – January 2023

| 25 January 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Founded in 2016, Los Angeles rockers THE GUITAR & WHISKEY CLUB (aka GWC), is the brainchild of guitarist / songwriter Jeffrey Donovan. GWC began its life as a cover band – occasionally throwing in an original song for good measure. By 2019 the band was well on their way […]

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A Dirty Dozen with DEJAN ROSIC of SCREAMER – January 2023

A Dirty Dozen with DEJAN ROSIC of SCREAMER – January 2023

| 24 January 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “SCREAMER, one of Sweden’s most ambitious heavy metal acts, have released their third single from their upcoming full length today, entitled “The Traveler.” SCREAMER’s latest offering, Kingmaker, is scheduled for release on January 13, 2023 via Steamhammer/SPV. Screamer came together in Ljungby in 2009, a small town between Malmö and Gothenburg. Screamer have played well over […]

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A Dirty Dozen with PETE EVICK – January 2023

A Dirty Dozen with PETE EVICK – January 2023

| 24 January 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Pete Evick is an award-winning musician / producer / songwriter / author who has spent the last 19 years touring the world as the music director and guitar player for rock icon and reality tv star Bret Michaels. Evick has spent his entire life as a career musician, hitting […]

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A Dirty Dozen with BRAYDBUNCH – January 2023

A Dirty Dozen with BRAYDBUNCH – January 2023

| 21 January 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Any real artist can attest that the functionality of music can vary from person to person. Music can be entertainment, an agent for change, and also a source of strength. For the New York based Trans Non-Binary artist known as Braydbunch, it’s a combination of all three. Braydbunch is an artist that […]

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A Dirty Dozen with JARED JAMES NICHOLS – January 2023

A Dirty Dozen with JARED JAMES NICHOLS – January 2023

| 21 January 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Today, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and Gibson brand ambassador Jared James Nichols, who was recently named the #1 “young gun making the Gibson Les Paul cool again” by Guitar World, has released his self-titled new studio album via Black Hill Records. Jared James Nichols, produced, engineered, and mixed by Eddie Spear (Zach Bryan, Slash, Rival Sons), marks the third full-length offering from the Nashville-based multi-talent […]

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A Dirty Dozen with DOMINICK MUZIO – January 2023

A Dirty Dozen with DOMINICK MUZIO – January 2023

| 21 January 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Three decades of making music hasn’t slowed singer / guitarist DOMINICK MUZIO down one bit. In fact, he’s busier than ever writing and releasing record after record, two with the band he fronts Wicked Garden and now his first solo effort, the five song Ep, Candy at a Funeral. Following […]

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A Dirty Dozen with DEREK JENDZA from ARTIFICIAL AGENT – January 2023

A Dirty Dozen with DEREK JENDZA from ARTIFICIAL AGENT – January 2023

| 7 January 2023 | Reply

After reviewing the recent release from Artificial Agent, Pop Culture Disruptor, we wanted to get a little inside info from frontman Derek Jendza.  We get him to discuss new music, influences, and more. 1. Tell us a little about your latest release. What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen […]

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A Dirty Dozen with LAURI LYYTINEN from GREEN KING – December 2022

A Dirty Dozen with LAURI LYYTINEN from GREEN KING – December 2022

| 30 December 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Hidden Beyond Time is the debut album by Finnish heavy metal group Green King. Inspired by the many sub-genres of heavy music, Hidden Beyond Time moves from hard hitting cuts fueled by chugging, galloping riffs that brings to mind the great metal era of the 70/80s and relentless, stoner metal infused adrenaline shots to […]

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