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Author Archive: Todd 'ToddStar' Jolicoeur

ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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A Dirty Dozen with NATHAN SPADES of DARK STATION – June 2019

A Dirty Dozen with NATHAN SPADES of DARK STATION – June 2019

| 13 June 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Dark Station has released a haunting new video for their single “Heroes” off of their anticipated debut album Down In The Dark set to release in 2019. “”Heroes” was one of the first songs we wrote with our producer Gus Cryns. I was really happy with how the instrumentals turned out, and once the […]

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INTERVIEW: GARY PIHL of ALLIANCE – June 2019

INTERVIEW: GARY PIHL of ALLIANCE – June 2019

| 13 June 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Alliance is one of the best melodic hard rock bands you’ve probably never heard of even though the band has collaborated together for nearly 30 years and counting. Featuring longtime and current Boston guitarist Gary Pihl (a Boston member since 1985 who’s performed on the band’s last four studio […]

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A Dirty Dozen with NOKO of AM I DEAD YET? – June 2019

A Dirty Dozen with NOKO of AM I DEAD YET? – June 2019

| 13 June 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Retro-Cinematic, Noir Electronic duo AM I DEAD YET?, made up of POP WILL EAT ITSELF and GAY BYKER ON ACID frontman MARY BYKER with APOLLO 440 and MAGAZINE guitarist and long-time collaborator NOKO, has released their stunning, debut, self-titled LP. Out Now via Wire-Sound and worldwide via Cargo, the 11 track LP introduces audiences to the pair’s hauntingly unique sonic universe.” We get guitarist […]

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A Dirty Dozen with CHRISTIAN LILJEGREN of NARNIA – June 2019

A Dirty Dozen with CHRISTIAN LILJEGREN of NARNIA – June 2019

| 12 June 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Today, Swedish metal band, Narnia, release the single “A Crack in the Sky,” which is the first track of the coming studio-album From Darkness to Light. To follow up the release, touring begins in September, where the band looks forward meeting old and new fans. The album-release will be followed up with […]

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A Dirty Dozen with LUKE KEATING of BLACKLIST REGULARS – June 2019

A Dirty Dozen with LUKE KEATING of BLACKLIST REGULARS – June 2019

| 12 June 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Blacklist Regulars are an in-your-face rock band with an international twist. The lack of music opportunities and corrupt political climates led the members of Blacklist Regulars to leave their respective countries and come together in Chicago, IL. The search for like-minded musicians paired Ireland native Luke Keating–and his Alice in Chains inspired vocals–with the […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: LEELA JAMES & THE TRUTH – Are You Ready?

MUSIC REVIEW: LEELA JAMES & THE TRUTH – Are You Ready?

| 11 June 2019 | Reply

Label: 4/4 Sound & Entertainment One U.S., LP Release Date: April 12, 2019 Rating: 88% Since seeing her open for another artist a few years ago, I have been a fan of Leela James and her blend of soul and R&B.  With a new venture in the form of a funk / soul / R&B / rock fusion […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: A NEW REVENGE – Enemies & Lovers

MUSIC REVIEW: A NEW REVENGE – Enemies & Lovers

| 11 June 2019 | Reply

Label: Golden Robot Records Release Date: March 29, 2019 Rating: 93% Super groups are getting more commonplace in the music industry, but why wouldn’t they?  As Kerri Kelli explained to us in an earlier interview, these guys are all friends and colleagues and enjoy playing together outside of their “day jobs.”  The latest such group […]

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A Dirty Dozen with KEVIN CASSIDY of DESPYRE – June 2019

A Dirty Dozen with KEVIN CASSIDY of DESPYRE – June 2019

| 11 June 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Long Island rock band Despyre releases Rise Up via Pavement Entertainment. Produced by Life of Agony’s Joey Zampella, the brand new album is steeped in old school heavy metal with a modern twist. Stream Rise Up worldwide and traditional CD’s are also available.” We get bassist Kevin to discuss new music, influences, and much more… 1. Tell us […]

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A Dirty Dozen with TYLER ENNIS of OF VIRTUE – June 2019

A Dirty Dozen with TYLER ENNIS of OF VIRTUE – June 2019

| 10 June 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Los Angeles, CA – Rising melodic-metal band OF VIRTUE has released their hotly-anticipated, new album, What Defines You, with SharpTone Records. The quintet has also debuted a brand-new music video for the record’s latest single, “Alone.” Formed in Lansing, Michigan in 2009 with the concept of bringing positivity to their listeners, OF VIRTUE came out strong with their 2009 EP To Breathe […]

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A Dirty Dozen with TOMMY ELLIOTT of BAKER’S DOZEN – June 2019

A Dirty Dozen with TOMMY ELLIOTT of BAKER’S DOZEN – June 2019

| 10 June 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Las Vegas hard rock band Baker’s Dozen release their album Cake and Chaos worldwide via Pavement Entertainment. The release is available on digital outlets everywhere. Stream the dirty and dusty rock grooves now on iTunes. In their own words, Baker’s Dozen says, “We are simply an American hard driving ‘punk and roll’ band focused on […]

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NEWS: ON TOUR NOW – Legendary rock band, WAR

NEWS: ON TOUR NOW – Legendary rock band, WAR

(New York, NY) Multi-platinum-selling band, WAR, have announced several additional shows on their 2019 tour, which will see founding member Leroy “Lonnie” Jordan backed by Stuart Ziff, Marcus J. Reyes, Scott Martin, Stanley “The Baron” Behrens, Rene Camacho and Sal Rodrigues. WAR has been sharing their timeless music and message of brotherhood and harmony for […]

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LIVE: PALAYE ROYALE – May 23, 2019

LIVE: PALAYE ROYALE – May 23, 2019

Venue: The Masquerade City: Atlanta, GA Date: May 23, 2019 Review and Photographs by: Rachel Craig (https://www.rachelcraigphotos.net/) The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA was packed with a diverse group of the biggest Palaye Royale fans for this stop on The Funeral tour. The band has a huge following of young fans eager to keep the love for […]

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LIVE: JACKYL – June 01, 2019

LIVE: JACKYL – June 01, 2019

Venue: The Machine Shop City: Flint, MI Date: June 01, 2019 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Jackyl is a band that has had a storied career over the last 25+ years of recording and touring.  These road dogs traverse the country throughout the year and The Machine Shop in Flint, MI is […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: RYAN HAMILTON AND THE HARLEQUIN GHOSTS – This Is The Sound

MUSIC REVIEW: RYAN HAMILTON AND THE HARLEQUIN GHOSTS – This Is The Sound

Label: Wicked Cool Records Release Date: May 31, 2019 Rating: 100% The recently released This Is The Sound from Ryan Hamilton And The Harlequin Ghosts crossed my email and then my mailbox and I am so glad it did – the disc is full of rock nuggets that swirl some of my favorite sounds and vibes.  […]

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A Dirty Dozen with NINE of WORMWOOD – June 2019

A Dirty Dozen with NINE of WORMWOOD – June 2019

  According to a recent press release: “WORMWOOD have signed to Black Lodge Records. With their unique melancholic, majestic and dark sound, Wormwood has found their perfect match with Black Lodge Records. Together they’ll march through the Swedish bogs, forests and mountains to show the world their own and unique take on Swedish black metal.” We get vocalist Nine to discuss new […]

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A Dirty Dozen with CHRIS WATT of FIRE FOLLOWS – June 2019

A Dirty Dozen with CHRIS WATT of FIRE FOLLOWS – June 2019

  According to a recent press release: “Fire Follows is a solo artist out of Colorado. Writing, performing, and producing all elements of the music, Chris Watt is a world class musician that is sure to be a star within the hard-rock/metal genres. He has a backstory that will offer hope and encouragement to all those who […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ROB SCARPATO of DEAD BY WEDNESDAY – June 2019

A Dirty Dozen with ROB SCARPATO of DEAD BY WEDNESDAY – June 2019

  According to a recent press release: “New England’s leading metal band, DEAD BY WEDNESDAY released their self-titled full length album on April 19th, 2019 through Combat Records/ EMP Label Group. The band has announced that they will be hitting the road as direct support for metal legends Flotsam and Jetsam this May/June in support of the new release […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: LIGABUE – Start

MUSIC REVIEW: LIGABUE – Start

Label: Warner Music Italy Release Date: March 8, 2019 Rating: 98% ENGLISH: Back in 2002, I was introduced to Ligabue by my then girlfriend (and now wife) who traveled to Italy and knew of my love of music and CD’s. She wandered into a music store in Rome and picked up a copy of Miss […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: AMANDA PALMER – There Will Be No Intermission

MUSIC REVIEW: AMANDA PALMER – There Will Be No Intermission

Label: 8ft. Records Release Date: March 8, 2019 Rating: 94% While I am a huge fan on Amanda Palmer’s previous solo studio efforts Who Killed Amanda Palmer and Theatre Is Evil, I was unsure what motherhood would do to Ms. Palmer’s outlook and musical journey.  Rest assured – it has made her more intense while softer… […]

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A Dirty Dozen with NICK REESE of JOYOUS WOLF – June 2019

A Dirty Dozen with NICK REESE of JOYOUS WOLF – June 2019

  According to a recent press release: “Southern California based Rock band JOYOUS WOLF has released their Roadrunner Records debut EP, Place in Time. Available today at all DSPs, Place In Time is highlighted by lead singles “Quiet Heart” and the EP’s title track, “Place In Time.” Currently on tour in the U.S. with Buckcherry, Joyous Wolf have also been announced to perform at this year’s Louder Than Life Festival on […]

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