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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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LIVE: GHOST – May 12, 2018

LIVE: GHOST – May 12, 2018

Venue: The Fillmore City: Detroit, MI Date: May 12, 2018 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Ghost is a favorite of mine and has been since their debut release.  Out with new vocalist Cardinal Copia, the band is out recruiting fans on their current Rats On The Road tour, which stopped in Detroit […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: MERRITT GIBSON – Eyes On Us

MUSIC REVIEW: MERRITT GIBSON – Eyes On Us

Label: Independent Release Date: March 30, 2018 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Indie new-comer Merritt Gibson recently released her debut album complete with twelve tracks that emotionally charged but not overwhelming or downtrodden, but rather eye opening and enlightening.  Disc opener “When You Were Mine” starts us off on an acoustically driven road that […]

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LIVE: DITA VON TEESE – May 10, 2018

LIVE: DITA VON TEESE – May 10, 2018

Venue: The Fillmore City: Detroit, MI Date: May 10, 2018 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) The ability to review and photograph a legend is always fun, regardless of the genre.  When that genre is Burlesque and that legend in none other than Dita Von Teese, you cannot help but get excited considering […]

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10 Quick Ones with WILL MOSS of LIFECURSE – May 2018

10 Quick Ones with WILL MOSS of LIFECURSE – May 2018

According to a recent press release: “Asheville, NC Metal band LIFECURSE has released the official music video for “BUZZARD BAIT,” off of their forthcoming album, The Wolf You Feed. Produced by Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me, For Today, The Contortionist, Scale the Summit), The Wolf You Feed is set to release mid-2018.” We get singer Will Moss to discuss new music, influences, and more in our […]

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10 Quick Ones with TOMMY GEHRINER of MONUMENT OF A MEMORY – May 2018

10 Quick Ones with TOMMY GEHRINER of MONUMENT OF A MEMORY – May 2018

According to a recent press release: “New Jersey metal band Monument Of A Memory premieres the music video for “Cold Eyes” with Loudwire. The song is the lead track off of the band’s most recent EP Ex-Mortis, which came out this past January. “This song discusses the harsh reality of life and death,” states Monument Of […]

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10 Quick Ones with JIM MÜLLER of KISSIN’ DYNAMITE – May 2018

10 Quick Ones with JIM MÜLLER of KISSIN’ DYNAMITE – May 2018

According to a recent press release: “Bring back stadium rock! Today, Metal Blade Records are happy to announce the signing of KISSIN´ DYNAMITE, one of Germany’s most promising rock bands. Sony Music label Columbia will handle affairs and releases of the group in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. First on the agenda is the release of Ecstasy KISSIN´ DYNAMITE´s new studio album, […]

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10 Quick Ones with TALIA – May 2018

10 Quick Ones with TALIA – May 2018

According to a recent press release: “Aggressive riffs, heavy bass, and pounding beats, TALIA falls in line with ’90s rock bands like Hole, except with a little less lipstick. Always lively and on the verge of explosion, their music excites crowds. After several shows in the US, the Paris/Los Angeles based trio releases their fourth […]

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LIVE: AVATAR – May 5, 2018

LIVE: AVATAR – May 5, 2018

Venue: The International City: Knoxville, TN Date: May 5, 2018 Review and Photographs by: Rachel Craig (http://www.rachelcraigphotos.net/) Knoxville is now a part of Avatar Country. The Swedish band brought their recent tour to The International along with the Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue, instead of the traditional choice of an opening band. However, this was the perfect […]

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10 Quick Ones with DAVID YOUNG of SPACE ELEVATOR – May 2018

10 Quick Ones with DAVID YOUNG of SPACE ELEVATOR – May 2018

According to a recent press release: “Space Elevator releases the new single and a spectacular video for the song “We Can Fly” – ARO mix today. The song is taken from the forthcoming album Space Elevator II. The video was shot atop the largest privately-owned satellite dish in the world owned by Thoth Technology. Canadian, designers of the world’s first 20km […]

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10 Quick Ones with ANDRE of COAT CHECK GIRLS – May 2018

10 Quick Ones with ANDRE of COAT CHECK GIRLS – May 2018

According to a recent press release: “LA-based quartet Coat Check Girl has released a new single called “Twenty Nine.” The bright track is a departure from the band’s usual dark, indie-electro sound, although it still shares a somber story.”  We get singer Andre to discuss new music, influences, and more in our 10 Quick Ones… 1. Tell us […]

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INTERVIEW: JULIET SIMMS – May 2018

INTERVIEW: JULIET SIMMS – May 2018

According to part of her bio: “The story of Juliet’s life has been as exciting as it has been difficult, often the only female in the room whether in a recording studio, or on tour with all male bands, she discovered that Rock and Roll truly is a man’s world, but that as a female […]

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LIVE: CHRIS YOUNG wsg Kane Brown & Morgan Evans – May 4, 2018

LIVE: CHRIS YOUNG wsg Kane Brown & Morgan Evans – May 4, 2018

Venue: Huntington Center City: Toledo, OH Date: May 4, 2018 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Friday May 4, 2018 was an example of something that may not be perceived as rock TOTALLY rocking it… 100% to be exact.  This blustery Friday night Chris Young and his Losing Sleep tour rolled through Toledo, […]

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LIVE: TRIVIUM – May 1, 2018

LIVE: TRIVIUM – May 1, 2018

Venue: The International City: Knoxville, TN Date: May 1, 2018 Review and Photographs by: Rachel Craig (http://www.rachelcraigphotos.net/) Trivium brought one of the best metal shows to The International’s stage last week. They came as support for Bullet For My Valentine’s latest tour, which is a lineup that has been highly anticipated. Frontman Matt Heafy is also […]

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10 Quick Ones with ROCKY MORNINGSIDE – May 2018

10 Quick Ones with ROCKY MORNINGSIDE – May 2018

According to a recent press release: “Rocky Morningside announced the release of his video for single “Tricks Up My Sleeve” off of his B-side record in observance of tonight’s full Pink Moon. “I’ve always been a night owl. My most creative ideas have manifested late at night when most people are sleeping. I don’t know factually if the moon […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: W.E.T. – Earthrage

MUSIC REVIEW: W.E.T. – Earthrage

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: March 23, 2018 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur The guys in W.E.T. have knocked another one out of the park wit their third and latest studio release Earthrage.  This 11-track collection is full of melodic rock gems and more.  Opening track “Watch The Fire” sets the bar – […]

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10 Quick Ones with STEF w/ an F of CITY OF THE WEAK – May 2018

10 Quick Ones with STEF w/ an F of CITY OF THE WEAK – May 2018

According to a recent press release: “City Of The Weak has just released the new video for their cover of the Incubus song “Pardon Me”.  The video can be viewed at YouTube. The band is gearing up for the Turn It To 11 co-headline tour with Echo Black starting on April 7th in Fayetteville, NC and wrapping up May 5th in Norfolk, VA.  The band is also […]

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LIVE: SOULFLY – April 28, 2018

LIVE: SOULFLY – April 28, 2018

Venue: The International City: Knoxville, TN Date: April 28, 2018 Review and Photographs by: Rachel Craig (http://www.rachelcraigphotos.net/) Soulfly made their return to Knoxville after nearly 3 years on their From The Amazon To The Nile Tour. This show was full of brutal metal and energy. Knoxville-based Christian metal band Absent From The Body started the show. They got […]

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10 Quick Ones with DROGOTH of WITCH CASKET – May 2018

10 Quick Ones with DROGOTH of WITCH CASKET – May 2018

According to a recent press release: “Southern California Blackened Death Metal outfit Witch Casket has released their debut album entitled “Hatred Index”, and is available now for purchase on CD or download through the band’s profile page at CDBaby. The album, which is an EP, was produced, engineered and mixed by the band’s guitarist, Colin “Nylock” Cameron, and mastered by […]

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10 Quick Ones with RICHIE RAY of THE STARS REVOLT – May 2018

10 Quick Ones with RICHIE RAY of THE STARS REVOLT – May 2018

According to a recent press release: “April 30, 2018 – Louisville, KY Rock Band THE STARS REVOLT has released the official music video for “Be Careful What You Wish For,” the lead single off of their debut, self-titled EP. Due out May 18th, The Stars Revolt is available for pre-order through iTunes, now!”  We get singer / guitarist Richie to discuss new […]

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CD REVIEW: LITTLE CAESAR – Eight

CD REVIEW: LITTLE CAESAR – Eight

  Label: Golden Robot Records Release Date: March 16, 2018 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur To quote the press release for the latest material from Little Caesar: “US Rock and Soul masters, Little Caesar have released their highly anticipated new album, 8, via Golden Robot Records. 8 is the band’s first studio album in six years – centered around […]

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