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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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MUSIC REVIEW: MY INDIGO – My Indigo

MUSIC REVIEW: MY INDIGO – My Indigo

| 17 July 2018 | Reply

Label: Indigo Music under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management GmbH Release Date: April 20, 2018 Rating: 9.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur As a huge fan of Within Temptation, I was floored to hear about this release from Sharon den Adel and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.  From the first time I put […]

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INTERVIEW: SHANNON LARKIN of GODSMACK – July 2018

INTERVIEW: SHANNON LARKIN of GODSMACK – July 2018

| 17 July 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “This summer, rock fans across the country should be prepared to be rocked hard when the GODSMACK/SHINEDOWN co-headlining tour comes their way. Produced by Live Nation, the six-week outdoor amphitheater tour stops locally in DETROIT on SUNDAY, JULY 22 at DTE ENERGY MUSIC THEATRE. The two multi-platinum rock groups are touring in support of their new […]

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INTERVIEW: JON SPENCER – July 2018

INTERVIEW: JON SPENCER – July 2018

| 13 July 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “JON SPENCER, THE BLUES EXPLOSION MAN who put the BELLBOTTOMS on BABY DRIVER! The Top Cat who spread the Secret Sauce in BOSS HOG! The Rockabilly Right-Hook from Heavyweight Outlaws HEAVY TRASH! The Swank-Fucking Master of PUSSY GALORE! Jon Spencer is back! Often imitated, never duplicated, the original NYC underground-rock legend returns from […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: THE MELVINS – Pinkus Abortion Technician

MUSIC REVIEW: THE MELVINS – Pinkus Abortion Technician

| 11 July 2018 | Reply

Label: Ipecac Recordings Release Date: April 20, 2018 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur The Melvins have always found a way to stand out in the musical crowd, whether releasing solo style album ala KISS, or incorporating a multitude of guitarists or drummers on different releases.  On their 27th studio album – Pinkus Abortion […]

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9 Quick Ones with SAM HARMON of VOID VATOR – July 2018

9 Quick Ones with SAM HARMON of VOID VATOR – July 2018

| 10 July 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Los Angeles, CA based heavy metal rock band VOID VATOR has announced their SOUTHWEST 2018 TOUR. Launching July 19th in Las Vegas, the tour will wind through Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico before winding down Phoenix on July 28th. The band has also released the official music video for “Until it’s Gone,” […]

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10 Quick Ones with WILL THOMAS REED – July 2018

10 Quick Ones with WILL THOMAS REED – July 2018

| 10 July 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Nashville based country music artist WILL THOMAS REED’s single “Home Is Where the Bar Is” had originally premiered in Country Music News and is continuing to be well received.Nashville-based, Virginia Native, Will Thomas Reed has been cutting his teeth in the music industry since the age of 13. Being a lover of all […]

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INTERVIEW: CHRIS BROOKS of LIKE A STORM – July 2018

INTERVIEW: CHRIS BROOKS of LIKE A STORM – July 2018

| 10 July 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “The deeper you dig, the more you unearth. By turning inward without turning back, Like A Storm uncovered the eleven hypnotic, honest, and hard-hitting anthems that comprise their self-produced third full-length, Catacombs [RED MUSIC]. The New Zealand group shoveled raw emotion into an engine of airtight polyrhythmic riffage, cinematic electronics, and primal […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: TESSERACT – Sonder

MUSIC REVIEW: TESSERACT – Sonder

Label: KSCOPE Release Date: April 20, 2018 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur One of the bands out there that always seems to avoid labeling in my opinion is Tesseract.  With elements of different genres all thrown into the proverbial mix, thee guys lean into the modern rock while adding prog nuances and grooves […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: THE DEAD DAISIES – Burn It Down

MUSIC REVIEW: THE DEAD DAISIES – Burn It Down

Label: Spitfire Music / SPV Release Date: April 6, 2018 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur The Dead Daisies have done it again… they dropped a disc full of killer rock tunes that allow each member to be a star within the ‘confines’ of the group structure.  The latest offering, Burn It Down, has […]

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10 Quick Ones with BRIAN CORN of QUOR – June 2018

10 Quick Ones with BRIAN CORN of QUOR – June 2018

| 28 June 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “June 11, 2018 – Heavy Rock band QUOR has released the official lyric video for “Raising The Dead,” off of their January 25th released EP, The Way We Are. With art and animation by Svitlana Reinish, “Raising The Dead” originally premiered on Loudwire. The concept for the track came from a walk through a shallow […]

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INTERVIEW: GEOFF DOWNES of YES – June 2018

INTERVIEW: GEOFF DOWNES of YES – June 2018

| 28 June 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “YES recently revealed initial plans to celebrate their landmark Golden Anniversary this year, including the exciting announcement that founding member/Grammy winner/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Tony Kaye (keyboards; 1968-1971 and 1983-1995) will be joining Steve Howe (guitar since 1970), Alan White (drums since 1972), Geoff Downes (keyboards; first joined in 1980), Jon Davison (vocals since 2011) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/keyboards in the 1990s and […]

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10 Quick Ones with JUDGE PAGE of BROKEN TESTIMONY – June 2018

10 Quick Ones with JUDGE PAGE of BROKEN TESTIMONY – June 2018

| 27 June 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Broken Testimony have released their debut album Holding On To Nothing with Thermal Entertainment today. The album is available now for streaming or downloading.  Founded in 2016 in the Upstate of South Carolina, by drummer Bryce Chism and lead guitarist and vocalist, Judge Page (both 16 at the time).  Broken Testimony has quickly become a popular 4 […]

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LIVE: BARENAKED LADIES – June 21, 2018

LIVE: BARENAKED LADIES – June 21, 2018

| 27 June 2018 | Reply

Venue: Ruoff Music Center City: Noblesville, IN Date: June 21, 2018 Review and Photographs by: Jeffrey Everett (www.jeffrey-everett.com) The summer weather wasn’t cooperating for Barenaked Ladies. First, the venue was changed from the outdoor Lawn in downtown Indy to Ruoff Music Center which provided a cover to accommodate ticket holders. A downpour and lightning then pushed […]

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10 Quick Ones with SHANI KIMELMAN – June 2018

10 Quick Ones with SHANI KIMELMAN – June 2018

| 27 June 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Israeli born and LA Based Shani Kimelman has made a name as one of the top emerging Metal guitarists, with a rapidly growing, enthusiastic base of YouTube followers and hundreds of thousands of plays. She recently revealed her cover of an obscure Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X) solo, entitled “Gilbert Blues,” […]

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10 Quick Ones with QUINN McGRAW of LIVING MACHINES – June 2018

10 Quick Ones with QUINN McGRAW of LIVING MACHINES – June 2018

| 26 June 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Sci-Fi inspired, progressive metal band LIVING MACHINES has released the official music video for “Valkyrie V2,” off of the Declassified Booster Pack for their debut LP, I: After Onyx. Originally premiered on Tattoo.com, “Valkyrie V2” is available to stream / download as part of the band’s I: After Onyx (Declassified Booster Pack).” We get drummer […]

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10 Quick Ones with JOE SETTINERI – June 2018

10 Quick Ones with JOE SETTINERI – June 2018

| 26 June 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “American Singer/Song-writer JOE SETTINERI has released the official music video for his impassioned pop single “Hello Goodbye.” Originally premiered on Paste Magazine, “Hello Goodbye” was written in collaboration with platinum Nashville-based producer Mike Krompass (Smash Mouth, Nellie Furtado).” We get Joe to discuss new music, influences, and more in our 10 Quick Ones… 1. Tell us a […]

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LIVE: RICHARD MARX – June 21, 2018

LIVE: RICHARD MARX – June 21, 2018

| 26 June 2018 | Reply

Venue: Sound Board inside MotorCity Casino City: Detroit, MI Date: June 21, 2018 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Richard Marx has brought along an acoustic guitar the last couple times he visited the Motor City, but this year, he brought his band with him and cranked up the energy and volume.  I […]

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INTERVIEW: LIZZY BORDEN – June 2018

INTERVIEW: LIZZY BORDEN – June 2018

| 25 June 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Lizzy Borden fans who simply cannot wait any longer to hear a sample of the new studio effort from one of theatrical metal’s top frontmen, Lizzy Borden, are in luck – “The Scar Across My Heart” (from the forthcoming full-length, My Midnight Things) can be heard now. Friday, June 15th will […]

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10 Quick Ones with JAKE DAVIES of OF LIMBO – June 2018

10 Quick Ones with JAKE DAVIES of OF LIMBO – June 2018

| 21 June 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Brothers Jake and Luke Davies were raised in Melbourne, Australia. Growing up on rock ’n’ roll, they developed a passion for playing music together, one that would lead them to Long Beach, California, where in 2014 they formed Of Limbo. With the addition of Herbie Brady on bass and Anthony Aguilar on drums, they released their self-titled, […]

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10 Quick Ones with ALAN SACHA LASKOW of EVERY HOUR KILLS – June 2018

10 Quick Ones with ALAN SACHA LASKOW of EVERY HOUR KILLS – June 2018

| 21 June 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Progressive Metal band EVERY HOUR KILLS has released a new single, “Illusorian,” off of their upcoming EP, Fragile Machine. Originally premiered on Gear Gods, “Illusorian” features Andrew Ivashchenko (Shokran) and Mattias IA Eklundh.  The new EP titled Fragile Machine to be released on July 6th, 2018, explores the questions of what comes next in human evolution. What […]

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