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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: SHINEDOWN wsg JELLY ROLL – September 21, 2022

LIVE: SHINEDOWN wsg JELLY ROLL – September 21, 2022

| 25 September 2022 | Reply

Venue: Pine Knob Music Theatre City: Clarkston, MI Dates: September 21, 2022 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Rolling into a packed parking lot and full venue, I knew what was headed my way from headliner Shinedown, but before I could get to that portion of the show, I had to experience Jelly […]

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LIVE: PHOENIX – September 20, 2022

LIVE: PHOENIX – September 20, 2022

| 22 September 2022 | Reply

Venue: Old National Center Egyptian Room City: Indianapolis, IN Dates: September 20, 2022 Review and Photographs by: Jeffrey Everett (http://www.jeffrey-everett.com/) Phoenix is out on tour in support of the latest album Alpha Zulu just released June 1. The French indie rock band from Versailles continues to top the Billboard charts with the title song holding on […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ANNE AUTUMN ERICKSON from UPON WINGS – September 2022

A Dirty Dozen with ANNE AUTUMN ERICKSON from UPON WINGS – September 2022

| 22 September 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “UPON WINGS hail from Detroit, Michigan, and can be described as female-led rock and metal with a classical influence. The group’s new EP, Last Love, arrives September 23rd via Sword of the Spirit Records. UPON WINGS have received press in Revolver, Metal Hammer, Blabbermouth, BraveWords, Metal Express Radio, AntiMusic.com and more. […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ADE MULGREW from DARKEST ERA – September 2022

A Dirty Dozen with ADE MULGREW from DARKEST ERA – September 2022

| 22 September 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Irish dark metallers Darkest Era have released their contemplative new single “Tithonus,” inspired by a poem of the same name by Tennyson. Eight years have passed since Darkest Era’s last album, 2014’s Severance. In that time, the Northern Irish-centred band have undergone personal and personnel changes, while the world itself has entered its own new […]

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A Dirty Dozen with LEAH MARTIN-BROWN from EVOL WALKS – September 2022

A Dirty Dozen with LEAH MARTIN-BROWN from EVOL WALKS – September 2022

| 22 September 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Queen of rock ‘n’ roll Leah Martin-Brown commands listeners with her full-throttle vocals and ruthless lyrics that wholeheartedly express the anguish and fervor that follows a breakup. New track “Back Where You Belong” and its ferocious, larger-than-life sound comes as no surprise since it was produced by Brian Howes (Airbourne, […]

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LIVE: CHET FAKER wsg ADI OASIS – September 14, 2022

LIVE: CHET FAKER wsg ADI OASIS – September 14, 2022

| 19 September 2022 | Reply

Venue: St. Andrews Hall City: Detroit, MI Dates: September 14, 2022 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Chet Faker brought his latest tour through Detroit and landed at St. Andrews Hall on a Wednesday night.  Warming the crowd up on the tour (and also joining him on stage as part of his band) […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: OF VIRTUE – Sinner [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: OF VIRTUE – Sinner [EP]

| 13 September 2022 | Reply

Label: Arising Empire Release Date: August 12, 2022 Rating: 94% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur According to a recent press release: “Michigan metalcore band Of Virtue have announced their upcoming EP, titled Sinner. it arrives on August 12. What began as a humble, promising metalcore act born from the blistering chill and barren fields of mid-Michigan has continued to […]

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LIVE: MODEST MOUSE – September 10, 2022

LIVE: MODEST MOUSE – September 10, 2022

| 13 September 2022 | Reply

Venue: Brooklyn Bowl City: Nashville, TN Date: September 10, 2022 Review and Photographs by: Jacob Smith (www.jhs-photo.com) Playing to a sold-out venue. The opening act The Cribs did a great job to set the mood for the rest of the evening. The room was filled with both old fans and new alike. Both bands have had successful […]

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LIVE: THE JIM IRSAY COLLECTION – September 9, 2022

LIVE: THE JIM IRSAY COLLECTION – September 9, 2022

| 13 September 2022 | Reply

Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium City: Indianapolis, IN Dates: September 9, 2022 Review and Photographs by: Jeffrey Everett (http://www.jeffrey-everett.com/) Lucas Oil Stadium opened its doors to the public in order to kickoff football season with a free display of the Jim Irsay Collection. Irsay, the Colt’s owner has a world-renowned collection including a diverse array of artifacts […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ROBBY THOMAS WALSH from PURPENDICULAR – September 2022

A Dirty Dozen with ROBBY THOMAS WALSH from PURPENDICULAR – September 2022

| 13 September 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Today, Purpendicular feat. Ian Paice release the official lyric video for “Four Stone Walls.” The song is the third single off the upcoming new studio album, Human Mechanic, which will be released on September 23rd by Metalville Records. Purpendicular was founded in October 2007 by Irish singer Robby Thomas Walsh. With over 25 years of experience, he played in several semi-pro […]

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INTERVIEW: JODI ESSEX -September 2022

INTERVIEW: JODI ESSEX -September 2022

| 13 September 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “…what limits? Exuding the brave confidence it takes to defy all impossibility, Christian-Rock Artist Jodi Essex’s upcoming six-track EP, Fearless, is a call to build the Kingdom with the strength of a warrior. Having survived cancer at 25, Essex’s courageous perspective on life is powered by an innate sense of […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ERIC MCCULLOUGH from ISILMÉ – September 2022

A Dirty Dozen with ERIC MCCULLOUGH from ISILMÉ – September 2022

| 13 September 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Baltimore, MD based, Indie / Alternative duo isilmé has unveiled the visually stunning, official music video for their ethereal new single, “In the Dark,” which was filmed in Isle of Skye, Scotland, featuring a breathtaking backdrop to the already emotionally striking musical composition. isilmé is indie / alternative husband-and-wife duo Eric McCullough […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: EAT YOUR HEART OUT – Can’t Stay Forever

MUSIC REVIEW: EAT YOUR HEART OUT – Can’t Stay Forever

| 7 September 2022 | Reply

Label: Fearless Records Release Date: September 9, 2022 Rating: 92% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur According to a recent press release: “Everything changes. As days roll into years, we grow and transform with each passing season. Eat Your Heart Out creatively harness this perpetual forward motion in their music. The Newcastle, Australia band —Caitlin Henry [vocals], Will Moore […]

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LIVE: SCORPIONS – August 30, 2022

LIVE: SCORPIONS – August 30, 2022

| 6 September 2022 | Reply

Venue: Pine Knob Music Theatre City: Clarkston, MI Dates: August 30, 2022 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) The Scorpions are rolling across the globe on their Rock Believer tour and one of the earlier tour stops was a Thursday evening in the metro Detroit area at Clarkston, MI’s Pine Knob Music Theatre.  […]

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A Dirty Dozen with JOLIE LINDHOLM from THE DARLING FIRE – September 2022

A Dirty Dozen with JOLIE LINDHOLM from THE DARLING FIRE – September 2022

| 2 September 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “After enduring crushing sorrow, loss and personal grief, The Darling Fire return with their sophomore release. Distortions is a dark and pensive journey. It’s comprised of 10 tracks that encapsulate both beauty and pain, seamlessly combining elements of shoegaze, post-hardcore, and metal into a DNA-distinct blend. Ethereal, almost ghostly female vocals […]

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A Dirty Dozen with SPIRITUS MORTIS – September 2022

A Dirty Dozen with SPIRITUS MORTIS – September 2022

| 2 September 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press: “Finnish Heavy Metal legends, Spiritus Mortis unveil a grand–scale epic of antique Doom on 16th of September via Svart Records. Erecting a new monolith in the halls of Doom Metal history with their fifth album The Great Seal, Spiritus Mortis certify true classic status as one of the scene’s modern greats. There are few modern-day bands that can be uttered under the […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ERIC GYNAN from LEAVING EDEN – September 2022

A Dirty Dozen with ERIC GYNAN from LEAVING EDEN – September 2022

| 2 September 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press: “There is no “box” for Leaving Eden’s Music. Fronted by the empress of rock, Eve, Leaving Eden is currently on tour in support of their forthcoming album, As Above So Below, which will be released on August 5th via Dark Star Records/Sony/Universal. Hailing from Boston, MA, the group also includes Eric Gynan (Guitar/Vocals), Alyssa Bailey White (Keys/Vocals), Rich […]

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A Dirty Dozen with KRIS GUSTAFSON from TRAUMA – September 2022

A Dirty Dozen with KRIS GUSTAFSON from TRAUMA – September 2022

| 1 September 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release regarding the band’s new album: “This collection of tracks was being written during some dark times for the band, and the world as a whole: It was 2020 during the pandemic that most of this music was created. The band collectively worked very hard to contribute and write music that […]

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A Fast Five with EMLEE JOHANSSON from THUNDERMOTHER – September 2022

A Fast Five with EMLEE JOHANSSON from THUNDERMOTHER – September 2022

| 1 September 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “With four studio albums to date and countless awesome live shows under their belt – the latter incidentally also during the pandemic, the Swedish all-female band Thundermother has proved its outstanding artistic potential many times over. Their upcoming new release Black And Gold has these exceptionally talented musicians channel their […]

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A Dirty Dozen with LEXI LAYNE – September 2022

A Dirty Dozen with LEXI LAYNE – September 2022

| 1 September 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Today hard rock vocal powerhouse Lexi Layne unleashes her gory, gothic music video for “Self Sabotage.” It’s no secret that the world of metal and heavy rock is male-dominated, yet inspired by the likes of In This Moment’s Maria Brink and Evanescence’s Amy Lee, Layne is setting her sights on making this corner of the […]

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