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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: JODI ESSEX – Fearless [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: JODI ESSEX – Fearless [EP]

| 10 August 2022 | Reply

Label: 4031 Records Release Date: July 8, 2022 Rating: 95% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Forget EVERYTHING you ever heard, learned, or misconceived about Christian Rock.  It’s rock with a message.  All great music has a message… sometimes it is personal, other times it can be misguided, and with Jodi Essex it is spiritual.  But it […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: NELSON – Greatest Hits (And Near Misses)

MUSIC REVIEW: NELSON – Greatest Hits (And Near Misses)

| 10 August 2022 | Reply

Label: UMG Recordings Release Date: July 8, 2022 Rating: 97% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Reviewing live albums or greatest hits packages are not my normal fare.  While I love hits albums for the easy access to the more well-known tracks, you often miss some great uncovered gems that radio, the label, or casual fans dismissed.  […]

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A Dirty Dozen with SAM SPADE from THE MIDNIGHT DEVILS – August 2022

A Dirty Dozen with SAM SPADE from THE MIDNIGHT DEVILS – August 2022

| 10 August 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “The Midnight Devils are a high-energy band that takes glam rock to modern places. Hailing from Omaha, NE, and Chicago, IL, the power-trio consists of Sam Spade on bass and vocals, Chris ‘Sniper’ Hineline on guitar, and Jimmy Mess on drums. Partnering with Pavement Entertainment and produced by Chip Z’Nuff, The Midnight Devils are primed […]

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A Dirty Dozen with GHOSTS OF SUNSET – August 2022

A Dirty Dozen with GHOSTS OF SUNSET – August 2022

| 9 August 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “American pop metal duo GHOSTS OF SUNSET have released their debut full length album, No Saints In The City, through Golden Robot Records.  Singer / guitarist John Merchant and multi-instrumentalist Todd Long (ex-Verve Pipe) first came to attention in 2020 with their self-released and well received six song EP, Headed West which initially brought them to […]

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LIVE: BRANTLEY GILBERT – August 5, 2022

LIVE: BRANTLEY GILBERT – August 5, 2022

| 8 August 2022 | Reply

Venue: Veterans Memorial Park City: Bay City, MI Dates: August , 2022 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) There was nothing that could stifle the energy and anticipation that packed Bay City’s Veterans Memorial Park on a sunny Friday night in early August.  After two sets from a local band that used their 70’s […]

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LIVE: GOO GOO DOLLS – August 5, 2022

LIVE: GOO GOO DOLLS – August 5, 2022

| 7 August 2022 | Reply

Venue: TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park City: Indianapolis, IN Date: August 5, 2022 Review and Photographs by: Jeffrey Everett (http://www.jeffrey-everett.com) After more than a two-year Covid delay, the Goo Goo Dolls were finally able to perform their rescheduled concert in Indy. Frontman John Rzeznik and bass player Robby Takac formed the group all the way back […]

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INTERVIEW: LANCE HOPPEN from ORLEANS – July 2022

INTERVIEW: LANCE HOPPEN from ORLEANS – July 2022

| 5 August 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Orleans smooth melodic pop-rock has produced timeless classic hits like “Dance with Me” and “Still the One” (both Top Six chart hits in 1976) along with “Love Takes Time” (which reached #11 in 1979). The band is known for its tight ensemble playing, gorgeous harmony vocals and inspired, well-crafted songwriting. The band was formed […]

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A Dirty Dozen with TONY TYRRELL – August 2022

A Dirty Dozen with TONY TYRRELL – August 2022

| 5 August 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “On his seething new single “Mocking Bird,” out today on all platforms, the Dublin-based songwriter Tony Tyrrell weaves an ominous tale of betrayal and heartbreak. “This one is personal, reflecting a life experience that struck a chord,” he explains. “The sweep and depth of the production captures the sort of […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ALIGN THE TIDE – July 2022

A Dirty Dozen with ALIGN THE TIDE – July 2022

| 5 August 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “HOLLOW the much anticipated follow up album from the 2019 Dead Religion album by the Maltese Metal Heads – ALIGN THE TIDE. Formed in September 2015, the band experimented with several different music sounds while working alongside different local musicians, extracting influences and styles. The founders of the band, have been exploring music […]

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NEWS: COLT FORD TO HEADLINE NHRA CONCERT SERIES PRESENTED BY 8 TRACK ENTERTAINMENT AT DODGE POWER BROKERS NHRA U.S. NATIONALS

NEWS: COLT FORD TO HEADLINE NHRA CONCERT SERIES PRESENTED BY 8 TRACK ENTERTAINMENT AT DODGE POWER BROKERS NHRA U.S. NATIONALS

| 4 August 2022 | Reply

Country Superstar Colt Ford kicks it into high gear as the headline of the NRHA Concert Series Presented by 8 Track Entertainment Saturday, September 3, at 3:00 p.m. at this year’s Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals held at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in Indianapolis, Indiana August 31-September 5. The biggest, longest and most historic […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: CAPITAL THEATRE – A Hero’s Journey

MUSIC REVIEW: CAPITAL THEATRE – A Hero’s Journey

| 29 July 2022 | Reply

Label: Reslau Records Release Date: June 24, 2022 Rating: 99% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur When recently asked to describe the new music, frontman Adam Stevenson told me in a recent Dirty Dozen installment: “Our debut album A Hero’s Journey is a concept album based on the hero’s journey archetype coined by Joseph Campbell, so for lovers of […]

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A Dirty Dozen with OLIVER NIKOLAS from LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE – July 2022

A Dirty Dozen with OLIVER NIKOLAS from LACRIMAS PROFUNDERE – July 2022

| 28 July 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Today, Lacrimas Profundere have finally unleashed “The Curtain Of White Silence”, the third single from their upcoming new album How To Shroud Yourself With Night. This track is very important to the band, because it’s proof that you can still come up with something new, surprising, and different. Music is art and art is […]

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A Dirty Dozen with BANKS ARCADE – July 2022

A Dirty Dozen with BANKS ARCADE – July 2022

| 27 July 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Melbourne-via-Auckland heavy agents Banks Arcade will release their debut album Future Lovers on July 29 via UNFD. Today, they ignite the lead up to their maiden LP with the video for “Used,” a bouncy ode to self-doubt in the digital age. The track is a high-octane blend of alt rock riffage, spitfire vocals, and melodics. The accompanying music video captures the band in […]

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LIVE: UPHEAVAL FESTIVAL – July 15-16, 2022

LIVE: UPHEAVAL FESTIVAL – July 15-16, 2022

| 27 July 2022 | Reply

Venue: Belknap Park City: Grand Rapids, MI Dates: July 15-16, 2022 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Having attended festivals in the past, I was excited last year to attend something a little closer to home with a variety of bands that check the different genre boxes in the never-ending list of rock categories.  […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: PROJECTED – Hypoxia

MUSIC REVIEW: PROJECTED – Hypoxia

| 26 July 2022 | Reply

Label: Rat Pack Records Release Date: June 24, 2022 Rating: 93% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur It seems every five years, Projected unleashes new music.  After the double album opus released in 2017, I feared we may have to wait 10 years, but the pandemic allowed the band to crank through some new music for us […]

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A Dirty Dozen with BEAU NAIR – July 2022

A Dirty Dozen with BEAU NAIR – July 2022

| 22 July 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “After years on the road crisscrossing the United States playing Honky Tonks, saloons, pool halls, and trailer parks alike, prolific outlaw country singer-songwriter Beau Nair released his debut album Truth Or Nair today. Beau kicked off the release of his debut album earlier this year with the release of his first single “I’m So Hard” following a premiere with Vents Magazine and Ground Sounds. Beau followed the release of “I’m So Hard” with his second single “Funk You” that featured […]

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Almost A Dirty Dozen with MIKE PALACIOS from ANOVA SKYWAY – July 2022

Almost A Dirty Dozen with MIKE PALACIOS from ANOVA SKYWAY – July 2022

| 22 July 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “In an exquisite and multilayered expression of progressive and alternative rock; ANOVA SKYWAY will debut their six song EP Reset on July 15, 2022. Pre-Orders including exclusive bundles have launched today along with the new single and are available to order now on the band’s website. ANOVA SKYWAY have also announced the details for […]

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LIVE: COUNTING CROWS – July 16, 2022

LIVE: COUNTING CROWS – July 16, 2022

| 19 July 2022 | Reply

Venue: Rock The Ruins Holliday Park City: Indianapolis, IN Date: July 16, 2022 Review and Photographs by: Jeffrey Everett (http://www.jeffrey-everett.com) Counting Crows played to a sold-out crowd on the first of two nights shows. Their current tour is in support of the latest EP release Butter Miracle Suite One which is expected to be expanded into their eighth […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ADAM STEVENSON from CAPITAL THEATRE – July 2022

A Dirty Dozen with ADAM STEVENSON from CAPITAL THEATRE – July 2022

According to a recent press release: “New Zealand based alternative rock trio CAPITAL THEATRE has released their electrifying, debut album, A HERO’S JOURNEY, a 10 track LP showcasing why the band has exploded across the world! Recorded with Grammy Award-winning Mike Clink (Guns N’ Roses, Steve Vai), the phenomenal freshman release has unleashed several already runaway viral videos, including “Fait Accompli”! […]

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A Dirty Dozen with NICK PETTY from THE HAPPYS – July 2022

A Dirty Dozen with NICK PETTY from THE HAPPYS – July 2022

| 19 July 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “The Happys are a Bay Area band composed of four degenerates playing surf-tinged alternative indie rock. The group’s latest album ADHD is out now. The ADHD cover image is a photo of frontman Nick Petty’s beloved father, San Francisco Firefighter Dennis Petty, who passed of cancer in August 2019. The LP was recorded at Donut Time Audio, and […]

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