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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 ALBERT HALTERMAN from DEFIANT – July 2021

A Dirty Dozen with ALBERT HALTERMAN from DEFIANT – July 2021

| 27 July 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Defiant released their second EP The Rent In Hell Is Free via Curtain Call Records. The EP features guest appearances by Ace Von Johnson (L.A. Guns/Faster Pussycat), Richard Reilly (The Bo Deadlys/The Victims) and Jim Taylor (Lenne). Formed in 2018, Defiant has built a reputation with their high octane live shows playing on bills throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, New […]

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LIVE: DRAKE WHITE – July 23, 2021

LIVE: DRAKE WHITE – July 23, 2021

| 27 July 2021 | Reply

Venue: McMorran Place City: Port Huron, MI Date: July 23, 2021 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Boat Week in Port Huron is a big deal with huge crowds wandering the streets in the evening.  The setting and the weather could not have been better for an outdoor show in an adjacent lot […]

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LIVE: DEADMAU5 – July 22, 2021

LIVE: DEADMAU5 – July 22, 2021

| 26 July 2021 | Reply

​​​​​​​Venue: Pan Am Pavilion City: Indianapolis, IN Date: July 22, 2021 Review and Photographs by: Jeffrey Everett (http://www.jeffrey-everett.com) Deadmau5 (aka Joel Zimmerman) played a 2-hour set to a sold out crowd at the Pan Am Pavilion. This was one of the largest indoor concert crowd since the pandemic as Indy is slowly loosening restrictions. Here are […]

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A Dirty Dozen with MAX KELLY from BANTAMWEIGHT – July 2021

A Dirty Dozen with MAX KELLY from BANTAMWEIGHT – July 2021

| 26 July 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Los Angeles synth-rock duo BANTAMWEIGHT have emerged from their practice studio after nearly a decade of close-quarters collaboration with their groundbreaking new EP Sounds + Haptics, which sees them blending modern prog-rock and EDM sensibilities with freakish, one-of-a-kind hybrid-instrumental talent that leaves listeners wondering how a twosome can […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ROKK from XSKULL8 – July 2021

A Dirty Dozen with ROKK from XSKULL8 – July 2021

| 23 July 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Slovenian rock band XSKULL8 are set to release their new album From Sin To Sinners via Curtain Call Records on July 23, 2021. Even though it’s the first record under the name XSKULL8, the guys say it’s “apparent that it’s not our first. This is already a product that we fearlessly introduce ourselves with to the […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: POP EVIL – Versatile

MUSIC REVIEW: POP EVIL – Versatile

| 22 July 2021 | Reply

Label: eOne Records Release Date: May 21, 2021 Rating: 89% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Pop Evil always brings their A game to the table, whether a live show or in the studio.  The same can be said about their latest disc of twelve tracks.  Sonically, this disc shows us a different band, without deviating from their […]

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A Dirty Dozen with WORMWOOD – July 2021

A Dirty Dozen with WORMWOOD – July 2021

| 22 July 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “WORMWOOD’s second single and music video for “The Gentle Touch of Humanity”, the last grand epos from the upcoming album. Arkivet, which will be released August 27th on CD, vinyl, and digital/streaming format, has arrived. The album title Arkivet (“The Archive”) is a document you write for your close ones after your passing in […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: LEE AARON – Radio On!

MUSIC REVIEW: LEE AARON – Radio On!

| 22 July 2021 | Reply

Label: Metalville Records Release Date: July 23, 2021 Rating: 92% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Lee Aaron is one of the original Metal Queens, having been at this game a long time.  While the musical tides have ebbed and flowed over the decade, make no mistake, she still has her finger on the pulse of the music […]

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A Dirty Dozen with TODD THANHAUSER from A.D. 2020 – July 2021

A Dirty Dozen with TODD THANHAUSER from A.D. 2020 – July 2021

| 22 July 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “A.D. 2020 released their new single “Ricochet” to all major platforms today. “Ricochet”, written by Mark McNelley, Dan Reed and Todd Thanhauser, is the first single from the band’s forthcoming album Lockdown Diaries due out independently on August 10, 2021. “Ricochet” is available to stream and download on Itunes, Amazon, Spotify and all major digital platforms.” We get drummer […]

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A Dirty Dozen with RATINOFF – July 2021

A Dirty Dozen with RATINOFF – July 2021

| 22 July 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “The first single from his upcoming album LET IT OUT (due out Fall 2021 through CEN / The Orchard), “Light Me Up” taps into the music that Ratinoff absorbed as a child.  Inspired by the likes of Joy Division, The Cure and Depeche Mode, the propulsive track bottles up the “eff you” attitude […]

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LIVE: UPHEAVAL FESTIVAL – July 17, 2021

LIVE: UPHEAVAL FESTIVAL – July 17, 2021

| 22 July 2021 | Reply

Venue: Belknap Park City: Grand Rapids, MI Date: July 17, 2021 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) The inaugural Upheaval festival is less than a week old and I am already looking forward to next year’s lineup and show.  Unable to hit opening day, I was at Belknap Park in Grand Rapids chomping […]

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LIVE: THE DEAD DAISIES – June 30, 2021

LIVE: THE DEAD DAISIES – June 30, 2021

| 21 July 2021 | Reply

Venue: The Token Lounge City: Westland, MI Date: June 30, 2021 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) The Dead Daisies are a solid rock band that never disappoints.  With an ever-changing lineup, you never know for sure how the band will deliver in a live situation.  The latest incarnation of the band took […]

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A Dirty Dozen with IMMERSER – July 2021

A Dirty Dozen with IMMERSER – July 2021

| 20 July 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Hard Rock solo project IMMERSER has released the official music video for “Transmute.” Produced and Engineered by KANE CHURKO at the Immerser is a dynamic, hard rock, solo project featuring the powerful music of John Logan Parsons III. The goal of the Immerser project is to bring meaning to a melody. As an artist John L Parsons […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: ROZZI – Hymn For Tomorrow [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: ROZZI – Hymn For Tomorrow [EP]

| 16 July 2021 | Reply

Label: BMG Records Release Date: July 23, 2021 Rating: 93% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur According to a recent press release: “As we grow up, being vulnerable becomes harder. But for Rozzi, openness is a sign of perseverance. That’s how the LA-based neo-soul luminary has designed her “dangerously personal” new Hymn For Tomorrow EP — the first installment […]

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INTERVIEW: DEAN ROLAND from COLLECTIVE SOUL – JULY 2021

INTERVIEW: DEAN ROLAND from COLLECTIVE SOUL – JULY 2021

| 16 July 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Multi-Platinum, Georgia-bred rockers COLLECTIVE SOUL–Ed Roland (vocals / keyboards / guitar), Dean Roland (rhythm guitar), Will Turpin (bass), Jesse Triplett (lead guitar), Johnny Rabb (drums)—celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2019 in all-out style with the June 21, 2019 release of their tenth studio album, BLOOD, on Fuzze-Flex Records/ADA. Now that […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ANDY CHAVES from KATASTRO – July 2021

A Dirty Dozen with ANDY CHAVES from KATASTRO – July 2021

| 14 July 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “As they gear up for the release of their new album Sucker next month, emerging alt-rock / hip-hop hybrid Katastro has released their new single “Droptop.” The positive, floaty track features background vocals from longtime friend Micah Brown of Iration. Sucker, the Phoenix-based quartet’s sixth full-length album, also features their buzzy summer anthem “The Way […]

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A Dirty Dozen with HAL MARABEL from MAD INVASION – July 2021

A Dirty Dozen with HAL MARABEL from MAD INVASION – July 2021

| 14 July 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Swedish band MAD INVASION combines vintage 70’s hard rock influences with a modern approach and soundscape. The vast experience of the band members as musicians, songwriters and performing artists −includes numerous album releases and tours over the years. In September MAD INVASION release their long awaited debut album entitled Edge Of The World, an […]

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A Dirty Dozen with MICHAEL JAHNZ from RICHRATH PROJECT 3:13 – July 2021

A Dirty Dozen with MICHAEL JAHNZ from RICHRATH PROJECT 3:13 – July 2021

| 14 July 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Michael Jahnz started the REO connection when he became lead vocalist and front man for the legendary Gary Richrath, former lead guitarist and song writer for REO Speedwagon. They toured together for over a decade as the Gary Richrath Band playing the songs Gary had written for REO […]

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A Dirty Dozen with DEZ MONEY – July 2021

A Dirty Dozen with DEZ MONEY – July 2021

| 14 July 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “When Dez Money released “Lost” in April of 2021 he invited the listener into his new world, with his song “Trippin,” currently featured on Apple Music New In Rock and New In Alternative playlists he invites us into a technicolor dream, filled with hypnotic grooves. The multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer show’s his versatility and creates his own path […]

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A Dirty Dozen with MIKE KOZLICK from FACE THE FIRE – July 2021

A Dirty Dozen with MIKE KOZLICK from FACE THE FIRE – July 2021

| 14 July 2021 | Reply

  According to the bands bio: “Based out of Chicago, IL. Face The Fire is 5 guys looking to forge a path in the local, regional and national music scene. With the diverse musical background of each member this creates a unique sound of Heavy Rock and Metal blending dynamic melodies, intricate guitar work, thunderous drums and monster […]

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