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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 JOHAN ERICSON from DRACONIAN – October 2020

A Dirty Dozen with JOHAN ERICSON from DRACONIAN – October 2020

| 24 October 2020 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “DRACONIAN, the sovereigns of melancholic Gothic Doom Metal and far-reaching lyrics, release their fourth single, “Moon Over Sabaoth”, cut from their upcoming studio album, Under A Godless Veil, out October 30, 2020 via Napalm Records. The seventh full-length of the Swedish five-piece and second one with talented Heike Langhans on vocal duties, appears […]

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INTERVIEW: SAMMI DOLL – OCTOBER 2020

INTERVIEW: SAMMI DOLL – OCTOBER 2020

| 24 October 2020 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “LA based, Dark Pop Rock artist SAMMI DOLL (IAMX, Kat Von D.) has released the official music video for her debut single, “AN OM IE.” Originally premiered with Alternative Press, “AN OM IE” is an amalgamation of pounding dance beats and industrial keyboard hooks that showcase Sammi’s vocal range and frontwoman persona. Inspired by her […]

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INTERVIEW: DORO PESCH – OCTOBER 2020

INTERVIEW: DORO PESCH – OCTOBER 2020

| 24 October 2020 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “On November 13th, 2020, Metal Queen DORO proves once again that she literally gives her all when she cares about something. On this November 13th, DORO’s own label, Rare Diamonds Productions, will release her long-awaited best-of album Magic Diamonds – Best Of Rock, Ballads & Rare Treasures. And that’s what it’s all about: 56(!) songs […]

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ALMOST A Dirty Dozen with SHAUN GLASS from REPENTANCE – October 2020

ALMOST A Dirty Dozen with SHAUN GLASS from REPENTANCE – October 2020

| 24 October 2020 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Repentance came together in 2018 when Shaun Glass, a veteran guitarist of Broken Hope and Dirge Within, recruited Mike Sylvester on bass and began songwriting with lead guitarist Markus Johansson of the group Them. Robb Rivera of Nonpoint introduced Stuck Mojo front-man Robby J. Fonts and from there… Repentance was born. The […]

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INTERVIEW: BEN WELLS from BLACK STONE CHERRY – OCTOBER 2020

INTERVIEW: BEN WELLS from BLACK STONE CHERRY – OCTOBER 2020

| 24 October 2020 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Black Stone Cherry have announced a livestream event that will broadcast on October 30th, timed to the album release date of the band’s new studio record THE HUMAN CONDITION. Titled “LIVE FROM THE SKY,” the event will be staged at SkyPac in Bowling Green, KY.  The band will be performing repertoire […]

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INTERVIEW: MARTIN BARRE – OCTOBER 2020

INTERVIEW: MARTIN BARRE – OCTOBER 2020

| 23 October 2020 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Martin Barre the guitarist of Jethro Tull for over 43 years, his sound and playing was a major factor in their success. Album sales have exceeded 60 million units and they continue to be played worldwide, representing an important part of classic rock history. Martin’s guitar playing has earned him a high level of respect […]

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A Dirty Dozen with TOLI WILD from WILDWAYS – October 2020

A Dirty Dozen with TOLI WILD from WILDWAYS – October 2020

| 22 October 2020 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Russian metal quintet WILDWAYS have shared the video for the new song “Event Horizon (Ближе к тебе).” The song appears on the band’s upcoming album Anna. The album arrives on October 30 via Warner Music Russia. It is the band’s first release for the label. Wildways will share the new song “Everest” on Friday, […]

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A Dirty Dozen with LUNA13 – October 2020

A Dirty Dozen with LUNA13 – October 2020

| 21 October 2020 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Friday the 13th of November brings the long-awaited new album from dark lord duo LUNA13 who will release their latest unholy collection of songs God.Dis through new label, COP International (the home Stabbing Westward, Deathline International and Suicide Queen). Today, LUNA13 also gives a tease of the record with new single “Cursing […]

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TOTO Announce New Lineup & Global Live Stream Event For Nov 21st

TOTO Announce New Lineup & Global Live Stream Event For Nov 21st

| 21 October 2020 | Reply

Los Angeles, CA — Steve Lukather a.k.a. Luke and Joseph Williams are life-long friends since they were kids, and bandmates sharing a deep colorful history that has thrived professionally on a global basis over the past decades. Today, the duo has announced the formation of a new band, with world class players. They will continue […]

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LIVE: SMITH & MYERS – October 17, 2020

LIVE: SMITH & MYERS – October 17, 2020

| 21 October 2020 | Reply

Venue: Crofoot Festival Grounds City: Pontiac, MI Date: October 17, 2020 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Let’s be honest… after more than seven months without a concert, I would have gone to see just about anyone to get back in a photo pit and enjoy the atmosphere of a live show.  Luckily, I […]

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INTERVIEW: CRISTIAN MACHADO – OCTOBER 2020

INTERVIEW: CRISTIAN MACHADO – OCTOBER 2020

| 21 October 2020 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Cristian Machado, former lead singer of Latin hard rock band Ill Niño, has premiered the video for his new single “Die Alone.” “Every video I’ve been in before, I’m headbanging and jumping around like a maniac,” says Machado. “‘Die Alone’ is unlike any video I’ve ever made. It features me as a songwriter and musician, it includes some very close friends, […]

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A Dirty Dozen with DAN LORENZO from VESSEL OF LIGHT – October 2020

A Dirty Dozen with DAN LORENZO from VESSEL OF LIGHT – October 2020

| 21 October 2020 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “VESSEL OF LIGHT has revealed the second single, “There’s No Escape,” from their upcoming doom-rock masterpiece, Last Ride, due out on October 23 via Nomad Eel Records. The most refined of VESSEL OF LIGHT’s releases, Last Ride is rife with depth, harmonies, the trademark riffs and guitar sound of guitarist Dan Lorenzo and creativity while also maintaining a familiar feel. Like […]

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A Dirty Dozen with KLAUS KÖNIG FOSSOR from THEM – October 2020

A Dirty Dozen with KLAUS KÖNIG FOSSOR from THEM – October 2020

| 21 October 2020 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “THEM’s debut concept album, Sweet Hollow, chronicles the bizarre journey of a man caught between unfortunate circumstance and unspeakable evil. Sweet Hollow was released by Empire Records (Belgium) on CD and limited edition vinyl in September 2016 and via all major online music outlets. In support of Sweet Hollow, THEM has performed throughout the USA […]

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A Dirty Dozen with DAVID SHAW – October 2020

A Dirty Dozen with DAVID SHAW – October 2020

| 20 October 2020 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Acclaimed singer, songwriter, musician and producer David Shaw has released his first-ever solo singles “Shaken” and “Promised Land,” from his forthcoming studio album due out in 2021 on Yokoko Records/C3 Records. A brand-new video for “Shaken” accompanies the two tracks. With his new music, The Revivalists front man and enigmatic talent follows the direction of his own internal compass as a […]

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A Dirty Dozen with THE FOXFIRES – October 2020

A Dirty Dozen with THE FOXFIRES – October 2020

| 20 October 2020 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “NYC’s beloved indie rock band The Foxfires call for peace and love during the most turbulent of times. Their new single “Orion”, slated to release on Tuesday October 20th, is a conscientious response to a year when everything seems uncertain. The melodic new anthem presents dream pop and […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: CORY MARKS – Who I Am

MUSIC REVIEW: CORY MARKS – Who I Am

| 11 October 2020 | Reply

Label: Better Noise Music Release Date: August 7, 2020 Rating: 98% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I dig so many different styles and genres, including country…. especially when it has a rock and roll spirit woven into it.  The recent offering from Cory Marks has that and then some, while also staying true to his roots […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: SMITH & MYERS – Volume 1

MUSIC REVIEW: SMITH & MYERS – Volume 1

| 9 October 2020 | Reply

Label: Atlantic Recording Corporation Release Date: October 9, 2020 Rating: 100% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur” Acoustic is not my normal listening, but Shaw Blades tweaked that years ago and the latest from Smith & Myers only builds on my love of this vibe and sound.  Full disclosure, I don’t think the guys do much wrong during […]

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A Dirty Dozen with DILLON MEALEY from WAKE THE SUN – October 2020

A Dirty Dozen with DILLON MEALEY from WAKE THE SUN – October 2020

| 9 October 2020 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Wake The Sun has premiered the newly recorded composition “Tell Em All Again” and its accompanying video. The band chose not to sit idle while immersed in the global pandemic, opting to utilize modern technology to collaborate while social distancing. The results capture the core nuances, energy and musicianship define the band’s sound. There is a notion of vintage renaissance in the music and imagery, […]

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Shinedown Gives A Quarter Million Dollars From The “Atlas Falls” Fundraiser To Direct Relief

Shinedown Gives A Quarter Million Dollars From The “Atlas Falls” Fundraiser To Direct Relief

| 9 October 2020 | Reply

  New York, NY – [October 5, 2020] – Multi-platinum band Shinedown has presented their first installment check of $230,000 from their “Atlas Falls” COVID-19 fundraiser to humanitarian aid organization Direct Relief, one of the largest providers of humanitarian medical resources in the world whose mission is to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations by mobilizing and […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ALFRED HOWARD from ALFRED HOWARD WRITES – October 2020

A Dirty Dozen with ALFRED HOWARD from ALFRED HOWARD WRITES – October 2020

| 9 October 2020 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Alfred Howard, an institution of the San Diego music scene, has launched a new project born out of the coronavirus pandemic called Alfred Howard Writes. Howard, the lyricist and percussionist for more than six different San Diego-based bands, has found a renewed passion for his writing and music […]

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