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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: ST. VINCENT – October 20, 2021

LIVE: ST. VINCENT – October 20, 2021

| 22 October 2021 | Reply

Venue: The Fillmore City: Detroit, MI Date: October 20, 2021 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) To paraphrase St. Vincent (Annie Clark) as she worked through the beginning part of the setlist, she saved the best for last as she closed out the 2021 leg of her Daddy’s Home tour at Detroit’s Fillmore.  The […]

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LIVE: REO SPEEDWAGON – October 16, 2021

LIVE: REO SPEEDWAGON – October 16, 2021

| 20 October 2021 | Reply

Venue: Soaring Eagle Casino City: Mount Pleasant, MI Date: October 16, 2021 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Making up for lost time, REO Speedwagon is back  on the road again (sorry about that) bringing a show full of hits, #1’s and some rare gems for their long time fans to enjoy along […]

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A Dirty Dozen with DEAN RICHARDSON from FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES – October 2021

A Dirty Dozen with DEAN RICHARDSON from FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES – October 2021

| 20 October 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes first introduced this new chapter in the spring with the single “My Town” featuring IDLES’ front man Joe Talbot, which has already amassed over 2 million plays. Described by Carter as “a metaphor for our collective mental health falling apart,” the ferocious standout track is about the people who’ve […]

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A Dirty Dozen with IKE REILLY – October 2021

A Dirty Dozen with IKE REILLY – October 2021

| 20 October 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Libertyville, IL-based genre-bending singer-songwriter Ike Reilly is releasing his eighth studio album, Because the Angels, today (October 15, 2021), via Nashville-based label Rock Ridge Music. Recorded at Reilly’s own Diamond City Studio in Libertyville, Illinois and Fat Studio in Grayslake, Illinois, the album was produced by Reilly and Phil Karnats (Secret Machines, Polyphonic Spree) and was […]

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LIVE: KISS – October 15, 2021

LIVE: KISS – October 15, 2021

| 20 October 2021 | Reply

Venue: DTE Energy Music Theatre City: Clarkston, MI Date: October 15, 2021 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) KISS finally satisfied all of their fans in the Detroit market when they hit the stage at Pine Knob… I mean DTE Energy Music Theatre after a couple times of having to reschedule the show, […]

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A Dirty Dozen with WADE MacNEIL from DOOMS CHILDREN – October 2021

A Dirty Dozen with WADE MacNEIL from DOOMS CHILDREN – October 2021

| 18 October 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Music has long been the basis of Wade MacNeil’s life. Since co-founding pioneering post-hardcore outfit Alexisonfire in the early 2000s, the Canadian singer, guitarist, songwriter, and composer has lent his talents to numerous influential and impactful projects. He founded gritty punk outfit Black Lungs, fronts U.K. hardcore heroes Gallows, put fingerprints […]

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JANET DEVLIN RELEASES SPELLBINDING COVER OF PRINCE’S CLASSIC “KISS” AHEAD OF FORTHCOMING EP IT’S NOT THAT DEEP

JANET DEVLIN RELEASES SPELLBINDING COVER OF PRINCE’S CLASSIC “KISS” AHEAD OF FORTHCOMING EP IT’S NOT THAT DEEP

| 15 October 2021 | Reply

Following the acclaim of her 2020 album Confessional, Janet Devlin releases a spellbinding cover of Prince’s classic “Kiss“. Following the same unapologetic honesty that defined her previous single “Place Called Home,” “Kiss” is the second release from her much-anticipated forthcoming EP It’s Not That Deep. Janet chose to cover this track as she was initially drawn to the charisma and […]

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A Dirty Dozen with CHRIS MARDINI – October 2021

A Dirty Dozen with CHRIS MARDINI – October 2021

| 15 October 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “At just 19-years-old, Chris Mardini belongs to the rare breed of artists born to give voice to our most complex emotions. The singer/songwriter has mastered the art of merging intense self-reflection with poetic social commentary—a dynamic made all the more potent by his innate talent for crafting spellbinding melodies. […]

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INTERVIEW: JOHN CORABI – October 2021

INTERVIEW: JOHN CORABI – October 2021

| 14 October 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Journeyman vocalist John Corabi had already been cutting his teeth in the hard rock world for nearly a decade when he landed the high-profile gig of replacing Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil in 1992. Although his tenure with the group proved to be a brief one, Corabi earned a reputation as a go-to frontman and […]

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A Dirty Dozen with THE SPIDER ACCOMPLICE – October 2021

A Dirty Dozen with THE SPIDER ACCOMPLICE – October 2021

| 14 October 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Los Angeles rock duo, THE SPIDER ACCOMPLICE, released their new single “Clinging to Your Skin” via DI Records. The single was written by VK Lynne & Arno Nurmisto, mixed by Colin McGeoch at Matte Black Audio and mastered by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering. This Los Angeles- based duo has racked up 12 LA Music Critics’ Awards over the last 5 years, making them LAMC’s most-awarded band in […]

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A Dirty Dozen with TRAVIS LOWELL from MAMMOTHOR – October 2021

A Dirty Dozen with TRAVIS LOWELL from MAMMOTHOR – October 2021

| 14 October 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Boston heavy rockers MAMMOTHOR drop a brand new single “TAKE THE WORLD” fresh off their latest full-length album, The Silence of Ecstasy… The Agony of Dreams, available now in CD format through retailer Bull Moose and later, on all major streaming platforms. “TAKE THE WORLD” is the second single to be launched worldwide with new members […]

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Almost A Dirty Dozen with DUSTIN TREINEN from THE MAN FROM ALPHABET – October 2021

Almost A Dirty Dozen with DUSTIN TREINEN from THE MAN FROM ALPHABET – October 2021

| 12 October 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Picking up and re-imagining a piece of iconic punk rock or horror is always a bold move, but THE MAN FROM ALPHABET has served up a delicious scoop of both with their tight cover and hilariously nostalgic music video of legendary American punk rockers THE DICKIES’ 1988 “Killer Klowns from Outer Space”! Originally […]

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A Dirty Dozen with SEBASTIAN BRUNA from OCULTUM – October 2021

A Dirty Dozen with SEBASTIAN BRUNA from OCULTUM – October 2021

| 12 October 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “OCULTUM started on 2009, since then the band has been solving different line-up changes, redefining their sound and musical approach. During 2013, OCULTUM decided to enter the studio to record their debut album entitled, Ceremonia Oculta Primitiva, this material was reworked and after many hours, it was finally self […]

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INTERVIEW: JEFF SCOTT SOTO – OCTOBER 2021

INTERVIEW: JEFF SCOTT SOTO – OCTOBER 2021

| 6 October 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Using the down time from his normally relentless touring activity due to the worldwide pandemic, renowned vocalist Jeff Scott Soto decided to create a very special album which pays tribute to some of the classic songs he has recorded over the course of his storied career. But, rather than […]

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UPDATE ON RICHIE FAULKNER:

UPDATE ON RICHIE FAULKNER:

| 6 October 2021 | Reply

We have an update on Richie – see below in Richie’s own words…. Maniacs… I’ve always been grateful for the opportunities I’ve been presented with.  I’ve always considered myself THE most fortunate man ever – to be able to play my favourite music – with my favourite band – to my favourite people around the […]

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LIVE: SAVING ABEL – October 1, 2021

LIVE: SAVING ABEL – October 1, 2021

| 5 October 2021 | Reply

Venue: The Machine Shop City: Flint, MI Date: October 1, 2021 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Saving Abel is a band that hit my radar quickly years ago with their rock vibe wrapped in crunchy riffs and great vocals.  After some personnel changes, the band kept touring and playing for the fans, […]

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INTERVIEW: AL PITRELLI and JEFF PLATE from TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – SEPTEMBER 2021

INTERVIEW: AL PITRELLI and JEFF PLATE from TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA – SEPTEMBER 2021

| 5 October 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “For an entity that exists to celebrate the holidays with a combination of poignancy, finger-blistering electric guitars and enough smoke and lasers to rival a Kiss show, losing the 2020 touring season was especially disheartening to Trans-Siberian Orchestra. But after going virtual last year as an only option due […]

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Almost A Dirty Dozen with EDDIE BERMAN – October 2021

Almost A Dirty Dozen with EDDIE BERMAN – October 2021

| 5 October 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Portland-based folk artist Eddie Berman has just announced Broken English, a new album of campfire-worthy, cosmic folk rock, out January 21st via Nettwerk Records. Presciently written before the pandemic, the 11-song suite explores the precarious state of a world sinking deeper into isolation, and its tumultuous effects on our relationship to work, […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: LILY ROSE – Stronger Than I Am EP

MUSIC REVIEW: LILY ROSE – Stronger Than I Am EP

| 3 October 2021 | Reply

Label: Big Loud Records / Back Blocks Music and Republic Records Release Date: October 1, 2021 Rating: 100% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur It has been a week of work, shows, and new music and happy to be closing it out with the EP release from Lily Rose, who dropped seven awesome tracks that are all killer and […]

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LIVE: DAVID SANBORN – September 30, 2021

LIVE: DAVID SANBORN – September 30, 2021

| 2 October 2021 | Reply

Venue: Sound Board Theater City: Detroit, MI Date: September 30, 2021 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) So many great shows were cancelled and many more were postponed, some more than once.  Jazz saxophonist David Sanborn’s show in Detroit was one of the latter and he was finally able to satisfy the want […]

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