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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: ESCAPE THE FATE – Chemical Warfare

MUSIC REVIEW: ESCAPE THE FATE – Chemical Warfare

| 15 April 2021 | Reply

Label: Better Noise Music Release Date: April 16, 2021 Rating: 90% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Escape the Fate has been cranking out music since 2008 and hit my radar with a strong self-titled effort in 2010.  With their latest effort, they have landed square on my radar again with an album full of great songs. Disc opener […]

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A Dirty Dozen with LOZ CAMPBELL – April 2021

A Dirty Dozen with LOZ CAMPBELL – April 2021

| 15 April 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “UK Based Rock artist LOZ CAMPBELL has released the official music video for her newest, bluesy, “What Are You Doing It For?”. Filmed by Fly Girl Films, “What Are You Doing It For?” was recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Tom Gittins (Monochrome Productions). Loz Campbell is known for travelling around the country & […]

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A Dirty Dozen with JAMES BIRD from MASON HILL – April 2021

A Dirty Dozen with JAMES BIRD from MASON HILL – April 2021

| 14 April 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Glasgow, UK based Rock band MASON HILL has released the official music video for their blistering metal single, “D.N.A.” Directed and produced by David Barras and Scott McKay for Strangeboat Productions, “D.N.A.” is the third single off the band’s chart dominating debut album, Against The Wall. MASON HILL has also announced UK tour dates. The 17 date […]

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A Dirty Dozen with TAYLOR NORDBERG from INHUMAN CONDITION – April 2021

A Dirty Dozen with TAYLOR NORDBERG from INHUMAN CONDITION – April 2021

| 13 April 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Florida death metal legend Terry Butler (OBITUARY, DEATH, MASSACRE, SIX FEET UNDER) has joined up with fellow former MASSACRE members Jeramie Kling (also of VENOM INC, THE ABSENCE, GOREGÄNG) on drums/vocals and Taylor Nordberg (THE ABSENCE, GOREGÄNG) on guitar to form INHUMAN CONDITION. New on the scene, the group is set to release their debut album, Rat God on […]

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A Dirty Dozen with TYKE T – April 2021

A Dirty Dozen with TYKE T – April 2021

| 13 April 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Back by popular demand, Memphis rapper Tyke T gears up to release his next hit “Lottery” on Wednesday March 31st. Leaving the decision to his dedicated following, Tyke T’s fans voted for “Lottery” when asked what single he should drop next. Leading a subscription service for hundreds of […]

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A Dirty Dozen with DUST from MOONLOW – April 2021

A Dirty Dozen with DUST from MOONLOW – April 2021

| 13 April 2021 | Reply

  According to the bands bio: “Moonlow is a new one-person “apocalyptic noise poetry” project from musician and producer Dust, who has a background in the worlds of extreme metal, post-punk and as a songwriter and composer. This is cathartic music in which you can lose yourself. You might even find yourself again, if you need to. […]

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A Dirty Dozen with STEP “SATYRA” TRANOVICH from ELECTROMANCY – April 2021

A Dirty Dozen with STEP “SATYRA” TRANOVICH from ELECTROMANCY – April 2021

| 13 April 2021 | Reply

  According to the bands bio: “I’m a disabled musician building a robot metal band to keep playing music. DIY robot instruments, broken manikin band mates. Experimental black metal. \m/” We get Step to discuss new music, influences, and more… 1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the […]

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A Dirty Dozen with DREA DOLL from THE VENOMOUS PINKS – April 2021

A Dirty Dozen with DREA DOLL from THE VENOMOUS PINKS – April 2021

| 10 April 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “The Venomous Pink’s newest album, Based on a True Story, lives up to its title. These tracks are the musical aftermath of their mid-tour, pre-COVID, Bridge City Sessions live recording. This release perfectly documents the band’s unproduced sound and raw energy. Plus, it’s a product of an unforgettable, fun adventure, through uncontrollable, intense, […]

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INTERVIEW: BRANDON YEAGLEY from CROBOT – APRIL 2021

INTERVIEW: BRANDON YEAGLEY from CROBOT – APRIL 2021

| 10 April 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Crobot and Mascot Records have announced the global release of an EP titled Rat Child on June 18.  The complete track listing features “Mountain” (featuring Frank Bello), “Kiss It Goodbye” (featuring Howard Jones), “Everyone Dies,” (featuring Stix Zadina), and “Rat Child.” On the collected body of work released as the Rat Child […]

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A Dirty Dozen with KAT LEON from HOLY WARS – April 2021

A Dirty Dozen with KAT LEON from HOLY WARS – April 2021

| 10 April 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Los Angeles’ dark pop-rock band Holy Wars have released their latest single “TV Dinner” with a bold, eye-catching new music video. A twisted take on mid-century America, the track puts consumer culture on blast with singer Kat Leon’s searing vocals and biting lyrics. Holy Wars is: vocals and […]

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A Dirty Dozen with JON TYLER WILEY – April 2021

A Dirty Dozen with JON TYLER WILEY – April 2021

| 10 April 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Since its inception, Jon Tyler Wiley & His Virginia Choir has claimed to be a country band that doesn’t play country music. One look at a live show makes that immediately palpable: electric guitars and fiddles winding in and out of one another under a screaming B3 organ with storytelling lyrics of […]

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A Dirty Dozen with DUNCAN EVANS – April 2021

A Dirty Dozen with DUNCAN EVANS – April 2021

| 9 April 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Once a guitarist for A Forest Of Stars (as “Henry Hyde Bronsdon”), Duncan Evans is now a creator of dark folk / post-punk melancholy music. His words are inspired by literature (Cormac McCarthy, Thomas De Quincey) and his music is influenced by the likes of Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: HOT BREATH – Rubbery Lips

MUSIC REVIEW: HOT BREATH – Rubbery Lips

| 9 April 2021 | Reply

Label: The Sign Release Date: April 9, 2021 Rating: 85% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Another band slipped through the crack and made it into my stream queue… this time the garage rock simplicity and goodness of Hot Breath.  Disc opener “Right Time” kicks things off with a catchy riff and some great bottom end from the […]

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A Dirty Dozen with JAY GORDON from ORGY – April 2021

A Dirty Dozen with JAY GORDON from ORGY – April 2021

| 9 April 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Today, April 9, Los Angeles-based industrial metal band Orgy is back with a brand new single “Karma Kastles.” The track marks the band’s first release of 2021. Staying true to their musical roots firmly established in 1997, “Karma Kastles” crunching guitars, electronic undertones and soaring vocals are what […]

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INTERVIEW: JEREMY SPENCER from PSYCHOSEXUAL – APRIL 2021

INTERVIEW: JEREMY SPENCER from PSYCHOSEXUAL – APRIL 2021

| 9 April 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “PSYCHOSEXUAL, featuring former Five Finger Death Punch drummer Jeremy Spencer on vocals as the Devil Daddy character, are ready to set the world on fire. The band has dropped the explosive and anthemic new single “Devil From Hell.” A distorted twang gives way to his dusky baritone as Spencer announces, “I have only one burning […]

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A Dirty Dozen with SAMMY LEE from RED REIGN – April 2021

A Dirty Dozen with SAMMY LEE from RED REIGN – April 2021

| 9 April 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Just like all touring bands, Richmond, Virginia-based rockers Red Reign were forced off the road for much of 2020. But the group (singer/guitarist Carlton “Bubba” McMichael, guitarist Stevie Shred, bassist Larry Moore, and drummer Sammy Lee) are getting back on track for 2021 – the first matter of business being the […]

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A Dirty Dozen with HAMMERHEDD – April 2021

A Dirty Dozen with HAMMERHEDD – April 2021

| 9 April 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Helmed by brothers Henry (19), Eli (17), and Abe Ismert (14), HAMMERHEDD deliver an almost veteran-like presence that could only be achieved through true workmanship. Fans and newcomers alike will instantly admire their ambitious trappings that honor some of metal’s finest vanguards. Critics are quick to note the obvious influence of acts like Gojira, Meshuggah, and […]

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A Dirty Dozen with SONJA MIDTUNE – April 2021

A Dirty Dozen with SONJA MIDTUNE – April 2021

| 9 April 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Flush with momentum after the success of her early 2019 single “My Light” and its popular video, Sonja Midtune was starting to look into updating gems from her back catalog for possible release when fate intervened and she fractured her leg. Faced with sudden immobility, rehab, and a […]

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A Dirty Dozen with HOPE DUNBAR – April 2021

A Dirty Dozen with HOPE DUNBAR – April 2021

| 8 April 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Nebraska-based Americana-folk singer-songwriter Hope Dunbar released her new album, Sweetheartland, on April 2, 2021. Recorded in Nashville before the pandemic hit, it’s her second full-length, and it was produced by Zack Smith (one-half of the celebrated duo Smooth Hound Smith), Jesse Thompson, and Dunbar herself. Sweetheartland takes listeners om a journey through stories lifted from everyday […]

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LIVE: MINDI ABAIR – April 3, 2021

LIVE: MINDI ABAIR – April 3, 2021

| 8 April 2021 | Reply

Venue: Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre City: Clearwater, FL Date: April 3, 2021 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) With a greatest hits release that dropped the day before, Mindi Abair and her band were ready to rock the night away with a sold out and socially distanced crowd at Clearwater’s Bilheimer […]

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