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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 TOP TIER – January 2021

A Dirty Dozen with TOP TIER – January 2021

| 28 January 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “One of the main responses to the year 2020 is “Over It.” Miami-based pop punk band Top Tier (for fans of Story So Far, Get Up Kids, State Champs, All Time Low, and Neck Deep) have shared their new song “Over It,” which examines the strength it takes to just move on. “‘Over It’ […]

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A Dirty Dozen with CHRISTOPHER SHAYNE – January 2021

A Dirty Dozen with CHRISTOPHER SHAYNE – January 2021

| 24 January 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Blood, sweat, and guts. These are three of the core elements required of artists who set out to make music that’s steadfast, honest, and true. And if you’re going to make the kind of music that’s embedded in the finest, deepest-rooted Southern rock traditions, then you better be […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: W.E.T. – Retransmission

MUSIC REVIEW: W.E.T. – Retransmission

| 23 January 2021 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: January 22, 2021 Rating: 100% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur W.E.T. hit my radar with their debut release thanks to the association with Jeff Scott Soto and Talisman, but with each releases this band burrows deeper into my musical catalog and has developed a stronghold.  These guys are the definition of […]

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INTERVIEW: JEFF SCOTT SOTO from W.E.T. – FEBRUARY 2021

INTERVIEW: JEFF SCOTT SOTO from W.E.T. – FEBRUARY 2021

| 22 January 2021 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Much to the delight of melodic rock fans around the globe, W.E.T. has announced the release of their fourth album, Retransmission on January 22, 2021 via Frontiers Music Srl. Core members Jeff Scott Soto, Erik Mårtensson, and Robert Säll deliver another astounding album that will surely be a contender […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ELISE ERIKSEN – January 2021

A Dirty Dozen with ELISE ERIKSEN – January 2021

| 22 January 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Emerging pop starlet Elise Eriksen has released the music video for her feel-good debut single “Less,” co-written by multi-platinum-selling songwriter Julia Michaels. The effortlessly cool visual features cameos from Shoffy and Blu DeTiger, who plays bass on the track, and shows Elise defying expectations to stand out and be herself alongside a cast of her best friends. The […]

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A Dirty Dozen with NATHAN JAMES from INGLORIOUS – January 2021

A Dirty Dozen with NATHAN JAMES from INGLORIOUS – January 2021

| 22 January 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Up-and-coming British hard rockers Inglorious will release their fourth studio album, We Will Ride” February 12th via Frontiers Music Srl. This will be their first official recording with new members guitarists Danny Dela Cruz and Dan Stevens and bassist Vinnie Colla, who join original members vocalist Nathan James and drummer Phil […]

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INTERVIEW: STEVE LUKATHER from TOTO – FEBRUARY 2021

INTERVIEW: STEVE LUKATHER from TOTO – FEBRUARY 2021

| 21 January 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Steve Lukather and The Players Club / Mascot Label Group present the title track “I Found The Sun Again,” the third and final instant gratification release from Luke’s upcoming new studio album out February 26. The accompanying video presents Luke and his girlfriend Amber, whom is the inspiration […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: CHRISTOPHER SHAYNE – Ten High [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: CHRISTOPHER SHAYNE – Ten High [EP]

| 21 January 2021 | Reply

Label: Carry On Music Release Date: January 22, 2021 Rating: 89% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur The latest EP from Christopher Shayne is my introduction to this Southern rocker, and man am I glad I took this for a spin and a had a 7-track meet & greet!  Disc opener “Pour The Bottle” gets the blood pumping […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: WIG WAM – Never Say Die

MUSIC REVIEW: WIG WAM – Never Say Die

| 20 January 2021 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: January 22, 2021 Rating: 88% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur They’re back… Wig Wim have dusted off the instruments, pulled the microphone out of storage, and pulled together a killer set of rockers for their latest installment.  Disc opener and instrumental “The Second Crusade” takes us down a different path sonically […]

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A Dirty Dozen with SYDNEY SHERWOOD – January 2021

A Dirty Dozen with SYDNEY SHERWOOD – January 2021

| 20 January 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “New Jersey based Singer / Songwriter SYDNEY SHERWOOD has released the official lyric video for “Creep,” which was created by Jared Dylan of Red 13 Studios, and is the first single off of her upcoming, sophomore EP, Headspace. Produced and co-written by Brian Craddock, guitarist of Daughtry and […]

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A Dirty Dozen with FALLEN ROADS – January 2021

A Dirty Dozen with FALLEN ROADS – January 2021

| 20 January 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Imagine you’ve been standing in line for an amusement park ride when you finally make your way to the front and… nothing happens. Drawing from this feeling, “No Ride” by rock artist Luke Rhodes of Fallen Roads details what it’s been like for him to look back on […]

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An Evening with Tab Benoit” Jannus Live, St. Petersburg

An Evening with Tab Benoit” Jannus Live, St. Petersburg

| 20 January 2021 | Reply

Renowned Louisiana Cajun-blues guitarist Tab Benoit is on tour, with a socially-distanced, local performance in St. Petersburg at Jannus Live, 200 First Avenue North, Sunday, January 31. Gates: 6pm. Show: 7pm. Tickets $50. (21 and over). Info: (727) 565-0550 or visit https://www.jannuslive.com/event/tab-benoit/. Benoit performed last November at Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium in a concert livestreamed worldwide, accompanied by blues […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ANDREW STERN from 3 PAIRS OF BOOTS – January 2021

A Dirty Dozen with ANDREW STERN from 3 PAIRS OF BOOTS – January 2021

| 19 January 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “California-based husband-and-wife duo Andrew Stern and Laura Arias of 3 Pairs of Boots share a vast musical history as well as a talent for pairing catchy melodies with heartfelt messages. The two artists met through a “Singer Wanted” ad and were married within a year of their first […]

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A Dirty Dozen with BLUE STAHLI – January 2021

A Dirty Dozen with BLUE STAHLI – January 2021

| 19 January 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Regarded for his slick, genre-bending electronic rock, Bret Autrey – commonly known as Blue Stahli – produces cyberpunk anthems of the fringe zeitgeist: Doom/disco; Industrial/pop; Chillwave/glitch-hop; avant-garde inspiration from David Lynch and Philip K. Dick merge with the saccharine excess of 80s and 90s straight-to-VHS films to define […]

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A Dirty Dozen with KEVIN CALI from DREAMSHADE – January 2021

A Dirty Dozen with KEVIN CALI from DREAMSHADE – January 2021

| 19 January 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Modern metal band DREAMSHADE have announced their fourth album A Pale Blue Dot. The record arrives on March 5, 2021. Pre-orders are live here. To celebrate the release of the album, the band has shared the new track “Lightbringers.” Watch the animated visualizer video here. The album includes two features — New York-based Italian pop singer Rose Villain and […]

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A Dirty Dozen with RENE MATA from REACH NYC – January 2021

A Dirty Dozen with RENE MATA from REACH NYC – January 2021

| 19 January 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “REACH NYC, who came to prominence in the hard rock scene in the ’00s and were signed to Lava/Atlantic, have returned with the fittingly titled new single “Back From the Dead.” It’s their first new song in 17 years and features Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix. The band has premiered the “Back […]

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Evan Stanley — “Memories” (Maroon 5 Cover) Video  ft. Bryan Cranston Debuted w/ Rolling Stone

Evan Stanley — “Memories” (Maroon 5 Cover) Video ft. Bryan Cranston Debuted w/ Rolling Stone

| 12 January 2021 | Reply

Today, Evan Stanley (son of KISS’ Paul Stanley) has released an irresistible new cover of “Memories” by Maroon 5  with a cinematic video featuring acclaimed actor Bryan Cranston. Inspired by a Texas road trip, Stanley says, “A lot of that drive is open desert with nothing around, and at one point I saw my fuel gauge getting lower with no gas station in […]

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A Dirty Dozen with AL BOLTZ from A SCENT LIKE WOLVES – January 2021

A Dirty Dozen with AL BOLTZ from A SCENT LIKE WOLVES – January 2021

| 8 January 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Pennsylvania metalcore band A SCENT LIKE WOLVES — Al Boltz (vocals), Nick Boltz (vocals), Cody Frain (drums), Jeff Brown (guitar), Kyle Pettigrew (guitar), and Blake McClimon (guitar) — have shared the video for “Death Effect” at Knotfest.com. The song features guest vocals from Brian Wille of Currents. A Scent Like Wolves released their debut And The Story Goes in 2013. The band’s We Are […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: VAJRA – Irkalla

MUSIC REVIEW: VAJRA – Irkalla

| 7 January 2021 | Reply

Label: Thunder Cult Records Release Date: January 15, 2021 Rating: 89% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Vajra – formed and led by Annamaria Pinna – is releasing the first of three opuses to be released in 2021.  The 6-track EP Irkalla expands on the bands foundation that began with 2012’s Pleroma and explores the lowest level of consciousness.  Disc […]

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A Dirty Dozen with KENNY PAUL MANN from ROYAL HORSES – January 2021

A Dirty Dozen with KENNY PAUL MANN from ROYAL HORSES – January 2021

| 7 January 2021 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Rock / Americana band ROYAL HORSES has released A Modern Man’s Way to Improve. The band’s debut record, A Modern Man’s Way to Improve was selected as an official release for Record Store Day 2020 and is available to download and stream on all platforms. Featuring lyric-driven melodies that pay respect to the musical genres […]

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