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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 TIM MONTANA – June 2024

A Dirty Dozen with TIM MONTANA – June 2024

| 13 June 2024 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Rock singer / guitarist / songwriter TIM MONTANA recently announced SAVAGE, his debut rock album, which arrives July 12. On Savage, Montana gets in touch with his undeniable rock ‘n’ roll roots. Armed with grit, guitars, and a hunger for glory, Montana has been endorsed by Dave Grohl and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, booked by David Letterman, and had his […]

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LIVE: SHINEDOWN – June 7, 2024

LIVE: SHINEDOWN – June 7, 2024

| 11 June 2024 | Reply

Venue: Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort City: Mount Pleasant, MI Dates: June 7, 2024 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Venturing a couple hours across Michigan, I found myself at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mount Pleasant on a Friday night for what was to be another amazing show, but we will […]

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A Dirty Dozen with WESTLY BENJUNAS from SUNDAY MORNING – June 2024

A Dirty Dozen with WESTLY BENJUNAS from SUNDAY MORNING – June 2024

| 10 June 2024 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Hailing from New Haven, CT Sunday Morning consists of Westly Benjunas, Erik Stanzel, Dom Barone, Jason Moriarty, and Mike Verrastro. The band began in 2018, opening for artists such as Microwave, Boston Manor, Can’t Swim, and The Plot in You. Sunday Morning’s refined hardcore infused alternative sound is what sets them apart from […]

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A Dirty Dozen with GABRIELLE BRYANT from BLACK NOTE GRAFITTI – June 2024

A Dirty Dozen with GABRIELLE BRYANT from BLACK NOTE GRAFITTI – June 2024

According to a recent press release: “In the span of their career, Black Note Graffiti have produced several albums, appeared on internationally distributed compilations and have been placed in national TV shows and films. This can be attributed to their infectious appeal and years of consistent touring from Hollywood to New York City. With the […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ROSINA BULLEN – June 2024

A Dirty Dozen with ROSINA BULLEN – June 2024

According to a recent press release: “Rosina Bullen is writing her musical memoir one song at a time. On Trip to Tikal, her second EP, the U.K.-born / Brooklyn-based singer / songwriter draws inspiration from the confessional songwriting of Elliott Smith and Phoebe Bridgers, the tight pop of Fleetwood Mac and Kate Bush, and the […]

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LIVE: PIXIES + MODEST MOUSE – June 2, 2024

LIVE: PIXIES + MODEST MOUSE – June 2, 2024

Venue: Ascend Amphitheater City: Nashville, TN Date: June 2, 2024 Review and Photographs by: Jacob Smith (https://www.jhs-photo.com) Playing to a nearly sold out and extremely enthused crowd at Ascend Amphitheater, Sunday June 2nd; Modest Mouse hit the stage to really get the mood set for the evening with a performance that had all the right vibes to […]

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LIVE: PLUSH – May 31, 2024

LIVE: PLUSH – May 31, 2024

Venue: The Machine Shop City: Flint, MI Dates: May 31, 2024 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Rock N Roll up-n-comers Plush are out on their first headlining tours and they brought their music, energy, and youthful approach to their craft to The Machine Shop in Flint, MI and I was lucky enough […]

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A Dirty Dozen with TOMMY SENTER from PARADISE VULTURES – June 2024

A Dirty Dozen with TOMMY SENTER from PARADISE VULTURES – June 2024

According to a recent press release: “Los Angeles bass-and-drums duo Paradise Vultures creates a sound that can best be  described as dirty, doomy, desert disco.  Recently, the pair, comprised  of bassist and vocalist Tommy Senter and  drummer Matty Barreca, announced their single/video  “Catacombs,” ahead of a string of new content to come throughout 2024.” We get Tommy to discuss new music, […]

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A Dirty Dozen with MIKAYLA JOSEPH from MALLOW HILL – June 2024

A Dirty Dozen with MIKAYLA JOSEPH from MALLOW HILL – June 2024

According to a recent press release: “Baltimore quintet, Mallow Hill are set to release their debut song “Thinkin’ Bout My Baby” June 7, 2024.  Recorded at famed 3Sirens in Nashville, “Thinkin’ Bout My Baby” was produced by Grammy-nominated Dex Green (Elvis Costello, Margo Price, Nicole Atkins, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Shemekia Copeland) and engineered by Joe Costa (Ben Folds, Caitlin Rose, Amanda Palmer), the song also features some of […]

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A Dirty Dozen with GENE LOUIS from BULLETS & OCTANE – May 2024

A Dirty Dozen with GENE LOUIS from BULLETS & OCTANE – May 2024

According to a recent press release: “Bullets and Octane is a hard-hitting rock band hailing from SoCal. The band has been touring in Europe and North America since 1998, performing with Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Social Distortion, Bad Religion and Eagles of Death Metal amongst others, as well as headlining their own tours. The band has been […]

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LIVE: SMASH INTO PIECES – May 22, 2024

LIVE: SMASH INTO PIECES – May 22, 2024

Venue: The Underground City: Charlotte, NC Dates: May 22, 2024 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Another night in Charlotte NC on business, so I jumped at another band stopping at The Underground.  Smash Into Pieces has a different sound, look, and overall vibe for a rock show, but the music is contagious.  […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: PAIGE STARK – Good At Love [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: PAIGE STARK – Good At Love [EP]

Label: Blonde Dog Release Date: June 7, 2024 Rating: 92% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Not everything in my listening cycle has to rock in the way most people interpret the word.  A new EP dropping soon rocks without creating the need to headbang or play air guitar and drums.  The four-track release from Paige Stark […]

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A Dirty Dozen with KIBBY – May 2024

A Dirty Dozen with KIBBY – May 2024

According to a recent press release: “NYC- based grungy rock outfit Kibby started as an idea in late 2018 in Queens, NY. The concept for Kibby had one clear goal… to release one album a year for 10 years straight. Kibby has stayed on his path, now set to release his 5th album Whatever Happened To Honor to be released in […]

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A Dirty Dozen with KARL MIDDLETON from EARTHTONE9 – May 2024

A Dirty Dozen with KARL MIDDLETON from EARTHTONE9 – May 2024

According to a recent press release: “Iconic British metal band earthtone9 has unveiled their intense, thrash-infused new single, “Navison Record.” The track is the second release from their highly anticipated album, In Resonance Nexus, scheduled to drop on June 21st through Candlelight. earthtone9 is rightly hailed by those who know as one of the most forward-thinking, clever, musically wise, and creatively smart […]

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LIVE: SOEN – May 20, 2024

LIVE: SOEN – May 20, 2024

Venue: The Underground City: Charlotte, NC Dates: May 20, 2024 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) While traveling for business, I always check around to see who I might be able to catch live in a different city and venue.  The most recent trip brought me to Charlotte, NC and I was able to […]

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LIVE: FIVE FOR FIGHTING – May 23, 2024

LIVE: FIVE FOR FIGHTING – May 23, 2024

Venue: The Plaza City: Orlando, FL Date: May 23, 2024 Review and Photographs by: Stephanie Gray (https://stephgrayphoto.mypixieset.com/) The Plaza was buzzing with excitement on May 23, 2024 as audience members took their seats. Tonight’s show is Five for Fighting, with opener Jordan Foley from Jordan Foley & The Wheelhouse. Jordan took the stage with his guitar, playing […]

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A Dirty Dozen with DERRICK BRUMLEY from CONQUEST – May 2024

A Dirty Dozen with DERRICK BRUMLEY from CONQUEST – May 2024

According to a recent press release: “Veteran Midwest metal outfit Conquest return with their latest album, Paradox, on Friday, May 10th. Available as two vinyl records or a single CD (plus available on all streaming services), the album continues in the same direction as their previous studio offerings, as evidenced by such standout tracks as […]

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LIVE: THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT – May 17, 2024

LIVE: THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT – May 17, 2024

Venue: Jannus Live City: St. Petersburg, FL Date: May 17, 2024 Review and Photographs by: James Zambon (https://jameszambon.com) I had high expectations for this show. I last caught The Reverend Horton Heat back in 2010 and somehow 14 years went by. In that time my friend Vicki managed to catch every single tour. Feeding off her excitement […]

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A Dirty Dozen with CASANDRA CARSON from PARALANDRA – May 2024

A Dirty Dozen with CASANDRA CARSON from PARALANDRA – May 2024

According to a recent press release: “PARALANDRA, a hard rock band from Missouri that will delight fans of Alter Bridge, Queen, and Shinedown, have shared their new single “Love of My Life.” The song lives on the band’s upcoming album The Body Electric, out April 4. The independent band will be on the road as much as possible in 2024. […]

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LIVE: FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES – May 13, 2024

LIVE: FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES – May 13, 2024

Venue: The End City: Nashville, TN Date: May 13, 2024 Review and Photographs by: Jacob Smith (https://www.jhs-photo.com) This intimate 250-person space was sold out and everyone was ready for the sonic warfare that Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes would deliver. This small space helped make it one of the most active shows I’ve been to in […]

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