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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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10 Quick Ones with ANDRE of COAT CHECK GIRLS – May 2018

10 Quick Ones with ANDRE of COAT CHECK GIRLS – May 2018

According to a recent press release: “LA-based quartet Coat Check Girl has released a new single called “Twenty Nine.” The bright track is a departure from the band’s usual dark, indie-electro sound, although it still shares a somber story.”  We get singer Andre to discuss new music, influences, and more in our 10 Quick Ones… 1. Tell us […]

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INTERVIEW: JULIET SIMMS – May 2018

INTERVIEW: JULIET SIMMS – May 2018

According to part of her bio: “The story of Juliet’s life has been as exciting as it has been difficult, often the only female in the room whether in a recording studio, or on tour with all male bands, she discovered that Rock and Roll truly is a man’s world, but that as a female […]

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LIVE: CHRIS YOUNG wsg Kane Brown & Morgan Evans – May 4, 2018

LIVE: CHRIS YOUNG wsg Kane Brown & Morgan Evans – May 4, 2018

Venue: Huntington Center City: Toledo, OH Date: May 4, 2018 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Friday May 4, 2018 was an example of something that may not be perceived as rock TOTALLY rocking it… 100% to be exact.  This blustery Friday night Chris Young and his Losing Sleep tour rolled through Toledo, […]

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LIVE: TRIVIUM – May 1, 2018

LIVE: TRIVIUM – May 1, 2018

Venue: The International City: Knoxville, TN Date: May 1, 2018 Review and Photographs by: Rachel Craig (http://www.rachelcraigphotos.net/) Trivium brought one of the best metal shows to The International’s stage last week. They came as support for Bullet For My Valentine’s latest tour, which is a lineup that has been highly anticipated. Frontman Matt Heafy is also […]

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10 Quick Ones with ROCKY MORNINGSIDE – May 2018

10 Quick Ones with ROCKY MORNINGSIDE – May 2018

According to a recent press release: “Rocky Morningside announced the release of his video for single “Tricks Up My Sleeve” off of his B-side record in observance of tonight’s full Pink Moon. “I’ve always been a night owl. My most creative ideas have manifested late at night when most people are sleeping. I don’t know factually if the moon […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: W.E.T. – Earthrage

MUSIC REVIEW: W.E.T. – Earthrage

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: March 23, 2018 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur The guys in W.E.T. have knocked another one out of the park wit their third and latest studio release Earthrage.  This 11-track collection is full of melodic rock gems and more.  Opening track “Watch The Fire” sets the bar – […]

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10 Quick Ones with STEF w/ an F of CITY OF THE WEAK – May 2018

10 Quick Ones with STEF w/ an F of CITY OF THE WEAK – May 2018

According to a recent press release: “City Of The Weak has just released the new video for their cover of the Incubus song “Pardon Me”.  The video can be viewed at YouTube. The band is gearing up for the Turn It To 11 co-headline tour with Echo Black starting on April 7th in Fayetteville, NC and wrapping up May 5th in Norfolk, VA.  The band is also […]

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LIVE: SOULFLY – April 28, 2018

LIVE: SOULFLY – April 28, 2018

Venue: The International City: Knoxville, TN Date: April 28, 2018 Review and Photographs by: Rachel Craig (http://www.rachelcraigphotos.net/) Soulfly made their return to Knoxville after nearly 3 years on their From The Amazon To The Nile Tour. This show was full of brutal metal and energy. Knoxville-based Christian metal band Absent From The Body started the show. They got […]

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10 Quick Ones with DROGOTH of WITCH CASKET – May 2018

10 Quick Ones with DROGOTH of WITCH CASKET – May 2018

According to a recent press release: “Southern California Blackened Death Metal outfit Witch Casket has released their debut album entitled “Hatred Index”, and is available now for purchase on CD or download through the band’s profile page at CDBaby. The album, which is an EP, was produced, engineered and mixed by the band’s guitarist, Colin “Nylock” Cameron, and mastered by […]

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10 Quick Ones with RICHIE RAY of THE STARS REVOLT – May 2018

10 Quick Ones with RICHIE RAY of THE STARS REVOLT – May 2018

According to a recent press release: “April 30, 2018 – Louisville, KY Rock Band THE STARS REVOLT has released the official music video for “Be Careful What You Wish For,” the lead single off of their debut, self-titled EP. Due out May 18th, The Stars Revolt is available for pre-order through iTunes, now!”  We get singer / guitarist Richie to discuss new […]

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CD REVIEW: LITTLE CAESAR – Eight

CD REVIEW: LITTLE CAESAR – Eight

  Label: Golden Robot Records Release Date: March 16, 2018 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur To quote the press release for the latest material from Little Caesar: “US Rock and Soul masters, Little Caesar have released their highly anticipated new album, 8, via Golden Robot Records. 8 is the band’s first studio album in six years – centered around […]

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LIVE: THE SWORD – April 27, 2018

LIVE: THE SWORD – April 27, 2018

| 30 April 2018 | Reply

Venue: The International City: Knoxville, TN Date: April 27, 2018 Review and Photographs by: Rachel Craig (http://www.rachelcraigphotos.net/) Stoner doom metal rocks the International once again, bringing a variety of fans that all have a love for heavy metal that sounds like taking a time machine back to the 1970’s. The show began with only one supporting […]

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10 Quick Ones with GABRIEL CONNOR of RED DEVIL VORTEX – April 2018

10 Quick Ones with GABRIEL CONNOR of RED DEVIL VORTEX – April 2018

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According to a recent press release: “LA Based Metal Rock Band RED DEVIL VORTEX has released the Official Music Video for the debut, title single off of their upcoming EP, Something Has to Die, due out May 8th but available to pre-order NOW! Directed and edited by Raphael Bittencourt, “Something Has to Die” showcases the trio’s unique re-interpretation of […]

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CD REVIEW: MYLES KENNEDY – Year Of The Tiger

CD REVIEW: MYLES KENNEDY – Year Of The Tiger

| 27 April 2018 | Reply

Label: Napalm Records Release Date: March 9, 2018 Rating: 9.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Myles Kennedy has finally done it… stepped out from under the umbrella that is a rock band.  After outings with Mayfield Four, Slash, and Alter Bridge, Kennedy has poured himself into a solo effort – and the wait was well worth […]

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10 Quick Ones with TB of A GATHERING OF NONE – April 2018

10 Quick Ones with TB of A GATHERING OF NONE – April 2018

| 24 April 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “A Gathering of None are a quintet comprised of musicians from all over the north, southeast, and southwest United States. AGON began as a one-man project, with TB (formerly of horror punk underground icons Blitzkid) recording the 2013 EP Purging Empty Promises entirely on his own, performing all instruments as […]

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LIVE: GHOSTLAND OBSERVATORY – April 19, 2018

LIVE: GHOSTLAND OBSERVATORY – April 19, 2018

| 24 April 2018 | Reply

Venue: The Mill & Mine City: Knoxville, TN Date: April 19, 2018 Review and Photographs by: Rachel Craig (http://www.rachelcraigphotos.net/) The Austin-based electronic rock duo Ghostland Observatory took over the Mill & Mine with their blend of pulsing beats, laser lights, and demanding vocals. Judging from the fans’ reactions, this is one of those bands that you […]

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10 Quick Ones with HADES of GODZ – April 2018

10 Quick Ones with HADES of GODZ – April 2018

| 24 April 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “GODZ have come to save the human race with their distinct brand of hard rock/symphonic metal and their various mythological influences. A few of the Greek gods have left Mount Olympus and taken human vessels to form a new powerful pantheon on Earth in order to bring humanity something that equals […]

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10 Quick Ones with BRANDON GARRETT of 45 TO ARGOS – April 2018

10 Quick Ones with BRANDON GARRETT of 45 TO ARGOS – April 2018

| 19 April 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Southwest Michigan based, Alternative Rock trio 45 To Argos has released the Official Music Video for their uplifting single, “Dreamcatcher.” Directed by front-man Brandon Garrett and filmed by Chase Krueger, the video was shot in the garage of bassist Brandon Cromer, in Watervliet, MI over the course of about 7 hrs.”  We get Brandon Garrett to […]

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LIVE: BETTYE LAVETTE – April 15, 2018

LIVE: BETTYE LAVETTE – April 15, 2018

| 19 April 2018 | Reply

Venue: Jazz Cafe at Music Hall City: Detroit, MI Date: April 15, 2018 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Legend.  The term is thrown around by music fans regarding their love of a certain band, super group, genre, etc.  When I think of musical legends quite a few names come to mind, and […]

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LIVE: CRADLE OF FILTH wsg JINJER– April 12, 2018

LIVE: CRADLE OF FILTH wsg JINJER– April 12, 2018

| 19 April 2018 | Reply

Venue: Saint Andrews Hall City: Detroit, MI Date: April 12, 2018 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Cradle of Filth is a band that may not set the world on fire with record sales, but their fans are loyal and fill the venue, especially when they come through Detroit.  This years tour rolled […]

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