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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 NICK REESE of JOYOUS WOLF – June 2019

A Dirty Dozen with NICK REESE of JOYOUS WOLF – June 2019

  According to a recent press release: “Southern California based Rock band JOYOUS WOLF has released their Roadrunner Records debut EP, Place in Time. Available today at all DSPs, Place In Time is highlighted by lead singles “Quiet Heart” and the EP’s title track, “Place In Time.” Currently on tour in the U.S. with Buckcherry, Joyous Wolf have also been announced to perform at this year’s Louder Than Life Festival on […]

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A Dirty Dozen with BLIND of SUMMONER’S CIRCLE – June 2019

A Dirty Dozen with BLIND of SUMMONER’S CIRCLE – June 2019

  According to a recent press release: “Six-piece theatrical metal band Summoner’s Circle releases Become None, a full-length album available worldwide via Pavement Entertainment. Stream the release now on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon. Become None is the follow-up to the band’s 2015 EP, First Summoning, and produced by Yanic Bercier at WaveTransform Studios.” We get vocalist Blind to discuss new music, influences, and much more… 1. […]

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INTERVIEW: JOHNNY RABB of COLLECTIVE SOUL – June 2019

INTERVIEW: JOHNNY RABB of COLLECTIVE SOUL – June 2019

  According to a recent press release: “Multi-Platinum, Georgia-bred rockers COLLECTIVE SOUL–E Roland (vocals / keyboards / guitar), Dean Roland (rhythm guitar), Will Turpin (bass), Jesse Triplett (lead guitar), Johnny Rabb (drums)—are pumped and primed to celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2019 in all-out style, but they’re really just gearing up for the long haul. […]

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LIVE: INDY 500 SNAKE PIT featuring SKRILLEX – May 26, 2019

LIVE: INDY 500 SNAKE PIT featuring SKRILLEX – May 26, 2019

Venue: Indianapolis Motor Speedway City: Indianapolis, IN Date: May 26, 2019 Review and Photographs by: Jeffrey Everett (http://www.jeffrey-everett.com/) The Indy 500’s Snake Pit got off to an early start with doors at 7 a.m. and the first show at 7:15. The infield area once synonymous with mayhem in the 70’s and 80’s has evolved into […]

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LIVE: X wsg SKATING POLLY – May 15, 2019

LIVE: X wsg SKATING POLLY – May 15, 2019

Venue: El Club City: Detroit, MI Date: May 21, 2019 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) There aren’t many bands that have been around for forty years that I dig and haven’t seen yet, but X is one of those bands.  Having celebrated their 40th Anniversary back in 2017 (and having missed that […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: DOOL – Love Like Blood

MUSIC REVIEW: DOOL – Love Like Blood

Label: Prophecy Productions Release Date: May 17, 2019 Rating: 100% Dool is a new band that crossed my email lately, and after checking out the single, I had to write up the EP, as this is a very contagious track / disc without being easily classified into any specific genre of rock.  Opening track “Love Like […]

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LIVE: FOREIGNER / KOOL & THE GANG – May 24, 2019

LIVE: FOREIGNER / KOOL & THE GANG – May 24, 2019

Venue: Indianapolis Motor Speedway City: Indianapolis, IN Date: May 24, 2019 Review and Photographs by: Jeffrey Everett (http://www.jeffrey-everett.com/) The Miller Lite Carb Concert Series once again nailed it with classic performers Kool and the Gang and headliner Foreigner. The threat of thunderstorms gave way to a warm and dry afternoon. The infield crowd steadily grew […]

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Almost a Dirty Dozen with DAN KECKI of EXIMIOUS – May 2019

Almost a Dirty Dozen with DAN KECKI of EXIMIOUS – May 2019

  According to a recent press release: “Central Pennsylvania Rock Band EXIMIOUS–comprised of former members of FROM ASHES TO NEW–has released their newest single, “Mind on Fire.” Formed in May of 2018, Eximious was founded by former From Ashes To New guitarist Dan Kecki and Drummer Brady Hearn. In late November of 2018, The band had then recruited former From Ashes […]

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A Dirty Dozen with MARLON HARDER of AUTOPILOT – May 2019

A Dirty Dozen with MARLON HARDER of AUTOPILOT – May 2019

  According to a recent press release: “Canadian Alternative Rock Band AUTOPILOT has released the official music video for their single, “Undisguised.” Directed by Kevin Van Witt, “Undisguised” is off of the band’s latest album, Afterglow. Over the last few years, Canadian alternative rock band Autopilot has become a staple in the Saskatoon indie music scene. Known for their thoughtful […]

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A Dirty Dozen with BLAKE BURNS of HELL AND HOLLAR – May 2019

A Dirty Dozen with BLAKE BURNS of HELL AND HOLLAR – May 2019

  According to a recent press release: “West Palm Beach, FL based Stoner Rock Band HELL & HOLLAR has released the official music video for “Showdown,” off of their debut EP, 442. Hell & Hollar is a rock band from South Florida featuring Blake Burns on guitar and vocals, Nate Largent on drums, Johnny Dusko on bass and Mike […]

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A Dirty Dozen with CATERINA NIX of CHAOS MAGIC – May 2019

A Dirty Dozen with CATERINA NIX of CHAOS MAGIC – May 2019

  According to a recent press release: “Frontiers Music Srl is delighted to present the fabulous new album from CHAOS MAGIC, entitled Furyborn, on June 14! CHAOS MAGIC is centered around Chilean vocalist Caterina Nix who, for this sophomore release from the band, worked in close collaboration with fellow Chilean producer, singer, and musician Nasson. Together, they have created an absolute gem […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: BUCKCHERRY – Warpaint

MUSIC REVIEW: BUCKCHERRY – Warpaint

Label: Red Music Release Date: March 8, 2019 Rating: 94% Buckcherry has been one of the most consistent bands over the years, from the first disc and Timebomb to the platinum disc 15 and 2015’s ballsy / bluesy Rock ‘n’ Roll.  The band has also weathered some personnel changes, but continues to crank out killer rock and roll […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ROBERT RANSON – May 2019

A Dirty Dozen with ROBERT RANSON – May 2019

  According to a recent press release: “Robert Ranson’s broad sweep of styles is evident at the outset, from the island groove and wistful melody that surges so sweetly to the islands. Blending blues, jazz, rock, reggae, afro-cuban and country all enter into his musical mix, echoes of Steely Dan, Pablo Cruise and Eric Clapton are […]

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A Dirty Dozen with JAN BRUGGEMAN of FRAGMENTUM – May 2019

A Dirty Dozen with JAN BRUGGEMAN of FRAGMENTUM – May 2019

  According to a recent press release: “The phrases “melodic” and “death metal” don’t necessarily go hand in hand, but Fragmentum are one of the few bands that take the unique approach of combining both factions together – as heard throughout their debut album, ‘Pugnacity,’ which was released on May 10, 2019 via Into Records.” We […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ROB VAN WAR of ATTIKA – May 2019

A Dirty Dozen with ROB VAN WAR of ATTIKA – May 2019

  According to a recent press release: “A metal cult classic, Attika’s ‘When Heroes Fall,’ was recently reissued via Pure Steel Records. Originally self-released on cassette in 1991, the album was then issued on CD a year later by Massacre Records out of Germany, before soon going out of print. But the album remained popular with […]

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INTERVIEW: JEFF SCOTT SOTO of SOTO – May 2019

INTERVIEW: JEFF SCOTT SOTO of SOTO – May 2019

  According to a recent press release: “SOTO, the modern Heavy Metal / Hard Rock group featuring vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (ex Yngwie Malmsteen / Talisman / ex Journey, Sons Of Apollo, TSO, etc.), are soon to release their third album and InsideOutMusic debut Origami, May 24th, 2019. SOTO started in 2015 derived from the ideal of Jeff […]

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A Dirty Dozen with SHAWN PERRY – May 2019

A Dirty Dozen with SHAWN PERRY – May 2019

  According to a recent press release: “Country Rock Musician SHAWN PERRY has released the official music video for his pop-infused single, “LAWNCHAIR.” Shawn Perry is best known for his work on the MTV series MADE, his guitar and amp company VALKYRIE, and several past and on-hiatus music projects. Shawn also runs an independent recording studio (Rock City) and was a 2013 SCENE […]

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A Dirty Dozen with TRIP 6 of GEARS – May 2019

A Dirty Dozen with TRIP 6 of GEARS – May 2019

  According to a recent press release: “Miami based hard/heavy rock act GEARS isn’t your average start-up garage band. Despite being confronted with a near disastrous setback at the cusp of their debut, headlining tour, jarring line-up changes, and financial challenges, the band has persevered and rebuilt. Founded in February 2014, Trip 6 (Urban Rebel), […]

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A Dirty Dozen with FALLING THROUGH APRIL – May 2019

A Dirty Dozen with FALLING THROUGH APRIL – May 2019

  According to a recent press release: “Charlotte, NC Alternative Rock Band FALLING THROUGH APRIL has released the official music video for their single, “Recover // Relapse.” Directed by Alex Hieder, “Recover // Relapse” originally premiered on Substream Magazine.” We get members of the band discuss new music, influences, and much more… 1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might […]

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LIVE: KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – May 15, 2019

LIVE: KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – May 15, 2019

Venue: The Fillmore City: Detroit, MI Date: May 15, 2019 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Having arrived at the venue into the first song, I decided against fighting my way through the packed venue to the photo pit and opted for a spot at the soundboard to enjoy the visuals and the […]

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