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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 THE SCUM – November 2022

A Dirty Dozen with THE SCUM – November 2022

| 2 November 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Colombian death Metal distributors THE SCUM release a new video for “The Death of Light” from their recently released album The Hunger. The video recently premiered via Ghost Cult Magazine. The Scum was created in 2013 in Manizales, city of the Eje Cafetero, cradle of extreme metal in Colombia. Their material has been released by the most important record labels in Colombia: Brutalized Records […]

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A Dirty Dozen with NERVOUS EATERS – November 2022

A Dirty Dozen with NERVOUS EATERS – November 2022

| 2 November 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Pioneering Boston rock band Nervous Eaters, contemporaries of bands like the Ramones, The Police, Iggy Pop, and The Pretenders, are debuting a video for “Hop Sing Said,” the next single off their forthcoming album titled Monsters + Angels on November 11 via Stevie Van Zandt’s Wicked Cool Records. The current version of the Nervous Eaters formed in […]

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LIVE: STEVE VAI – October 18, 2022

LIVE: STEVE VAI – October 18, 2022

| 23 October 2022 | Reply

Venue: Bilheimer Capitol Theatre City: Clearwater, FL Dates: October 18, 2022 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) How did you spend your last birthday?  I am sure there was dinner, some cake, some singing, and a lot of celebration.  This year I veered from the norm and spent my birthday in Clearwater, FL inside […]

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A Dirty Dozen with TED KELLIHER from FUSED BY DEFIANCE – October 2022

A Dirty Dozen with TED KELLIHER from FUSED BY DEFIANCE – October 2022

| 19 October 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Los Angeles metal band Fused By Defiance released their new single “Villain” to all major platforms along with the official lyric video today. The band has announced tour dates this fall in support of W.O.R. (dates below). The unadulterated ball of defiant energy known as Fused By Defiance (FxD), blends heavy riff driven rock, metal and rap with socially conscious lyrics. […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: MADELINE MERLO – Slide [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: MADELINE MERLO – Slide [EP]

| 19 October 2022 | Reply

Label: This Is Hit, Inc. d/b/a Wheelhouse Records Release Date: September 23, 2022 Rating: 89% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Some Country artists are in my wheel house and others aren’t and I know it right away.  There is something about newcomer Madeline Merlo that literally slid her into my listening rotation.  Here EP is four […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: MY KID BROTHER – Happy.Mad.Weird.Sad

MUSIC REVIEW: MY KID BROTHER – Happy.Mad.Weird.Sad

| 18 October 2022 | Reply

Label: Fearless Records Release Date: October 7, 2022 Rating: 93% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur You HAVE to dig into a disc when one of your favorite publicists places a bolded statement in a release about something NOT being a metal record.  My tastes are all over the board so of course I had to take […]

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A Dirty Dozen with JARVIS ANDERSON from IGLU & HARTLY – October 2022

A Dirty Dozen with JARVIS ANDERSON from IGLU & HARTLY – October 2022

| 16 October 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “On the 14 year anniversary of Iglu & Hartly’s 2008 debut album & Then Boom, the band has released an expanded deluxe edition of the LP, featuring 3 original demos, an unreleased song from that era, and one brand new song (“Don’t Let Go”). Formed in the foothills of Colorado by singer/writer/producer Jarvis […]

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A Dirty Dozen with BECKY BRIDEAU from DYSTOPICA – October 2022

A Dirty Dozen with BECKY BRIDEAU from DYSTOPICA – October 2022

| 15 October 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Connecticut-based heavy metal band Dystopica releases their newest EP, Deception, via Pavement Entertainment. Recorded at Dexters Lab Recording Studio by producer Nick Bellmore (Dee Snider, Corpsegrinder, Ripper, Hatebreed, Toxic Holocaust), Deception has a fresh sound combining hard rock, heavy metal, thrash metal, and progressive metal. The 5-track EP is truly an ode to uniting […]

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A Dirty Dozen with MICHAEL CHARLTON from OCTOBER ENDS – October 2022

A Dirty Dozen with MICHAEL CHARLTON from OCTOBER ENDS – October 2022

| 14 October 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Rising Newcastle-via-Athens quintet October Ends have announced their new album PHASES. The album arrives on October 28 via UNFD. These multi-voiced genre-smashers have been somewhat of a well-kept scene secret. Though it dropped amidst the throes of the 2020 pandemic, the band’s self-recorded, self-released debut album Zodiac has racked up more than 10 million streams to date, with no touring or […]

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A Dirty Dozen with LARRY BONE from CHOKESETTER – October 2022

A Dirty Dozen with LARRY BONE from CHOKESETTER – October 2022

| 14 October 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Chokesetter formed in 2018 with a few old friends and longtime veterans from the local music scene in Northwest Indiana. Having played in notable separate bands for years, these gentlemen forged a path together that would form a heavy hitting band of crunchy riffs and smooth grooves. Chokesetter combines […]

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LIVE: CYPRESS HILL – October 9, 2022

LIVE: CYPRESS HILL – October 9, 2022

| 12 October 2022 | Reply

Venue: Hard Rock Event Center City: Tampa, FL Dates: October 9, 2022 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) On a Sunday evening, Cypress Hill brought their show to a packed Hard Rock Event Center at Tampa’s Seminole Hard Rock. With the crowd trickling into the venue for the scheduled 8p start time, a […]

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LIVE: THE KNOCKS / CANNONS – October 5, 2022

LIVE: THE KNOCKS / CANNONS – October 5, 2022

| 8 October 2022 | Reply

Venue: The Ritz Ybor City: Tampa, FL Dates: October 5, 2022 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) I dig strolling into a ‘new to me’ venue to check out some artists than my normal fare.  This past Wednesday was exactly one of those nights.  I made my way to Tampa, FL and entered […]

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A Dirty Dozen with JARED STINSON from SIC WAITING – October 2022

A Dirty Dozen with JARED STINSON from SIC WAITING – October 2022

| 6 October 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Oceanside, CA’s Sic Waiting have dropped “Life On Fire”– the next single off their upcoming album A Fine Hill To Die On out on November 4th via Thousand Islands Records (USA/CAN) and Pee Records (AUS), with UK/EU distro by Lockjaw Records. It’s the follow-up to the band’s 2015 Derailer release. “Life on Fire” is […]

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A Dirty Dozen with MALACHI GAGNON – October 2022

A Dirty Dozen with MALACHI GAGNON – October 2022

| 6 October 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Tampa, FL-based viral pop artist Malachi Gagnon has released his third single “Without You.” Church is often called the ultimate schooling for a singer. For 15-year-old Malachi Gagnon, that proved to be true. Hailing from a small town in New Hampshire, the Florida singer-songwriter is unveiling “Without You,” an […]

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A Dirty Dozen with HIDEYUKI SHIMIZU from DRAW INTO DISORDER – October 2022

A Dirty Dozen with HIDEYUKI SHIMIZU from DRAW INTO DISORDER – October 2022

| 5 October 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “DRAW INTO DISORDER was formed in 2006 in the rural city of Wakayama, Japan. They are heavily influenced by the greatest artists from the 90’s grunge scene, including Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, and Soundgarden. DRAW INTO DISORDER‘s sound also takes inspiration from neo grunge style of bands, […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: EVEN FLOW – Mediterraneo [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: EVEN FLOW – Mediterraneo [EP]

| 5 October 2022 | Reply

Label: Independent Release Date: October 3, 2022 Rating: 90% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Let’s be clear — prog rock is not something I listen to on a regular basis… as a matter of fact, most times I steer clear but something about this EP drew me to listen (probably the Italian connection as my favorite singer […]

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LIVE: POP EVIL – September 22, 2022

LIVE: POP EVIL – September 22, 2022

| 5 October 2022 | Reply

Venue: The Machine Shop City: Flint, MI Dates: September 22, 2022 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) As their 2022 US Tour was winding down, the band decided to close out with two shows at their home away from home, The World Famous Machine Shop in Flint, MI.  After a rousing set from local […]

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LIVE: MIDTOWN – September 24, 2022

LIVE: MIDTOWN – September 24, 2022

| 4 October 2022 | Reply

Venue: FLA Live Arena City: Sunrise, FL Date: September 24, 2022 Review and Photographs by: Mackenzie Knox (https://www.mknoxmedia.com/) Midtown opened up for My Chemical Romance on their current tour after not playing music together for over 15 years. During their set in Miami, Gabe Saporta the frontman told the crowd all about how and why they got […]

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A Dirty Dozen with KAREN BALLEW from THE DEER’S CRY – October 2022

A Dirty Dozen with KAREN BALLEW from THE DEER’S CRY – October 2022

| 4 October 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Americana/folk/world music band The Deer’s Cry is set to release its second album, Heal the Heart, independently on September 30, 2022. Even though hope permeated the new collection of 10 songs, the album’s creation grew out of dark, sad times. Recorded at The Dog House Studio (and with  mixing completed at Imagination Land […]

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A Dirty Dozen with RACHEL McINTYRE SMITH – October 2022

A Dirty Dozen with RACHEL McINTYRE SMITH – October 2022

| 3 October 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Chattanooga, TN-based Americana/country singer-songwriter Rachel McIntyre Smith is set to release her debut EP, Glory Daze, independently on September 30, 2022.   With her lyrically driven songs, Smith’s comfort twang music reminds listeners of the classics while also adding a relevant and fresh perspective. Three Chords Country writes that her “flair for storytelling and her killer voice set […]

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