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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 TOBY JEPSON of WAYWARD SONS – August 2017

10 Quick Ones with TOBY JEPSON of WAYWARD SONS – August 2017

| 30 August 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Wayward Sons may be a brand new band, but they come loaded with experience. Besides band leader Toby Jepson’s work in the producer’s chair with the likes of Toseland, Saxon, Fastway, The Answer, and The Virginmarys, he also fronted the very popular and successful UK rock act Little Angels, […]

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10 Quick Ones with JYMMY TOLLAND of BOBAFLEX – August 2017

10 Quick Ones with JYMMY TOLLAND of BOBAFLEX – August 2017

| 30 August 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Bobaflex have released their debut release Eloquent Demons with Thermal Entertainment.  The band earlier this year released a Pink Floyd cover “Hey You” which will appear on the album.  The video has already garnered over 1.5 million views on YouTube. The lead single currently at radio is “Long Time Coming”. Early reviews coming […]

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10 Quick Ones with SARA CODA of SILENT RIVAL – August 2017

10 Quick Ones with SARA CODA of SILENT RIVAL – August 2017

| 28 August 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “The title of Silent Rival’s debut album, The Kindness of Strangers, can be interpreted quite literally. Several years ago, vocalist Sara Coda responded to a compliment about her coat by immediately taking it off and giving it to the admirer. Then she turned the experience into music—a torch-song-cinematic-show-stopper “Take It […]

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8 Quick Ones with BINGX – August 2017

8 Quick Ones with BINGX – August 2017

| 28 August 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Long overlooked as a hip-hop town, Seattle is on the cusp of graduating its newest hip hop star since Macklemore. BINGX is a familiar face throughout his hometown scene, but he’s spent the last year crisscrossing the country to mine collaborations and produce his second project. After honing his dazzling double-time […]

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LIVE: THE DEAD DAISIES – August 11, 2017

LIVE: THE DEAD DAISIES – August 11, 2017

| 25 August 2017 | Reply

Venue: The Shelter City: Detroit, MI Date: August 11, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Some bands you simply will not miss when they roll through your town, regardless of your other plans for the evening and the venue they are playing.  With another bucket list show across town, I knew I […]

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10 Quick Ones with SHAUN SMAIL of SPIRAL CRUSH – August 2017

10 Quick Ones with SHAUN SMAIL of SPIRAL CRUSH – August 2017

| 22 August 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Michigan based rock band Spiral Crush has released their third album, Electric Life, which was self-produced with Andy Patalan (Sponge). Spiral Crush is currently in the studio working on their next album, due out late 2017.” We get guitarist / vocalist Shaun Smail to answer our 10 Quick Ones about new music, his influences, and more… 1. Tell […]

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10 Quick Ones with PHILLIP VILENSKI of WAYLAND – August 2017

10 Quick Ones with PHILLIP VILENSKI of WAYLAND – August 2017

| 22 August 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Wayland will release their debut full length album “Rinse & Repeat” with Mighty Loud / InGrooves later this Fall. “Through The Fire” is the first single going to radio and can be now be downloaded on iTunes or streamed at Spotify as well as other digital outlets. Wayland consists of Mitch Arnold (vocals), Phillip Vilenski (guitars), Dean Pizzazz (bass) and Nigel Dupree (drums). A high-energy, rock band from […]

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10 Quick Ones with SAM MILLAR and TOM ASPINALL of BIGFOOT – August 2017

10 Quick Ones with SAM MILLAR and TOM ASPINALL of BIGFOOT – August 2017

| 22 August 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of the self-titled debut of one of their latest UK signings – Bigfoot.  The album will be released October 13, 2017. Bigfoot is a hard rock band from Wigan who burst onto the scene in the spring of 2014. With a wide range of influences from The Eagles through […]

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10 Quick Ones with STEVEN NATHAN of  DON’T BELIEVE IN GHOSTS – August 2017

10 Quick Ones with STEVEN NATHAN of DON’T BELIEVE IN GHOSTS – August 2017

| 21 August 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Don’t Believe In Ghosts premiered the video for their first single “Slow Down” off of their debut album GIVE IT MEANING on AlternativeNation.net today. “Slow Down” received immediate support from KBZT San Diego, KPOI Hawaii, WSFS Miami, WWYY Allentown PA, Music Choice and more!” We get Warden to answer our 10 Quick Ones about new music, his influences, and more… 1. Tell us a little about your […]

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10 Quick Ones with MARK LIBER of ELANTRIS – August 2017

10 Quick Ones with MARK LIBER of ELANTRIS – August 2017

| 19 August 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Elantris (formerly known as Blacktorne) is a Symphonic Metal band from Ohio. Elantris brought together a wide range of influences to create what we feel is a unique sound that still fits comfortably in all ranges of the Symphonic Metal genre. Elantris have shared the stage with many amazing bands […]

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LIVE: SETH WALKER– August 17, 2017

LIVE: SETH WALKER– August 17, 2017

| 18 August 2017 | Reply

Venue: Barley’s Taproom City: Knoxville, TN Date: August 17, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Jeffrey Everett Seth Walker dropped by Barley’s in support of his 9th studio album Gotta Get Back. The current album is a homecoming of sorts with contributions from his father on cello and string arrangements, and from his mother and sister […]

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CD REVIEW: SIAMESE – Shameless

CD REVIEW: SIAMESE – Shameless

| 18 August 2017 | Reply

Label: Artery Recordings Release Date: June 23, 2017 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur With time limited lately, I have been unable to check out a ton of new tunes, but so glad I checked out the latest from Siamese, the June 23rd release on Artery Records entitled Shameless.  The disc kicks off with […]

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LIVE: IDINA MENZEL– August 11, 2017

LIVE: IDINA MENZEL– August 11, 2017

| 17 August 2017 | Reply

Venue: Meadow Brook Theater City: Rochester, MI Date: August 11, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) There are certain performers that I thoroughly enjoy that seem to be way off my regular listening, but anyone that knows or follows me knows that range is quite large.  Broadway superstar Idina Menzel is one of those […]

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LIVE: ANN WILSON of HEART– August 10, 2017

LIVE: ANN WILSON of HEART– August 10, 2017

| 17 August 2017 | Reply

Venue: Centennial Terrace City: Sylvania, OH Date: August 10, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) There is something about a relaxed show at a quaint outdoor venue that lets you relax a little more than usual, especially with a slight breeze and the stars above as part of the concert going experience. […]

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10 Quick Ones with LUKAS KERK of DAWN OF DISEASE – August 2017

10 Quick Ones with LUKAS KERK of DAWN OF DISEASE – August 2017

| 16 August 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “After trying times of line up changes they finally found their final form in 2009. Since then, they’ve released the monstrous records “Legends Of Brutality” and “Crypts Of The Unrotten” and most recently, they set a new standard for the expanding Swedish Death Metal scene with “Worship The Grave”. […]

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LIVE: ROCKFEST featuring STONE SOUR, ALTER BRIDGE, & SKILLET – August 7, 2017

LIVE: ROCKFEST featuring STONE SOUR, ALTER BRIDGE, & SKILLET – August 7, 2017

| 14 August 2017 | Reply

Venue: Jackson County Fairgrounds City: Jackson, MI Date: August 7, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Package tours and shows are common more than ever – but county fairs and other festival type arrangements have been pulling them together for years.  The latest fair package to grab my attention was the powerhouse one-two-three […]

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10 Quick Ones with LOUIS JAMES of DIRTY THRILLS – August 2017

10 Quick Ones with LOUIS JAMES of DIRTY THRILLS – August 2017

| 11 August 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Dirty Thrills are a young, exciting and charismatic London based hard rock quartet who play bluesy rock ‘n’ roll with an appealing filthy edge, churning out endless crowd pleasers that make guitar music sound sexy again. With lung-busting, powerful vocals from front man Louis James, killer guitar riffs from Jack […]

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LIVE: FASTBALL– August 5, 2017

LIVE: FASTBALL– August 5, 2017

| 11 August 2017 | Reply

Venue: Saint Andrews Hall City: Detroit, MI Date: August 5, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) I have to admit – I didn’t know much about Fastball going in.  I did a little research, listened to a few tracks on iTunes, and checked out some videos.  I was ready for a night […]

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10 Quick Ones with NEXT TO NONE – August 2017

10 Quick Ones with NEXT TO NONE – August 2017

| 11 August 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Rising young metallers Next To None released their second album ‘Phases’ through InsideOutMusic in Europe and EMP Label Group in North America on July 7, 2017. This comes off the back of the band’s first ever European tour alongside label-mates Haken, as well as dates supporting Mike Portnoy’s much anticipated Shattered Fortress show. The band is currently on the road with labelmates […]

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LIVE: POP EVIL– August 3, 2017

LIVE: POP EVIL– August 3, 2017

| 10 August 2017 | Reply

Venue: The Machine Shop City: Flint, MI Date: August 3, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) I love going to The Machine Shop to catch a show.  There is something about the iconic venue that makes a concert a little more special than other concert places.  When the show is a sold-out […]

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