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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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INTERVIEW: JEFF SCOTT SOTO of SONS OF APOLLO – October 2017

INTERVIEW: JEFF SCOTT SOTO of SONS OF APOLLO – October 2017

| 17 October 2017 | 3 Replies

We all have our favorite musicians and bands.  Most that know me know that KISS is at the top of that list… what they don’t know is that Jeff Scott Soto is next on that list – regardless of the band, project, or release.  I have been blessed over the years to speak to so […]

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10 Quick Ones with JOE GRAH of JIBE – October 2017

10 Quick Ones with JOE GRAH of JIBE – October 2017

| 14 October 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Jibe, the Dallas TX alt-rock juggernaut is back with Epic Tales of Human Nature. The long-awaited full-length concept album was recorded at Orb Recording studios in Austin, TX, produced by JIBE and Matt Noveskey (Blue October), and mixed by Grammy award-winning producer/engineer, Toby Wright (Metallica, Alice In Chains, Korn).  […]

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10 Quick Ones with WEESP – October 2017

10 Quick Ones with WEESP – October 2017

| 14 October 2017 | Reply

According to the bands Wikipedia page: “Weesp is a band, formed in 2008, which mixes such music genres as alternative rock and metal. As well Weesp can be recognized by using analogue synths a lot, which can especially be noticed in their latest albums. Even though band members call their style alternative rock, some music journalists describe it as “combination of metal and […]

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CD REVIEW: SUSIE WILKINS – She Got Me Good [EP]

CD REVIEW: SUSIE WILKINS – She Got Me Good [EP]

| 13 October 2017 | Reply

Label: Independent Release Date: October 20, 2017 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur For some reason, Susie Wilkins has escaped my musical repertoire… until now.  The latest release from this singer / songwriter / rocker is an EP with four songs that grab you and don’t let go.  Disc opener and title track “She Got Me […]

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LIVE: FOUNTAIN SQUARE MUSIC FESTIVAL– October 6 & 7, 2017

LIVE: FOUNTAIN SQUARE MUSIC FESTIVAL– October 6 & 7, 2017

| 10 October 2017 | Reply

Venue: Fountain Square City: Fountain Square, IN Date: October 6 & 7, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Jeffrey Everett (http://www.jeffrey-everett.com) Located just about two miles south of downtown Indy, the Fountain Square cultural district is home to a variety of trendy restaurants, art studios and several music venues. What was once a neighborhood event, the […]

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10 Quick Ones with FREDDY SPERA of CREJUVENT – October 2017

10 Quick Ones with FREDDY SPERA of CREJUVENT – October 2017

| 10 October 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “On July 1, 2017, the world will be blessed with a spectacular musical gift: session metalhead Freddy Spera will be releasing Crejuvent‘s self-produced and highly anticipated debut, Time EP! Packed with 5 face meltingly heavy tracks GUARANTEED to blow minds of all ages,this is one release you will not want […]

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10 Quick Ones with MARK LOUGHMAN – October 2017

10 Quick Ones with MARK LOUGHMAN – October 2017

| 10 October 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Knives on a plate. Open-mouthed chewing. A loud public cell-phone conversation. These seemingly innocuous sounds of everyday life have jolted Manchester, England-born singer-guitarist Mark Loughman like an electric shock. But when Loughman discovered his reactions were a dead-ringer for an obscure medical condition known as misophonia, he was both relieved […]

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LIVE: MASTODON – September 29, 2017

LIVE: MASTODON – September 29, 2017

| 6 October 2017 | Reply

Venue: Knoxville Civic Auditorium City: Knoxville, TN Date: September 29, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Rachel Craig (http://www.rachelcraigphotos.net) Mastodon’s recent tour made a stop at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium, which rarely sees any metal shows. However, this show was not a typical metal performance. Russian Circles kicked off the night to set the mood. This band is […]

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MARILLION RETURN LIVE IN THE USA

MARILLION RETURN LIVE IN THE USA

| 5 October 2017 | Reply

Aylesbury, ENG (October 4, 2017) – Recently crowned Prog Band of the Year by their peers at PROG Magazine, legendary British prog pioneers Marillion, are set to return to the US in the new year announced today. Marillion will headline the next installment of Cruise to the Edge departing the port of Tampa on February 3rd, returning February 8th, immediately […]

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CD REVIEW: MELISSA MANCHESTER – The Fellas

CD REVIEW: MELISSA MANCHESTER – The Fellas

| 5 October 2017 | Reply

Label: Long Run Entertainment Release Date: September 8, 2017 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur As a sucker for the Standards, the latest release from songstress Melissa Manchester is a natural fit in my listening routine and my collection.  This disc has killer cool tracks with her voice and attitude putting her stamp on […]

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LIVE: LORDS OF ACID – September 28, 2017

LIVE: LORDS OF ACID – September 28, 2017

| 3 October 2017 | Reply

Venue: Saint Andrews Hall City: Detroit, MI Date: September 28, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Lords Of Acid is one of those bands that doesn’t tour much, but when they do, their fans – and those wanting to experience the spectacle for themselves – flock to the shows, regardless of the venue.  […]

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LIVE: GLASS ANIMALS– September 30, 2017

LIVE: GLASS ANIMALS– September 30, 2017

| 3 October 2017 | Reply

Venue: Express Live City: Columbus, OH Date: September 30, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Jeffrey Everett (http://www.jeffrey-everett.com) Glass Animals played to a sold out Express Live outdoor amphitheater on a perfect autumn night. Following up on their successful first album Zaba, the band exploded on the scene with their current effort How to Be a Human […]

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LIVE: CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD– September 24, 2017

LIVE: CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD– September 24, 2017

| 3 October 2017 | Reply

Venue: Bijou Theatre City: Knoxville, TN Date: September 24, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Rachel Craig A huge variety of fans came out to the Bijou Theatre to experience the Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s Barefoot in the Head Tour. Between Chris Robinson’s bare feet, the incense, psychedelic carpets and American flag backdrop — this show felt […]

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LIVE: NOTHING MORE– September 23, 2017

LIVE: NOTHING MORE– September 23, 2017

| 2 October 2017 | Reply

Venue: The International City: Knoxville, TN Date: September 23, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Rachel Craig Nothing More returned to Knoxville in support of their brand new album, The Stories We Tell Ourselves, bringing support from great rock bands that the audience might not have heard of before. Palisades began the show. They are best […]

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10 Quick Ones with HEAT OF DAMAGE – October 2017

10 Quick Ones with HEAT OF DAMAGE – October 2017

| 2 October 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “California Rock/Metal Band Heat of Damage has released the Official Music Video for “The Gift,” the debut single off of their upcoming sophomore LP, due out next year. Originally premiered on Tattoo.com, “The Gift” was shot and directed by Ethan Parilla of Atrocious Works Productions.” We get David, Nick, and Julian to answer our 10 Quick Ones about new […]

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10 Quick Ones with FROZEN NATION – September 2017

10 Quick Ones with FROZEN NATION – September 2017

| 2 October 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Belgian based, dark synth-pop act Frozen Nation has released their debut LP, Dark Belgian Disco via Sub-Continental Music. What they describe as a “hazardous crossover between darkwave, goth, EDM and disco music,” Dark Belgian Disco has a nostalgic New Wave sensibility infused with energetic dance beats, brooding vocals, and crisp, modern production that will appeal to […]

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LIVE: DEVILDRIVER– September 13, 2017

LIVE: DEVILDRIVER– September 13, 2017

| 28 September 2017 | Reply

Venue: The International City: Knoxville, TN Date: September 13, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Rachel Craig If there was ever a perfect excuse to start a mosh pit in Knoxville, it was definitely when DevilDriver brought its tour to the Concourse at The International. The show opened up with Tetrarch from Atlanta. The band brought […]

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LIVE: SYLVAN ESSO– September 23, 2017

LIVE: SYLVAN ESSO– September 23, 2017

| 26 September 2017 | Reply

Venue: The Egyptian Room at Old National Centre City: Indianapolis, IN Date: September 23, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Jeffrey Everett (http://www.jeffrey-everett.com/) The electropop duo Sylvan Esso are out on tour in support of their sophomore album What Now. The group continues to gain momentum and has been selling out venues on the current tour. The […]

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10 Quick Ones with ROBERT COSGROVE of SLEEP SIGNALS – September 2017

10 Quick Ones with ROBERT COSGROVE of SLEEP SIGNALS – September 2017

| 26 September 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Minneapolis, MN-based rockers Sleep Signals have announced their album, At the End of the World, produced by Justin Rimer (Saving Abel, 12 Stones) will release on September 8, 2017 to all digital outlets. The band, who wanted to do something special with this record, has set up a pre-order through Pledge Music where all […]

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CD REVIEW: JANET GARDNER – JANET GARDNER

CD REVIEW: JANET GARDNER – JANET GARDNER

| 26 September 2017 | Reply

Label: Pavement Entertainment Release Date: August 18, 2017 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Janet Gardner’s name might not be instantly recognizable, but her voice is.  If you dug the metal scene in the late 80’s and early 90’s you know her are the lead vocalist for rocker Vixen.  Finally she has harnessed her talent […]

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