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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 INFECTION – February 2019

A Dirty Dozen with THE INFECTION – February 2019

| 19 February 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Forming just two years ago, New York City’s The Infection has quickly infiltrated the hard rock scene with their heavy modern grooves and accessible hooks and melodies. Now, after teaming up with renowned Engineer Anthony Rocky Gallo (John Legend, Jon Bon Jovi, The Cult), they are releasing their debut single “Consequences” on Friday, […]

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LIVE: DOROTHY – February 9, 2019

LIVE: DOROTHY – February 9, 2019

| 18 February 2019 | Reply

Venue: Saint Andrews Hall City: Detroit, MI Date: February 9, 2019 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Dorothy first hit my musical radar last year when I caught her opening for Greta Van Fleet.  Her vocals are amazing, the songs structured perfectly and catchy as hell, and her band is tight.  With two […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: ACE FREHLEY – Spaceman

MUSIC REVIEW: ACE FREHLEY – Spaceman

| 16 February 2019 | Reply

Label: eOne / Entertainment One Music Release Date: October 19, 2019 Rating: 9.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Every artist proclaims their latest release is their best, and in most cases it just demonstrates the artists growth, maturity, adaptation, etc.  With Ace Frehley’s latest disc, Spaceman, it rivals most of his catalog for best material […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: SLASH featuring MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS – Living The Dream

MUSIC REVIEW: SLASH featuring MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS – Living The Dream

| 16 February 2019 | Reply

Label: Snakepit Records / Roadrunner Records Release Date: September 21, 2019 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Slash, Myles, and the guys have done it again.  The group dropped a disc with a dozen killer tunes that get you rocking, headbanging, and playing a shitload of air guitar.  Disc opener “The Call Of The Wild” […]

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A Dirty Dozen with MICAH LINDER of WAXPANEL – February 2019

A Dirty Dozen with MICAH LINDER of WAXPANEL – February 2019

| 13 February 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “WAXPANEL is a Christian alternative/modern grunge band from San Antonio, Texas, that was originally conceived in July of 2008. Current members include Micah Lindner (vocals/guitar), Fletch (bass), James Esquibel (guitar), and Steve Boldway (drums). The band is dedicated to making music that blends their faith in Christ along with […]

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A Dirty Dozen with JOHN DIVA – February 2019

A Dirty Dozen with JOHN DIVA – February 2019

| 13 February 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “The flashy band in the style of the eighties has been blessed with the talent of bringing a breath of fresh air to classic rock music. They are the rightful heirs of an era in which Van Halen, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Scorpions, Guns N` Roses or Mötley […]

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A Dirty Dozen with LANE STEELE of WORLDWIDE PANIC – February 2019

A Dirty Dozen with LANE STEELE of WORLDWIDE PANIC – February 2019

| 13 February 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “WORLDWIDE PANIC have released the lyric video for their cover of Alanis Morrisette’s 90’s hit “You Oughta Know.” The track was mixed by legendary producer and engineer, Mike Plotnikoff (Chris Cornell, The Cranberries, KISS, Fear Factory, Aerosmith) and mastered by Joshua Wickman (KING 810, Within the Ruins, Motograter). The single has been released on all digital platforms. […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ADZ LINEKER of DETHONATOR – February 2019

A Dirty Dozen with ADZ LINEKER of DETHONATOR – February 2019

| 13 February 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “After three years of writing and recording, Dethonator returns with Part One of their new album, Race Against the Sun. The album is the follow up to the 2017 self-titled album, which features many of their most popular songs to date, such as “Harbinger,” “Shadows,” and “In The Place of The […]

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INTERVIEW: RACHEL JAMES & DAVE PRESTON of DEARLING – February 2019

INTERVIEW: RACHEL JAMES & DAVE PRESTON of DEARLING – February 2019

| 13 February 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Denver-based quartet Dearling is set to release its new EP, Silver and Gold, on February 22, 2019.  Following the success of its debut album, Inheritance, the band knew that its second offering would have to be different and that it would need to challenge what they had already created. Silver and Gold is the […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: DEARLING – Silver And Gold

MUSIC REVIEW: DEARLING – Silver And Gold

| 9 February 2019 | Reply

Label: Independant Release Date: February 22, 2019 Rating: 96% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Every once in a while I am caught side way by a release from an artist I am not familiar with.  This is the case with the latest EP, Silver And Gold, dropping February 22, 2019 from Denver, CO based Dearling.  […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ‘JAY’ POOM EUARCHUKIATI of DEFYING DECAY – February 2019

A Dirty Dozen with ‘JAY’ POOM EUARCHUKIATI of DEFYING DECAY – February 2019

| 9 February 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “”Judas Kiss”’ is the second single release from the upcoming Metamorphosis album by DEFYING DECAY. The video is a visceral abstraction of a Metamorphosis, the transformation of matter to a hybrid consciousness.” We get singer Jay to discuss new music, influences, and much more… 1. Tell us a little about your latest release. […]

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ALMOST A Dirty Dozen with MATT PLESS – February 2019

ALMOST A Dirty Dozen with MATT PLESS – February 2019

| 5 February 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Baltimore, MD Folk-Punk Singer/Songwriter MATT PLESS has returned to his 2013 released masterpiece Tumbleweed with a re-recording of the acoustic 12 track LP. Invoking the lyrical brilliance of BOB DYLAN, the instrumental diversity of THE VIOLENT FEMMES, and the folkish undertones of FLOGGING MOLLY, Tumbleweed is an explosion of dynamic discordance, mixing driving, confrontational punk acoustic jams […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ANDREW ORVIS & SHEA STRATTON of STATE TO STATE – February 2019

A Dirty Dozen with ANDREW ORVIS & SHEA STRATTON of STATE TO STATE – February 2019

| 5 February 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Since releasing their first LP, No Bounds, in 2014, State to State have established themselves in Los Angeles as flag bearers of atmospheric rock, a landscape forged by bands like Radiohead and Interpol. They recently played a sold-out show at the Troubadour, residencies at The Hotel Cafe and […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: HALESTORM – Vicious

MUSIC REVIEW: HALESTORM – Vicious

| 1 February 2019 | Reply

Label: Atlantic Records Release Date: July 27, 2018 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur One of my favorite bands that cranks out disc after disc of great rockers and cool ballads struck again with their latest, when Halestorm dropped Vicious on the world back in July of 2018.  I had to work this disc […]

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A Dirty Dozen with JIMMY GNECCO of OURS – January 2019

A Dirty Dozen with JIMMY GNECCO of OURS – January 2019

| 31 January 2019 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Gnecco is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from New Jersey, frontman for the rock band OURS, as well as a solo artist, who is known for his multi-octave vocal range and singing style, often described as “dramatic and emotional.” Gnecco has likened OURS to Nine Inch Nails in the sense that he works with other […]

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A Dirty Dozen with WOLF RED of BAMBOO STAR – January 2019

A Dirty Dozen with WOLF RED of BAMBOO STAR – January 2019

| 31 January 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Iconic voice. Lightning guitar. Addictive bass. Relentless drums. Bamboo Star hails from diverse influences, and they are every bit as interesting and culturally unique as their hometown of Hong Kong. Like their fast-paced city, Bamboo Star’s music is high-energy and full of witty, lyrical punchlines. Their ballads are […]

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A Dirty Dozen with MELISSA JANE of FINAL GRAVITY – January 2019

A Dirty Dozen with MELISSA JANE of FINAL GRAVITY – January 2019

| 31 January 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: ““No Love” was inspired by a decade that started with a major terrorist attack that changed the USA forever and ended with an economic crisis that nearly led to a second Great Depression. It was also not a happy time for me personally. While many Americans were enraptured […]

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A Dirty Dozen with JAY R of SNAKE BITE WHISKY – January 2019

A Dirty Dozen with JAY R of SNAKE BITE WHISKY – January 2019

| 30 January 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Snake Bite Whisky has quickly established themselves as Australia’s number one sleaze band, bringing something fresh to the global hair metal revival. Their sound is a heady mix of punk and heavy metal-injected sleaze rock. After the successful release of several singles, an EP, and touring, Snakebite Whisky are […]

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A Dirty Dozen with DAN REYNOSO of THE AVIATORS – January 2019

A Dirty Dozen with DAN REYNOSO of THE AVIATORS – January 2019

| 24 January 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Bakersfield, CA hard rock band THE AVIATORS has released the official music video for the single, “Goodbye to the Rain,” filmed at The Canyon at The Rose, off of their latest album, Flowers and Moonshine. In an era when the perception that Rock N Roll is a dead art form, The Aviators have […]

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LIVE: THE AMITY AFFLICTION + SENSES FAIL – January 15, 2019

LIVE: THE AMITY AFFLICTION + SENSES FAIL – January 15, 2019

| 24 January 2019 | Reply

Venue: The Masquerade (Heaven) City: Atlanta, GA Date: January 15, 2019 Review and Photographs by: Rachel Craig Hundreds of metalcore and post-hardcore fans found “Misery” in Atlanta, which isn’t as bad as it sounds. The Amity Affliction, Senses Fail, Silent Planet, and Belmont passed through The Masquerade on the Misery Will Find You tour for […]

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