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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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LIVE: JAZMIN BEAN – December 6, 2023

LIVE: JAZMIN BEAN – December 6, 2023

| 9 December 2023 | Reply

Venue: Exit / In City: Nashville, TN Date: December 6, 2023 Review and Photographs by: Jacob Smith (www.jhs-photo.com) To an extremely energetic and packed house at the historic Exit/In in Nashville, TN Jazmin Bean hit the stage in style. The evening was an absolute fun filled event. Everybody in attendance was singing and enjoying their performance. High […]

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A Dirty Dozen with JOSH MORRIS – December 2023

A Dirty Dozen with JOSH MORRIS – December 2023

| 9 December 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Based in Upstate, NY, Josh Morris occupies a musical space that defies genre and expectation. This drummer turned multi-instrumentalist, producer, and Singer/Songwriter collaborates with a plethora of artists across the sonic spectrum. Julia Gargano, Girl Blue, and Delaney Silvernell are just a few that come to mind. As for […]

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A Dirty Dozen with MARC CORTES from HUNGOVER – December 2023

A Dirty Dozen with MARC CORTES from HUNGOVER – December 2023

| 9 December 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Today Hungover releases their latest groovy pop-rock single “Shake It Off” alongside an upbeat music video and highly anticipated album announcement. The band is releasing their forthcoming album When It Touches The Heart, Everything Resolves on February 16, 2024 via Smartpunk Records. The new track encapsulates the perfect glimpse into […]

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A Dirty Dozen with AARON WILKINSON from HONEY ISLAND SWAMP BAND – December 2023

A Dirty Dozen with AARON WILKINSON from HONEY ISLAND SWAMP BAND – December 2023

| 5 December 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Acclaimed New Orleans-based blues-roots-rock quintet Honey Island Swamp Band has released their new studio album Custom Deluxe. Since forming in 2005 in San Francisco after their displacement from New Orleans via Katrina, and subsequently relocating back home, Honey Island Swamp Band has evolved to embody contemporary roots music. The fivesome — bandleader and multi-instrumentalist Aaron Wilkinson, guitarist and vocalist Lee Yankee, bassist Sam Price, keyboardist Chris Spies, […]

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LIVE: MESHUGGAH – November 30, 2023

LIVE: MESHUGGAH – November 30, 2023

| 5 December 2023 | Reply

Venue: Burton Cummings Theatre City: Winnipeg, MB Date: November 30, 2023 Review and Photographs by: Alejandro Penner (https://www.alejandropenner.ca/) Hitting the stage in Winnipeg at the Burton Cummings Theatre on November 30th, 2023 Meshuggah had their work cut out for them with In Flames and Whitechapel energizing the whole place beforehand with their explosive sets. Meshuggah however did […]

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A Dirty Dozen with DEREK HENRY from OBSERVE THE 93RD – November 2023

A Dirty Dozen with DEREK HENRY from OBSERVE THE 93RD – November 2023

| 29 November 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Theatrical alt-rock duo Observe the 93rd are releasing their new album Eternalism. Music lovers from spanning My Chemical Romance’s early 2000’s emo era to classic rock fans who seek music influenced by The Beatles’ White Album will find something to love amongst the varied tracklist. The piece combines vivacious theatrical rock […]

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A Dirty Dozen with BUDDY WHITTINGTON from TEXAS SCRATCH – November 2023

A Dirty Dozen with BUDDY WHITTINGTON from TEXAS SCRATCH – November 2023

| 28 November 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Texas Scratch is made up of three born-and-bred Texas guitarists – Jim Suhler from Dallas, Buddy Whittington from Fort Worth and Vince Converse from Houston.  This mighty threesome of big dog guitar slingers takes no prisoners when it comes to red-hot guitar performances, both live and in-studio. This trio of six-string guitar beasts are accompanied […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: DOGMA – Dogma

MUSIC REVIEW: DOGMA – Dogma

| 25 November 2023 | 1 Reply

Label: MNRK Heavy Release Date: November 17, 2023 Rating: 100% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I love it when an amazing debut album hits my email but hate when it is so late in the year.  Why you ask?  I didn’t get to listen to it more.  The debut from Dogma is one such release.  This […]

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INTERVIEW: DORO PESCH – November 2023

INTERVIEW: DORO PESCH – November 2023

| 24 November 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Emerging from the explosion of heavy metal that began in the early ‘80s, Doro Pesch has been tireless in her devotion to the metal cause for four decades. In 2023, she celebrates 40 years of active service, with two special anniversary live shows and, most importantly, a brand-new studio album that […]

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LIVE: WOLFMOTHER – November 18, 2023

LIVE: WOLFMOTHER – November 18, 2023

| 22 November 2023 | Reply

Venue: Eastside Bowl City: Nashville, TN Date: November 18, 2023 Review and Photographs by: Jacob Smith (www.jhs-photo.com) To an extremely energetic and sold out crowd Wolfmother hit the stage in full force at Eastside Bowl in Nashville, TN. The evening was an absolute fun filled event. Everybody in attendance was singing and enjoying their performance. High energy […]

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A Dirty Dozen with LIAM SARGENT from HELL’s ADDICTION – November 2023

A Dirty Dozen with LIAM SARGENT from HELL’s ADDICTION – November 2023

| 21 November 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “The UK’s HELL’S ADDICTION are extremely hot property in their homeland at the moment, hotly tipped as a band to keep an eye on, having recently destroyed audiences at festivals such as Rockin’ The Bowl, Hard Rock Hell and Firevolt, just to name a few.  The quintet’s Nine O’Clock Horses is a hard rock masterpiece of […]

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A Dirty Dozen with JAMIE DiTRINGO from THE SEES – November 2023

A Dirty Dozen with JAMIE DiTRINGO from THE SEES – November 2023

| 21 November 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “With debut single “The Calling,” Brooklyn-based four-piece have established themselves as a band who can capture the essence of life and humanity with their songs. Its hypnotic pulse draws you deep into their dark, existential and Lynchian world, and refuses to let go. It’s the perfect introduction to both the band and its debut album Conversations With My Future […]

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A Dirty Dozen with MARK McCARTY from RATROD – November 2023

A Dirty Dozen with MARK McCARTY from RATROD – November 2023

| 20 November 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Never gonna happen…. How many times does a band hear this? Knowledgeable people in the business say it all the time about bands that sound too much like someone else, are too much this, too little that, are either too young or old, etc. Well Rat Rod are a […]

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LIVE: BUSH – November 15, 2023

LIVE: BUSH – November 15, 2023

| 19 November 2023 | Reply

Venue: Ruth Eckerd Hall City: Clearwater, FL Dates: November 15, 2023 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Upon my arrival to FL for the winter, I couldn’t wait to get behind the my lens at Ruth Eckerd Hall to witness Bush deliver hits and other cuts as they tour to support their latest album […]

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LIVE: PIERCE THE VEIL – November 15, 2023

LIVE: PIERCE THE VEIL – November 15, 2023

| 19 November 2023 | Reply

Venue: House Of Blues City: Orlando, FL Date: November 15, 2023 Review and Photographs by: Mackenzie Knox (https://www.mknoxmedia.com/) Pierce The Veil recently headlined two sold-out shows at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida. Fortunately, I was able to attend their final performance on the 15th, which featured opening acts such as Destroy Boys, Dayseeker, and LSDUNES. […]

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A Dirty Dozen with MICHAEL THOMAS BECK from ESCAPE THE HIVE – November 2023

A Dirty Dozen with MICHAEL THOMAS BECK from ESCAPE THE HIVE – November 2023

| 18 November 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Phoenix based melodic rockers ESCAPE THE HIVE have released their debut album, This is Gonna Sting today via Shock Records / Vanity Music Group. Following the release of three singles – “It’s Not Alright,” “In Between,” and “Separate Lives” ESCAPE THE HIVE quickly built a strong following both online and on the ground as the band proved themselves in the live sector alongside artists such as […]

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A Dirty Dozen with WILL AGUILAR from WILL THE THRILL – November 2023

A Dirty Dozen with WILL AGUILAR from WILL THE THRILL – November 2023

| 18 November 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “St. Louis based melodic rock trio WILL THE THRILL comes out swinging today as their new album, Take It Sleazy hits stores across North America through Weapon Records / Vanity Music Group. Twelve songs soaked in late 80s / early 90s Sunset Strip sleaze metal, complete with over the top guitar antics, courtesy of G.I.T. graduate Will Aguilar, and lyrics […]

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INTERVIEW: STIX ZADINIA from STEEL PANTHER – November 2023

INTERVIEW: STIX ZADINIA from STEEL PANTHER – November 2023

| 18 November 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “California’s greatest export Steel Panther are doing their part to share the message that things aren’t always what they seem online with their new music video for “On Your Instagram.” The band felt it was important to issue this public service announcement that aligns with the lyrics from the […]

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A Dirty Dozen with PETE EVICK – November 2023

A Dirty Dozen with PETE EVICK – November 2023

| 17 November 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Guitarist and singer / songwriter PETE EVICK, best known as the lead guitarist and band director of the Bret Michaels Band has released a new single today, “For Whom It May Concern,” the latest in a string of single releases that Evick has undertaken in the past year and will continue to do […]

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A Dirty Dozen with VANESSA KAYLOR PHILLIPS from ONE SQUARE MILE – November 2023

A Dirty Dozen with VANESSA KAYLOR PHILLIPS from ONE SQUARE MILE – November 2023

| 17 November 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Emerging from the heart of the South Bay’s vibrant and storied punk rock scene, One Square Miles’ latest offering, Source of Suffering, produced by Cameron Webb, serves as a captivating successor to their 2018 debut LP, The System. The new EP marks a bold sonic departure, while simultaneously remaining true to […]

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