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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 MAGGIE CUBILLOS – November 2022

A Dirty Dozen with MAGGIE CUBILLOS – November 2022

| 8 November 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Singer-songwriter Maggie Cubillos is currently a junior at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. The 21-year-old Colombian/Cuban/American vocalist grew up in Hermosa Beach, a small Southern California coastal town, with its own rich musical history steeped in both Jazz and Punk Rock. She has spent her entire life on stages, starting with […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ANNAMARIA PINNA from VAJRA – November 2022

A Dirty Dozen with ANNAMARIA PINNA from VAJRA – November 2022

| 8 November 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “New York based, alternative dark rock band VAJRA has announced select, East Coast dates for their DESCENT TOUR. The limited tour starts October 20 in Providence, RI and wraps up October 23 in Hampton Beach, NH. New York-based dark rock mavens Vajra originate and radiate outward from the sensual and multi-range vocals […]

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A Dirty Dozen with DANY ROBERGE from GET THE SHOT – November 2022

A Dirty Dozen with DANY ROBERGE from GET THE SHOT – November 2022

| 7 November 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Quebec City’s GET THE SHOT will release their new album Merciless Destruction, out October 7 via New Damage Records. Merciless Destruction marks the awaited return of Get the Shot. As with No Peace In Hell (2014) and Infinite Punishment (2017), the upcoming fourth album sees the band exploring new territories of extreme music, while sticking to its roots and its fierce DIY approach to music. Following the thrash-influenced Infinite Punishment, Get the Shot incorporate death metal and beatdown elements on Merciless […]

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A Dirty Dozen with KK FOSSOR from THEM – November 2022

A Dirty Dozen with KK FOSSOR from THEM – November 2022

| 2 November 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Wanna take a trip to Fear City? Fear City, by international power metal band, Them, is a fantastical concept album that transports its listeners to a fictional world set in 1981 New York City which bore this nickname at the time. Following a trilogy set in the 19th century on their first three albums, Fear City takes its […]

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LIVE: THE BLACK ANGELS – October 22, 2022

LIVE: THE BLACK ANGELS – October 22, 2022

| 2 November 2022 | Reply

Venue: Brooklyn Bowl City: Nashville, TN Date: October 22, 2022 Review and Photographs by: Jacob Smith (www.jhs-photo.com) Playing to a small but very enthused crowd over at Brooklyn Bowl, Saturday October 21st. The opener, The Vacant Lots – a two-piece post-punk/synth pop duo from from Brooklyn, New York – got onto stage and helped to set the […]

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A Dirty Dozen with BRAD KRUG from WICKED LOVE – November 2022

A Dirty Dozen with BRAD KRUG from WICKED LOVE – November 2022

| 2 November 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Modern rock band Wicked Love released their self-titled debut single “Wicked Love” to all major platforms. The single is from their EP Wild Ride. Coming in hot from Charleston, SC, Wicked Love is a hard hitting new rock band with old school flavor. Their music is a captivating and catchy blend of pop, metal, and rock ’n’ roll. Wicked Love has opened for […]

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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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