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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: JOSH KISKA of GRETA VAN FLEET – May 2017

INTERVIEW: JOSH KISKA of GRETA VAN FLEET – May 2017

According to a recent press release: “”Highway Tune,” the debut track from Michigan’s Greta Van Fleet, is a tasty slab of rock’n’roll the way it was always meant to be – loaded with bravado and flair, a righteous attitude of defiance, of love, and a simultaneous kinship with alienation and belonging.  “Greta Van Fleet is […]

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10 Quick Ones with HYDE of VAMPS – May 2017

10 Quick Ones with HYDE of VAMPS – May 2017

According to a recent press release: “Japanese rock band VAMPS—featuring HYDE (L’Arc-en-Ciel) and K.A.Z (Oblivion Dust)—have today unveiled the next single “CALLING” off their highly anticipated, forthcoming album UNDERWORLD, out April 28 on Eleven Seven Music. Newly signed to Eleven Seven Music for the world (excluding South America, Southeast Asia, and Japan), this is the band’s first release through the label. “Calling” is available for streaming […]

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10 Quick Ones: DEN from REMARK – May 2017

10 Quick Ones: DEN from REMARK – May 2017

According to a recent press release: “Moscow, Russia based Alternative Rock band REMARK has released their debut, self-titled LP featuring the lead single “Falling”. Released in January 2016, REMARK was produced by Andrew Konoplev. “Our first album was about finding our sound, style, manner of execution, and ultimately how REMARK should sound and look on stage” – REMARK” We get the Den from […]

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12 Quick Ones with ANDREW WETZEL of NINE SHRINES – April 2017

12 Quick Ones with ANDREW WETZEL of NINE SHRINES – April 2017

| 24 April 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Mascot Label Group has announed the signing of Nine Shrines, alongside plans to release the EP Misery on April 21. The quintet will begin touring next month, bringing the band’s repetoire to stages across the U.S. on a tour with Hinder and Nonpoint (itinerary follows below).  Founder and ex-Attack Attack! drummer […]

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NEWS: STYX IS READY FOR TAKEOFF WITH THEIR FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN 14 YEARS, ‘THE MISSION,’

NEWS: STYX IS READY FOR TAKEOFF WITH THEIR FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN 14 YEARS, ‘THE MISSION,’

| 22 April 2017 | Reply

Friday, April 21 — Welcome one and all to THE MISSION, STYX’s sonically sweet 16th studio album and its most ambitious, most challenging, and most rewarding release to date. Please take note of the official stardate, as THE MISSION has duly been set for liftoff June 16 on the band’s label, Alpha Dog 2T/UMe. Fans can pre-order the […]

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10 Quick Ones with ALEXANDRE CASTELLAN of SIRIUN – April 2017

10 Quick Ones with ALEXANDRE CASTELLAN of SIRIUN – April 2017

| 22 April 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Unleashing a furious and blistering sound bred from the union of varied creative metal borne winds, Brazilian metallers Siriun have persistently drawn eager ears since emerging in 2014 and are poised to do so again with the release of their debut album.” We get founding member Alexandre to answer our 10 […]

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10 Quick Ones with AUSTIN DICKINSON of AS LIONS – April 2017

10 Quick Ones with AUSTIN DICKINSON of AS LIONS – April 2017

| 21 April 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Ahead of their upcoming US spring tour, UK five-piece AS LIONS have unveiled the video for “One By One,” off their debut album, SELFISH AGE, out now on Better Noise Records. Watch the video HERE. Filmed underground in Manchester, and with the metal 5-piece’s rip-roaring performance at its heart, the video’s narrative conveys the themes of […]

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10 Quick Ones with BUBBLES EROTICA – April 2017

10 Quick Ones with BUBBLES EROTICA – April 2017

| 21 April 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Chicago based, alternative rock band Bubbles Erotica has released the Official Music Video for “Cicada Arcade,” the lead single off of their debut, eponymous album, due out 5/9/2017. Originally premiered on Tattoo.com, “Cicada Arcade” was directed by Ali Manesh at 3E Visuals.” We get the band to answer our 10 Quick Ones about the bands […]

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10 Quick Ones with LEE-LA BAUM of THE DAMN TRUTH – April 2017

10 Quick Ones with LEE-LA BAUM of THE DAMN TRUTH – April 2017

| 18 April 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Montreal based, blues-infused rock band The Damn Truth are re-writing the rules of the rock music industry with their sophomore LP, Devilish Folk. With the combination of front woman Lee-La Baum’s scorching vocals, paired with brilliantly orchestrated instrumentals, it’s no wonder that their first radio single, “Heart Is Cold,” dominated national radio and […]

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CD REVIEW: ASHLEY RILEY – Can’t Let You Go [EP]

CD REVIEW: ASHLEY RILEY – Can’t Let You Go [EP]

| 14 April 2017 | Reply

Label: Riled Up Records Release Date: March 3, 2017 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur There seems to be a run on Americana music lately, and while it isn’t my go to, it is becoming something I will listen to without cringing.  The latest from Ashley Riley is a mish-mash of the Americana groove […]

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10 Quick Ones with PETER MANHART & TREVOR JONES of MOLEHILL – April 2017

10 Quick Ones with PETER MANHART & TREVOR JONES of MOLEHILL – April 2017

| 12 April 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “At a time when there seems to be a large amount of political discontent in the world, Chicago’s progressive indie group Molehill has debuted a new single that embraces a revolutionary spirit. “Hearts on Fire” inspired by the “Euromaidan” protests in the Ukraine (the birthplace of vocalist Peter Manhart’s mother), is […]

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LIVE: THE KILLTHRAX TOUR featuring ANTHRAX & KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – April 8, 2017

LIVE: THE KILLTHRAX TOUR featuring ANTHRAX & KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – April 8, 2017

| 12 April 2017 | Reply

Venue: The Fillmore Detroit City: Detroit, MI Date: April 8, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) The Killthrax Tour was announced and I have to admit, I was excited to see Anthrax bring their brand of thrash metal back to Detroit once more, but the intriguing part of this show for me […]

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10 Quick Ones with SOLDIERS OF A WRONG WAR – April 2017

10 Quick Ones with SOLDIERS OF A WRONG WAR – April 2017

| 11 April 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Italian alternative rock quartet Soldiers Of A Wrong War has released their new party-filled music video titled, “Yeah!” Along with the new single, comes the announcement for the band’s second studio album “Countdowns”, which follows up on their 2014 three-track EP, “Slow”. The new album is set to release April 18th […]

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LIVE: THE LAST WALTZ 40 – April 7, 2017

LIVE: THE LAST WALTZ 40 – April 7, 2017

| 11 April 2017 | Reply

Venue: The Fox Theatre City: Detroit, MI Date: April 7, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Kevin Alfredo As the jubilant Detroit Tigers fans staggered their way out of the theater district of Detroit, I was on a fast pace in the opposite direction to see a tribute show like no other, The Last Waltz 40 […]

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10 Quick Ones with BRANDON KELLUM of AMERICAN STANDARDS – April 2017

10 Quick Ones with BRANDON KELLUM of AMERICAN STANDARDS – April 2017

According to a recent press release: “Chaotic hardcore quartet, American Standards have announced their upcoming full length titled, Anti-Melody which is set to release April 28th on all digital music outlets. Off the forthcoming record comes the first single “Writers Block Party”, giving a good glimpse into the group’s new record. The new single premiered exclusively on Lambgoat.” We get Brandon to […]

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10 Quick Ones with JACKIE LEE – April 2017

10 Quick Ones with JACKIE LEE – April 2017

| 8 April 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Broken Bow Records artist Jackie Lee is an Amazon Music “Artist to Watch in 2017,” Billboard “10 Hot Country Artists to Watch,” Bobby Bones’ “Class of 2017” member, CMT “17 for 2017” LISTEN UP artist, Huffington Post “10 Country Artists to Watch in 2017” AND he is a Rolling […]

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10 Quick Ones with J. BENNETT of IDES OF GEMINI – April 2017

10 Quick Ones with J. BENNETT of IDES OF GEMINI – April 2017

According to a recent press release: “Where would heavy music be without singular visions and the lure of the willfully perverse? Formed in Los Angeles, California, in 2010, Ides Of Gemini have built a formidable and enigmatic reputation by stoutly refusing to conform to anyone else’s idea of what lurks in the shadows-with a sound that elegantly […]

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10 Quick Ones with CHELSEY COY of SINGLE GIRL, MARRIED GIRL – April 2017

10 Quick Ones with CHELSEY COY of SINGLE GIRL, MARRIED GIRL – April 2017

| 7 April 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Single Girl, Married Girl is a folk pop outfit currently based in New York City, comprised of Chelsey Coy on vocals and banjo, Charlie Rauh on guitar, Oskar Haggdahl on drums, Shannon Soderlund on backing vocals, and John Gray on upright bass. Originating in Los Angeles, the band featured various […]

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10 Quick Ones with ANTHONY CWAN & ZAC LOMBARDI of WITHOUT WAVES – April 2017

10 Quick Ones with ANTHONY CWAN & ZAC LOMBARDI of WITHOUT WAVES – April 2017

| 6 April 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Formed in 2010, Without Waves began writing music with an open ended approach to songwriting. “The music is about balance,” says Lead Singer/Guitarist Anthony Cwan. “We’ve made a concerted effort to allow more vulnerability in the songwriting process, more of a “bring anything to the table” approach.” That same […]

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10 Quick Ones with PAUL JOHNSON of PAUL JOHNSON AND THE ABOUT LAST NIGHTS – April 2017

10 Quick Ones with PAUL JOHNSON of PAUL JOHNSON AND THE ABOUT LAST NIGHTS – April 2017

| 5 April 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Hattiesburg, Mississippi-based Power Pop / Alternative Rockers Paul Johnson and The About Last Nights have released the Official Video their single, “Burn It Down.” Originally premiered on Relix, “Burn It Down” is the first single off of their forthcoming, debut EP, Give Up The Ghost, due Spring 2017.” We get Paul Johnson to […]

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