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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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CD REVIEW: GREYWIND – Afterthoughts

CD REVIEW: GREYWIND – Afterthoughts

| 17 February 2017 | Reply

Label: Spinefarm Records Release Date: January 27, 2017 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Newcomers Greywind have dropped their debut release and for some damn reason I can’t stop spinning it in my office during the day.  Disc opener “Afterthoughts” starts off with a beautiful guitar line that is soon joined by vocals that […]

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NEWS: The Unlikely Candidates Release EP Tomorrow, “Ringer” Top 35 On Alt Chart

NEWS: The Unlikely Candidates Release EP Tomorrow, “Ringer” Top 35 On Alt Chart

| 17 February 2017 | Reply

NEW YORK, NY (February 16, 2017) – Fort Worth, TX alternative rock band, The Unlikely Candidates will release Bed Of Liars, a six-song EP, tomorrow, February 17, 2017.   Their single, “Ringer”, is currently top 35 at Alternative Radio and spinning on KYSR in LA, WWDC in DC, WRDA in Atlanta, KTBZ in Houston, KTCL in Denver, WSUN in Tampa and dozens more. Having built a strong following, winning over fans in every city they play in with their infectious songs, the band signed to Another […]

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LIVE: SWITCHFOOT / RELIENT K – February 14, 2017 (Knoxville, TN)

LIVE: SWITCHFOOT / RELIENT K – February 14, 2017 (Knoxville, TN)

| 16 February 2017 | Reply

Venue: The Mill & Mine City: Knoxville, TN Date: February 14, 2017 Review by Katie Everett and Photographs by: Jeffrey Everett Performing for a full house this Valentine’s day, Switchfoot and Relient K put on a life-changing show—literally. The “Looking For America” tour features a partnership with CURE International, an organization that funds surgeries for […]

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CD REVIEW: BRANTLEY GILBERT – The Devil Don’t Sleep

CD REVIEW: BRANTLEY GILBERT – The Devil Don’t Sleep

| 16 February 2017 | Reply

Label: Valory Music Co. Release Date: January 27, 2017 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Some artists understand the process – be yourself, maintain a sound that appeals not only to your tried and true fans but also fringe fans, and don’t forget to build your fan base along the way.  Brantley Gilbert has […]

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NEWS: THE NEAL MORSE BAND ‘MORSEFEST 2015’ 2 BLU-RAY or 2 DVD + 4 CD CONCERT RELEASE

NEWS: THE NEAL MORSE BAND ‘MORSEFEST 2015’ 2 BLU-RAY or 2 DVD + 4 CD CONCERT RELEASE

| 14 February 2017 | Reply

February 13, 2017 – Hot on the heels of 2016’s most acclaimed progressive rock release, THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM, THE NEAL MORSE BAND announces the massive live release of a once-in-a-lifetime concert event: Morsefest 2015 on March 24 via Radiant Records via Metal Blade Records/SONY. Pre-orders are available on Radiant’s website starting February 13. A trailer for the package […]

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CD REVIEW: QUINN SULLIVAN – Midnight Highway

CD REVIEW: QUINN SULLIVAN – Midnight Highway

| 11 February 2017 | Reply

Label: Provogue Recoords Release Date: January 27, 2017 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Music is diverse these days and ones palate should be as well.  While blues is not typically one of my favorite genres once in a while a disc shoots across my desk and it grabs me.  Let’s be honest, regardless […]

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NEWS: RICHIE KOTZEN ‘SALTING EARTH’ 21ST SOLO ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE APRIL 14

NEWS: RICHIE KOTZEN ‘SALTING EARTH’ 21ST SOLO ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE APRIL 14

| 10 February 2017 | Reply

February 9, 2017 — RICHIE KOTZEN has never been an artist known for playing by the rules. And for this ever-adventurous triple-threat songwriter/guitarist/vocalist, that meant putting on the brakes after a nonstop flurry of band-related activity in order to refuel the creative process for the ten heartfelt and hard-hitting songs that comprise his new, vibrant […]

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NEWS: Bonnaroo Comedy – Hannibal, Natasha Leggero, 2 Dope Queens (Jessica Williams)

NEWS: Bonnaroo Comedy – Hannibal, Natasha Leggero, 2 Dope Queens (Jessica Williams)

| 8 February 2017 | Reply

Bonnaroo just released their stellar comedy lineup which features Hannibal Buress, 2 Dope Queens (Jessica Williams & Phoebe Robinson,) Moshe Kasher, Kyle Kinane (from Judd Apatow’s Love) and a lot more!

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CD REVIEW: SARAH DARLING – Dream Country

CD REVIEW: SARAH DARLING – Dream Country

| 8 February 2017 | Reply

Label: Be Darling Release Date: February 10, 2017 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Sarah Darling popped up on my radar a few years ago when she was releasing singles, videos, and EP’s, but move the calendar to February 10, 2017 and we see Ms. Darling releasing her first full length disc in almost […]

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LIVE: GO BETTY GO wsg The Roxy Gunn Project – January 28, 2017 (Las Vegas, NV)

LIVE: GO BETTY GO wsg The Roxy Gunn Project – January 28, 2017 (Las Vegas, NV)

| 7 February 2017 | Reply

Venue: Beauty Bar City: Las Vegas, NV Date: January 28, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) While hanging out in Las Vegas for some gambling, rest and relaxation, and checking out Santana, I discovered Go Betty Go were in town and playing a show at a local venue, the Beauty Bar.  After […]

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CD REVIEW: NIGHTMARE – Dead Sun

CD REVIEW: NIGHTMARE – Dead Sun

| 7 February 2017 | Reply

Label: AFM Records Release Date: January 20, 2017 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I dig new music – and by new music I don’t just mean new material.  This also covers bands that may have been around a year or two or almost 30.  The newest disc to churn from the metal band Nightmare […]

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LIVE: SANTANA – January 27, 2017 (Las Vegas, NV)

LIVE: SANTANA – January 27, 2017 (Las Vegas, NV)

| 4 February 2017 | Reply

Venue: House Of Blues City: Las Vegas, NV Date: January 27, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) There are legends that come with tons of fanfare and others that simply keep playing, touring, recording, and even landing lucrative residencies at particulars – Carlos Santana falls into the latter category.  With a short […]

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CD REVIEW: AS LIONS – Selfish Age

CD REVIEW: AS LIONS – Selfish Age

| 4 February 2017 | Reply

Label: Better Noise Records Release Date: January 20, 2017 Rating: 9.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur After taking As Lions EP Aftermath for a spin and reviewing it, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the full length from these young rockers.  That EP had four tracks, which are a part of this killer […]

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Amon Amarth Bring Viking Ship To The Stage At Chicago Open Air Sunday, July 16

Amon Amarth Bring Viking Ship To The Stage At Chicago Open Air Sunday, July 16

| 3 February 2017 | Reply

The Viking Ship is coming to Chicago Open Air. When Swedish metal band Amon Amarth takes the stage at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois on Sunday, July 16 in support of their current album, Jomsviking, attendees will be treated to a visual spectacle. The band’s full production plans include the infamous lifesize replica of a Viking ship hull and live Viking fighting! The impressive […]

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LIVE: ALTER BRIDGE – THE LAST HERO TOUR wsg Nonpoint – January 24, 2017 (Royal Oak, MI)

LIVE: ALTER BRIDGE – THE LAST HERO TOUR wsg Nonpoint – January 24, 2017 (Royal Oak, MI)

| 26 January 2017 | Reply

Venue: Royal Oak Music Theatre City: Royal Oak, MI Date: January 24, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Celebrating and promoting their latest release, Alter Bridge made a swing through Detroit on their The Last Hero Tour at The Royal Oak Music Theatre and everyone at the packed venue was ready for a […]

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INTERVIEW: STEPHEN PEARCY – January 2017

INTERVIEW: STEPHEN PEARCY – January 2017

| 24 January 2017 | 1 Reply

With RATT in the rock news just about every day, it was amazing that we were able to pin down Stephen Pearcy for a few minutes recently, but instead of rehashing old news (or new news if you aren’t aware of current goings on), we wanted to chat about Stephen’s new release – SMASH.  This disc […]

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CD REVIEW: BRETT WISCONS – The Heineken Sessions

CD REVIEW: BRETT WISCONS – The Heineken Sessions

| 20 January 2017 | Reply

Label: Mad Diamond Entertainment / Captain Beardo Records Release Date: October 28, 2016 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur New comer Brett Wiscons took his writing skills, his love of music, and a friendship / partnership with Mark Bryan (of Hootie & the Blowfish fame) and pulled together ten tracks (which includes two version […]

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CD REVIEW: SHALLOW SIDE – One [EP]

CD REVIEW: SHALLOW SIDE – One [EP]

| 17 January 2017 | Reply

Label: Thermal Entertainment Release Date: January 13, 2017 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur EP’s seem to be flying left and right as 2017 kicks off, but I am really glad the 6-track offering from Shallow Side hit me.  This southern rock and roll gem points in the right direction for these guys.  Disc […]

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Chicago Open Air – All-Star Lineup Of Rock’s Top Artists July 14-16

Chicago Open Air – All-Star Lineup Of Rock’s Top Artists July 14-16

| 17 January 2017 | Reply

The second annual Chicago Open Air will bring together an all-star lineup of rock’s top artists on Friday, July 14, Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL, just outside Chicago. The three-day music, craft beer and Gourmet Man Food festival will feature over 40 performances, including legendary rock artists Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, and Korn, along with Rob Zombie, Slayer, Godsmack, Stone Sour, Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Seether, Meshuggah, Anthrax,Clutch, Body Count, and many […]

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CD REVIEW: SIN CAMINO – Without A Path [EP]

CD REVIEW: SIN CAMINO – Without A Path [EP]

| 17 January 2017 | Reply

Label: Lamon Records Release Date: January 13, 2017 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur With 2017 upon us, new music is heading our way… I love hearing what my favorites have been up to in the studio, as well as discovering some gems from bands and artists I am not familiar with.  The Without […]

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