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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: ASH COSTELLO of NEW YEAR’S DAY – April 2019

INTERVIEW: ASH COSTELLO of NEW YEAR’S DAY – April 2019

| 26 April 2019 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Female fronted rock band New Years Day is gearing up to release their new full-length album Unbreakable on April 26th via RED MUSIC. The Billboard charting band just released their empowering anthem “Shut Up”, which already has over 200K streams and is climbing the Rock Radio charts. The track, which impacted radio jumped from #44 to #26 on the chart. […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: LAST IN LINE – II

MUSIC REVIEW: LAST IN LINE – II

| 26 April 2019 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music srl Release Date: February 22, 2019 Rating: 86% Last In Line – three of the members of Dio’s band that recorded the album of the same name – have grown into their own after a debut disc and suffering some of of life’s pitfalls, including the death of bassist Jimmy Bain.  After […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: DELAIN – Hunter’s Moon

MUSIC REVIEW: DELAIN – Hunter’s Moon

| 25 April 2019 | Reply

Label: Napalm Records Release Date: February 22, 2019 Rating: 82% Delain is one of my first symphonic metal loves, alongside Within Temptation, Nightwish, and ReVamp.  Delain has released the second straight live album, but added four new tracks to the mix by kicking off the latest with new material to whet the appetite of their […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: BETTY WHO – Betty

MUSIC REVIEW: BETTY WHO – Betty

| 25 April 2019 | Reply

Label: AWAL Recordings America Release Date: February 15, 2019 Rating: 88% I was turned on to Betty Who when she was releasing her last disc The Valley and was hooked immediately, thanks to her great vocals and the pop sensibility blended with dance floor rhythms.  She continues this trend with her third collection of tracks, […]

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A Dirty Dozen with DOMINICK MUZIO of WICKED GARDEN – April 2019

A Dirty Dozen with DOMINICK MUZIO of WICKED GARDEN – April 2019

| 24 April 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Las Vegas alternative rock act WICKED GARDEN have released their new video for “Already Gone” and have teamed up with PureGrainAudio.com for the premiere. “Already Gone” was shot at 11st Records in Las Vegas, which also houses National Southwest Recording in the back where Post Dystopian Leisure Music was recorded. It was directed by Dominick Muzio, […]

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A Dirty Dozen with MIRZA RADONJICA-BANG of SIAMESE – April 2019

A Dirty Dozen with MIRZA RADONJICA-BANG of SIAMESE – April 2019

| 24 April 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Siamese singer Mirza Radonjica-Bang about the first single “B.A.N.A.N.A.S”: “B.A.N.A.N.A.S, the album opener was actually written for the Shameless album. At least the starting riff was. But ultimately we were never satisfied with anything but the riff. We left it alone for two years before absolutely nailing it. One of my […]

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INTERVIEW: LEELA JAMES of LEELA JAMES + THE TRUTH BAND – April 2019

INTERVIEW: LEELA JAMES of LEELA JAMES + THE TRUTH BAND – April 2019

| 24 April 2019 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “LEELA JAMES has already conquered the R&B world after releasing six critically acclaimed albums, hitting #1 on Billboard’s “Top 10 Hip-Hop” and “R&B Artists To Watch” charts with her smash hit, “Don’t Want You Back” (the video for which has over 6.7 million views on YouTube), and performing at […]

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A Dirty Dozen with THE DRP – April 2019

A Dirty Dozen with THE DRP – April 2019

| 24 April 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “The DRP has been in music for 15 plus years. First with his rap/metal band, SORE, and then joining PRIMER 55 in 2009. His first solo cd, Underground Kills Corporate came out in 2007 with guest appearances from RA The Rugged Man, Jared of Hedpe, Potluck, Critical Bill and […]

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LIVE: BRIT FLOYD – April 13, 2019

LIVE: BRIT FLOYD – April 13, 2019

| 24 April 2019 | Reply

Venue: Music Hall City: Detroit, MI Date: April 13, 2019 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Brit Floyd is a band I catch every time I can.  While I didn’t grow up a huge Pink Floyd fan, I have become more aware of their music thanks to this killer group of musicians that […]

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LIVE: THE PLOT IN YOU – April 11, 2019

LIVE: THE PLOT IN YOU – April 11, 2019

| 24 April 2019 | Reply

Venue: The Masquerade City: Atlanta, GA Date: April 11, 2019 Review and Photographs by: Rachel Craig (https://www.rachelcraigphotos.net/) The Plot In You brought their FEEL NOTHING Tour to The Masquerade in Atlanta, and it was a show full of incredible vocal talent and loud metalcore. The show began with Fault Lines, which was a surprise to me […]

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LIVE: ICE NINE KILLS / FROM ASHES TO NEW – April 10, 2019

LIVE: ICE NINE KILLS / FROM ASHES TO NEW – April 10, 2019

| 23 April 2019 | Reply

Venue: Capone’s City: Johnson City, TN Date: April 10, 2019 Review and Photographs by: Rachel Craig (https://www.rachelcraigphotos.net/) Ice Nine Kills and From Ashes to New have teamed up to unite some of the biggest names in rock on their latest co-headlining tour, which stopped at my favorite venue in Johnson City, TN. Capone’s was sold out, […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: WITHIN TEMPTATION – Resist

MUSIC REVIEW: WITHIN TEMPTATION – Resist

| 23 April 2019 | Reply

Label: Spinefarm Records Release Date: February 1, 2019 Rating: 95% I have been a huge fan of Within Temptation over their last few albums, including Sharon’s recent solo disc My Indigo – and I have to admit, I wasn’t sure where the new WT disc would head after listening to that solo release, but listening through […]

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A Dirty Dozen with DAVID ROUSH of ECCE SHNAK – April 2019

A Dirty Dozen with DAVID ROUSH of ECCE SHNAK – April 2019

| 23 April 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Ecce Shnak is a seven-person outfit – two guitarists, two “chamber singers,” a bassist and drummer – to play the music David Roush composes note-for-note. The band will release two new efforts this year, Joke Oso, on April 5, and Metamorphejawns, this summer. Billboard stated, “In the span of about 20 minutes, Joke Oso encompasses punk, ska, twee indie rock a la […]

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A Dirty Dozen with KELLY BELL of KELLY BELL BAND – April 2019

A Dirty Dozen with KELLY BELL of KELLY BELL BAND – April 2019

| 23 April 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Forming 24 years ago as the backup band for rock n’ roll pioneer Bo Diddley, blues journeymen The Kelly Bell Band have spent their career proving that their music knows no bounds. Transcending time, trends and tribulations, the Baltimore-based group has happily lived on the fringe when it comes to their genre-defying music […]

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INTERVIEW: KERI KELLI of A NEW REVENGE – April 2019

INTERVIEW: KERI KELLI of A NEW REVENGE – April 2019

| 20 April 2019 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Supergroup is a term that has been diluted over time. Throwing a bunch of people from other bands into a new project doesn’t automatically make them Super, but their bio’s will tell you otherwise. It’s time to seek revenge and reclaim that word! A New Revenge is the very definition of a supergroup. One who’s members have more than earned their legendary statuses but also remain humble […]

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A Dirty Dozen with CAMERON DOUTHAT of ALIVE IN BARCELONA – April 2019

A Dirty Dozen with CAMERON DOUTHAT of ALIVE IN BARCELONA – April 2019

| 20 April 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Hard Rock band, Alive In Barcelona, signed to Smartpunk Records, are celebrating the release of their full-length album, titled Alive In Barcelona which came out on February 22, 2019; produced by Paul Leavitt, Jesse Barton, and Jimmy Hill and mastered by Brad Blackwood. The album is highlighted by their […]

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A Dirty Dozen with LINDY GABRIEL and JAKE LACORE of GABRIEL AND THE APOCALYPSE – April 2019

A Dirty Dozen with LINDY GABRIEL and JAKE LACORE of GABRIEL AND THE APOCALYPSE – April 2019

| 20 April 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Minneapolis hard rockers Gabriel and the Apocalypse celebrate a worldwide release of their new album, Alpha Bionic, via Pavement Entertainment. Alpha Bionic is available to stream and download now on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon, while physical signed copies of the album are selling on the band’s official website.” We get vocalist Lindy and guitarist Jake to discuss new music, influences, […]

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A Dirty Dozen with EMILY HIGHFIELD of SULDUSK – April 2019

A Dirty Dozen with EMILY HIGHFIELD of SULDUSK – April 2019

| 4 April 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, SULDUSK – a new project led by other-worldly frontwoman Emily Highfield – weaves acoustic tones of dark folk with elements of doom, atmospheric black metal and post rock. SULDUSK is set to release her debut full-length album, entitled Lunar Falls, on April 12, 2019. […]

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A Dirty Dozen with SAHAJ TICOTIN of MEYTAL – April 2019

A Dirty Dozen with SAHAJ TICOTIN of MEYTAL – April 2019

| 4 April 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “MEYTAL recently premiered the video for their single “Armalite” off of their highly anticipated new album titled The Witness due out April 5, 2019. MEYTAL is an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, Ca in 2013. It was founded by YouTube sensation – drummer Meytal Cohen. Taking over vocal duties for […]

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LIVE: GOGOL BORDELLO – March 31, 2019

LIVE: GOGOL BORDELLO – March 31, 2019

| 4 April 2019 | Reply

Venue: Marathon Music Works City: Nashville, TN Date: March 31, 2019 Review and Photographs by: Jacob Smith (http://www.jhs-photo.com/concert-work-current) Playing to a packed house. The beginning of the evening started with Nu-Folk Rebel Alliance taking the stage. This Clash tribute band tapped into a very Mescaleros vibe and got the party started early. Their covers of Janie […]

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