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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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KISS Announces END OF THE ROAD WORLD TOUR

KISS Announces END OF THE ROAD WORLD TOUR

| 20 September 2018 | Reply

(September 19, 2018, Los Angeles, CA) – After an epic and storied 45 year career that launched an era of rock n roll legends, KISS announced exclusively on NBC’s America’s Got Talent tonight that they are hanging up their 9-inch tall touring boots. The news was delivered in trademark larger-than-life KISS style with a blistering performance of “Detroit […]

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10 Quick Ones with JOHN KRAMEDJIAN of THE DARKEST HEARTS – September 2018

10 Quick Ones with JOHN KRAMEDJIAN of THE DARKEST HEARTS – September 2018

| 19 September 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Tennessee Hard Rock Band THE DARKEST HEARTS has released the official lyric video for their single, “Mississippi Devil.” Created by Brad Owens of Snake Productions, “Mississippi Devil” grew legs and gained traction with Spotify in Europe with little promotion. Hailing from Tennessee, The Darkest Hearts is a DIY Hard Rock band that echoes characteristics of […]

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LIVE: BLESSTHEFALL – September 11, 2018

LIVE: BLESSTHEFALL – September 11, 2018

| 19 September 2018 | Reply

Venue: The Masquerade City: Atlanta, GA Date: September 11, 2018 Review and Photographs by: Rachel Craig (www.rachelcraigphotos.net) Blessthefall recently stopped by The Masquerade in Atlanta to support their newest album, Hard Feelings. This was my first time checking out this venue, where the show was being held in Hell (if you’ve never been there, the venue […]

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10 Quick Ones with GEORGE GUTIERREZ of WORLDWIDE PANIC – September 2018

10 Quick Ones with GEORGE GUTIERREZ of WORLDWIDE PANIC – September 2018

| 19 September 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “LA Based Heavy Metal Band WORLDWIDE PANIC has revealed a first listen to their newest single, “Party.” With production collaboration from GEMINI SYNDROME’s AARON NORDSTROM. Based out of Los Angeles, Worldwide Panic is a hard rock/heavy metal band that started out in 2016 with the aim of writing heavy, catchy music and personal, meaningful […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: PEARL – Heartbreak And Canyon Revelry

MUSIC REVIEW: PEARL – Heartbreak And Canyon Revelry

| 15 September 2018 | Reply

Label: Station House Recordings Release Date: June 15, 2018 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Having fallen in love with Pearl Aday’s voice when she released her debut disc in 2010, I couldn’t wait to grab her latest disc (wish I had known sooner there WAS a latest disc) and check it out.  While […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: THEM EVILS – Rollin’ Stoned and Livin’ Free [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: THEM EVILS – Rollin’ Stoned and Livin’ Free [EP]

| 7 September 2018 | Reply

Label: Burning Records Release Date: May 4, 2018 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Them Evils popped onto my radar when I saw them open for The Pretty Reckless back in 2017.  Having enjoyed that show, I couldn’t wait to take this EP for a spin.  Disc opener “Got Me Rockin’” kicks off with a […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: COVET – effloresce

MUSIC REVIEW: COVET – effloresce

| 7 September 2018 | Reply

Label: Triple Crown Records Release Date: July 13, 2018 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Covet has released a killer 6-track EP that has me captivated.  The press release surrounding the EP states the band ‘blend(s) instrumental math-rock with elements of post-rock and post-metal, juxtaposing delicate melodies with propulsive rhythms and captivating energy.’  I prefer […]

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10 Quick Ones with MINORITY 905 – September 2018

10 Quick Ones with MINORITY 905 – September 2018

| 7 September 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Mississauga, ON, Canada – Canadian Pop-Punk band MINORITY 905 has released the official music video for their single, “Soundtrack.” Directed by Miguel Barbosa, “Soundtrack” is off of their 8/24/2018 released LP, Dangerous Ambitions. Minority 905 is a Canadian pop-punk / pop-rock band. The band was formed in August 2013 by vocalist/guitarist John Aquino and currently […]

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10 Quick Ones with BRIDGE TO BREAKDOWN – September 2018

10 Quick Ones with BRIDGE TO BREAKDOWN – September 2018

| 6 September 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Independent, Jacksonville, NC based Funk Rock Trio BRIDGE TO BREAKDOWN has released the official lyric video for their single, “Rain.” Fans can watch BRIDGE TO BREAKDOWN’s behind the scene antics for “Rain” online. Comprised of three lifelong friends dating back to their high school days, Bridge to Breakdown is one of the […]

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INTERVIEW: JESSE VALENZUELA of GIN BLOSSOMS – August 2018

INTERVIEW: JESSE VALENZUELA of GIN BLOSSOMS – August 2018

| 5 September 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “GIN BLOSSOMS, one of the top alt-rock groups of the ‘90s who celebrated the 25th anniversary of their multi-platinum album New Miserable Experience last year, recently issued their first new album in eight years, MIXED REALITY, and are gearing up for a run of tour dates. MIXED REALITY–released June 15 via Cleopatra Records and produced by Don […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: LUCIFER – Lucifer II

MUSIC REVIEW: LUCIFER – Lucifer II

| 5 September 2018 | 1 Reply

Label: Century Media Records Release Date: July 6, 2018 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Lucifer caught my attention when they released their self-titled disc three years ago, and they are still on my radar thanks to this killer disc chock full of cool riffs, great vocals, and a solid bottom end!  Disc opener […]

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LIVE: SUPER BOB – August 23, 2018

LIVE: SUPER BOB – August 23, 2018

| 1 September 2018 | Reply

Venue: The Concourse City: Knoxville, TN Date: August 23, 2018 Review and Photographs by: Rachel Craig (www.rachelcraigphotos.net) If you’ve never experienced a Super Bob show live, you don’t want to miss it. The rap/rock trio stopped by The Concourse in Knoxville during their recent tour for the first time since the venue has been renovated. Two local […]

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10 Quick Ones with JOHN D. NORTEN of TRASH DIETY – September 2018

10 Quick Ones with JOHN D. NORTEN of TRASH DIETY – September 2018

| 1 September 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Industrial Rock project TRASH DEITY, the duo of Groovie Mann (My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult) and John D. Norten (Blue Eyed Christ), release the title track for their highly anticipated debut album, Cross & Divide. “Cross & Divide” is a heavy, modern Industrial march of chaos about the divisive times we live in, […]

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LIVE: UPON A BURNING BODY – August 22, 2018

LIVE: UPON A BURNING BODY – August 22, 2018

| 30 August 2018 | Reply

Venue: The Concourse City: Knoxville, TN Date: August 22, 2018 Review and Photographs by: Rachel Craig (www.rachelcraigphotos.net) Upon A Burning Body stopped by The Concourse ahead of their upcoming tour, performing with several great local and regional bands. The show began with Purity Among Thieves, a metalcore band from Middle Tennessee that kicked off the energy. […]

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LIVE: JASON MRAZ – August 24, 2018

LIVE: JASON MRAZ – August 24, 2018

| 30 August 2018 | Reply

Venue: Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn City: Indianapolis, IN Date: August 24, 2018 Review and Photographs by: Jeffrey Everett (http://www.jeffrey-everett.com) Jason Mraz and company are traveling across the country on their summer Good Vibes tour. The Grammy award winner put on a phenomenal performance at the Lawn outdoor concert venue in Indy. Known for his smooth vocals and […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: FLORENCE + THE MACHINE – High As Hope

MUSIC REVIEW: FLORENCE + THE MACHINE – High As Hope

| 30 August 2018 | Reply

Label: Republic Records / Virgin EMI Release Date: June 29, 2018 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Florence + The Machine are one of those bands that everyone seems confused when I mention I purchased (and enjoy) each release they have.  The same can be said for the latest effort, which I picked up as […]

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10 Quick Ones with JASON HARTLESS – August 2018

10 Quick Ones with JASON HARTLESS – August 2018

| 29 August 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Hard work, dedication and clean living is no stranger to Ted Nugent’s current drummer, Jason Hartless, a young 23-year-old in age, but with an old soul. JASON HARTLESS has been professionally performing since the age of 5 years old, where soon after, his talents were discovered by Richie Scarlet (Ace Frehely […]

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10 Quick Ones with NIGHT CLUB – August 2018

10 Quick Ones with NIGHT CLUB – August 2018

| 29 August 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Following their extremely successful US and European tour run with COMBICHRIST and WEDNESDAY 13, Los Angeles based electronic duo NIGHT CLUB has released their hotly anticipated second full length album, Scary World.”  We get Mark & Emily to discuss new music, influences, and much more in our 10 Quick Ones… 1. Tell us a little about your […]

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INTERVIEW: MARCO MENDOZA of THE DEAD DAISIES – August 2018

INTERVIEW: MARCO MENDOZA of THE DEAD DAISIES – August 2018

| 27 August 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “THE DEAD DAISIES’ new single and music video for “DEAD AND GONE” – OUT NOW!! The video for one of the crowd favorites off their latest, chart-topping album Burn It Down combines classic performance elements intertwined with appearances from the Undead, which were created, filmed and edited by legendary horror […]

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LIVE: THE DEAD DAISIES – August 18, 2018

LIVE: THE DEAD DAISIES – August 18, 2018

| 26 August 2018 | Reply

Venue: The Machine Shop City: Flint, MI Date: August 18, 2018 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Super groups come and go – seldom do they evolve into a full blown band that records and tours year after year… The Dead Daisies have evaded that ideology and philosophy.  Out touring once again to […]

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