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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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10 Quick Ones with STEVE HAWKINS of CHROME MOLLY – March 2017

10 Quick Ones with STEVE HAWKINS of CHROME MOLLY – March 2017

| 14 March 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Chrome Molly made a bid for stardom in the mid to late 1980s, opening for Alice Cooper and Ozzy Osbourne amongst many others, playing the legendary Marquee Club over 20 times and headlining the CBGB in New York.  How do you take a band that has been performing and […]

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10 Quick Ones with DAMIANO CHRISTIAN – March 2017

10 Quick Ones with DAMIANO CHRISTIAN – March 2017

| 14 March 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “If you were waiting for the next young guitar shredder to arrive, your request has been answered – just give a listen to the brand new 5-song EP, ‘Built in Good Value’’ by Damiano Christian, released on March 13th and available to purchase. The 18-year-old guitar and piano virtuoso […]

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INTERVIEW: DAMIAN DARLINGTON of BRIT FLOYD – March 2017

INTERVIEW: DAMIAN DARLINGTON of BRIT FLOYD – March 2017

Pink Floyd has a following that inspires other bands to build their fan base.  Included in that following is Damian Darlington who created Brit Floyd after a long stint in another Pink floyd tribute band.  Playing the role of musical director, guitarist, vocalist, and more, Darlington helps breathe new life into these classic tracks with precision and […]

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LIVE: THE HEAD AND THE HEART – March 9, 2017 (Knoxville, TN)

LIVE: THE HEAD AND THE HEART – March 9, 2017 (Knoxville, TN)

| 14 March 2017 | Reply

Venue: The Mill And Mine City: Knoxville, TN Date: March 9, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Jeffrey Everett Riding the wave of success, The Head and the Heart sold out The Mill and Mine weeks in advance. The indie rock band from Seattle are out on a busy tour which includes Coachella, Hangout and Bonnaroo […]

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10 Quick Ones with BRUCE DUFF of JESTERS OF DESTINY – March 2017

10 Quick Ones with BRUCE DUFF of JESTERS OF DESTINY – March 2017

| 14 March 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “It was 30 years ago that JESTERS OF DESTINY’s Fun At The Funeral debut was released on the short-lived Metal Blade subsidiary, Dimension Records. A year later, they released the all-covers record In A Nostalgic Mood, after which the band was unceremoniously hacked from the Metal Blade stable and, unable […]

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INTERVIEW: ERNIE C of BODY COUNT – March 2017

INTERVIEW: ERNIE C of BODY COUNT – March 2017

| 13 March 2017 | Reply

There are rockstars that don’t consider themselves rockstars at all, but they put out killer music that sticks with you over time.  When Body Count released their self-titled disc in 1992, the rock world was put on notice and this charge was led by Ice-T and his long-time friend and guitarist Ernie C.  With songs […]

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10 Quick Ones with STELLE AMOR – March 2017

10 Quick Ones with STELLE AMOR – March 2017

| 11 March 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Self described “Soulful Siren” Stelle Amor is turning up the heat with her sultry new single “Spike’s Groove”. The Nashville-based “soul-ternative” singer debuted the track last week on Atwood Magazine.  “Spike’s Groove” starts out soft with a seductive, jazzy feel, which pulses and grows until it finally crescendos over in an ecstatic bluesy guitar solo.”  On […]

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10 Quick Ones withMONIQUE ORTIZ & MICHAEL HOWARD of Alien Knife Fight – March 2017

10 Quick Ones withMONIQUE ORTIZ & MICHAEL HOWARD of Alien Knife Fight – March 2017

| 10 March 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Based in the small, dusty junction town of Creedmoor, Texas (population 202) the creative duo Known as Alien Knife Fight craft their sound at all hours in their big, old 1930’s era house/home studio, situated on 3.6 acres that they call Big Bottom Farm.”  The Texas based duo recently […]

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10 Quick Ones with RYAN HAYES of Righteous Vendetta – March 2017

10 Quick Ones with RYAN HAYES of Righteous Vendetta – March 2017

| 9 March 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Wyoming based metalcore outfit Righteous Vendetta continue to tour aggressively throughout the US as we approach the release of their new, full length album, Cursed, which comes out March 17th on Century Media.” With the release date of their latest release coming quickly, we sent off our 10 Quick Ones to […]

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10 Quick Ones: CLAY WITHROW of Vangough – March 2017

10 Quick Ones: CLAY WITHROW of Vangough – March 2017

| 9 March 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “VANGOUGH is a three-piece, American progressive metal band. Their eclectic brand of songwriting straddles the line between the familiar and the volatile – a temperamental cocktail that invites both heavy metal fans and those seeking refuge from the beaten path. With an ever-growing catalog of acclaimed releases under their belt, VANGOUGH continue […]

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LIVE: SALIVA – March 5, 2017 (Knoxville, TN)

LIVE: SALIVA – March 5, 2017 (Knoxville, TN)

| 9 March 2017 | Reply

Venue: Open Chord City: Knoxville, TN Date: March 5, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Jeffrey Everett Open Chord is a small music store, café and single stage live venue with a capacity of around 250. When I heard Saliva was booked for an acoustic set, I decided to check it out. I have enjoyed Saliva […]

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LIVE: JIMMY EAT WORLD – March 6, 2017 (Knoxville, TN)

LIVE: JIMMY EAT WORLD – March 6, 2017 (Knoxville, TN)

| 9 March 2017 | Reply

Venue: The Mill & Mine City: Knoxville, TN Date: March 6, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Jeffrey Everett Jimmy Eat World is back on tour in support of their 9th studio album Integrity Blues released back in October.  Hailing from Mesa, AZ the alt rockers have been making great music since 1993.  Their success endures […]

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NEWS: ANDY SUMMERS TRIBOLUMINESCENCE SET TO DROP MARCH 24

NEWS: ANDY SUMMERS TRIBOLUMINESCENCE SET TO DROP MARCH 24

| 8 March 2017 | Reply

March 6, 2017 — Multi GRAMMY® Award-winning artist ANDY SUMMERS rose to fame in the late 1970s and early 1980s as the guitarist of the legendary award-winning, multi-million-selling rock band The Police, recognized as the most successful and critically acclaimed group of the era. SUMMERS’ innovative guitar sound was a key element of the band’s popularity, creating a […]

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LIVE: THE LACS – March 4, 2017 (Flint, MI)

LIVE: THE LACS – March 4, 2017 (Flint, MI)

| 8 March 2017 | Reply

Venue: The Machine Shop City: Flint, MI Date: March 4, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Having heard about the FUN show The Lacs put on time and time again from a friend of mine, I decided it was about time I found my way to a show – and what better […]

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10 Quick Ones with PETER WILSON of Four Trips Ahead – March 2017

10 Quick Ones with PETER WILSON of Four Trips Ahead – March 2017

| 7 March 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Four Trips Ahead’s roots date back to 2003, when the seasoned New York City musicians first came together in search of a new creative outlet. Instantly, the quartet recognized their common musical interests – creating heavy, progressive sounds with strong melodies and dynamics. Their forthcoming album …And The Fire Within explores the struggle for […]

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INTERVIEW: JACK BLADES of NIGHT RANGER – March 2017

INTERVIEW: JACK BLADES of NIGHT RANGER – March 2017

| 4 March 2017 | Reply

I love Night Ranger – I hold my head up high, raise my fist, bang my head, and rock the hell out when I hear songs like “Rumours In The Air” “(You Can Still) Rock In America,” and Don’t Tell Me You Love me.” Thirty five years and twelve studio discs later these guys are […]

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10 Quick Ones with AARON & ASIA of Ashland – March 2017

10 Quick Ones with AARON & ASIA of Ashland – March 2017

| 4 March 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Ashland is a rock/pop outfit from Central Illinois. The band formed when vocalist Asia Woodward met guitarist Aaron Wood through a local Craigslist ad and began writing songs together. To create their first full length album Wildfire, Ashland teamed up with Matt Amelung (won Best Recording Studio by Riverfront Times) once […]

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CD REVIEW: STEPHEN PEARCY – Smash

CD REVIEW: STEPHEN PEARCY – Smash

| 4 March 2017 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music SRL Release Date: January 27, 2017 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Stephen Pearcy’s latest release is a Jekyll and Hyde type of disc… and that’s a good thing.  There are songs that show off his songwriting prowess as the front man and co-writer for most of RATT’s hits and fan […]

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10 Quick Ones with LANVALL of Edenbridge – March 2017

10 Quick Ones with LANVALL of Edenbridge – March 2017

| 3 March 2017 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Any band wanting to leave their mark in our fast-lived world needs first and foremost two things: compositional substance and consistency. After all there are plenty of one-hit wonders in this industry, those overnight sensations with their artificial fast food-like products that frequently don’t even have the shelf-life of […]

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CD REVIEW: MATT RECORD – Black Swan [EP]

CD REVIEW: MATT RECORD – Black Swan [EP]

| 3 March 2017 | Reply

Label: Captain Beardo Records Release Date: April 7, 2017 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Singer / songwriter Matt Record (yes, that is his real name) has pulled together a five track EP as his first release on the Captain Beardo Records label.  Disc opener “Beautiful” gives us a glimpse into the artists head […]

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