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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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MUSIC REVIEW: MÖTLEY CRÜE – The Dirt Soundtrack

MUSIC REVIEW: MÖTLEY CRÜE – The Dirt Soundtrack

| 1 April 2019 | Reply

Label: Masters 2000, Inc. / Eleven Seven Music Release Date: March 22, 2019 Rating: 98% Mötley Crüe’s The Dirt has been in the coming for so long most fans wondered if it was ever coming out.  The movie and accompanying soundtrack dropped March 22, 2019 and while there is a lot of chatter about the movie […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: LULLWATER – Voodoo

MUSIC REVIEW: LULLWATER – Voodoo

| 31 March 2019 | Reply

Label: The Label Group Release Date: February 22, 2019 Rating: 98% I have listened to Lullwater since their debut and these guys are absolutely on fire with the eleven track opus they call Voodoo.  This disc is full of rockers that take their sound to the next level, starting with the opening track “Curtain Call” […]

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A Dirty Dozen with WILHELMUS SAPANARO of VALENCE – March 2019

A Dirty Dozen with WILHELMUS SAPANARO of VALENCE – March 2019

| 31 March 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “New York-based progressive metal fusion quartet VALENCE recently announced the release of their upcoming album, Cognitive Dissidents, out April 12, 2019. Expertly fusing genres like metal, rock, jam, classical, jazz, and more, VALENCE’s varied yet cohesive influences offer every listener a passport to a new state of mind that is cerebral and […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: KANE ROBERTS – The New Normal

MUSIC REVIEW: KANE ROBERTS – The New Normal

| 30 March 2019 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: January 25, 2019 Rating: 88% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I still remember the first time I ever saw Kane Roberts – he was the lead guitarist in Alice Cooper’s band back in 1986 when Cooper came through Detroit.  After that, my next exposure (other than his work on […]

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LIVE: WE CAME AS ROMANS – March 12, 2019

LIVE: WE CAME AS ROMANS – March 12, 2019

| 28 March 2019 | Reply

Venue: The Cowan City: Nashville, TN Date: March 20, 2019 Review and Photographs by: Rachel Craig (https://www.rachelcraigphotos.net/) We Came As Romans made a stop in Nashville on the second day of their tour. This comes just six months after the death of the band’s co-vocalist Kyle Pavone, with Dave Stephens now taking over all lead […]

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A Dirty Dozen with SOPHIA ASLANIDES of SEASON OF GHOSTS – March 2019

A Dirty Dozen with SOPHIA ASLANIDES of SEASON OF GHOSTS – March 2019

| 28 March 2019 | Reply

  According to the bands bio: “Season of Ghosts is a spiritually groundbreaking, intergalactic music project, dedicated to the love for the unseen and film soundtracks. Combining massive riffs, harsh electronics and powerful, compelling vocals, through the eerie spectrum of a Sci-Fi, horror movie, Season of Ghosts has received enthusiastic reviews and critical acclaim for […]

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A Dirty Dozen with DUSTY WINTERROWD of YEAR OF THE LOCUST – March 2019

A Dirty Dozen with DUSTY WINTERROWD of YEAR OF THE LOCUST – March 2019

| 28 March 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “New York Hard Rock Band YEAR OF THE LOCUST has released the lyric video for their single “Stay Alive.” Featuring Troy Lucckette (TESLA) and Brian Bonds (FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE), “Stay Alive” off of YEAR OF THE LOCUST’s upcoming, self-titled EP. Year of the Locust is a motley collection of personalities from the […]

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LIVE: AMANDA PALMER – March 21, 2019

LIVE: AMANDA PALMER – March 21, 2019

| 27 March 2019 | Reply

Venue: The Cathedral @ Masonic Temple City: Detroit, MI Date: March 21, 2019 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Every photographer has a few unicorns that sit on their bucket list forever.  For me, Amanda Palmer is one of those artists that I have wanted to cover since I was first made aware […]

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A Dirty Dozen with MIKEY LOPEZ of 9ELECTRIC – March 2019

A Dirty Dozen with MIKEY LOPEZ of 9ELECTRIC – March 2019

| 27 March 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “It all started with a song. 9Electric went into the studio in early 2018 to record a new song – their first time in the studio since member changes revamped their lineup months prior. They went in to write and record a song, and came out three days later with […]

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LIVE: NOTHING MORE – March 15, 2019

LIVE: NOTHING MORE – March 15, 2019

| 27 March 2019 | Reply

Venue: The Fillmore City: Charlotte, NC Date: March 15, 2019 Review and Photographs by: Kyle Jeffords WOW! What a show to rock Charlotte, NC! When I first heard about Nothing More headlining a show I knew it was a show that couldn’t be missed. Special guests included Palisades, Badflower, and Of Men & Mice. Once Palisades […]

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A Dirty Dozen with SHE MADE ME DO IT – March 2019

A Dirty Dozen with SHE MADE ME DO IT – March 2019

| 27 March 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Electronic Rock Duo SHE MADE ME DO IT has released the official music video for their single, “Bones,” taken from their recently released EP, Drenched. She Made Me Do It are a London two-piece Electronic Rock band made up of Shaheena Dax (Rachel Stamp) on Vocals and Bass with Will Crewdson(Rachel Stamp/Scant […]

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A Dirty Dozen with ECHO 2 LOCATE – March 2019

A Dirty Dozen with ECHO 2 LOCATE – March 2019

| 26 March 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Alternative Rock Band ECHO 2 LOCATE has released the official music video for their single, “High.” We are an alternative rock band based out of Maryland that strives to bring those who feel alone, a place where they can feel at home.” We get the band to discuss new music, influences, and much more… 1. […]

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LIVE: LIGHT THE TORCH – March 12, 2019

LIVE: LIGHT THE TORCH – March 12, 2019

| 26 March 2019 | Reply

Venue: Open Chord City: Knoxville, TN Date: March 12, 2019 Review and Photographs by: Rachel Craig (https://www.rachelcraigphotos.net/) Howard Jones is considered one of the best metal vocalists performing today, and it was a unique experience seeing him with Light the Torch at their one-off show at Open Chord in Knoxville, TN. This venue has a […]

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A Dirty Dozen with BRIAN VODINH of BRAVE THE ROYALS – March 2019

A Dirty Dozen with BRIAN VODINH of BRAVE THE ROYALS – March 2019

| 21 March 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “BRAVE THE ROYALS is a true departure for its creator.  Modern Alternative-Pop only begins to describe the direction of “Dreamer” and the inspired material that will follow.  The pop-bent, anthemic sing alongs, vintage synth stylings  and soaring guitars tap into a different kind of emotion than the material of Brian Vodinh’s‘other band’ – renowned rockers, 10 YEARS. Vodinh’s organic-meets-digital approach spawned not […]

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INTERVIEW: MICHELLE LEBLANC – March 2019

INTERVIEW: MICHELLE LEBLANC – March 2019

| 21 March 2019 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Nashville-based singer-songwriter Michelle LeBlanc is set to release a new single, “A Good Man,” on April 5, 2019.  “It’s a love song,” says LeBlanc. “It’s about how timing is divine, how the right one comes at the right time, and the beauty and protection in all of that.” Before […]

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LIVE: WEST COAST HIGH featuring HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD and CYPRESS HILL – March 10, 2019

LIVE: WEST COAST HIGH featuring HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD and CYPRESS HILL – March 10, 2019

| 17 March 2019 | Reply

Venue: The Fillmore City: Detroit, MI Date: March 10, 2019 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) As a fan of Hollywood Undead from the first album, I was excited to hear they were hitting Detroit on their current co-headlining tour with Cypress Hill, dubbed the West Coast High Tour.  After a short set […]

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LIVE: BOB WEIR AND WOLF BROS – March 5, 2019

LIVE: BOB WEIR AND WOLF BROS – March 5, 2019

| 13 March 2019 | Reply

Venue: The Fillmore City: Detroit, MI Date: March 5, 2019 Review and Photographs by: Kevin Alfredo Bobby. Bob. Ace.  Robert Hall Weir, the iconic master of rhythm guitar, visited Detroit this week at The Fillmore.  In tow was his supporting band, the Wolf Brothers consisting of Don Was on stand up upright bass and Jay Lane on drums. Ok, […]

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A Dirty Dozen with DAKOTA SEAN of ANOTHER DAY DAWNS – March 2019

A Dirty Dozen with DAKOTA SEAN of ANOTHER DAY DAWNS – March 2019

| 12 March 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Lehighton, PA Hard Alternative Rock Band ANOTHER DAY DAWNS has released the official music video for “Psycho,” off of their upcoming EP, A Different Life. Another Day Dawns is a high-energy hard rock band that was established in 2010 by drummer Nick McGeehan and guitarist Tyler Ritter of Lehighton, Pennsylvania. Initially performing classic rock covers, the addition of front-man Dakota Sean ignited their […]

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INTERVIEW: JOSH TODD of BUCKCHERRY – March 2019

INTERVIEW: JOSH TODD of BUCKCHERRY – March 2019

| 12 March 2019 | Reply

  According to a recent press release: “Rockers Buckcherry are teaming up with Gear Gods to share exclusive behind the scenes footage of the making of Warpaint. The video is part two of a series of videos that will premiere on Gear Gods to promote the band’s upcoming full-length album. Warpaint, Buckcherry’s forthcoming LP, is set for release on March 8th via RED MUSIC. The […]

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LIVE: THE ACES – March 6, 2019

LIVE: THE ACES – March 6, 2019

| 12 March 2019 | Reply

Venue: El Club City: Detroit, MI Date: March 6, 2019 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) I have to admit, other than a few videos on YouTube and a press release or two, I didn’t know much about The Aces when I strolled into a PACKED El Club on a Wednesday night in […]

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