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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: THE AMITY AFFLICTION – Misery

MUSIC REVIEW: THE AMITY AFFLICTION – Misery

| 23 August 2018 | Reply

Label: Roadrunner Records Release Date: August 24, 2018 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Rachel Craig The Amity Affliction is a force in Australian metalcore, gaining a huge amount of recognition from their last full-length album This Could Be Heartbreak. The band is releasing their sixth album Misery, which is a move toward a mellower, pop-punk influenced and […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: BOSTON MANOR – Welcome To The Neighbourhood

MUSIC REVIEW: BOSTON MANOR – Welcome To The Neighbourhood

| 23 August 2018 | Reply

Label: Pure Noise Records Release Date: September 7, 2018 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Rachel Craig Boston Manor’s upcoming album Welcome To The Neighbourhood is a dark and brooding update to the band’s familiar pop-punk sound. This is their second full-length album, and it uses their hometown of Blackpool to paint a bleak picture that transports […]

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10 Quick Ones with RAMI EL-ABIDIN of JUICE – August 2018

10 Quick Ones with RAMI EL-ABIDIN of JUICE – August 2018

| 23 August 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “With seven distinct personalities, Juice distills rock, pop, and hip-hop into a signature sound with a flavorful kick of electric violin, rich harmonies, honest lyrics, and festival-worthy choruses. The Boston septet-Ben Stevens [lead vocals], Christian Rose [violin, vocals], Kamau Burton [acoustic guitar, vocals], Daniel Moss [guitar], Michael Ricciardulli [guitar], Rami El-Abidin […]

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10 Quick Ones with JOHN STRICKLAND of LULLWATER – August 2018

10 Quick Ones with JOHN STRICKLAND of LULLWATER – August 2018

| 23 August 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Athens, GA based alternative rock band LULLWATER has released the official music video for their cover of PEARL JAM’s “Release,” off of the 1991 hit album TEN. “Release” features live Footage with Dave Krusen (Pearl Jam, Candlebox) and Kevin Martin (Candlebox), and was recorded at London Bridge Studios in Seattle, WA, where TEN was originally recorded, with engineering and mixing by Justin Davis.”  […]

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LIVE: JEAN-LUC PONTY – August 15, 2018

LIVE: JEAN-LUC PONTY – August 15, 2018

| 19 August 2018 | Reply

Venue: Chene Park City: Detroit, MI Date: August 15, 2018 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Detroit loves jazz – and one of the coolest venues in the city to witness Jazz is Chene Park.  The waterfront venue treats show attenders to an amazing view of the Detroit River as the shows backdrop.  […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: TREMONTI – A Dying Machine

MUSIC REVIEW: TREMONTI – A Dying Machine

| 18 August 2018 | Reply

Label: Napalm Records Release Date: June 8, 2018 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Mark Tremonti has the golden touch in my opinion.  It doesn’t matter whether he was writing hits as part of Creed, currently releasing killer studio album after studio album as part of Alter Bridge, or as the frontman of the […]

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10 Quick Ones with MODERN MIMES – August 2018

10 Quick Ones with MODERN MIMES – August 2018

| 17 August 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Modern Mimes is an American music artist duo from Fort Lauderdale, FL. The duo consists of Adi Elcida Hernandez on vocals/guitar/sampling and Ernesto Paezon the double neck guitar bass. Their music can be best described as “Future Goth,” a term they coined in order to explain the fusion of alternative heavy guitar riffs, […]

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10 Quick Ones with SHIM MOORE – August 2018

10 Quick Ones with SHIM MOORE – August 2018

| 17 August 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “SHIM, as you may know as Shimon Moore, former lead singer of the Sick Puppies, has released a new single and video “Hallelujah” from his forthcoming solo album, coming out this fall. As with every song Shim has written, his blood and intensity is all over it. Following his split […]

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10 Quick Ones with DAVE COHEN of CHUGGERNAUT – August 2018

10 Quick Ones with DAVE COHEN of CHUGGERNAUT – August 2018

| 17 August 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Hailing from Boston Massachusetts, ‘regressive metal’ quartet Chuggernaut puts a modern twist on classic riff-driven metal songwriting, blending elements of doom, thrash, groove and post-hardcore into a massive, organic sound all their own. The band are now ready to unleash their new EP Kodiak on August 24th. Formed in 2013 […]

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9 Quick Ones with SIMA – August 2018

9 Quick Ones with SIMA – August 2018

| 17 August 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Rock / Pop artist SIMA has released the official music video for her single, “Head Over Heels.” Sima’s currently working on a new project called ‘Broken Wings.’ ‘Broken Wings’ is an inspirational documentary/musical project bridging Israeli-Palestinian differences through the healing powers of music. Sima feels that her extraordinary journey is just the beginning; however […]

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10 Quick Ones with STEPHEN BISHOP of THUNDER HORSE – August 2018

10 Quick Ones with STEPHEN BISHOP of THUNDER HORSE – August 2018

| 17 August 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Slow, Low, and Brutally Truthful; Thunder Horse gives Southern Sludge Metal a new twist. Thunder Horse is an in your face project of long time touring veterans and seasoned musicians. All four members have a long history of friendship with a chemistry that was right to break ground on something new. An eclectic […]

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10 Quick Ones with IMAGES OF EDEN – August 2018

10 Quick Ones with IMAGES OF EDEN – August 2018

| 14 August 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Images of Eden is a fearless concept band that brings together familiar, well-loved elements of metal and rock combined with their own unique vision, message and delivery. The result is a distinct musical hybrid that speaks directly to the struggles and tribulations of the listener. Musically, Images of Eden draws […]

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INTERVIEW: GARRY PETERSON of THE GUESS WHO – August 2018

INTERVIEW: GARRY PETERSON of THE GUESS WHO – August 2018

| 14 August 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “The Guess Who is responsible for countless rock classics, which still retain a major presence on rock radio – “American Woman,” “No Time,” “These Eyes,” etc. The band is set to return on September 14th with their latest album, The Future IS What It Used To Be, released via […]

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INTERVIEW: JENNIFER HABEN of BEYOND THE BLACK – August 2018

INTERVIEW: JENNIFER HABEN of BEYOND THE BLACK – August 2018

| 14 August 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Just one month remains until BEYOND THE BLACK will release their brand-new album Heart Of The Hurricane out on August 31 via Napalm Records (GSA via Airforce1). BEYOND THE BLACK celebrate a true story of success! Their debut album Songs Of Love And Death (2015) immediately scored #12 on the German album charts. Only one year later […]

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INTERVIEW: SKYWARD STORY – August 2018

INTERVIEW: SKYWARD STORY – August 2018

| 14 August 2018 | Reply

INTERVIEW BY RACHEL CRAIG Baltimore’s pop-rock trio Skyward Story hit the Full Sail University stage for a few dates at the Vans Warped Tour this summer. They recently released a new song called “New Beginnings” to announce their signing to a record label and possibly hint at their successful future as an upcoming force the […]

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INTERVIEW: NATHANIEL MOTTE of 3OH!3 – August 2018

INTERVIEW: NATHANIEL MOTTE of 3OH!3 – August 2018

| 14 August 2018 | Reply

INTERVIEW BY RACHEL CRAIG 3OH!3 was one of the biggest names on this year’s final cross-country run of the Vans Warped Tour. Many people will recognize them for their late 2000s electro-pop hits like “Starstrukk,” “My First Kiss,” and “Don’t Trust Me” – which had an edgy line that captured most middle-schoolers in my generation: […]

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LIVE: Vans Warped Tour 2018: Final Full Cross Country Tour – July 30, 2018

LIVE: Vans Warped Tour 2018: Final Full Cross Country Tour – July 30, 2018

Venue: PNC Music Pavilion City: Charlotte, NC Date: July 30, 2018 Review and Photographs by: Rachel Craig (www.rachelcraigphotos.net) After driving 4 hours from Knoxville, TN to the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, I finally arrived at the festival I have been wanting to see in person since I was an angsty pre-teen. Fifteen years ago, I […]

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10 Quick Ones with REIGN OF Z – August 2018

10 Quick Ones with REIGN OF Z – August 2018

| 8 August 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Reign of Z, with grass roots from Pittsburgh, PA is a combination of pretty and grit. Lead by vocalist Zosia West, the band combines a fusion of heavy guitars, and 3 dimensional vocals, taking a listener on a journey of beauty, true life stories and darkness, a new form […]

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LIVE: STYX – August 2, 2018

LIVE: STYX – August 2, 2018

| 8 August 2018 | Reply

Venue: Centennial Terrace City: Sylvania, OH Date: August 2, 2018 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Once Styx’s tour with Joan Jett and Tesla ended, I was disappointed I wouldn’t get to see the band this year (I was out of town when they landed at a local venue), but was elated to […]

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INTERVIEW: LAWRENCE GOWAN of STYX – August 2018

INTERVIEW: LAWRENCE GOWAN of STYX – August 2018

| 7 August 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “STYX is giving their loyal fans a whammy with a new release in July – the highly anticipated reissue of their critically acclaimed first new studio album in 14 years, THE MISSION, on July 27 via Alpha Dog 2T/UMe. The two-disc package will include a CD of the original album, as well […]

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