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MUSIC REVIEW: THE AMORETTES – Born To Break

MUSIC REVIEW: THE AMORETTES – Born To Break

| 20 June 2018 | Reply

Label: Steamhammer / SPV Release Date: April 6, 2018 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur The Amorettes have released a new disc… who am I kidding, I had never heard of them until this disc came out, but I am so glad I know who they are now.  This twelve track disc has been […]

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MUSIC: THE LAZYS – Tropical Hazards

MUSIC: THE LAZYS – Tropical Hazards

| 16 June 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: THE LAZYS – Tropical Hazards Golden Robot Records February 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 They may be Lazys, but they sure ain’t slack. Album #3 for the Toronto quintet is as energetic and in yer face a slab of riff rock as you’re likely to hear this year. Opener Nothing But Trouble makes […]

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MUSIC: GROOM EPOCH – Solar Warden

MUSIC: GROOM EPOCH – Solar Warden

| 15 June 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: GROOM EPOCH – Solar Warden Golden Robot Records April 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Richard Ploog – once drummer for The Church, now writer, producer, director – embraces his former band’s esoteric, tripped out, lysergically stoned sound on this swirling, esoteric and other-worldly album. Ploog has enlisted a couple of Died Pretties, a […]

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MUSIC: CRYSTAL SHAWANDA – Voodoo Woman

MUSIC: CRYSTAL SHAWANDA – Voodoo Woman

| 15 June 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: CRYSTAL SHAWANDA – Voodoo Woman New Sun Records November 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 With the perfect balance of warm syrup, raw grit, life & love experience and blues power, Crystal Shawanda has what it takes to take her blues from Canada to the world. It sure doesn’t hurt that her […]

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MUSIC: BITZER – Pedigree Mongrel

MUSIC: BITZER – Pedigree Mongrel

| 15 June 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: BITZER – Pedigree Mongrel Independent June 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 There is arguably no better rhythm section in Oz Rock – scratch that: worldwide Rock – than Steve King and Mick O’Shea. They’ve already released the best damned original rock EP of the year with The Rose Carleo Band (Battle Scars – […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: FM – Atomic Generation

MUSIC REVIEW: FM – Atomic Generation

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: March 30, 2018 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur FM has done it again – their knack of releasing great melodic rock is better than most bands that are pigeon-holed into that genre.  Disc opener “Black Magic” kicks the doors open on this disc, and the combination of […]

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MUSIC: JAMES WILLIAMSON & THE PINK HEARTS – Behind The Shade

MUSIC: JAMES WILLIAMSON & THE PINK HEARTS – Behind The Shade

| 7 June 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: JAMES WILLIAMSON & THE PINK HEARTS – Behind The Shade Leopard Lady Records June 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Former Stooges guitarist James Williamson gets, well, Stoogey on this latest album, notably with the help of Frank Meyer, who also sings with an outfit called The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs. Yep – an obvious homage […]

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MUSIC: RIFF RAIDERS – Live Like You Mean It

MUSIC: RIFF RAIDERS – Live Like You Mean It

| 7 June 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: RIFF RAIDERS – Live Like You Mean It Silver Sky Records November 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Yeah baby, the debut album from Melbourne’s Riff Raiders finally landed on our desk and it’s a slinky, catchy, classy serve of gotta-have-it rock AND roll. Proudly fronted by the awesome vocals of Jenni […]

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MUSIC: SHIT THE COW – Cavelord

MUSIC: SHIT THE COW – Cavelord

| 7 June 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: SHIT THE COW – Cavelord Independent December 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 The little village of Rissna in Sweden is so far north that it is practically in the Arctic Circle – a place where the concepts of day and night blur far beyond the shade of what the rest of the world […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: GODSMACK – When Legends Rise

MUSIC REVIEW: GODSMACK – When Legends Rise

Label: BMG Release Date: April 27, 2018 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Godsmack is a great band that has been in my collection and on my radar since the release of their major label debut disc back in 1998.  Having listened to (and picking up a copy) of each of their releases, I was […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: OCTOPUS – Supernatural Alliance

MUSIC REVIEW: OCTOPUS – Supernatural Alliance

Label: Rise Above Records Release Date: March 30, 2018 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur The debut release from self-proclaimed psychedelic turbo-rock band Octopus hit my inbox and eventually my speakers… and I couldn’t turn away.  The sound is infectious to anyone who has ventured outside of the mainstream rock genre.  Disc opener “The Center” […]

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MUSIC: LLOYD SPIEGEL – Backroads

MUSIC: LLOYD SPIEGEL – Backroads

| 22 May 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: LLOYD SPIEGEL – Backroads Only Blues Music April 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10 Australia’s premiere bluesman is back, and in fine style. In recent years he’s focussed on his incredible acoustic playing, but on Backroads he’s rocking out like the road dog he is. From opener Kick Around, with its Hendrix-styled squealing soloing, […]

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MUSIC: ROYAL HUNT – Cast In Stone

MUSIC: ROYAL HUNT – Cast In Stone

| 22 May 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: ROYAL HUNT – Cast In Stone Northpoint Productions February 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Cast In Stone is Andre Andersen and Royal Hunt’s fourteenth studio album – quite a feat for any band – and it’s made by the same line-up who released Devil’s Dozen in 2015. This far into their […]

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MUSIC: ROADHOUSE DIET – Won’t Bend Or Break

MUSIC: ROADHOUSE DIET – Won’t Bend Or Break

| 22 May 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: ROADHOUSE DIET – Won’t Bend Or Break Mojoholic Records February 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Roadhouse Diet’s debut album Original Soundtrack was an inspired slab of Southern-tinged hard rock from the Swedish hinterland, full of ragged glory and faded denim charm. Three years on and the follow-up is finally here, and […]

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DVD REVIEW: L.A.M.F. Live at the Bowery Electric

DVD REVIEW: L.A.M.F. Live at the Bowery Electric

| 22 May 2018 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: L.A.M.F. Live at the Bowery Electric MVD Entertainment December 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10 L.A.M.F. stood for Like A Mother Fucker, and was the only studio album by Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers – featuring former New York Dolls Thunders and Jerry Nolan, Billy Rath and Walter Lure – recorded in the […]

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MUSIC: THE LOCKHEARTS – Americana Doom Fuzz

MUSIC: THE LOCKHEARTS – Americana Doom Fuzz

| 18 May 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: THE LOCKHEARTS – Americana Doom Fuzz Golden Robot Records April 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9.5/10 Don’t let the name fool ya: there is some heavy guitar here, but no ‘doom’ per se. The ‘Americana’ part of the title is the key – this album is far more Black Crowes than Black Sabbath! Want […]

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MUSIC: GHOST VAPORS – The Valley Of Ashes

MUSIC: GHOST VAPORS – The Valley Of Ashes

| 18 May 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: GHOST VAPORS – The Valley Of Ashes Independent October 2012 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 It doesn’t matter how plugged in you think you are to the musical landscape, you’re always going to miss a few class releases along the road. Maybe it’s the digital age, information overload, or the difficulties in marketing music, […]

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MUSIC: ABSTRACT ARTIMUS – When The Beast Is After Me

MUSIC: ABSTRACT ARTIMUS – When The Beast Is After Me

| 18 May 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: ABSTRACT ARTIMUS – When The Beast Is After Me Dire Life Records April 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Waddaya get when you cross a southern rocker (Alabama native Artimus’s Dad used to play in Jimmie Van Zant’s band) with some heavy as fuck stoner riffs referencing everyone from Sabbath through to Monster Magnet, […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: MERRITT GIBSON – Eyes On Us

MUSIC REVIEW: MERRITT GIBSON – Eyes On Us

Label: Independent Release Date: March 30, 2018 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Indie new-comer Merritt Gibson recently released her debut album complete with twelve tracks that emotionally charged but not overwhelming or downtrodden, but rather eye opening and enlightening.  Disc opener “When You Were Mine” starts us off on an acoustically driven road that […]

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MUSIC: SHONEN KNIFE – Alive In Osaka [and a competition!!]

MUSIC: SHONEN KNIFE – Alive In Osaka [and a competition!!]

| 10 May 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: SHONEN KNIFE – Alive In Osaka Valve Records April 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 The legendary Japanese punk trio are captured live here in all their bouncy, J-pop/Ramones glory in their hometown of Osaka, recorded in December 2017. It’s hard to believe they released their first cassette way back in 1982, […]

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