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MUSIC REVIEW: STEPHEN PEARCY – View To A Thrill

MUSIC REVIEW: STEPHEN PEARCY – View To A Thrill

| 21 February 2019 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: November 9, 2018 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Stephen Pearcy has always marched to his own drum, whether as frontman of RATT or as a solo artist.  He bucked trends and veered from a sound he was aligned with when he recorded earlier solo efforts, but has […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: ROYAL TUSK – Tusk II

MUSIC REVIEW: ROYAL TUSK – Tusk II

| 19 February 2019 | Reply

Label: eOne / Entertainment One Music Release Date: October 26, 2018 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I am not sure how these guys have stayed off my radar, but when I pushed my way through some late 2018 releases, this one popped into the fray, and I am so glad it did – […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: ACE FREHLEY – Spaceman

MUSIC REVIEW: ACE FREHLEY – Spaceman

| 16 February 2019 | Reply

Label: eOne / Entertainment One Music Release Date: October 19, 2019 Rating: 9.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Every artist proclaims their latest release is their best, and in most cases it just demonstrates the artists growth, maturity, adaptation, etc.  With Ace Frehley’s latest disc, Spaceman, it rivals most of his catalog for best material […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: SLASH featuring MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS – Living The Dream

MUSIC REVIEW: SLASH featuring MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS – Living The Dream

| 16 February 2019 | Reply

Label: Snakepit Records / Roadrunner Records Release Date: September 21, 2019 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Slash, Myles, and the guys have done it again.  The group dropped a disc with a dozen killer tunes that get you rocking, headbanging, and playing a shitload of air guitar.  Disc opener “The Call Of The Wild” […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: DEARLING – Silver And Gold

MUSIC REVIEW: DEARLING – Silver And Gold

| 9 February 2019 | Reply

Label: Independant Release Date: February 22, 2019 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Every once in a while I am caught side way by a release from an artist I am not familiar with.  This is the case with the latest EP, Silver And Gold, dropping February 22, 2019 from Denver, CO based Dearling.  […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: HALESTORM – Vicious

MUSIC REVIEW: HALESTORM – Vicious

| 1 February 2019 | Reply

Label: Atlantic Records Release Date: July 27, 2018 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur One of my favorite bands that cranks out disc after disc of great rockers and cool ballads struck again with their latest, when Halestorm dropped Vicious on the world back in July of 2018.  I had to work this disc […]

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CD REVIEW: STEVE PERRY – TRACES

CD REVIEW: STEVE PERRY – TRACES

| 21 January 2019 | Reply

CD REVIEW: STEVE PERRY – TRACES Capitol Records October 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 74% “I know it’s been a long time coming,” are the first lyrics Steve Perry sings on new album Traces, and never a truer word spoken. It’s been twenty-two long years since Perry last released new music – the Journey reunion […]

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CD REVIEW: PILEDRIVER – Rockwall

CD REVIEW: PILEDRIVER – Rockwall

| 21 January 2019 | Reply

CD REVIEW: PILEDRIVER – Rockwall Rockwall Records October 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 75% Again produced by Accept and U.D.O. drummer Stefan Kaufmann, Pildriver’s latest album is full of driving Teutonic riffs and classic rock powerhouse grooves –much like their last few records, in fact. In a former life they were a Status Quo tribute […]

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EP REVIEW: SHORELINES – Blank Pages & Broken Records

EP REVIEW: SHORELINES – Blank Pages & Broken Records

| 21 January 2019 | Reply

EP REVIEW: SHORELINES – Blank Pages & Broken Records Independent October 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 72% Brisbane quartet Shorelines’ second EP is an energetic and thoroughly bouncy six-track affair that stamps their individuality and confidence all over the pop-punk sounds they love so much. Problem opens the EP with a snotty attitude and the […]

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MUSIC: PAUL McCARTNEY – EGYPT STATION

MUSIC: PAUL McCARTNEY – EGYPT STATION

| 20 December 2018 | Reply

MUSIC REVIEW: PAUL McCARTNEY – EGYPT STATION Capitol September 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9 /10 Paul McCartney seems in a very happy place at the moment, and it shows in his music. Egypt Station is his second album of original material since he met third wife Nancy Shevell in 2007 (they married in 2011), […]

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EP REVIEW: SCARLET DRIVE – ECHOES OF APPREHENSION

EP REVIEW: SCARLET DRIVE – ECHOES OF APPREHENSION

| 20 December 2018 | Reply

EP REVIEW: SCARLET DRIVE – ECHOES OF APPREHENSION Independent September 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Any band who defy convention and deliberately straddle multiple genres, boldly going where few have gone before, are a joy to listen to – though a nightmare to write about. Scarlet Drive are different. This isn’t four-on-the-floor […]

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EP REVIEW: LEGS ELECTRIC – TWO SIDES

EP REVIEW: LEGS ELECTRIC – TWO SIDES

| 13 December 2018 | Reply

EP REVIEW: LEGS ELECTRIC – TWO SIDES Independent July 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 /10 The riff for Dark Paradise opens this second EP for Perth rockers Legs Electric, rolling in like a tidal wave to spell out their mission statement: to rock, which they do with retro style and modern power. Drummer Kylie […]

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MUSIC: THE JANGLE BAND – The Guy Who Used To Care/Now That’s Over [single]

MUSIC: THE JANGLE BAND – The Guy Who Used To Care/Now That’s Over [single]

| 13 December 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: THE JANGLE BAND – The Guy Who Used To Care/Now That’s Over [single] Egomaniac Records August 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 You can’t go wrong with a band who so succinctly describe their very ouvre in their name: The Jangle Band. Purely distilled, gorgeously harmonic, jangly power pop with a nod to The […]

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MUSIC: PALACE OF THE KING – Get Right With Your Maker

MUSIC: PALACE OF THE KING – Get Right With Your Maker

| 13 December 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: PALACE OF THE KING – Get Right With Your Maker Golden Robot Records March 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Palace Of The King open album #3 with a track worthy of Guns n’ Roses – the mighty I Am The Storm. Laden with epic aspirations, LA Woman keys and a searing lead guitar, […]

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MUSIC: VARIOUS ARTISTS – 80s H’ITS HUGE – RARE & RECYCLED

MUSIC: VARIOUS ARTISTS – 80s H’ITS HUGE – RARE & RECYCLED

| 13 December 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: VARIOUS ARTISTS – 80s H’ITS HUGE – RARE & RECYCLED Sony September 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Shitty compilation albums featuring the same blinkered track listings as FM Radio playlists are a dime a dozen, so it’s a real treat to find something assembled with heart and soul and more than a cursory […]

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MUSIC: VARIOUS ARTISTS – SEASONS OF CHANGE II

MUSIC: VARIOUS ARTISTS – SEASONS OF CHANGE II

| 13 December 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: VARIOUS ARTISTS – SEASONS OF CHANGE II Sony September 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10   Following on from the first volume of these “happening hits of the hippy era,” this latest compilation from Sony has been affectionately assembled by Brent James with his usual attention to detail. That means comprehensive packaging including a […]

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CD REVIEW: MARSHALL & THE FRO – Live At The Backroom

CD REVIEW: MARSHALL & THE FRO – Live At The Backroom

| 5 December 2018 | Reply

CD REVIEW: MARSHALL & THE FRO – Live At The Backroom Rhythm Section October 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Roots dude Marshall Okell returns to his rocking band of old, The Fro, with this celebratory album of surf mojo blues, recorded live in front of a vocal and enthusiastic local audience in […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: RICK MONROE – Smoke Out The Window

MUSIC REVIEW: RICK MONROE – Smoke Out The Window

| 29 November 2018 | Reply

Label: Thermal Entertainment Release Date: September 21, 2018 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Rick Monroe – a performer that came to my attention a few years ago – has released a new disc with eleven great tracks that will please listeners of different genres that combine rock, country, folk… you get the point!  […]

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MUSIC: THE FLAMING LIPS – GREATEST HITS VOL 1 [Deluxe Edition]

MUSIC: THE FLAMING LIPS – GREATEST HITS VOL 1 [Deluxe Edition]

| 5 November 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: THE FLAMING LIPS – GREATEST HITS VOL 1 [Deluxe Edition] Warner Bros June 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Oklahoma natives The Flaming Lips formed – staggeringly – in 1983, and have been releasing trippy, often experimental, indie music for most of that thirty-five years, and this isn’t their first compilation album […]

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CD REVIEW: BOB EVANS – Full Circle

CD REVIEW: BOB EVANS – Full Circle

| 5 November 2018 | Reply

CD REVIEW: BOB EVANS – Full Circle EMI October 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 Bob Evans is the nom de plume of Freo boy Kevin Mitchell, perhaps better known as lead singer of indie darlings Jebediah, and with his alter-ego he’s endeared himself to arguably more fans around the world. The reasons are all […]

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