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MUSIC REVIEW: CAROL HODGE – The Crippling Space Between

MUSIC REVIEW: CAROL HODGE – The Crippling Space Between

| 3 September 2021 | Reply

Label: Independent Release Date: July 9, 2021 Rating: 92% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur An odd release shot through my email and I will be honest (just as I was with the person that originally sent the email) I only gave this one a shot because of the artist Carol Hodge’s tie to one of my favorite […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: KING CALAWAY – Midnight EP

MUSIC REVIEW: KING CALAWAY – Midnight EP

| 27 August 2021 | Reply

Label: Stoney Creek Records Release Date: August 27, 2021 Rating: 98% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur It’s no secret that I am a total rocker at heart, but there is something about music with a rock and country tint that draws me in every time.  The latest effort from King Calaway is four tracks of sonic goodness […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: GRACE WOMACK – Yellow Cowboy Hat EP

MUSIC REVIEW: GRACE WOMACK – Yellow Cowboy Hat EP

| 11 August 2021 | Reply

Label: Independent Release Date: August 13, 2021 Rating: 95% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Some discs get reviewed because I love the artist or the genre.  The upcoming release from Grace Womack caught my attention because its fun.  The music is contagious and rolls easily through the air when working, driving, or just chilling with two fingers […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: POP EVIL – Versatile

MUSIC REVIEW: POP EVIL – Versatile

| 22 July 2021 | Reply

Label: eOne Records Release Date: May 21, 2021 Rating: 89% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Pop Evil always brings their A game to the table, whether a live show or in the studio.  The same can be said about their latest disc of twelve tracks.  Sonically, this disc shows us a different band, without deviating from their […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: LEE AARON – Radio On!

MUSIC REVIEW: LEE AARON – Radio On!

| 22 July 2021 | Reply

Label: Metalville Records Release Date: July 23, 2021 Rating: 92% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Lee Aaron is one of the original Metal Queens, having been at this game a long time.  While the musical tides have ebbed and flowed over the decade, make no mistake, she still has her finger on the pulse of the music […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: ROZZI – Hymn For Tomorrow [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: ROZZI – Hymn For Tomorrow [EP]

| 16 July 2021 | Reply

Label: BMG Records Release Date: July 23, 2021 Rating: 93% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur According to a recent press release: “As we grow up, being vulnerable becomes harder. But for Rozzi, openness is a sign of perseverance. That’s how the LA-based neo-soul luminary has designed her “dangerously personal” new Hymn For Tomorrow EP — the first installment […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: THE CEO – Redemption

MUSIC REVIEW: THE CEO – Redemption

| 29 June 2021 | Reply

Label: Rat Pak Records Release Date: June 25, 2021 Rating: 90% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I am digging all the new music and artists coming my way in 2021.  Another band that hit my radar recently delivers a debut release full of modern rock radio gems that swirl together glimpses and glimmers from different genres and makes it […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: BUCKCHERRY – Hellbound

MUSIC REVIEW: BUCKCHERRY – Hellbound

| 25 June 2021 | Reply

Label: Round Hill Music Release Date: June 25, 2021 Rating: 94% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Buckcherry does it time and time again; creating rock that is fun, exciting, and accessible.  The bands latest offering is no different.  Disc opener “54321” smashes down the door and smacks you right in the mouth with its attitude, cadence, and […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: WILLA AMAI – I Can Go To Bed Whenever

MUSIC REVIEW: WILLA AMAI – I Can Go To Bed Whenever

| 22 June 2021 | Reply

Label: Independent Release Date: June 4, 2021 Rating: 93% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur New comer Willa Amai struck me from the first time I heard her cover of “The Game.”  I couldn’t wait until she released a full-length, as the last few months have been peppered by tracks and videos from the release.  Disc opener “Fallout” […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: STYX – Crash Of The Crown

MUSIC REVIEW: STYX – Crash Of The Crown

| 17 June 2021 | Reply

  Label: Alpha Dog 2T/UMe Release Date: June 18, 2021 Rating: 94% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur After REALLY digging into Styx’s last effort, The Mission, and loving song after song, I was hesitant to dive into another album with the fear that it wouldn’t meet the bar that was raised their last go ’round.  Disc opener […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: THE VENOMOUS PINKS – Based On A True Story [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: THE VENOMOUS PINKS – Based On A True Story [EP]

| 12 June 2021 | Reply

Label: Independent Release Date: April 23, 2021 Rating: 85% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur What can I say… sometimes a punk band comes out of the woodwork and hits me over the head with a folding chair.  Earlier this year, it was the latest EP form The Venomous Pinks that did exactly that.  Not my normal fair, […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: DIRTY HONEY – Dirty Honey

MUSIC REVIEW: DIRTY HONEY – Dirty Honey

| 12 June 2021 | Reply

Label: Dirt Records Release Date: April 23, 2021 Rating: 95% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur 2021 is shaping up to be the year of great new albums from new(ish) artists.  I was lucky enough to check out Dirty Honey when they released their debut EP and then interview guitarist John and check out the band live in February […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: MAMMOTH WVH – MAMMOTH WVH

MUSIC REVIEW: MAMMOTH WVH – MAMMOTH WVH

| 11 June 2021 | Reply

Label: EX1 Records Release Date: June 11, 2021 Rating: 100% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur It was inevitable that a kid with the talented DNA of Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli would wind up somewhere in the entertainment industry.  Wolfgang jumped into the fray playing bass with Van Halen as well as other projects like Mark […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: GILBY CLARKE – The Gospel Truth

MUSIC REVIEW: GILBY CLARKE – The Gospel Truth

Label: Golden Robot Records Release Date: April 23, 2021 Rating: 88% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Gilby Clarke is one of those performers that is solid and consistent, if nothing else.  The latest disc of ten rockers is no exception.  Disc opener and title track “The Gospel Truth” gets things underway with a chugging bottom end that […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: QUINN SULLIVAN – Wide Awake

MUSIC REVIEW: QUINN SULLIVAN – Wide Awake

Label: Mascot Records Release Date: June 4, 2021 Rating: 100% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I dig some blues stuff and will take most of it for a spin, as long as it hits a rock vein.  That said, I dug into the latest from Quinn Sullivan because I really enjoyed his last effort, Midnight Highway.  Instead of […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: CROBOT – Rat Child [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: CROBOT – Rat Child [EP]

Label: Mascot Records Release Date: June 18, 2021 Rating: 97% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Crobot hits an odd sweet spot for me with each release.  While it isn’t in my normal 80’s / melodic rock / AOR playlist, there is something about the energy and fun in each release that cannot be denied.  The latest release from […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: MYLES KENNEDY – The Ides Of March

MUSIC REVIEW: MYLES KENNEDY – The Ides Of March

Label: Napalm Records Release Date: May 14, 2021 Rating: 96% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I have dug Myles Kennedy’s voice from the first time I heard it on albums from the Mayfield Four and that only got stronger with each release from Slash and Alter Bridge.  When he dropped a solo album, I was blown away […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: LEVARA – Levara

MUSIC REVIEW: LEVARA – Levara

Label: Mascot Label Group Release Date: May 14, 2021 Rating: 100% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Occasionally an album comes along that blows my mind with how damn good it is.  The latest explosive disc to hit my email is the debut release from Levara.  Disc opener “Heaven Knows” comes straight at you from the first note and […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: JO BELOW – No Control [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: JO BELOW – No Control [EP]

Label: Independent Release Date: April 16, 2021 Rating: 91% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur A mere six months ago I reviewed the bands EP By The Rules and I ended that with I couldn’t wait to see what they were going to do next and here we are with five more tracks for our listening enjoyment.  Disc […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: PALE WAVES – Who Am I?

MUSIC REVIEW: PALE WAVES – Who Am I?

Label: Dirty Hit / Interscope Records Release Date: February 12, 2021 Rating: 96% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I have been going around writing a review for this disc and to be honest, I am not sure why.  This one has stuck with me since first listen.  I was trying to wrap my head around all the […]

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