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MUSIC REVIEW: CORY MARKS – Who I Am

MUSIC REVIEW: CORY MARKS – Who I Am

| 11 October 2020 | Reply

Label: Better Noise Music Release Date: August 7, 2020 Rating: 98% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I dig so many different styles and genres, including country…. especially when it has a rock and roll spirit woven into it.  The recent offering from Cory Marks has that and then some, while also staying true to his roots […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: SMITH & MYERS – Volume 1

MUSIC REVIEW: SMITH & MYERS – Volume 1

| 9 October 2020 | Reply

Label: Atlantic Recording Corporation Release Date: October 9, 2020 Rating: 100% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur” Acoustic is not my normal listening, but Shaw Blades tweaked that years ago and the latest from Smith & Myers only builds on my love of this vibe and sound.  Full disclosure, I don’t think the guys do much wrong during […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: THE ON AND ONS – Menacing Smile

MUSIC REVIEW: THE ON AND ONS – Menacing Smile

| 3 September 2020 | Reply

MUSIC REVIEW: THE ON AND ONS – Menacing Smile Citadel Records May 2020 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 80% Clocking in at 18 glorious minutes, The On And Ons third release is a six-track mini-album of sublime power pop greatness which will delight fans of everything from garage rock to psych rock to Oz rock to […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: NICOLE – Forever And A Day

MUSIC REVIEW: NICOLE – Forever And A Day

| 29 August 2020 | Reply

MUSIC REVIEW: NICOLE – Forever And A Day Independent 2020 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 70% Long gestating, Nicole Warner’s debut solo album is, if I had to sum it up in one simple word, nice. She’s long been singing backing vocals for Aussie legend (and husband) Dave Warner, not to mention raising a family, but […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: YOMI SHIP – Pyramids of Yonaguni EP

MUSIC REVIEW: YOMI SHIP – Pyramids of Yonaguni EP

| 20 August 2020 | Reply

MUSIC REVIEW: YOMI SHIP – Pyramids of Yonaguni EP Nala Music August 2019 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 80% A prog rock instrumental EP themed around the mystical sunken pyramid of Yona-guni off Taiwan may not be everyone’s idea of easy listening, but Yomi Ship’s third release is not your average prog rock instrumental EP. It […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: BETH HART – War In My Mind

MUSIC REVIEW: BETH HART – War In My Mind

| 20 August 2020 | Reply

MUSIC REVIEW: BETH HART – War In My Mind Mascot/Provogue September 2019 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 84% War In My Mind, Beth Hart’s ninth solo album, sees her even more than usually emotionally raw and open and honest about the demons which trouble her. Those demons writhe and flex throughout her career and inhabit her […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: HALESTORM – Reimagined [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: HALESTORM – Reimagined [EP]

| 20 August 2020 | Reply

Label: Atlantic Recording Corporation Release Date: August 14, 2020 Rating: 95% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur There isn’t anything Halestorm releases that I don’t dig into and grab for my own collection.  I love the originals stuff, the Re:Animate collection  they have releases, and now they hit us with a few of their own tracks […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: IMOGEN CLARK – The Making Of Me [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: IMOGEN CLARK – The Making Of Me [EP]

| 19 August 2020 | Reply

Label: Independent Release Date: August 21, 2020 Rating: 95% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Imogen Clark was brought to my attention back in June and I have taken the six-track EP for several spins in that time absorbing all the musical goodness in that short release. Disc opener “My Own Worst Enemy” is built not […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: BLUES PILLS – Holy Moly!

MUSIC REVIEW: BLUES PILLS – Holy Moly!

| 19 August 2020 | Reply

  Label: Nuclear Blast Release Date: August 21, 2020 Rating: 94% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur From my first spin of the bands debut release back in 2014, I knew there was something special about this band.  With their third full-length studio effort, Holy Moly! dropping this week, I had to take time out to spin […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: NICK PERRI & THE UNDERGROUND THIEVES – Sun Via

MUSIC REVIEW: NICK PERRI & THE UNDERGROUND THIEVES – Sun Via

| 18 August 2020 | Reply

  Label: Independent Release Date: August 14, 2020 Rating: 95% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Nick Perri has been attached to some amazing projects and bands through the years, but one of his biggest accomplishments is fronting his own project, Nick Perri & The Underground Thieves.  After releasing a cool EP a couple years back, Nick […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: STATIC-X – Project: Regeneration Vol. 1

MUSIC REVIEW: STATIC-X – Project: Regeneration Vol. 1

| 8 August 2020 | Reply

Label: Otsego Entertainment Group Release Date: July 10, 2020 Rating: 86% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur There was a lot of excitement around a regrouped Static-X a couple years ago, but the obvious questions loomed… how do you pursue such an undertaking when the lyricist and frontman of the band has passed on?  You recruit […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: THE ACES – Under My Influence

MUSIC REVIEW: THE ACES – Under My Influence

| 15 July 2020 | Reply

Label: Red Bull Records Release Date: July 17, 2020 Rating: 92% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur The Aces first caught my attention with their last release, but I was really blown away and declared myself a fan after catching them live at a small venue in Detroit last year.  Once I heard about the new […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: SMACKBOUND – 20/20

MUSIC REVIEW: SMACKBOUND – 20/20

| 11 July 2020 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: June 12, 2020 Rating: 91% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Music is all inclusive and universal – the debut from Finnish rockers Smackbound is proof positive of this.  The ten track release is full of rock with hints of punk and a lot of attitude.  Disc opener “Wall Of […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: MELISSA SULLIVAN – Late Last Night

MUSIC REVIEW: MELISSA SULLIVAN – Late Last Night

Label: Daring Sparrow Entertainment Release Date: June 26, 2020 Rating: 85% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur After checking out some great rock records, some ethereal music, and some hot country stuff, it was time once again to shift gears and turn my attention to some smooth jazz material – compliments of Melissa Sullivan and her […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: MARYANN COTTON – Hallelujah

MUSIC REVIEW: MARYANN COTTON – Hallelujah

Label: El Puerto Records GbR Release Date: July 3, 2020 Rating: 90% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Maryann Cotton is one of those performers that has always been on my radar, but I have never sat down and absorbed one of his albums that way I have the most recent upcoming release Hallelujah.  Let me […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: GREY DAZE – Amends

MUSIC REVIEW: GREY DAZE – Amends

| 25 June 2020 | Reply

Label: Loma Vista Recordings Release Date: June 26, 2020 Rating: 94% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur There are often albums released that showcase a famous performers previous efforts with bands from the “early days” before they made it big, but make no mistake, this isn’t one of those albums.  The latest from Grey Daze is […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: GABBY BARRETT – Goldmine

MUSIC REVIEW: GABBY BARRETT – Goldmine

| 19 June 2020 | Reply

Label: Warner Music Group Release Date: June 19, 2020 Rating: 98% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I love a good song that has cool instrumentation, a great riff, awesome vocals, and one that not only has a driving beat that hooks you, but tells a story that digs deep and draws you in.  The lead […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: SVEN GALI – 3 [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: SVEN GALI – 3 [EP]

| 18 June 2020 | Reply

Label: RFL Records Release Date: June 12, 2020 Rating: 90% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I have to be perfectly honest, until this EP rolled across my desk, I was not familiar with Sven Gali.  I figured, what the hell, it’s four songs and less than 16 minutes.  Disc opener “Kill The Lies” is a solid […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: ANCHOR & BRAILLE – Tension

MUSIC REVIEW: ANCHOR & BRAILLE – Tension

| 17 June 2020 | Reply

Label: Tooth & Nail Records Release Date: May 22, 2020 Rating: 86% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur While I have heard of Anberlin, it is never a band that I dropped into my listening rotation, but at the prompting of a friend I took frontman Stephen Christian’s solo project for a spin and was pleasantly […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: JANET DEVLIN – Confessional

MUSIC REVIEW: JANET DEVLIN – Confessional

| 13 June 2020 | Reply

Label: OK!Good Records / Insomnia Music Records Release Date: June 5, 2020 Rating: 93% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I normally skip a lot of artists that “made it” on a reality show – no reason other than I normally don’t like those shows.  Every once in a while an artist crosses my email or […]

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