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MUSIC REVIEW: DATURA4 – West Coast Highway Cosmic

MUSIC REVIEW: DATURA4 – West Coast Highway Cosmic

| 27 January 2021 | Reply

MUSIC REVIEW: DATURA4 – West Coast Highway Cosmic Alive Natural Sound April 2020 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 94% Datura4 are a band who immediately set a bar so high that there wasn’t a lot of wriggle room for them to “get better and better.” When you’re born fully formed and at the top of your […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: W.E.T. – Retransmission

MUSIC REVIEW: W.E.T. – Retransmission

| 23 January 2021 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: January 22, 2021 Rating: 100% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur W.E.T. hit my radar with their debut release thanks to the association with Jeff Scott Soto and Talisman, but with each releases this band burrows deeper into my musical catalog and has developed a stronghold.  These guys are the definition of […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: CHRISTOPHER SHAYNE – Ten High [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: CHRISTOPHER SHAYNE – Ten High [EP]

| 21 January 2021 | Reply

Label: Carry On Music Release Date: January 22, 2021 Rating: 89% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur The latest EP from Christopher Shayne is my introduction to this Southern rocker, and man am I glad I took this for a spin and a had a 7-track meet & greet!  Disc opener “Pour The Bottle” gets the blood pumping […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: WIG WAM – Never Say Die

MUSIC REVIEW: WIG WAM – Never Say Die

| 20 January 2021 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: January 22, 2021 Rating: 88% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur They’re back… Wig Wim have dusted off the instruments, pulled the microphone out of storage, and pulled together a killer set of rockers for their latest installment.  Disc opener and instrumental “The Second Crusade” takes us down a different path sonically […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: VAJRA – Irkalla

MUSIC REVIEW: VAJRA – Irkalla

| 7 January 2021 | Reply

Label: Thunder Cult Records Release Date: January 15, 2021 Rating: 89% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Vajra – formed and led by Annamaria Pinna – is releasing the first of three opuses to be released in 2021.  The 6-track EP Irkalla expands on the bands foundation that began with 2012’s Pleroma and explores the lowest level of consciousness.  Disc […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: THREESOME, VOL. 2 [EP] – The Lickerish Quartet

MUSIC REVIEW: THREESOME, VOL. 2 [EP] – The Lickerish Quartet

| 6 January 2021 | Reply

Label: The Lickerish Quartet/Label Logic Release Date: January 8, 2021 Rating: 99% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Less than eight months after releasing Threesome, Vol. 1, the Quartet’s trio is at is again unleashing four killer pop-rock gems that stick with you listen after listen.  The EP kicks off with the ethereal opening of “Do You Feel Better?” and […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: CONTROLLED CHAOS [EP] – Morgan Rose

MUSIC REVIEW: CONTROLLED CHAOS [EP] – Morgan Rose

| 24 December 2020 | Reply

Label: Rise Records Release Date: November 27, 2020 Rating: 95% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose is a busy guy… even during a pandemic.  In addition to working on the latest release from Sevendust, he stepped into the limelight and dropped a 6-track EP aptly titled Controlled Chaos, but what we get some much more than that, […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: THE MEZCALTONES – Mexican Hillbilly Surf Music

MUSIC REVIEW: THE MEZCALTONES – Mexican Hillbilly Surf Music

| 18 December 2020 | Reply

MUSIC REVIEW: THE MEZCALTONES – Mexican Hillbilly Surf Music Independent February 2020 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 77% It’s becoming a much anticipated event every 22 or 23 months – a new Mezcaltones CD – and this, their third, is going “straight to the pool room.” As usual, a mix of their unique originals and a […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: MORE THAN I DARED [EP] – Tony Lewis

MUSIC REVIEW: MORE THAN I DARED [EP] – Tony Lewis

| 17 December 2020 | Reply

Label: Madison Records Release Date: November 17, 2020 Rating: 96% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur ‘Josie’s on a vacation far away…’ is a line that lives on in each of us.  Don’t think so? I dare you to not sing along when you next hear that infectious nugget on a radio, cd player, streaming service, etc.  The […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: O – Orianthi

MUSIC REVIEW: O – Orianthi

| 17 December 2020 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: November 6, 2020 Rating: 88% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Orianthi has graced stages and albums of some of the greatest performers, but we cannot overlook her solo career either.  With a pair of killer hits ripped from her first major label releases [“According To You” and “Shut Up And Kiss […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: JEFF SCOTT SOTO – Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)

MUSIC REVIEW: JEFF SCOTT SOTO – Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)

| 2 December 2020 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: November 6, 2020 Rating: 100% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Anyone that follows or reads my reviews and interviews knows I am a full on JSS fan boy.  There isn’t a project he gets involved in that I don’t scoop up and digest immediately.  The same is to said about all […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: SEVENDUST – Blood & Stone

MUSIC REVIEW: SEVENDUST – Blood & Stone

| 21 November 2020 | Reply

Label: Rise Records Release Date: October 23, 2020 Rating: 90% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Sevendust has been churning out modern radio rock records since their eponymous release in 1997.  The latest 13-track offering is no different… or is it?  This disc is full of more songs that will tie their catalog together with new material.  While the […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: JO BELOW – By The Rules [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: JO BELOW – By The Rules [EP]

| 17 November 2020 | Reply

Label: Inverse Records Release Date: September 18, 2020 Rating: 98% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I have always had a soft spot for great melodic rock.  The debut release from Finnish rockers Jo Below is no different, as this 5-track EP is killer rock and roll from top to bottom and rocks you for its sixteen […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: RYAN HAMILTON AND THE HARLEQUIN GHOSTS – Nowhere To Go But Everywhere

MUSIC REVIEW: RYAN HAMILTON AND THE HARLEQUIN GHOSTS – Nowhere To Go But Everywhere

| 13 November 2020 | Reply

Label: Wicked Cool Records Release Date: September 18, 2020 Rating: 100% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur After reviewing (and TOTALLY digging) the bands last effort, This Is The Sound, I knew I had to check this disc out.  After speaking with Ryan before it’s release and getting more of the back story, this has been spinning […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: GEORGE BENSON – Weekend In London

MUSIC REVIEW: GEORGE BENSON – Weekend In London

| 13 November 2020 | Reply

Label: Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group Release Date: November 13, 2020 Rating: 85% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Jazz master extraordinaire George Benson took to a small stage at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London and recorded the amazing performance and has released it so his fans and jazz fans in general could join in the fun […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: BLACK STONE CHERRY – The Human Condition

MUSIC REVIEW: BLACK STONE CHERRY – The Human Condition

| 12 November 2020 | Reply

Label: Mascot Records Release Date: October 30, 2020 Rating: 96% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur If you know, you know… Black Stone Cherry is one of the best rock bands out there doing their thing theses days.  From selling out show after show on tours that seem to run forever and releasing discs that raise the […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: 10 YEARS – Violent Allies

MUSIC REVIEW: 10 YEARS – Violent Allies

| 7 November 2020 | Reply

Label: Mascot Records Release Date: September 18, 2020 Rating: 90% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur 10 Years is a band that runs across my email and concert schedule periodically, especially since they seem to play a favorite venue of mine on every tour.  Unfortunately, I have never been able to get my schedule to align with theirs.  […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: PATTI PAGE – This Can’t Be Love

MUSIC REVIEW: PATTI PAGE – This Can’t Be Love

| 29 October 2020 | Reply

Label: Hindsight Records Release Date: October 2, 2020 Rating: 85% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I am always venturing out and enjoying music out of my norm and that is so true with my listening and enjoyment of the Hindsight Records re-release of Patti Page’s This Can’t Be Love as part of their reimagined series.  This […]

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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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