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CD REVIEW: ROGUE MALE – HARD CASE

CD REVIEW: ROGUE MALE – HARD CASE

| 4 May 2022 | Reply

CD REVIEW: ROGUE MALE – HARD CASE RM2K MUSIC 2021 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 85% It’s been a long time since Rogue Male burned brightly but all-too-briefly in the mid ‘80s and delivered two essential albums, First Visit and Animal Man. Frontman Jim Lyttle recruited Bernie Tormé, Robin Guy and John McCoy for a 2009 […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: STONE BROKEN – Revelation

MUSIC REVIEW: STONE BROKEN – Revelation

| 30 April 2022 | Reply

Label: Spinefarm Records Release Date: April 15, 2022 Rating: 96% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur According to a recent press release, for their latest release Stone Broken decided it was time to turn up the volume — to build on past glories with the intention of making everything bigger, bolder, and the best version of Stone Broken there has been. Disc opener “Black Sunrise” […]

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SINGLE REVIEW: THE VOLCANICS – Why’d Ya Do That?

SINGLE REVIEW: THE VOLCANICS – Why’d Ya Do That?

| 24 April 2022 | Reply

SINGLE REVIEW: THE VOLCANICS – Why’d Ya Do That? Independent April 2022 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 95% Let’s not mince words: the sound of a top-notch rock n’ roll band taking flight into the stratosphere and doing what they do is a beautiful, transcendent thing, and there are few who do it as well as […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: BRYAN ADAMS – So Happy It Hurts

MUSIC REVIEW: BRYAN ADAMS – So Happy It Hurts

| 11 March 2022 | Reply

Label: Badams Music Limited / BMG Records Release Date: March 11, 2022 Rating: 96% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur There are artists that deliver release after release, maintaining their musical vision regardless of the musical currents, tides, and sometimes floods, that wash over the world.  Bryan Adams is one of those performers.  From my first exposure in […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: SOPHIA MARIE – Foreigner [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: SOPHIA MARIE – Foreigner [EP]

| 11 March 2022 | Reply

Label: Independent Release Date: March 11, 2022 Rating: 83% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Sometimes you need to just let go and enjoy something fun that strays from your normal musical avenue, even if it just seems to deviate.  The upcoming EP from Sophia Marie is one of those times.  The EP is short, but strikes hard […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: SYLVAINE – Nova

MUSIC REVIEW: SYLVAINE – Nova

| 5 March 2022 | Reply

Label: Season Of Mist Release Date: March 4, 2022 Rating: 89% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur With the day job keeping me busy in the office, I have had a lot of time to throw on some releases I wouldn’t normally check out.  After listening to the latest offering from Sylvaine, I had to revisit the disc […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: IGNESCENT – Ascension [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: IGNESCENT – Ascension [EP]

| 5 March 2022 | Reply

Label: Independent Release Date: March 4, 2022 Rating: 88% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I am always a big fan of a heavy bottom end swirled with lofty vocals and great six-string work, especially if done correctly.  The new EP from Ignescent points in that direction.  Disc opener and recent single “Remnant” is a head on display […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: IVY RYANN – A Nonaggressive Extreme Violation Of Boundaries

MUSIC REVIEW: IVY RYANN – A Nonaggressive Extreme Violation Of Boundaries

| 4 March 2022 | Reply

Label: Independent Release Date: March 4, 2022 Rating: 90% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur You never know when a certain release might strike you, even when it is out in left field from your normal musical fodder.  The debut from Ivy Ryann is one such release, as this one shouldn’t have struck a chord, but that it […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: PRISCILLA BLOCK – Welcome To The Block Party

MUSIC REVIEW: PRISCILLA BLOCK – Welcome To The Block Party

| 12 February 2022 | Reply

Label: UMG Records / InDent Records Release Date: February 11, 2022 Rating: 93% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Good music is good music and if it gets you singing, dancing, and overall enjoying, it rocks… regardless of the actual genre of the music you are listening to.  The same can be said about the debut full-length release […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: NAKED GYPSY QUEENS – Georgiana

MUSIC REVIEW: NAKED GYPSY QUEENS – Georgiana

| 8 February 2022 | 1 Reply

Label: Mascot Records / Mascot Label Group Release Date: February 11, 2022 Rating: 96% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur There is a huge push over the last couple years to embrace that classic rock sound with that charge lead by Dirty Honey and Greta Van Fleet.  The latest to join the fray is Naked Gypsy Queens and […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: STEVE VAI – Inviolate

MUSIC REVIEW: STEVE VAI – Inviolate

| 29 January 2022 | Reply

Label: Favored Nations / Mascot Label Group Release Date: January 28, 2022 Rating: 95% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur What the hell could I potentially say about Steve Vai that hasn’t been said?  Most likely nothing, unless I start making up words, especially adjectives, to describe what the man does to a guitar to elicit a response […]

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CD REVIEW: THE DATE – PREMEDIDATED

CD REVIEW: THE DATE – PREMEDIDATED

| 19 January 2022 | Reply

CD REVIEW: THE DATE – PREMEDIDATED Independent 2019 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 85% I’ve lost count of how many albums The Date have released to… errr… date. Is it four? Five? It’s an impressive catalogue, that’s for sure, and a few things are always guaranteed with any new release from these West Aussie rockers. Vocalist […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: BILLY TALENT – Crisis Of Faith

MUSIC REVIEW: BILLY TALENT – Crisis Of Faith

| 17 January 2022 | Reply

Label: Spinefarm Records Release Date: January 21, 2022 Rating: 96% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I first came across Billy Talent a few years ago when they opened a show in metro Detroit for Thirty Seconds To Mars and was instantly taken by their sound and vibe, incorporating a rock attitude with some great punk rock laced […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: KELLY MONROW – Pronoia [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: KELLY MONROW – Pronoia [EP]

| 23 December 2021 | Reply

Label: SummitArts Release Date: December 17, 2021 Rating: 92% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I am typically hesitant to check out material when artists cross over genres looking for greener pastures and the same typically stands true for actors that decide to become singers (I am still not over Don Johnson’s “Heartbeat in the 80’s).  Actress Kelly […]

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VINYL REVIEW: RAYGUN MORTLOCK – SALT MINE EP

VINYL REVIEW: RAYGUN MORTLOCK – SALT MINE EP

| 26 November 2021 | Reply

VINYL REVIEW: RAYGUN MORTLOCK – SALT MINE EP Independent Recorded 2019, Released 2021 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 85% A slab of barely contained vitriol from the four-man anarcho-noise destructopunks Raygun Mortlock is always welcome on the turntable of the 100% ROCK Armageddon Shelter. This clear vinyl 10” EP is housed in a garishly illustrated cover […]

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CD REVIEW: FABRIZZIO GROSSI & SOUL GARAGE EXPERIENCE – COUNTERFEITED SOULSTICE VOL 1

CD REVIEW: FABRIZZIO GROSSI & SOUL GARAGE EXPERIENCE – COUNTERFEITED SOULSTICE VOL 1

| 24 November 2021 | Reply

CD REVIEW: FABRIZZIO GROSSI & SOUL GARAGE EXPERIENCE – COUNTERFEITED SOULSTICE VOL 1 Soul Garage Experience Recordings September 2021 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 81% You may be cool, but you’ll never be Fab Grossi cool. It’s not enough for this Italian born Californian rocker to exude cool whilst draped in rock n’ roll garb in […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK – Regards [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK – Regards [EP]

| 18 November 2021 | 2 Replies

Label: OK!Good Records Release Date: November 19, 2021 Rating: 93% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Don’t judge — how does a rock and metal guy check out AND ENJOY the latest from Engelbert Humperdinck?  Simple – the EP is packed with classic tracks that come to life once again thanks to Humperdinck’s lush vocals.  Look back through […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: HADLEY KENNARY – Crooked Roots [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: HADLEY KENNARY – Crooked Roots [EP]

| 18 November 2021 | Reply

Label: Independent Release Date: October 29, 2021 Rating: 92% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Sometimes a pop-flavored 5-track soundtrack is exactly what is needed to pass some time and help with the workflow.  The latest release from Hadley Kennary is a perfect example of that ‘just under 20 minute’ slice of goodness.  Disc opener “Orbit” kicks things […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: BLACK VEIL BRIDES – The Phantom Tomorrow

MUSIC REVIEW: BLACK VEIL BRIDES – The Phantom Tomorrow

| 30 October 2021 | Reply

Label: Sumerian Records Release Date: October 29, 2021 Rating: 100% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Black Veil Brides seem to keep their legion on their toes waiting for new material, but with each release that wait becomes more worth it with each disc these guys pull together and unleash on the masses.  Disc opener and title track […]

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CD REVIEW: THE IVORY LIES – THE IVORY LIES

CD REVIEW: THE IVORY LIES – THE IVORY LIES

| 28 October 2021 | Reply

CD REVIEW: THE IVORY LIES – THE IVORY LIES Independent July 2021 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 80% The Ivory Lies have released an EP (2018’s Road To Seduction) and the Drifting Away single, and now the time has finally arrived for their debut album to drop. The good news is, it’s a corker. Ploughing a […]

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