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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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MUSIC REVIEW: DIAMANTE – American Dream

MUSIC REVIEW: DIAMANTE – American Dream

Label: Independent Release Date: May 7, 2021 Rating: 92% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur There is a lot of music being released this year ahead of HOPEFULLY a summer and fall full of tour dates.  With some albums in preproduction prior to the pandemic and said pandemic giving a lot of artists unexpected free time, there was […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: ARIELLE – Analog Girl In A Digital World

MUSIC REVIEW: ARIELLE – Analog Girl In A Digital World

| 22 April 2021 | Reply

Label: Independent Release Date: May 7, 2021 Rating: 91% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Arielle is another artist in a long line of great ones my friend Steve has introduced me to over the years.  After the first couple spins, I knew a review was inevitable, as I found myself going back to the songs time […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: ESCAPE THE FATE – Chemical Warfare

MUSIC REVIEW: ESCAPE THE FATE – Chemical Warfare

| 15 April 2021 | Reply

Label: Better Noise Music Release Date: April 16, 2021 Rating: 90% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Escape the Fate has been cranking out music since 2008 and hit my radar with a strong self-titled effort in 2010.  With their latest effort, they have landed square on my radar again with an album full of great songs. Disc opener […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: HOT BREATH – Rubbery Lips

MUSIC REVIEW: HOT BREATH – Rubbery Lips

| 9 April 2021 | Reply

Label: The Sign Release Date: April 9, 2021 Rating: 85% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Another band slipped through the crack and made it into my stream queue… this time the garage rock simplicity and goodness of Hot Breath.  Disc opener “Right Time” kicks things off with a catchy riff and some great bottom end from the […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: MORGAN WADE – Reckless

MUSIC REVIEW: MORGAN WADE – Reckless

| 24 March 2021 | Reply

Label: Thirty Tigers Release Date: March 19, 2021 Rating: 96% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur A year out from the beginning of major change, I am still embracing new music from artists that were nowhere near my radar… and really digging some of it, like the debut from Morgan Wade.  Disc opener “Wilder Days” unfolds with a […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: STICK TO YOUR GUNS – The Meaning Remains EP

MUSIC REVIEW: STICK TO YOUR GUNS – The Meaning Remains EP

| 13 March 2021 | Reply

Label: Pure Noise Records Release Date: February 18, 2021 Rating: 90% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I do not normally find myself drawn to hardcore, but when a band strips things back and releases acoustic versions of their tracks as well as a cover, I will at least take it for a spin and see what happens.  […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Death By Rock And Roll

MUSIC REVIEW: THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Death By Rock And Roll

| 11 March 2021 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: February 12, 2021 Rating: 96% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I have been a huge fan of The Pretty Reckless since their debut release.  With each new release, I wait and listen with anticipation… inevitably every band falters on a release, right?  Well, here we are eleven years and 4 studio full […]

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