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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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CD REVIEW: SIN SOTO – MADA

CD REVIEW: SIN SOTO – MADA

| 28 October 2021 | Reply

CD REVIEW: SIN SOTO – MADA Independent 2021 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 88% Sin Soto’s double album arrived for consideration unexpectedly and unheralded in an epic package full of accoutrements the likes of which we humble low-level reviewers ever get spoilt enough to see, especially nowadays: Earplugs, shirt, key ring, candle, even bird seed (birds […]

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CD REVIEW: GRAHAM GREENE – SYMPHONICA PART I

CD REVIEW: GRAHAM GREENE – SYMPHONICA PART I

| 28 October 2021 | Reply

CD REVIEW: GRAHAM GREENE – SYMPHONICA PART I Independent April 2021 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 99% That West Australian guitar maestro’s playing is sublime is not news to any afficionado of this six string magician. On Symphonica Part I he proves that he is equally talented as a composer. Interestingly, the project started off as […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: LILY ROSE – Stronger Than I Am EP

MUSIC REVIEW: LILY ROSE – Stronger Than I Am EP

| 3 October 2021 | Reply

Label: Big Loud Records / Back Blocks Music and Republic Records Release Date: October 1, 2021 Rating: 100% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur It has been a week of work, shows, and new music and happy to be closing it out with the EP release from Lily Rose, who dropped seven awesome tracks that are all killer and […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: TAYLOR RAE – Mad Twenties

MUSIC REVIEW: TAYLOR RAE – Mad Twenties

| 30 September 2021 | Reply

Label: Independent Release Date: October 1, 2021 Rating: 94% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur A press release denoting an artist that has a sizzling folk, jazz and blues hybrid style crossed my path recently and there something in the music spoke to me and demanded I give it a listen, and am I glad I did.  While […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: TREMONTI – Marching In Time

MUSIC REVIEW: TREMONTI – Marching In Time

| 30 September 2021 | Reply

Label: Napalm Records Release Date: September 24, 2021 Rating: 100% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Mark Tremonti has a diverse catalog that showcases his many talents as a guitarist, songwriter, and singer… especially with his latest twelve tracks on the September 24th release Marching In Time.  Disc opener “A World Away” comes at you with heavy bottom end […]

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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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