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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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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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