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MUSIC REVIEW: MELISSA SULLIVAN – Late Last Night

MUSIC REVIEW: MELISSA SULLIVAN – Late Last Night

Label: Daring Sparrow Entertainment Release Date: June 26, 2020 Rating: 85% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur After checking out some great rock records, some ethereal music, and some hot country stuff, it was time once again to shift gears and turn my attention to some smooth jazz material – compliments of Melissa Sullivan and her […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: MARYANN COTTON – Hallelujah

MUSIC REVIEW: MARYANN COTTON – Hallelujah

Label: El Puerto Records GbR Release Date: July 3, 2020 Rating: 90% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Maryann Cotton is one of those performers that has always been on my radar, but I have never sat down and absorbed one of his albums that way I have the most recent upcoming release Hallelujah.  Let me […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: GREY DAZE – Amends

MUSIC REVIEW: GREY DAZE – Amends

| 25 June 2020 | Reply

Label: Loma Vista Recordings Release Date: June 26, 2020 Rating: 94% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur There are often albums released that showcase a famous performers previous efforts with bands from the “early days” before they made it big, but make no mistake, this isn’t one of those albums.  The latest from Grey Daze is […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: GABBY BARRETT – Goldmine

MUSIC REVIEW: GABBY BARRETT – Goldmine

| 19 June 2020 | Reply

Label: Warner Music Group Release Date: June 19, 2020 Rating: 98% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I love a good song that has cool instrumentation, a great riff, awesome vocals, and one that not only has a driving beat that hooks you, but tells a story that digs deep and draws you in.  The lead […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: SVEN GALI – 3 [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: SVEN GALI – 3 [EP]

| 18 June 2020 | Reply

Label: RFL Records Release Date: June 12, 2020 Rating: 90% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I have to be perfectly honest, until this EP rolled across my desk, I was not familiar with Sven Gali.  I figured, what the hell, it’s four songs and less than 16 minutes.  Disc opener “Kill The Lies” is a solid […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: ANCHOR & BRAILLE – Tension

MUSIC REVIEW: ANCHOR & BRAILLE – Tension

| 17 June 2020 | Reply

Label: Tooth & Nail Records Release Date: May 22, 2020 Rating: 86% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur While I have heard of Anberlin, it is never a band that I dropped into my listening rotation, but at the prompting of a friend I took frontman Stephen Christian’s solo project for a spin and was pleasantly […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: JANET DEVLIN – Confessional

MUSIC REVIEW: JANET DEVLIN – Confessional

| 13 June 2020 | Reply

Label: OK!Good Records / Insomnia Music Records Release Date: June 5, 2020 Rating: 93% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I normally skip a lot of artists that “made it” on a reality show – no reason other than I normally don’t like those shows.  Every once in a while an artist crosses my email or […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: DANIELIA COTTON & THE CHURCH BOYS – A Different War [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: DANIELIA COTTON & THE CHURCH BOYS – A Different War [EP]

| 11 June 2020 | Reply

Label: Independent Release Date: May 29, 2020 Rating: 98% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur With more time at home over the last couple months, I have been exposed to more new music than normal and have had the time to digest a lot of it – finding some new favorite artists and discs.  The latest […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: KALIE SHORR – Open Book

MUSIC REVIEW: KALIE SHORR – Open Book

Label: Independent / eOne Music Release Date: January 31, 2020 Rating: 88% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I don’t get a lot of country stuff across my desk, but when I saw the cool video for “FU Forever” from relative newcomer Kalie Shorr, I knew I wanted to check out her latest release.  After a […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: DELTAPHONIC – The Funk, The Soul, & The Holy Groove

MUSIC REVIEW: DELTAPHONIC – The Funk, The Soul, & The Holy Groove

Label: Independent Release Date: April 10, 2020 Rating: 80% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Blues isn’t normal listening fare for me, but I dig some funk, especially if there are a few twists and turns tossed in for good measure.  After reading a press release and hearing about the latest from Deltaphonic, figured I would […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: JODI ESSEX – Irreverent

MUSIC REVIEW: JODI ESSEX – Irreverent

Label: Loula Street Music Release Date: June 26, 2020 Rating: 95% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Rocker Jodi Essex has pulled together a collection of ten great tracks and readied a new disc to drop June 26 2020, after peppering her fans and an unsuspecting audience with one each month since the beginning of the […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: COVET – technicolor

MUSIC REVIEW: COVET – technicolor

Label: Triple Crown Records Release Date: June 5, 2020 Rating: 85% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Prog rock at its essence isn’t something I jump into normally.  Additionally, I almost NEVER listen to instrumental music on a regular basis.  Covet has those two strikes against them at first glance, but after listening to the latest release […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: BLACK HEART SAINTS – Misery [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: BLACK HEART SAINTS – Misery [EP]

Label: Coeur Noir Release Date: January 31, 2020 Rating: 100% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I love my rock and roll… that is no secret to anyone that knows me.  If you can toss in some hints of blues, other flashes of solid modern radio rock, and swagger of my favorites, it gets even better.  […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: PHARMACOSE – Prescription Fiction, Pt. 1 [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: PHARMACOSE – Prescription Fiction, Pt. 1 [EP]

Label: Independent Release Date: May 1, 2020 Rating: 90% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Pop punk rock seems to be in the flow phase of the ebb and flow of musical genres and releases.  The latest in this category to hit my inbox is the six track EP from Pharmacose.  Disc opener “Alternate Reality” is […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: STRICTLY ELIZABETH – Shelter In Place

MUSIC REVIEW: STRICTLY ELIZABETH – Shelter In Place

Label: Data Water Music Release Date: May 29, 2020 Rating: 93% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur When I started reading the press release related to the new release from Strictly Elizabeth (a/k/a Jessica Elizabeth Davenport), something prompted me to continue reading and check out the video in the release.  After catching the backstory, I knew I had […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD – Love Stories [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD – Love Stories [EP]

Label: Independent Release Date: February 14, 2020 Rating: 90% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur The landscape of the music has changed dramatically over the last few years.  I remember in the 80’s when you would run out to buy singles or cassingles to hold you over until the latest and greatest release from your favorite […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: ONE DESIRE – Midnight Empire

MUSIC REVIEW: ONE DESIRE – Midnight Empire

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: May 22, 2020 Rating: 86% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur One Desire is a band that never hit my radar when they released their debut in 2017.  The follow-up, 2020’s Midnight Empire got a couple spins and I found myself going back to it.  Disc opener “Shadowman” unfolds like […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: SIGNAL 13 – Destination Unknown [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: SIGNAL 13 – Destination Unknown [EP]

Label: Independent Release Date: April 17, 2020 Rating: 86% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur After reading our recent Dirty Dozen with Signal 13 front woman Vicky Starr and subsequently checking out the lead video from the bands latest release Destination Unknown, I couldn’t wait to dig into the 5-track EP and check it out for myself.  […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: FM – Synchronized

MUSIC REVIEW: FM – Synchronized

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: May 22, 2020 Rating: 88% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur FM is dropping another slab of melodic rockers, and the disc is exactly what we have come to know, expect, and love about the group.  Disc opener and title track “Synchronized” gets us started with a great swirl of […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: THE LICKERISH QUARTET – Threesome Vol. 1 [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: THE LICKERISH QUARTET – Threesome Vol. 1 [EP]

Label: Lickerish Quartet/Label Logic Release Date: May 15, 2020 Rating: 98% Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I was first introduced to Eric Dover when I heard the debut from Slash’s Snakepit and then to Roger Jospeh Manning, Jr. when a friend told me to check out Imperial Drag back in the day.  Many years later these […]

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