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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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MUSIC REVIEW: CHEZ KANE – Chez Kane

MUSIC REVIEW: CHEZ KANE – Chez Kane

| 10 March 2021 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: March 12, 2021 Rating: 92% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur British newcomer Chez Kane is releasing one of the best 80’s female vocal driven records launched in the years since the 80’s ended.  This disc is everything that was great about 80’s rock and metal and more!  Disc opener “Better Than […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: SYDNEY SHERWOOD – Headspace [EP]

MUSIC REVIEW: SYDNEY SHERWOOD – Headspace [EP]

| 4 March 2021 | Reply

Label: Keep It Simple Records Release Date: February 27, 2021 Rating: 96% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Relative newcomer Sydney Sherwood has written and released her second EP and this small collection of six tracks is packed with fun music and cool vocals that keep you engaged with each listen.  Disc opener “Wolves” unfolds slowly with an […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: JOSEPH WILLIAMS – Denizen Tenant

MUSIC REVIEW: JOSEPH WILLIAMS – Denizen Tenant

| 27 February 2021 | Reply

Label: Mascot Label Group / The Players Club Release Date: February 26, 2021 Rating: 95% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur The companion disc to fellow band member Steve Lukather’s album released today is Joseph Williams’ 12-track opus Denizen Tenant. The dual release of current band members takes me back over forty years when KISS members released solo albums […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: STEVE LUKATHER – I Found The Sun Again

MUSIC REVIEW: STEVE LUKATHER – I Found The Sun Again

| 26 February 2021 | Reply

Label: Mascot Label Group / The Players Club Release Date: February 26, 2021 Rating: 95% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Steve Lukather is a chameleon that hides his musical colors while splaying them in the wide open.  He has played on so many different tracks, albums, and has one of the most diverse discographies out there, but when […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: INGLORIOUS – We Will Ride

MUSIC REVIEW: INGLORIOUS – We Will Ride

| 21 February 2021 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: February 12, 2021 Rating: 85% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur With a two year lapse between the last couple releases and a repeat of timing, we have been treated to another disc of rockers from Inglorious.  Disc opener “She Won’t Let You Go” cuts through all the hype and bullshit and delivers a […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: GRAHAM GOULDMAN – Modesty Forbids

MUSIC REVIEW: GRAHAM GOULDMAN – Modesty Forbids

| 18 February 2021 | Reply

MUSIC REVIEW: GRAHAM GOULDMAN – Modesty Forbids Lojinx March 2020 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 78% Standing Next To Me, the opening song on Graham Gouldman’s new solo album is a gorgeously sweet tale of playing in Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band a couple of years ago – with ex-Beatle Starr himself playing the drums. It’s […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: BLUE HOUR GHOSTS – Due

MUSIC REVIEW: BLUE HOUR GHOSTS – Due

| 12 February 2021 | Reply

Label: Rockshots Records Release Date: February 12, 2021 Rating: 91% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Another new artist hit my radar recently and I checked them out based on the fact they are an Italian rock band.  Anyone who knows me knows I traveled to Milan just to catch a show from Italian rock legend Ligabue.  There […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: JOEL HOEKSTRA’S 13 – Running Games

MUSIC REVIEW: JOEL HOEKSTRA’S 13 – Running Games

| 10 February 2021 | Reply

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: February 12, 2021 Rating: 87% Reviewer: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Joel Hoekstra is the guitarist you have seen and heard everywhere but may not have known the name behind the guitar (and that mane of hair).  Stepping back from his day job as lead guitarist for Whitesnake and TSO, he unleashed […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: ROSE TATTOO – Outlaws

MUSIC REVIEW: ROSE TATTOO – Outlaws

| 1 February 2021 | Reply

MUSIC REVIEW: ROSE TATTOO – Outlaws Independent (Australia)/Cleopatra Records (World) March 2020 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 88% Released only a week or so before the world started to close down due to Covid-19 – The Tatts were on tour in Europe, in fact, necessitating an early end to the tour and a scramble to find […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: DATURA4 – West Coast Highway Cosmic

MUSIC REVIEW: DATURA4 – West Coast Highway Cosmic

| 27 January 2021 | Reply

MUSIC REVIEW: DATURA4 – West Coast Highway Cosmic Alive Natural Sound April 2020 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 94% Datura4 are a band who immediately set a bar so high that there wasn’t a lot of wriggle room for them to “get better and better.” When you’re born fully formed and at the top of your […]

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