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MUSIC REVIEW: FLORENCE + THE MACHINE – High As Hope

MUSIC REVIEW: FLORENCE + THE MACHINE – High As Hope

| 30 August 2018 | Reply

Label: Republic Records / Virgin EMI Release Date: June 29, 2018 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Florence + The Machine are one of those bands that everyone seems confused when I mention I purchased (and enjoy) each release they have.  The same can be said for the latest effort, which I picked up as […]

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MUSIC: BB & Co. – Let It Shine

MUSIC: BB & Co. – Let It Shine

| 29 August 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: BB & Co. – Let It Shine Independant December 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10 BB & Co’s debut album opens with original Find A Place, Bill Blissett’s boogie woogie piano dancing with an on-point riff from guitarists Paul Fitton and Ivan Kellehear, making it all but impossible to keep from dancing or foot […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: THE AMITY AFFLICTION – Misery

MUSIC REVIEW: THE AMITY AFFLICTION – Misery

| 23 August 2018 | Reply

Label: Roadrunner Records Release Date: August 24, 2018 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Rachel Craig The Amity Affliction is a force in Australian metalcore, gaining a huge amount of recognition from their last full-length album This Could Be Heartbreak. The band is releasing their sixth album Misery, which is a move toward a mellower, pop-punk influenced and […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: BOSTON MANOR – Welcome To The Neighbourhood

MUSIC REVIEW: BOSTON MANOR – Welcome To The Neighbourhood

| 23 August 2018 | Reply

Label: Pure Noise Records Release Date: September 7, 2018 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Rachel Craig Boston Manor’s upcoming album Welcome To The Neighbourhood is a dark and brooding update to the band’s familiar pop-punk sound. This is their second full-length album, and it uses their hometown of Blackpool to paint a bleak picture that transports […]

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CD: ZOE SCHWARZ BLUE COMMOTION – The Blues And I Should Have A Party

CD: ZOE SCHWARZ BLUE COMMOTION – The Blues And I Should Have A Party

| 22 August 2018 | Reply

CD: ZOE SCHWARZ BLUE COMMOTION – The Blues And I Should Have A Party 33 Records March 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 With Grace Slick attitude, garage psych cool and smokey blues chops, Zoe Schwarz and her Blues Commotion serve up a tasty smorgasbord on this, her fifth studio album. It’s a record that […]

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CD: SHEWOLF – The Other Side

CD: SHEWOLF – The Other Side

| 22 August 2018 | 1 Reply

CD: SHEWOLF – The Other Side Independent 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Talk about keeping it all in the family, SheWolf are three extremely talented twenty-one-year-old sisters – triplets, no less – hailing from Melbourne who’ve produced a really good debut album in The Other Side. We’re thankfully way past the days of an […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: TREMONTI – A Dying Machine

MUSIC REVIEW: TREMONTI – A Dying Machine

| 18 August 2018 | Reply

Label: Napalm Records Release Date: June 8, 2018 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Mark Tremonti has the golden touch in my opinion.  It doesn’t matter whether he was writing hits as part of Creed, currently releasing killer studio album after studio album as part of Alter Bridge, or as the frontman of the […]

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MUSIC: GRAHAM GREENE – RAGE OF THE INNOCENTS

MUSIC: GRAHAM GREENE – RAGE OF THE INNOCENTS

| 15 August 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: GRAHAM GREENE – RAGE OF THE INNOCENTS Independent 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 Let’s bring the unenlightened of you up to speed: Many moons ago Graham Greene was the hotshot guitarist in Perth bands such as Flash Harry and Ice Tiger, playing a mix of covers and original hard rockers to packed houses […]

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MUSIC: DANGEROUS CURVES – So Dirty Right

MUSIC: DANGEROUS CURVES – So Dirty Right

| 9 August 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: DANGEROUS CURVES – So Dirty Right Independent April 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 “Dangerous Curves”: The very name conjures images of teased haired babes grinding to Bon Jovi and Poison videos in the spandex years – so they nailed that, sound wise. These latest cock-rock revivalists do it with style, referencing a bunch […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: LORDS OF ACID – Pretty In Kink

MUSIC REVIEW: LORDS OF ACID – Pretty In Kink

| 7 August 2018 | Reply

Label: Metropolis Records Release Date: May 18, 2018 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur On their latest – and 6th studio offering – Lords of Acid have demonstrated that they stick to what they love, what they know, and they can be consistent disc after disc.  Disc opener “Break Me” comes pushing through the […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: SHINEDOWN – Attention Attention

MUSIC REVIEW: SHINEDOWN – Attention Attention

| 26 July 2018 | Reply

Label: Atlantic Records Release Date: May 4, 2018 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur On their sixth release, Shinedown has taken their game to the next level.  On Attention Attention, they have created a disc full of songs that weave together to create a theme and vibe, but also stand alone as strong tracks that […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: MY INDIGO – My Indigo

MUSIC REVIEW: MY INDIGO – My Indigo

| 17 July 2018 | Reply

Label: Indigo Music under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management GmbH Release Date: April 20, 2018 Rating: 9.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur As a huge fan of Within Temptation, I was floored to hear about this release from Sharon den Adel and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.  From the first time I put […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: THE MELVINS – Pinkus Abortion Technician

MUSIC REVIEW: THE MELVINS – Pinkus Abortion Technician

| 11 July 2018 | Reply

Label: Ipecac Recordings Release Date: April 20, 2018 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur The Melvins have always found a way to stand out in the musical crowd, whether releasing solo style album ala KISS, or incorporating a multitude of guitarists or drummers on different releases.  On their 27th studio album – Pinkus Abortion […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: TESSERACT – Sonder

MUSIC REVIEW: TESSERACT – Sonder

Label: KSCOPE Release Date: April 20, 2018 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur One of the bands out there that always seems to avoid labeling in my opinion is Tesseract.  With elements of different genres all thrown into the proverbial mix, thee guys lean into the modern rock while adding prog nuances and grooves […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: THE DEAD DAISIES – Burn It Down

MUSIC REVIEW: THE DEAD DAISIES – Burn It Down

Label: Spitfire Music / SPV Release Date: April 6, 2018 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur The Dead Daisies have done it again… they dropped a disc full of killer rock tunes that allow each member to be a star within the ‘confines’ of the group structure.  The latest offering, Burn It Down, has […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: THE AMORETTES – Born To Break

MUSIC REVIEW: THE AMORETTES – Born To Break

| 20 June 2018 | Reply

Label: Steamhammer / SPV Release Date: April 6, 2018 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur The Amorettes have released a new disc… who am I kidding, I had never heard of them until this disc came out, but I am so glad I know who they are now.  This twelve track disc has been […]

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MUSIC: THE LAZYS – Tropical Hazards

MUSIC: THE LAZYS – Tropical Hazards

| 16 June 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: THE LAZYS – Tropical Hazards Golden Robot Records February 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 They may be Lazys, but they sure ain’t slack. Album #3 for the Toronto quintet is as energetic and in yer face a slab of riff rock as you’re likely to hear this year. Opener Nothing But Trouble makes […]

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MUSIC: GROOM EPOCH – Solar Warden

MUSIC: GROOM EPOCH – Solar Warden

| 15 June 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: GROOM EPOCH – Solar Warden Golden Robot Records April 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Richard Ploog – once drummer for The Church, now writer, producer, director – embraces his former band’s esoteric, tripped out, lysergically stoned sound on this swirling, esoteric and other-worldly album. Ploog has enlisted a couple of Died Pretties, a […]

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MUSIC: CRYSTAL SHAWANDA – Voodoo Woman

MUSIC: CRYSTAL SHAWANDA – Voodoo Woman

| 15 June 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: CRYSTAL SHAWANDA – Voodoo Woman New Sun Records November 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 With the perfect balance of warm syrup, raw grit, life & love experience and blues power, Crystal Shawanda has what it takes to take her blues from Canada to the world. It sure doesn’t hurt that her […]

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MUSIC: BITZER – Pedigree Mongrel

MUSIC: BITZER – Pedigree Mongrel

| 15 June 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: BITZER – Pedigree Mongrel Independent June 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 There is arguably no better rhythm section in Oz Rock – scratch that: worldwide Rock – than Steve King and Mick O’Shea. They’ve already released the best damned original rock EP of the year with The Rose Carleo Band (Battle Scars – […]

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