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BOOK REVIEW: See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

BOOK REVIEW: See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

BOOK REVIEW: See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng Puffin February 2017 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell10 Middle Grade 8/10 All eleven-year old Alex wants is to launch his iPod into space. With a series of audio recordings, he will show other lifeforms out in the cosmos what life on Earth, his Earth, […]

BOOK REVIEW: Me, All Alone, at the End of the World by M.T. Anderson, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

BOOK REVIEW: Me, All Alone, at the End of the World by M.T. Anderson, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

BOOK REVIEW: Me, All Alone, at the End of the World by M.T. Anderson, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes Candlewick Press March 2017 Hardcover, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 7/10 A boy lives alone at the End of the World, hunting for treasure with maps, whistling dance to his mule, listening to the rain […]

BOOK REVIEW: Lucy's Book by Natalie Jane Prior & Cheryl Orsini

BOOK REVIEW: Lucy’s Book by Natalie Jane Prior & Cheryl Orsini

BOOK REVIEW: Lucy’s Book by Natalie Jane Prior & Cheryl Orsini Lothian March 2017 Hardcover, $26.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 8/10 Lucy’s Book looks at the path that a much-loved library book might take, and throughout these pages the library book in question is read in the car, at lunch, all through the afternoon, […]

10 Quick Ones with DAVID REECE of Sainted Sinners - February 2017

10 Quick Ones with DAVID REECE of Sainted Sinners – February 2017

According to famed record producer Chris Tsangarides: “Just imagine the best of Lynyrd Skynyrd meets Whitesnake and your somewhere in the ball park that Sainted Sinners inhabit, these guys know what it is to rock with style.” Fronted by the unique, soul-driven voice of American born vocalist David Reece, the band has cultivated a killer debut release.  On the […]

10 Quick Ones with RYAN BATES of Hyborian - February 2017

10 Quick Ones with RYAN BATES of Hyborian – February 2017

According to a recent press release: “With replicated, simulated and easily-absorbed tracks dominating the airwaves and often showy, overly conceptualized prog-dilutions ruling the underground, it seems the ability to achieve any sort of balance of the two in metal is primarily lost. Enter Kansas City metal hybrid HYBORIAN, who illustrate a perfect equilibrium of rich concept […]

THE YARDBIRDS Train Keeps A-Rollin' - 2017 Tour Dates!

THE YARDBIRDS Train Keeps A-Rollin’ – 2017 Tour Dates!

New York, NY (February 22, 2017)—Following the success of their 2016 tour, The Yardbirds head back out on the road this March. Enjoying a run of solid sold-out performances in 2016, The Yardbirds continue to hold true to the band’s legacy of masterful musicianship. Led by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer / founding member / drummer Jim McCarty, the band […]

LIVE: AL DI MEOLA - Elegant Gypsy 40th Anniversary Tour – February 21, 2017 (Royal Oak, MI)

LIVE: AL DI MEOLA – Elegant Gypsy 40th Anniversary Tour – February 21, 2017 (Royal Oak, MI)

 Venue: Royal Oak Music Theatre City: Royal Oak, MI Date: February 21, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) To celebrate 40 years of Elegant Gypsy, Jazz fusion and Latin Jazz guitarist Al Di Meola packed up his band, the tour bus, and his catalog and headed out on a US tour that […]

LIVE: GUNS n' ROSES - Perth, 21 Feb, 2017

LIVE: GUNS n’ ROSES – Perth, 21 Feb, 2017

LIVE: GUNS n’ ROSES – Perth, 21 Feb, 2017 Domain Stadium, Perth, Western Australia Reviewed by Kevin Curran Photography by Stuart McKay Time has obviously healed old wounds, and in 2017 Guns n’ Roses are back playing with the main players from their heyday in Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan for the aptly titled […]

BOOK REVIEW: One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards

BOOK REVIEW: One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards

BOOK REVIEW: One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards Sourcebooks Fire January 2017 Paperback, $15.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 3/10 We run and scream, like there’s somewhere to go or someone to hear. Come to think of it, there might be someone. And if there is, we probably don’t want them to hear […]

LIVE: Baby Animals with Legs Electric & Palace Of The King – Perth, 17 Feb, 2017

LIVE: Baby Animals with Legs Electric & Palace Of The King – Perth, 17 Feb, 2017

LIVE: Baby Animals with Legs Electric & Palace Of The King – Perth, 17 Feb, 2017 The Charles Hotel, Perth, Western Australia Reviewed by Metal Billy Baby Animals hit P Town on their One Word national tour at a sold out Charles Pub and 100% Rock were there to report. WA’s own hard rockin’ ladies […]

BOOK REVIEW: Ayesha's Gift - A Daughter’s Search for the Truth about Her Father by Martin Sixsmith

BOOK REVIEW: Ayesha’s Gift – A Daughter’s Search for the Truth about Her Father by Martin Sixsmith

BOOK REVIEW: Ayesha’s Gift – A Daughter’s Search for the Truth about Her Father by Martin Sixsmith Simon & Schuster February 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / History / Biography 8.5/10 Ayesha’s Gift is a book that could also be called “Ayesha’s Curse” because it is brimming with sorrow. It’s the fictionalised […]

10 Quick Ones with TWIG THE EXFOLIATOR of Kill The Precedent - February 2017

10 Quick Ones with TWIG THE EXFOLIATOR of Kill The Precedent – February 2017

According to a recent press release: “Rock music should be dangerous. It should be unpredictable. It should be unexplainable. Enter KILL THE PRECEDENT. Seven maniacs from Sacramento, CA raze and shred expectations with a singular style of crossover gonzo gutter thrash fueled by reckless punk abandon on their upcoming EP, Some Version of the Truth.”  Exclaims one of the […]

INTERVIEW: STEVE BROWN of Tokyo Motor Fist / Trixter - February 2017

INTERVIEW: STEVE BROWN of Tokyo Motor Fist / Trixter – February 2017

Steve Brown in a busy dude – whether riding high as guitarist in his longtime band Trixter, riding shotgun as fill-in guitarist with Def Leppard when needed due to Vivian Campbell’s medical treatments, riding solo as a one-man band gigging around New Jersey and New York, or riding the melodic wave that Frontiers Records seems to […]

10 Quick Ones with MARGARITA MONET of Edge Of Paradise - February 2017

10 Quick Ones with MARGARITA MONET of Edge Of Paradise – February 2017

As the bands story goes: “Edge Of Paradise was formed by Margarita Monet and Dave Bates in 2011. Few months after formation, the band released their debut album Mask that featured rhythm section of bassist Tony Franklin (Blue Murder, The Firm) and drummer Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth Band). Mask came out at #6 most added on national CMJ radio, right behind Machine Head and solidified existence of Edge Of Paradise.”  Fast […]

LIVE: AARON LEWIS - The Sinner Tour – February 17, 2017 (Detroit, MI)

LIVE: AARON LEWIS – The Sinner Tour – February 17, 2017 (Detroit, MI)

Venue: The Fillmore City: Detroit, MI Date: February 17, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) Aaron Lewis rolled into Detroit with little pomp and circumstance, but a lot of killer songs and attitude.  As the time neared for him to take his place on stage and deliver a show that only he […]

10 Quick Ones with CHRIS GREEN - February 2017

10 Quick Ones with CHRIS GREEN – February 2017

To quote a recent press release regarding Chris Green’s new material: “Best known as the guitarist for metal veterans Tyketto and Rubicon Cross, Chris Green will be showcasing his six-string skills on an all-instrumental five-song EP, Unveil (for which a teaser video can be viewed here). The release comes hot on the heels of Tyketto’s latest […]

10 Quick Ones with SAMMY LEE of Red Reign - February 2017

10 Quick Ones with SAMMY LEE of Red Reign – February 2017

To quote the bands bio on their website: “If you long for the sounds of such vintage hard rock acts as Van Halen, Dokken, Queensryche, and Aerosmith (to name a few), then the Virginia-based quartet, Red Reign, is most definitely the band for you. Originally formed in summer of 2013 in Richmond, Red Reign singer/guitarist […]

10 Quick Ones with MARTIN STRANGE of Strange Karma - February 2017

10 Quick Ones with MARTIN STRANGE of Strange Karma – February 2017

To quote the bands bio on their website: “The story of Strange Karma begins, as most rock and roll stories often do, with a single moment and a spark that turned itself into a raging inferno.  This spark took place inside a tiny little bar in New York City with our lead singer Martin Strange. […]

BOOK REVIEW: Snow Man and the Seven Ninjas by Matt Cosgrove

BOOK REVIEW: Snow Man and the Seven Ninjas by Matt Cosgrove

BOOK REVIEW: Snow Man and the Seven Ninjas by Matt Cosgrove Koala Books February 2017 Paperback, $5.00 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Fairytale Retelling 7/10 Don’t worry! This ISN’T the story of Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs that has bored children for years. This digusting and completely awesome retelling of the classic […]

LIVE: RICK SPRINGFIELD / RICHARD MARX – February 16, 2017 (Detroit, MI)

LIVE: RICK SPRINGFIELD / RICHARD MARX – February 16, 2017 (Detroit, MI)

Venue: Fox Theatre City: Detroit, MI Date: February 16, 2017 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com) If you grew up in the 80’s you know the names Rick Springfield and Richard Marx.  While Springfield may have gotten a jump on Marx from a timing standpoint, both of them created songs that became components […]

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