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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

CD REVIEW: BLACK VEIL BRIDES - VALE

CD REVIEW: BLACK VEIL BRIDES – VALE

Label: Lava / Republic Records Release Date: January 12, 2018 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Black Veil Brides is one of those musical guilty pleasures of mine that I indulge in randomly, but certainly whenever a new disc is on the horizon.  The latest – Vale – is no exception.  While the sound hasn’t […]

LIVE: G3 featuring Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Phil Collen - February 12, 2018

LIVE: G3 featuring Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Phil Collen – February 12, 2018

Venue: The Fillmore City: Detroit, MI Date: February 12, 2018 Review and Photographs by: Todd ‘Toddstar’ Jolicoeur (http://www.toddstarphotography.com) While I am not a guitar player by ANY stretch of the imagination, I am a rocker and that was the only qualification needed to check out the 2018 incarnation of the G3 tour featuring Joe Satriani with […]

CD REVIEW: ERICA BLINN - BETTER THAN GOLD

CD REVIEW: ERICA BLINN – BETTER THAN GOLD

Label: Curry House Records Release Date: February 16, 2018 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I saw the video for Erica Blinn’s new single and new I had to hear the whole disc – and I am so glad I have.  Opener and video track “Softer Side” comes across the speakers and grabs your […]

GLENN TIPTON/JUDAS PRIEST DIAGNOSED WITH PARKINSONS

GLENN TIPTON/JUDAS PRIEST DIAGNOSED WITH PARKINSONS

Ten years ago Glenn was diagnosed to have the onset of the early stages of Parkinson’s – from then until recently Glenn has lived his life as the great heavy metal guitar player he has always been, maintaining by his own definition a standard of quality and performance that is incredibly important. Right now Glenn […]

CD REVIEW: ELI LEV & THE FORTUNES FOUND - ALL ROADS EAST [EP]

CD REVIEW: ELI LEV & THE FORTUNES FOUND – ALL ROADS EAST [EP]

Label: Eli Lev Music, LLC Release Date: November 17, 2017 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur While folk music isn’t really my thing, I was drawn to listen through this EP after hearing the first track.  “Making Space” kicks this disc off on a positive note and blends together an Americana sound with a […]

LIVE: IN THIS MOMENT - February 7, 2018

LIVE: IN THIS MOMENT – February 7, 2018

Venue: The Fillmore City: Detroit, MI Date: February 7, 2018 Review and Photographs by: Todd ‘Toddstar’ Jolicoeur (http://www.toddstarphotography.com) In This Moment rolled through Detroit on their recent The Witching Hour tour and had three great bands supporting the effort: P.O.D., New Years Day, and Ded.  The crowd was ready for a night of great rock and […]

10 Quick Ones with OSSY PFEIFFER from IGNORE THE SIGN - February 2018

10 Quick Ones with OSSY PFEIFFER from IGNORE THE SIGN – February 2018

According to a recent press release: “Hanover rocks hard again – as in the best of times! IGNORE THE SIGN, the band around vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Ossy Pfeiffer, will release their new single “Days Of Thunder” today. The track is an instant taste of the upcoming SPV / Steamhammer debut album “A Line To Cross”out on February 23rd, 2018. ” We get vocalist, composer […]

10 Quick Ones with STATE OF ILLUSION - February 2018

10 Quick Ones with STATE OF ILLUSION – February 2018

According to a recent press release: “South Carolina rock quartet State of Illusion has released the highly anticipated music video for “Blind,” the newly remixed single off of their 2014 released LP, Aphelion. Originally premiered on Tattoo.com, “Blind” was directed and edited by Erez Bader of Silent Flight Productions.” We get the band to answer to our 10 Quick Ones about new music, influences, and […]

POISON, CHEAP TRICK AND POP EVIL JOIN FORCES FOR “POISON…NOTHIN’ BUT A GOOD TIME 2018” U.S. SUMMER TOUR

POISON, CHEAP TRICK AND POP EVIL JOIN FORCES FOR “POISON…NOTHIN’ BUT A GOOD TIME 2018” U.S. SUMMER TOUR

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 6, 2018) — Music fans wanting a little variety with their summer tour package will get that very thing with the “Poison…Nothin’ But A Good Time 2018” tour. Iconic rock band POISON, with all original members, will be joined by CHEAP TRICK and POP EVIL on its trek across the U.S. this […]

LIVE: MOON TAXI - February 3, 2018

LIVE: MOON TAXI – February 3, 2018

Venue: The Mill & Mine City: Knoxville, TN Date: February 3, 2018 Review and Photographs by: Rachel Craig (http://www.rachelcraigphotos.net/) Moon Taxi continued their special 2-day Heart of the Valley Ball in Knoxville at the Mill & Mine in front of a sold-out crowd on February 3. The show opened with ELEL, a seven-piece indie pop […]

10 Quick Ones with MATTHEW CARROLL - February 2018

10 Quick Ones with MATTHEW CARROLL – February 2018

According to a recent press release: “MATTHEW CARROL, the Birmingham, AL singer and songwriter has released his debut album Left To Burn today.  The album is a mix of 90s influenced Alternative Rock and high-energy indie pop.  Carroll brought together some of the best talent in the south east to play on this record and put in the […]

CD REVIEW: MYJA - MYJA

CD REVIEW: MYJA – MYJA

Label: Windmark Recordings Release Date: January 12, 2018 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Myja is a new band with some old faces and voices including Michael Marquart of A Bad Think and one of my favorite singers Jacob Bunton (still regularly spin my copy of Mars Electric’s debut release).  This self-titled disc kicks off […]

CD REVIEW: MONTGOMERY GENTRY - HERE'S TO YOU

CD REVIEW: MONTGOMERY GENTRY – HERE’S TO YOU

Label: Average Joe’s Entertainment Release Date: February 2, 2018 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I couldn’t wait to finish my review of this disc.  I received an advance while on vacation and the songs were absorbed while driving across country.  I put the songs away for a little while so I could listen […]

10 Quick Ones with HELENA COS from SPIDER ROCKETS - February 2018

10 Quick Ones with HELENA COS from SPIDER ROCKETS – February 2018

According to a recent press release: “New Jersey’s Spider Rockets are just days away from the release of their fifth full-length album ‘Along Came A Spider,’ this Friday January 26th via P-Dog Records.  The album is available for pre-order. Today, the band have partnered up with New Noise Magazine for the premiere of their new single “Rip Your Heart Out.” We get front woman Helena to answer to […]

JUDAS PRIEST UNLEASH TITLE TRACK FROM ‘FIREPOWER’

JUDAS PRIEST UNLEASH TITLE TRACK FROM ‘FIREPOWER’

The buzz surrounding legendary metal band Judas Priest’s forthcoming album, ‘Firepower,’ is undeniably growing louder – on the strength of the video clip for the track “Lightning Strike,” as well as many of the attractive/limited edition purchasing options made available for fans via PledgeMusic already being sold out. And it will soon reach a fever pitch […]

10 Quick Ones with SLEEPWAR - January 2018

10 Quick Ones with SLEEPWAR – January 2018

According to a recent press release: “Phoenix based, Indie Rock band Sleepwar has released the Official Music Video for their single, “Thousand Different Faces.” Originally premiered on Paste Magazine, “Thousand Different Faces” is the first single off of the band’s upcoming debut EP, When We Were, and is available for FREE download.”  We get the band to answer to our 10 Quick […]

INTERVIEW: PHIL COLLEN - January 2018

INTERVIEW: PHIL COLLEN – January 2018

According to a recent press release regarding the new release from Delta Deep: “Blues-Rock-n-Soul supergroup DELTA DEEP is thrilled to announce the release of their live CD/DVD East Coast Live on January 26, 2018 through Frontiers Music Srl which as an added plus is now available on vinyl. The East Coast Live CD is a full show performance filmed at legendary […]

CD REVIEW: WILDESTARR - BEYOND THE RAIN

CD REVIEW: WILDESTARR – BEYOND THE RAIN

Label: Scarlet Records Release Date: December 8, 2017 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur “Metamorphus” is a cool guitar-driven piece that sets up the listener for some solid rock and roll.  The vibe of the track is woven throughout the rest of the disc, making this a cohesive collection.  “Beyond The Rain” shifts the […]

LIVE: G. LOVE AND SPECIAL SAUCE - January 19, 2018

LIVE: G. LOVE AND SPECIAL SAUCE – January 19, 2018

Venue: Saint Andrews Hall City: Detroit, MI Date: January 19, 2018 Review and Photographs by: Kevin Cansiani Friday night.  Detroit, MI.  Cold and Windy.  This town needs a Super Hero Brother to save the day.  Enter G. Love.  Yes, people, G. Love and Special Sauce decided that our collective musical souls needed saving, and added […]

LIVE: BELLE GAME - January 18, 2018

LIVE: BELLE GAME – January 18, 2018

Venue: El Club City: Detroit, MI Date: January 18, 2018 Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (http://www.toddstarphotography.com) Belle Game is touring the country to support their latest effort Fear/Nothing and that support included a recent stop at Detroit’s El Club, where we caught up with the band to experience a cool live show.  The […]

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