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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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

NEWS: Styx, REO Speedwagon And Don Felder Set To Launch "United We Rock" U.S. Summer Tour

NEWS: Styx, REO Speedwagon And Don Felder Set To Launch “United We Rock” U.S. Summer Tour

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Rock legends REO SPEEDWAGON and STYX, along with very special guest star DON FELDER—formerly of the Eagles—will join forces for the “United We Rock” U.S. summer tour, which kicks off in Ridgefield, WA on June 20. Produced by Live Nation, tickets for various cities will go on sale starting February 24.  For more information please visit livenation.com. Check out […]

CD REVIEW: GREYWIND - Afterthoughts

CD REVIEW: GREYWIND – Afterthoughts

Label: Spinefarm Records Release Date: January 27, 2017 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Newcomers Greywind have dropped their debut release and for some damn reason I can’t stop spinning it in my office during the day.  Disc opener “Afterthoughts” starts off with a beautiful guitar line that is soon joined by vocals that […]

NEWS: The Unlikely Candidates Release EP Tomorrow, "Ringer" Top 35 On Alt Chart

NEWS: The Unlikely Candidates Release EP Tomorrow, “Ringer” Top 35 On Alt Chart

NEW YORK, NY (February 16, 2017) – Fort Worth, TX alternative rock band, The Unlikely Candidates will release Bed Of Liars, a six-song EP, tomorrow, February 17, 2017.   Their single, “Ringer”, is currently top 35 at Alternative Radio and spinning on KYSR in LA, WWDC in DC, WRDA in Atlanta, KTBZ in Houston, KTCL in Denver, WSUN in Tampa and dozens more. Having built a strong following, winning over fans in every city they play in with their infectious songs, the band signed to Another […]

LIVE: SWITCHFOOT / RELIENT K – February 14, 2017 (Knoxville, TN)

LIVE: SWITCHFOOT / RELIENT K – February 14, 2017 (Knoxville, TN)

Venue: The Mill & Mine City: Knoxville, TN Date: February 14, 2017 Review by Katie Everett and Photographs by: Jeffrey Everett Performing for a full house this Valentine’s day, Switchfoot and Relient K put on a life-changing show—literally. The “Looking For America” tour features a partnership with CURE International, an organization that funds surgeries for […]

CD REVIEW: BRANTLEY GILBERT - The Devil Don't Sleep

CD REVIEW: BRANTLEY GILBERT – The Devil Don’t Sleep

Label: Valory Music Co. Release Date: January 27, 2017 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Some artists understand the process – be yourself, maintain a sound that appeals not only to your tried and true fans but also fringe fans, and don’t forget to build your fan base along the way.  Brantley Gilbert has […]

NEWS: THE NEAL MORSE BAND ‘MORSEFEST 2015’ 2 BLU-RAY or 2 DVD + 4 CD CONCERT RELEASE

NEWS: THE NEAL MORSE BAND ‘MORSEFEST 2015’ 2 BLU-RAY or 2 DVD + 4 CD CONCERT RELEASE

February 13, 2017 – Hot on the heels of 2016’s most acclaimed progressive rock release, THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM, THE NEAL MORSE BAND announces the massive live release of a once-in-a-lifetime concert event: Morsefest 2015 on March 24 via Radiant Records via Metal Blade Records/SONY. Pre-orders are available on Radiant’s website starting February 13. A trailer for the package […]

CD REVIEW: QUINN SULLIVAN - Midnight Highway

CD REVIEW: QUINN SULLIVAN – Midnight Highway

Label: Provogue Recoords Release Date: January 27, 2017 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Music is diverse these days and ones palate should be as well.  While blues is not typically one of my favorite genres once in a while a disc shoots across my desk and it grabs me.  Let’s be honest, regardless […]

NEWS: RICHIE KOTZEN ‘SALTING EARTH’ 21ST SOLO ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE APRIL 14

NEWS: RICHIE KOTZEN ‘SALTING EARTH’ 21ST SOLO ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE APRIL 14

February 9, 2017 — RICHIE KOTZEN has never been an artist known for playing by the rules. And for this ever-adventurous triple-threat songwriter/guitarist/vocalist, that meant putting on the brakes after a nonstop flurry of band-related activity in order to refuel the creative process for the ten heartfelt and hard-hitting songs that comprise his new, vibrant […]

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