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CD REVIEW: BUCKSTEIN - Country Side [EP]

CD REVIEW: BUCKSTEIN – Country Side [EP]

Label: Angry Duck Records Release Date: June 2, 2017 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Country music takes on all forms these days – you have pop country, bro country, country rock, classic twangy county, and everything in between.  The latest from Buckstein falls somewhere in between the bro, rock, and classic country sounds. […]

CD REVIEW: MARK SLAUGHTER - Halfway There

CD REVIEW: MARK SLAUGHTER – Halfway There

Label: EMP Label Group Release Date: May 26, 2017 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Mark Slaughter has assembled a slew of cool rock tunes to help represent where he is as a musician in 2017… and this is good stuff.  Disc opener “Hey You” gets things started and this anthemic rocker starts the […]

10 Quick Ones with ADRIENNE COWAN of SEVEN SPIRES - June 2017

10 Quick Ones with ADRIENNE COWAN of SEVEN SPIRES – June 2017

According to a recent press release: “With its new theatrical piece “Solveig”, the female-fronted American band Seven Spires is about to pull off a major coup in the ever-growing symphonic metal scene. This debut album, which is to be released worldwide on August 4th, 2017 via SAOL, indeed succeeds in establishing as of now the four-piece orchestra as an essential figure of […]

10 Quick Ones with LUCAS HARRIS of PLAYING TO VAPORS - June 2017

10 Quick Ones with LUCAS HARRIS of PLAYING TO VAPORS – June 2017

According to a recent press release: “Columbus-based quintet Playing To Vapors has released the first single and official music video from their forthcoming debut album Shred The Master Design, premiering with Idobi Radio. The song “Switchblade” is an indie/math-pop jam about being young and impressionable, and finding it difficult to know who to trust. The video (shot by Chance […]

INTERVIEW: HOLLY HOCK - June 2017

INTERVIEW: HOLLY HOCK – June 2017

According to Holly’s bio: “Though she may have always had a song in her heart and a penchant for classic style, Holly’s career as a burlesque performer began in Indianapolis, guest performing with a number of local troupes. Holly also expanded her reach during this time in greater Indiana to Kentucky, Ohio and even California. Making friends […]

CD REVIEW: EDGE OF FREE - Edge Of Free

CD REVIEW: EDGE OF FREE – Edge Of Free

Label: Digitally Sound Records Release Date: May 19, 2017 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I wasn’t sure what to expect to hear after opening the CD I received in the mail.  The artwork subtle and simple with a cool cover and plain black & white shot of the two main ingredients of the […]

10 Quick Ones with SCOTT SNEDDON of EDGE OF FREE - June 2017

10 Quick Ones with SCOTT SNEDDON of EDGE OF FREE – June 2017

According to a recent press release: “Edge Of Free, the acoustic hard rock band from Nashville, TN, will release its debut self-titled studio album May 19th via Digitally Sound Records.  The album was produced by Toby Wright (Alice In Chains, Korn, Tantric, Metallica) and is an intimate collection of honest songs powered by guitarist John Hussey’s dynamic music and singer Scott Sneddon’s dark […]

INTERVIEW: THE IRON MAIDENS - June 2017

INTERVIEW: THE IRON MAIDENS – June 2017

According to the bands bio: “Formed in 2001, The Iron Maidens have quickly established themselves as one of southern California’s most popular tribute acts and are rapidly gaining international recognition. The band boasts beauty as well as excellent musicianship, lively stage presence, and a remarkable stage show with theatrical scenes interspersed throughout. First and foremost on […]

10 Quick Ones with THE BIG DITTIES - June 2017

10 Quick Ones with THE BIG DITTIES – June 2017

According to a recent press release: ““Mom Just Quit The Band” the soon-to-be-well-received video debut from Chicago’s The Big Ditties has been described as “A Train wreck. Sad!” as well as “Pure Comic Genius.”  This “movement in moronacy” (Wall Street Journal) had to come from somewhere.  The core band of DJ K-Heyyy, Ad-Rik and Tu-PO […]

10 Quick Ones with DAVID ADAM MONROE from THE PLAGUE - June 2017

10 Quick Ones with DAVID ADAM MONROE from THE PLAGUE – June 2017

According to a recent press release: “Freshly launched experimental pop-punk band The Plague has released “Not The Only One,” the second single from their forthcoming debut EP Hope For the F.U.T.U.R.E. The track is a follow-up to “Danger,” a single that racked up over 34K plays on Spotify in two weeks and charted in the iTunes Top 50 […]

THE WINERY DOGS ANNOUNCE RELEASE OF ‘DOG YEARS: LIVE IN SANTIAGO & BEYOND 2013-2016,’

THE WINERY DOGS ANNOUNCE RELEASE OF ‘DOG YEARS: LIVE IN SANTIAGO & BEYOND 2013-2016,’

June 1, 2017 — When a new band gets nothing but glowing live reviews right out of the gate for their first two albums, they must be doing something right. THE WINERY DOGS–Richie Kotzen (vocals, guitar), Billy Sheehan (bass), Mike Portnoy (drums)—have been mesmerizing live audiences at over 200 shows with their monstrous musicianship since […]

Alter Bridge - Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities Scheduled for Release on September 8

Alter Bridge – Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities Scheduled for Release on September 8

(June 1, 2017 – New York, NY) – Coming off their most-successful world tour to date, Alter Bridge announces the release of a new live album and rarities collection. Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities is scheduled for worldwide release on September 8th via Napalm Records. One of the biggest moments of the band’s career was the monumental show at […]

CD / DVD REVIEW: THE DEAD DAISIES - Live & Louder

CD / DVD REVIEW: THE DEAD DAISIES – Live & Louder

Label: Spitfire Music / SPV Release Date: May 19, 2017 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Having been a big proponent of The Dead Daisies from their first release through their most recent disc and several live shows over the years, I couldn’t wait to wrap my ears and eyes around this killer collection […]

10 Quick Ones with SAM LITTLE from THE GOSPEL YOUTH - May 2017

10 Quick Ones with SAM LITTLE from THE GOSPEL YOUTH – May 2017

According to a recent press release: “England’s South Coast pop rock band The Gospel Youth have announced that their debut album Always Lose will be released on July 14 via Rise/Velocity Records. The album was produced by Romesh Dodangda (Kids In Glass Houses, Bring Me the Horizon, Twin Atlantic) and is available to pre-order here. ” We get Sam Little from the […]

CD REVIEW: BODY COUNT - Bloodlust

CD REVIEW: BODY COUNT – Bloodlust

Label: Century Media Records Release Date: March 31, 2017 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Body Count are at it again – blending the powerful rap of Ice-T with the heavy metal prowess of his band of brothers led by guitarist Ernie C.  From the first song to the last we get strength, power, and […]

10 Quick Ones with CHAD HENDRICKSON from WILLAMENA - May 2017

10 Quick Ones with CHAD HENDRICKSON from WILLAMENA – May 2017

According to a recent press release: “Kalamazoo, MI, based Alternative Indie Rock Band Willamena has released the lead single off of their upcoming Strong Enough to Last, “When You Close Your Eyes.” Originally premiered on Paste Magazine, “When You Close Your Eyes” has already garnered extensive radio plays and praise across Mainstream Rock, Alternative, and College radio […]

CD REVIEW: ECLIPSE - Momentum

CD REVIEW: ECLIPSE – Momentum

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l.  Release Date: March 24, 2017 Rating: 9.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Eclipse does it again – a disc full of killer songs that seem to have everything needed to take the last disc and build on it.  This disc has stuck with me for over two months (trying to find […]

10 Quick Ones with LUCA from KILLSET - May 2017

10 Quick Ones with LUCA from KILLSET – May 2017

According to a recent press release: “KillSET is the combination of a professional, well-oiled, finely tuned metal machine and an explosive, super charged charismatic front man – as evidenced by their upcoming album, ‘S.T.F.U.’ (release date: June 23rd). Having been produced by Eddie Wohl (Fuel, Smile Empty Soul, ill Niño, 36 Crazyfists) and mastered by […]

10 Quick Ones with GENE POTTS from COLOSSAL STREET JAM - May 2017

10 Quick Ones with GENE POTTS from COLOSSAL STREET JAM – May 2017

According to a recent press release: “New Jersey based, Bluesy, 70s influenced Rock Band Colossal Street Jam has released their newest LP, Living Free, an 11 track album invoking such classic sounds as Bad Company and Grand Funk Railroad. Produced by Tony Tee Lewis, Living Free is out NOW!” We get Gene Potts from the band to answer our 10 Quick Ones about the upcoming […]

INTERVIEW: KATE NYX - May 2017

INTERVIEW: KATE NYX – May 2017

According to Kate’s bio: “Kate Nyx is a Philadelphia-based seamstress, songwriter, and showgirl. Raised in dressing rooms and sewing studios, Kate’s life long relationship with the stage in evident in her fierce and fiery performances. Since her debut in 2008, she’s performed her bombastic brand of bump and grind all over the continental US, and […]

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