Caroline Williams To Host Memorial Day Weekend BBQ Massacre At The Egyptian Theater LA May 27, 2018

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Beyond Fest, Cinematic Void and Friday Night Frights bring you the Memorial Day Weekend BBQ Massacre featuring The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 1, 2 & 3 at the legendary Egyptian Theater, Los Angeles, on Sunday, May 27th, 2018. Get your tickets today!

HOLLYWOOD, Calif.May 22, 2018PRLog — Beyond Fest, Cinematic Void and Friday Night Frights bring you the Memorial Day Weekend BBQ Massacre featuring The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 1, 2 & 3 at the Egyptian Theatre, Los Angeles, on Sunday, May 27th, 2018. Hosted by legendary Scream Queen, the incredibly beautiful and talented Caroline Williams.

The show is taking place a the historic Egyptian Theater located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028. The Egyptian Theater is run by The American Cinematheque which is an independent, non-profit cultural organization in Los Angeles dedicated exclusively to the public presentation of the moving image in all its forms. It is considered among the premier organizations of its kind in America.

Door open at 6:30 PM and the show starts at 7:30 PM. Come early for the BBQ Massacre featuring authentic Texas BBQ and chili from “Burnt To A Crisp” who will be serving at 5 PM for all those who wish to partake in the Massacre before watching it on screen. Come see Leatherface along with props and memorabilia from the films.

The event is being hosted by Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 star Caroline Williams, who plays Vanita “Stretch” Brock in the film.

Caroline Williams began her career in Texas, co-starring with revered cinema master Louis Malle in his Corpus Christi-based film, Alamo Bay (1985). She worked opposite stars Ed Harris and Amy Madigan in what was her first feature film, after only six months of training at the Studio For Actors, under the tutelage of Chris Wilson. She had established herself in the Texas movie marketplace doing commercials, industrial films, and voiceover work. Following “Alamo Bay”, she moved to Dallas and furthered her career, with co-stars, in The Legend Of Billie Jean (1985) (dir. Matthew Robbins) and Getting Even (1986) (dir. Dwight Little). When Tobe Hooper and L.M. “Kit” Carson began casting for the sequel to Hooper’s iconic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), they discovered the punkass actress, who ran screaming down the hallway of the casting office. She burst into the room, pulled the chairs from beneath the duo and played the brief dialogue, while huddled in a corner. In that often told moment, she won the role from 440 actresses from both coasts.

After the successful release of the film, she moved to Hollywood to continue her career in a mix of horror: Stepfather II (1989) (dir. Jeff Burr), Leprechaun 3 (1995) (dir. Brian Trenchard Smith) and mainstream films: Days Of Thunder (1990) (dir. Tony Scott), How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) (dir. Ron Howard). She continues to split her efforts between series TV guest star roles, such as Grey’s Anatomy (2005) (dir. Debbie Allen) and The Mentalist (2008) (dir. Charles Beeson).

Luckily, her fan base enjoys her continuing dedication to the horror genre, and recent releases, such as Tales Of Halloween (2015) and the upcoming Blood Feast (2016), keep them well-satisfied. Her avid and enthusiastic participation in conventions and personal appearances ensure that this charismatic actress will continue to inspire and attract fans from around the world.

Don’t miss this amazing event!!  Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1, 2 & 3 in 35MM on the BIG Screen!!!

Tickets are $15 or $13 for Cinematheque Members.

For more information or to get tickets click here:

http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/the-t…

For interviews with Legendary Scream Queen Caroline Williams, contact worldstarpublicrelations@gmail.com

Follow Caroline Williams on Twitter @WilliCaroline

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Singer/Songwriter Ali Jacko To Release New Single/Music Video “Top Of The World” On May 31, 2018

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Five times World Kickboxing Champion turned Singer/Songwriter Ali Jacko is releasing his highly anticipated new single/music video “Top Of The World” on Thursday, May 31, 2018. Follow @TheAliJacko on twitter for all the latest updates!

Jacko Ali is a fighter. Both literally and metaphorically.

Having battled his way from a working-class background in East London, everyday racism and street violence to the top of the fighting world, his new battle is to make a name for himself as a musician. ‘I’m ready to knock on the music industry doors,’ he laughs, ‘… with a bulldozer.’

Born to Bangladeshi parents in London’s Bethnal Green, Jacko – ‘You can call me Jacko or Ali, just call me’ – began by following in his tailor father’s footsteps, working in fashion and designing for everyone from River Island to Hugo Boss. But a chance encounter with the legendary Muhammad Ali when he was a child meant there was always a part of Jacko’s brain that was a fighter. Again, both literally and metaphorically.

‘My parents always watched boxing,’ he says now, ‘so Muhammad Ali was a legend in our house. Then one day, when I was about eight, we were flying to Bangladesh and he was on the same flight. He was playing around with me because I was one of the only kids on the plane, making like he was going to hit me so I actually punched him first. And since then all I got was, “How can you hit Muhammad Ali?” I met him a few times after that when he came over. He was my hero.”

Inspired by that, by an obsession with Bruce Lee films – he actually imagined at one point he would go to China and become a star – and spurred on by the racism he was getting at school, Jacko signed up, at the age of 15, for martial arts. He started out as the punch-bag and ended up with several national and international titles, the first guy in his gym to do anything like that.

‘I never lost a fight,’ he says now that he has retired from the ring, even though unnamedthroughout his fighting career he suffered from a heart condition called Supraventricular tachycardia, which would make his heart go at up to 220 beats per minute and which he has since undergone keyhole surgery to deal with. ‘Once I fought with 22 stitches my hand and still came out on top. Mind you, I did splash everyone in the front row with my blood.’

But it wasn’t just fighting he was good at: faced with in-your-face racism, he made it his mission to win anyone with a negative attitude towards his community over. He still has home-cooked Indian dinners round his house with people whose first response when they met him was to racially abuse him.

Having well and truly conquered the world of fighting (and community relations!), his singing career started inauspiciously with everyone telling him, in no uncertain terms, that he couldn’t sing. ‘I went on a tour from Toronto to San Francisco on a coach. Everyone was singing along with the coach but as soon as I started everyone was like, “Shut up! You can’t sing!'” They should have known that ‘you can’t…’ is not how you start a sentence when it’s directed at Jacko.

It was only when he lost a girl that he really loved that he decided to win her back in the riskiest way he could think of: with his voice. ‘I went to see a vocal coach and he also said I couldn’t sing but, with a bit of work, I sang Bryan Adams’ “Look Into My Eyes” and sang it well. Then I thought, “If I can sing, I will write my own music”, and wrote my first song soon after.’

But did it win the girl back? ‘Yeah, it won her back and now I’m married to her and we’ve got a five-month-old daughter called Leonore.’ Silly question really.

Jacko Ali’s new challenge is to break into music – and as a close friend of Rohan Marley, son of Bob and husband of The Fugees’ Lauryn Hill – he knows what the inside of that industry looks like. With his track record, it would be a foolish person that would bet against him. With his usual target-based attitude to challenges, Jacko has decided to release eleven songs, with eleven videos, over eleven months. And though they all have that gravelly rock voice in common, the songs demonstrate a real range with subjects veering from the desire to settle down, plenty about falling and being in love and one about how we are destroying the planet.

 

Working on the tracks with producer and remixer Michael Stockwell, who is also currently collaborating with the likes of Kylie and Take That, Jacko has taken to singing at the walk-ons of MMA fighters’ matches: instead of taking to the ring to the sound of their trademark track, they come on to Jacko, regaling expectant crowds – a little like Barry McGuigan’s dad used to do – with the tracks he’s hoping to hit the world over the head with.

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‘No one’s done this before,’ says Jacko of the ’11 in 11′ project. ‘I want to do it to prove a point that I’m a serious artist.’ We would advise no one to stand in his way.

His new single “Top Of The World” is the fifth single of the ’11 in 11′ project, and is sure to be a hit as all of his songs have been extremely well received around the world.

Ali Jacko is taking the music world by storm!! He has another hit single “I Found Love” in the new Indian Hindi language action thriller “Race 3” which is being released on June 15, 2018. Check out the “Race 3” trailer here:

https://youtu.be/xBht9TG7ySw

Watch all of Ali Jacko’s music videos on youtube here including the hit single from the “Race 3” soundtrack “I Found Love:”

https://www.youtube.com/user/ajackorocksVEVO

Make sure to check out and purchase the new single “Top Of The World” on May 31, 2018.

Follow Ali Jacko on Twitter @TheAliJacko
The official website for Ali Jacko may be found at https://www.alijacko.com

Aaron Paul To Guest On The Jimmy Star Show With Ron Russell Wednesday,​ May 23rd

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Aaron Paul will be a featured guest on The Jimmy Star Show live radio/tv show hosted by King of Cool Jimmy Star along with Cool Man About Town Ron Russell to discuss his new album “Dance,” his new book “I Don’t Care,” his career and the entertainment industries at large. The Jimmy Star Show With Ron Russell is tv/radio’s coolest hit show, featuring the coolest in music, entertainment, fashion and pop culture, all from a fun industry insider perspective in a completely live, unedited fast-paced two-hour conversational format.

There is no stopping this NYC dynamic recording artist just right after his fantastic debut performance at the legendary world renown NYC venue Carnegie Hall and his 2 recent Glam Award nominations, this spring/summer 2018 proves once again that this exciting, fun and sometimes thought-provoking controversial artist headliner will be in full swing. Be prepared for a HOT ONE!

Pop star Aaron Paul releases his 3rd solo album…’DANCE’ in May 2018. Which features12 brand new songs. Includes 3 remake songs including his recent Chaka Khan classic hit ‘AIN’T NOBODY’.  Aaron has also chosen to re-do a Diana Ross mega-hit ‘MUSCLES which features a duet recording with legendary NYC nightlife social life veteran writer Michael Musto and true to his music genre he has re-recorded the very 1st 80’s dance classic, ‘TRAPPED’ by Colonel Abrams as a 2018 version. The rest of the album is all self-written by Aaron Paul. Including the haunting rock/pop anthem ‘DRAG QUEEN’ and the very fun over the top but true to Aaron’s flamboyant lifestyle, ‘POPSTAR’, complete with a brand-new music video. His 3rd music video with award nominated NYC photographer Billy Hess.

Aaron Paul has always been very candid about his life. That’s also part of his mainstream

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mass appeal. His honest frank but always positive along with his exciting energy always mesmerizes his audiences from all walks of life with music and fashion remember Aaron Paul is a US Weekly Magazine Fashion Cop. And it is no surprise that Aaron is about to have his 1st autobiographical book ‘I DON’T CARE!’  (Lessons In Life Love Music and Boybands) co-written with NYC famed writer, producer, and LGBT activist Nathan James also coming out this spring. Together they have penned an honest fun account of Aaron’s life journey so far. Aaron talks about his past as frontman with the Simon Cowell discovered boyband ‘WORLDS APART’. His struggles with finding his true self and sexual identity, and his own solo voice in the always changing entertainment industry.  Aaron is also very open about his past loves and relationships and his recent dramatic short-lived but traumatic relationships and encounter on a cyber-sex app. Yes, pop stars use them too. This is vividly depicted in photographer Billy Hess’ recent sexy, but controversial photo shoot, which shows a very different Aaron Paul that we have never seen before from this forever flamboyant artist.

I DON’T CARE! is intended as a fun, quick read. It strongly embodies Aaron’s witty personality, with a take on his own life, as well as offering insight and a map of guidance for someone wanting a career and navigating through entertainment industry while walking in their own truth.

We were first introduced to Aaron Paul as the lead singer of the successful internationally renowned Pop boy band, WORLD APART.  The group came to the attention of Arista Records, Executive Simon Cowell (American Idol, Britain’s Got Talent and X-Factor) impressed by his incredible pure voice, natural performance skills and fun personality, Simon positioned Aaron as lead vocalist/front-man and led the group to their chart success.

The group had an unprecedented chart-run of over (5) top 30 UK singles including Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel’, (recently featured on the soundtrack in the huge blockbuster and academy award winning movie “The Queen“), ‘Everlasting Love’, ‘Wonderful World’ (written by Aaron Paul & fellow band member Patrick Osbourne), and their biggest hit ‘Could it be I’m Falling in Love’, and many more

There is nothing that this artist and his unique personality can’t do music, fashion, hosting and writing books. And he is only just scratching the service of what is yet to be another milestone year for Aaron Paul. 

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The Jimmy Star Show is pleased to showcase the expertise and talent of Aaron Paul and all anticipate a fun and informative time talking with him about his career and the entertainment industries at large.

Join King of Cool Jimmy Star, and Cool Man about town Ron Russell as they have a playful and sometimes wild time with the talented featured guest!

To hear/see Aaron Paul live on the Jimmy Star Show with Ron Russell tune in to W4CY Radio on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 from 3-5 pm ET and 12-2 pm PT online at http://www.w4cy.com  from anywhere in the world!

Follow the Jimmy Star Show on Twitter @jimmystarshow

Follow Aaron Paul on Twitter @APaulMusic

The Jimmy Star Show may be found at http://www.jimmystarsworld.com

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The Jimmy Star Show is syndicated and can be heard on the following radio stations:

http://www.w4cy.com in Wellington, Florida

http://www.hamiltonradio.net in Trenton, New Jersey

http://www.k4hd.com Los Angeles, CA

http://www.iheart.com/show/the-jimmy-star-show/

http://www.audioboom.com/jimmystarshow

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Aaron Paul – POPSTAR  – CD Cover:

Joseph Boggess Photography

www.josephboggess.com

Makeup by Joseph Boggess

Jewelry by Morra Designs Jewelry

Aaron Paul – CARNEGIE HALL-  Steps:

Sourov Mukherjee Photography

Makeup by Mark De Alwis

Silver jeweled Jacket (EmulEos Collection) by Emily Prozinski

Album Review: Firebug “Wandering Soul”

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by Sean Golightly

There’s no way around it. Cutting an American blues rock record in 2018 is like pitching a show to Netflix, introducing a kangaroo to Australia, or bringing a third turkey to Thanksgiving. In other words, it’s supplying a saturated market. At a certain point, it doesn’t matter how well you cook or how substantial an appetite your cousin keeps, some folks will neglect the drumsticks in favor of the string beans. Your turkey better jump through hoops of fire if it wants any attention at the table.

That being said, if you got a growl in your gut, I suggest you direct your attention to “Wandering Soul” from Firebug. Recently released on Spectra Music Group and co-produced by Chris Goss (Foo-Fighter, Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age), this is a blues-rock album that works for its relevance. The hoops are lit, the bird is jumping, and there are plenty of reasons to sink your teeth.

Strictly speaking, “blues-rock” is a bit reductionist in describing the sound crafted by Firebug. All the expected markers are present; here’s the crunchy riff, there’s the Hammond organ; but Firebug adds exceptional dirt and fuzz alongside auxiliary instruments (dig the mandolin in “Fool Like Me”) to bring the sound into realms of grunge, psychedelia, and even folk. While on the whole, the album rails with steam power, stand out tracks such as “Sinner” and “Wine Water and Bread” also elicit the sexy, sliding swampiness of downtempo NewOrleans groove.

Speaking of sexy, take time to bask in the vocals of Juliette Tworsey. Her smoothlyrounded, valkyrie-vibrato gives wings to the heart of Firebug. From soulful swells as in “For the Love”, to Grace-Slick-esque howls as in “Follower”, she deftly navigates the space of each song to remain present without overpowering.

Also found in “Follower” are some of the more notable lyrics of the album. Remarking upon a world that as “turned gray” where “so much is unclear” and “all my news is a soundbyte”, Tworsey sings with honest ire, “I only know what they told me…I’m a follower”.

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If “Follower” stings with certain timeliness, the debut single “Wine Water, and Bread” soothes with old wisdom. Here Tworsey reassures the satisfying capacity of the little things and asserts even “time is a perception, so I hear when you got wine, water, and bread”.

However, lyrical poignancy tends to wane elsewhere in the album. At best, many verses come off like restated stock rock images, such as the lines in “Further From June” that take us “Far above the valley below with the wind the moon and the snow”. At worst, other lines are downright tropes, such as the tired rhyme heard in “For The Love”, “put on my dancing shoes and dance away my blues”.

To be fair, one man’s trope is another’s tradition. There is an undeniable familiarity and accessibility to the images conjured in “Wandering Soul”. As the title suggests, this album paints the picture of the archetypical gypsy woman on a desert highway, the holy pariah, the Sissy Hankshaw, the yearner for capital-T Truth. Said plainly in the dark and catchy “Shallow Water”, “My story…it’s as old as the sun”.

In a way, Firebug’s success with “Wandering Soul” can be summed in their flirtation with the double-edged sword of tradition. They may not be shattering any expectations of what modern blues rock should be, but they perform so forcefully within the lines that the experience is as invigorating as it is wide-reaching.

To talk turkey, “Wandering Soul” is like grandma’s finest recipe with extra butter. It may have come third to the table, but you’d be well advised to get at it first. With the extensive tour plans Firebug has for 2018, you should have plenty of opportunities to get a taste.

Make sure everyone picks up the new album “Wandering Soul” by FireBug which is out now at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify.

Visit their website at www.firebugmusic.com

Follow Firebug on Twitter @firebugmusic

Caroline Williams To Guest On The Jimmy Star Show With Ron Russell Wednesday,​ May 23rd

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Caroline Williams will be a featured guest on The Jimmy Star Show live radio/tv show hosted by King of Cool Jimmy Star along with Cool Man About Town Ron Russell to discuss her career and the entertainment industries at large. The Jimmy Star Show is tv/radio’s coolest hit show, featuring the coolest in music, entertainment, fashion and pop culture, all from a fun industry insider perspective in a completely live, unedited fast-paced two-hour conversational format.

Caroline Williams began her career in Texas, co-starring with revered cinema master Louis Malle in his Corpus Christi-based film, Alamo Bay (1985). She worked opposite stars Ed Harris and Amy Madigan in what was her first feature film, after only six months of training at the Studio For Actors, under the tutelage of Chris Wilson. She had established herself in the Texas movie marketplace doing commercials, industrial films, and voiceover work. Following “Alamo Bay”, she moved to Dallas and furthered her career, with co-stars, in The Legend Of Billie Jean (1985) (dir. Matthew Robbins) and Getting Even (1986) (dir. Dwight Little). When Tobe Hooper and L.M. “Kit” Carson began casting for the sequel to Hooper’s iconic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), they discovered the punkass actress, who ran screaming down the hallway of the casting office. She burst into the room, pulled the chairs from beneath the duo and played the brief dialogue, while huddled in a corner. In that often told moment, she won the role from 440 actresses from both coasts.

After the successful release of the film, she moved to Hollywood to continue her career in a mix of horror: Stepfather II (1989) (dir. Jeff Burr), Leprechaun 3 (1995) (dir. Brian Trenchard Smith) and mainstream films: Days Of Thunder (1990) (dir. Tony Scott), How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) (dir. Ron Howard). She continues to split her efforts between series TV guest star roles, such as Grey’s Anatomy (2005) (dir. Debbie Allen) and The Mentalist (2008) (dir. Charles Beeson).

Luckily, her fan base enjoys her continuing dedication to the horror genre, and recent releases, such as Tales Of Halloween (2015) and the upcoming Blood Feast (2016), keep them well-satisfied. Her avid and enthusiastic participation in conventions and personal appearances ensure that this charismatic actress will continue to inspire and attract fans from around the world.

The Jimmy Star Show is pleased to showcase the expertise and talent of Caroline Williams and all anticipate a fun and informative time talking with her about her career and the entertainment industries at large.

Join King of Cool Jimmy Star, and Cool Man about town Ron Russell as they have a playful and sometimes wild time with the talented featured guest!

To hear/see Caroline Williams live on the Jimmy Star Show with Ron Russell tune in to W4CY Radio on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 from 3-5 pm ET and 12-2 pm PT online at http://www.w4cy.com  from anywhere in the world!

Follow the Jimmy Star Show on Twitter @jimmystarshow

Follow Caroline Williams on Twitter @WilliCaroline

The Jimmy Star Show may be found at http://www.jimmystarsworld.com

The official site for w4cy radio may be found at http://www.w4cy.com

The Jimmy Star Show is syndicated and can be heard on the following radio stations:

http://www.w4cy.com in Wellington, Florida

http://www.hamiltonradio.net in Trenton, New Jersey

http://www.k4hd.com Los Angeles, ca

http://www.iheart.com/show/the-jimmy-star-show/

http://www.audioboom.com/jimmystarshow

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-jimmy-star-show/id532912477?mt=2

https://www.jimmystarshow.podomatic.com

https://plus.google.com/105717043487953174915/posts

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/jimmy-star-show/spookshowtv-the-jimmy-star-show

Paisley Fields: “OutLoud”

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by Eileen Shapiro

Queer Country sensations Paisley Fields with frontman James Wilson will be presenting and performing “OutLoud” a Queer Music Festival on Saturday, June 2nd from 6pm to 12 midnight at Drom (85th and Ave A) in New York City. James is co-producing the event with Emily from Hot Rabbit”, and the artists and bands include Mal Blum, Russell Elliott’ Lavender Country, Karen & The Sorrows, Wang Newton, Julia Weldon, Aviva Jayne and Paisley Fields….

I spoke with James Wilson who has recently released his new album “Glitter and Sawdust,” and is currently touring the nation, including a Detroit Pride appearance, about the event…..

What does it mean to you to be a part of “OutLoud”, and why?

I’m planning OutLoud with my friend Emily from Hot Rabbit. She and I have been wanting to put on a festival like this for a while. It was important for us that the event is focused on the music while being inclusive for all members of the LGBTQ+ community. We were just saying the other day how this festival is really starting to feel like a once in a lifetime experience. I’m fans of all the bands; Lavender Country, Mal Blum, Karen & The Sorrows, Julia Weldon, Aviva Jay & Russell Elliot are all fabulous. Paisley Fields will be playing too of course. It’s a fun way to kick off pride month and come together to celebrate our individuality through music.

When is it, and how do people get to go to it?

The OutLoud Queer Music Festival is Saturday, June 2nd at Drom. Early bird tickets are available now for $20 at outloudqmf.com. We have some VIP packages available, and if you’re interested in those email us at outloudqmf@gmail.com. Doors open at 6 and the bands will play until midnight. We are having a DJ after party until 4am, and your ticket to the festival guarantees entrance to the after party.

It’s the very first of its kind…what do you think is expected to go on there and how do you think it will affect future gay festivals?

Our focus for OutLoud is purely on the music. There are so many incredible musicians in our community. We wanted to come together and celebrate that with some unforgettable live performances. I’m not aware of many events like this and I hope future festivals will put more of an emphasis on the music. Art, songwriting, and performance are all an important part of pride and self- expression. One thing that excites me about OutLoud is that we have a wide variety of genres represented, so there’s something for everyone.

Aside from the festival, give us an update as to what will be happening for you, or what has already happened since the release of “Glitter and Sawdust”?

In April Noisey premiered the album and we’ve been touring pretty much since then. The release show at C’Mon Everybody was phenomenal, and our tour of Canada was a blast. We are about to head to California and in June and July, we will be bouncing all over the country. If you wanna keep up with where we are you can subscribe to our mailing list or check our website for a full list of dates: paisleyfields.com.

What event are you involved in that you are most looking forward to?

We have so many exciting things coming up that it’s hard to choose. I love playing to a hometown crowd though, so if I had to pick I would say OutLoud is it.

 Tell us about your newest single?

We are putting out a video for “Girl Crush” in June. We will be shooting the video in Joshua Tree when we’re out there on tour. I don’t want to give too much away, but we’ll be giving you a look behind the scenes as we shoot so follow us on all the socials.

What is something that you can tell your fans and followers that they don’t already know about you?

I love gardening! It’s so nerdy and I love it. I only have a balcony garden going, but I have about 20 different plants, fruits, veggies, herbs, flowers, etc. I have a group chat going with some fellow gardening nerd friends so we can talk about how well our kale is doing.

This promises to be a wild summer for Paisley Fields ….is there a new project you have in mind?

I’ve already started writing new material. The response from Glitter & Sawdust has me feeling inspired. People are telling me they really connect with the music, and that was one of the things I was hoping for when we made this record. I didn’t know if anybody would care, I just wrote about what I was feeling and told a story that I was compelled to tell.

Instagram @outloudqmf @thepaisleyfields @paisleyjameswilson

Twitter @outloudqmf @thepaisleyfield

Facebook /outloudqmf /thepaisleyfields

paisleyfields.com – outloudqmf.com

Album Review: “And The Stars Above” by Armonite Sean Golightly

 

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Listen! Do you hear? Is it the soundtrack to your favorite video game boss-fight? Is it the marching band of our new robot overlords? No, it’s Armonite, with their high-fi, sci-fi, cinematic sonic barrage “And The Stars Above”.

Founded in 1996, but reformed in 2015, the Armonite core consists of Italian prog-rockers Paolo Fosso and Jacopo Bigi, yet prominently features Porcupine Tree bassist Colin Edwin and a collection of other musically mad men and women.

That madness enough can’t be stressed enough. The compositions of these classically trained musicians come off like a Frankenstein’s cyborg. Sparking circuits of synth and electric sound effect are soldered grotesquely, yet seamlessly, into organic tones of violin and piano. Simultaneously captivating and disturbing, like many cases of madness, the brilliance is evident.

Look first to “The March of The Stars”, which features the haunting child-like vocals of

Maria Chiara Montagnari before vaulting into a heavy hitting, high stakes pulse. As if entangled in its own combat, the march dodges through orchestral stabs on a bouncing bass line reminiscent of Muse’s 2009 track “Uprising” before dropping off into briefshamanic toms.

“Next Ride” follows, carrying the energy forward deterministically through rise and fall arguments of violin and electric guitar. Mouse patter click tracks, jazz shuffle, and fleeting ghosts of cell-phone chimes intersperse to create a subdued urgency.

Subdued yields to rousing as the third track “District Red” threatens to incite full panic. Between violent chops of violin, raid sirens, and an interlude that takes a cautious dipinto major key hopefulness, this piece captures the emotional range of a dystopian refugee camp before machine-gunning to a sudden end.

Positioned perfectly for resolve, “Plaza de España” enters with a yearning piano melody that shines into an uplifting dance complete with castanets and jangling tambourine. More than the rest of the album, “Plaza de España” seems to answer a folk tradition, making it accessible without sacrificing any of the compositional boldness that characterizes other cuts.

Speaking of tradition, a healthy appreciation for such appears doubly on the tracks “ByHeart” and “By The Waters of Babylon”. Armonite based these compositions on the virelai “Douce Dame Joile” by Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377), and a canon by Philip Hayes (1738-1797), respectively.

“By Heart” boasts a pleading violin melody and an industrial backbeat that together evoke intensity comparable to Lindsey Sterling. In comparison, “By The Waters of Babylon” parachutes somewhere between eerie and comforting, like a flying fish repeatedly striving skyward.

Other notable tracks include “Blue Curacao”, a confident, ascending piece of righteousmania that garnered an honorable mention at the 2017 International Songwriting Competition, and “Freaks”, a ghostly bit of black magic that would feel equally at home in a Hogwarts hallway or UFO tractor beam.

Yet, none of these myriad descriptors can truly capture the full experience of “And the Stars Above”. Well suited for the turmoil of our Information Age, this is a vast, geographic album that reads like a map of uncertainty.

It is no wonder that Armonite has taken to covering soundtracks of beloved shows and games such as Game of Thrones and Skyrim. This is a group that truly has a penchant for fantasy and landscape. Their music transports. Beware. The place you will go with “And the Stars Above” is as enthralling as it is alien. Excitement is accompanied by the shadow of hostility. You will feel alive but occasionally afraid in Armonite’s mad embrace.

ARMONITE

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