Palaye Royale Series No.3

By CA Marshall In terms of being one of THE most EPIC Indie Bands in the Music Industry who are consistently bringing their iconic presence and achievements to the foreground in bold strides, Canadian Born, Los Angeles Based Fashion Art Rock Band Palaye Royale remain congruent by recently announcing many ‘long awaited’ surprises for their fans globally: On March 22nd, 2016, they announced a 38 date trek across the USA with Van’s Summer Warped Tour beginning June 24th where they will perform in front of 800,000+ fans. This announcement was made while already on a National tour: Light In The Cave/I See Stars). On June 11th, they will host a Warped Tour Takeover Day in social media, and have recently begun touring with High School Nation (HSN) with Drake Bell on March 28th performing at 25 schools for the spring for over 100,000 fans with full-on meet and greets, concerts, and Q & A full school assemblies that will wrap up April 29th. In addition to their day performances during the HSN tour, you can catch the band in the evenings at ALOFT hotels who will be hosting Live at Aloft acoustic performances. Most of the acoustic performances will be live streamed via YOUNOW. So, if you missed them on tour you can stream these acoustic performances by tuning in via any apple or android phone for the intimate view of the band before, during, and after the live acoustic show (click here to subscribe) The band will have over 150 […]

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The Fontaines Series No.1

By CA Marshall Photos courtesy of: Hank Fontaine This feature has been strategically a long time in the making. California based (referred to as ‘New-Wop’ band – but we shall get into that later….) ‘The Fontaines’ have been on the Starlight Music Chronicles (SMC) radar since being introduced to their music genius in our December 2015 Artist of the Month competition and I felt that there was no better time than the present to showcase the Brother and Sister duo (Hank and Charlotte) than the present: Spring. Here’s why: The first song I ever listened to by the band that had me at hello was ‘Paul Newman’, which automatically had me envisioning a retro soda shop with couples doing the swing by the jukebox. It was fresh, hip, happening and extremely addictive: everything ‘Spring Fever’ represents. For a lover of fifties/sixties retro tunes this was right up my alley and to be completely honest, there are only two other bands that I have spent more than two consecutive days researching and they are Palaye Royale and New Mayans and here I found myself completely immersed in everything ‘The Fontaines’ for the two day minimum. After listening and observing, I had a sneaking hunch that I was just scratching the surface of ‘The Fontaines’ and it wasn’t until after my interview with Hank that I discovered that this band is on an even deeper level than I had first been impressed upon. Much to my excitement (and original instinct), I am […]

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NEW MAYANS: ‘CRIMES’ EP | Review

By CA Marshall Photos courtesy of NEW MAYANS Management by Victoria Sanders Photography I think I have found my new ‘Bowie’. Now hold on, hold on, HOLD ON! Before all you avid Bowie lovers get up in arms and think I am replacing our beloved ‘BlackStar’ please hear me out: I am and always will be a loyal Bowie fan. But truly, I have stumbled upon something *NEW* here and I feel confident in my initial statement…… Back in 2014, St. Louis, Missouri-born, Chicago based,  ‘Swiggy’ (aka: Joe ‘Swiggy’ Swigunski) began collaborating with several notable Industry Professionals who were ‘key’ throughout David Bowies career. They are: New York Grammy Award winning Music Producer Mario J Mcnulty, Earl Stick, and Sterling Campbell, featured in the recording of the new four song EP ‘Crimes‘ at The Magic Shop studio in SoHo where Bowie recorded his last album ‘Blackstar’. Mcnulty is not only known for his work with Bowie, but also is the mastermind behind Artists such as Prince, Julian Lennon, and Tony Visconti to name a few. In addition, Swiggy also collaborated with famous drummer Sterling Campbell, (who was also Bowies Drummer) who has worked with Duran Duran, B-52’s, Soul Asylum and Cyndi Lauper. The cherry on the cake was in the addition of Earl Slick (who also worked with Bowie, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Robert Smith). All were included in the production of Swiggy’s newly released (today!) EP. Voila! In addition to support from the above notable ‘Bowie Camp’ professionals,  […]

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The Whiskey Darlings

Interview by CA Marshall Editor| Starlight Music Chronicles SMC – Hello The Whiskey Darlings! Welcome to Starlight Music Chronicles Spotlight! We first met via the December 2015 SMC Artist of the Month competition and are pretty impressed about you holding the top spot for the first part of the competition. What did you think of this competition? TWD – Hey Candice!  I think that is a great way to get people engaged in the process of picking the artist.  Because of it you have people excited for and wanting to read the reviews of the band, and listening to their music during and after the competition. SMC – What positive do you think you walked away with from the competition? TWD – We are a fairly new act, so it was nice to see some of our new fans rally behind us in that competition. SMC – For the sake of introducing you to our fan base, can you tell us all of your names and which instruments you play? TWD – The Whiskey Darlings consist of Michele Van Kleef singing and playing guitar, and Rob Rainwater singing and playing guitar, mandolin and harmonica. SMC – Can you please tell us about the band itself and how you all came to be The Whiskey Darlings? TWD – We started the project based on a love of Folk-Rock of the 60s and 70s. We were both booked at the same venue on the same night by mistake, so the person who […]

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Arkavello

by CA Marshall It was not too long ago when we first began our Starlight Music Chronicles Artist of the Month competitions and Arkavello came in very close behind the August 2015 winner Olivia Rose with a whopping 481 votes and a very close victory. Since, the band has launched their new album ‘Songs From The Future’ and we have the scoop below! ________________ Alex Webster – Vocals and Bass John Hutchinson – Vocals and Guitar Riley Frank – Vocals and Drums SMC – Hello Arkavello! Wow! What a year for you all! We have listened (many times, we admit) to your first EP `Songs from the Future` and would love to know right off the bat the story behind each song – could you tell us a little about each one? Alex – The first song “Caught in a Fantasy” is an older song John and I wrote in October of 2013 before Arkavello became a full band; it was a turning point in our writing, as well as our own view on the world. It is about becoming aware that your reality isn’t what you have been told. John – “Here We Are” is about humanity coming to a cross roads, either we can choose the path of greed and power which will undoubtedly lead to oblivion or choose the path of peace and love. John – “Vanilla” is plea to a higher power to cleanse the world of all evil.   SMC – We were so happy to have […]

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Jamie Lawson

Jamie Lawson Self Titled Album: From Warner Music Canada AVAILABLE OCT 16 “I first became aware of Jamie Lawson a few years ago, after hearing his track “Wasn’t Expecting That”. I very rarely get emotional over a track, but that song stopped me dead. He manages to put across such raw emotion within his work, and I knew immediately that I wanted to work with this guy in some way. Having decided to start my own label ‘Gingerbread Man Records’ with my label Atlantic Records, the first artist I had to sign was Jamie. Starting Gingerbread Man Records means I can put music I love out there on a huge platform, and Jamie seemed like the perfect choice for my first release” – Ed Sheeran, July 2015. The road to overnight success is often far longer than people assume, but for Jamie Lawson, the journey was an epic one. It took time for him to find his voice, and even longer to hone his songs, which recreate a key moment, an emotion or even a whole lifetime in sparse, poetic language that connects in a very direct and powerful way. And though he quickly found a core, loyal following who have sustained him throughout, only now is that starting to blossom into something far bigger. But music this lovely is worth waiting for. Growing up in Plymouth, Jamie was introduced to music by his older brothers. Early on, he’d go to school singing lyrics by The Smiths and The Housemartins […]

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