Thursday, January 14, 2016

Sights and Sounds: actor Alan Rickman, 'Three For All Tour' (Heart, Cheap Trick, Joan Jett), Hank Williams Jr., Little Scream,

Less than a week after legendary artist David Bowie died at age 69, another British legend has passed after losing his battle with cancer. Actor  Alan Rickman (Harry Potter, Die Hard, Robin Hood) died earlier today. A tough week to be sure. Here is a roundup of music news...

Not one, not two, but three Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artists are teaming up for an all-star summer tour. And all three artists are greats I've seen and reviewed multiple times.

Live Nation announced on Jan. 13, 2016, that Heart, Cheap Trick and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts are part of the "Three For All Tour." The tour begins in Clarkston, Michigan on July 14, 2016. Tickets go on sale on Friday, Jan. 22.

The tour is scheduled to include stops here in Southern California, as well as Chicago, San Francisco, Nashville and Dallas. The tour won't be done and dusted until Sept. 23 with a final date in West Palm Beach, Florida.


Country legend Hank Williams Jr.’s new album IT’S ABOUT TIME will be available Friday, January 15, 2016, in stores and across digital retailers. The Nash Icon Records’ project marks his 37th studio album and includes the current single “Are You Ready for the Country” featuring Eric Church.

“I couldn’t be more excited about this album,” exclaimed Hank Jr. “I have been doing this a long time but I promise this is the best album yet and fans will not be disappointed.”

The legendary entertainer will be making national television appearances the week of January 17 in support of the album.



Sunday, January 17
Audience All Access - 
8:00pm CT/9:00pm ET on AT&T's Audience Network
(DIRECTV Ch 239 / AT&T U-verse Ch 1114)

Monday, January 18
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
 – 10:35pm CT / 11:35pm ET on NBC
@FallonTonight | @JimmyFallon | #FallonTonight

Tuesday, January 19
CBS This Morning
 – 7am CT/7am ET on CBS
@CBSThisMorning | #NewsIsBack

The View – 10:00am CT / 11:00am ET on ABC
@The View | #TheView

*Check local listings

Hank Jr.’s extremely impressive resume has spawned 70 million albums sold worldwide, six PLATINUM albums, 20 GOLD albums and 13 chart-topping albums. He has been named ACM Entertainer of the Year, CMA Entertainer of the Year and BMI Icon in addition to winning a GRAMMY and being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Follow @HankJr on Twitter, and visit for more information.

Laurel Sprengelmeyer is Little Scream
Montreal based multi-instrumentalist, writer, and visual artist Laurel Sprengelmeyer aka Little Scream is more than pleased to announce her signing with Merge Records and Dine Alone Records (Canada-only) for a new LP to be released later this year. “Merge is a cultural monolith in my world, and I’m amped and honored to be working with them,” said Sprengelmeyer when asked about signing to Merge. “The record I just made is a crazy beast, and I can’t think of a better home for it.”

Little Scream's debut album, The Golden Record, received a glowing 8.1 on Pitchfork, which considered it "a stellar debut...[and] a perfectly mixed bag of graceful folk, coiled pop, and expansive art rock". NPR dubbed it "an absolutely captivating record", including it on their Best Albums of 2011 list, and the New York Times evoked its "hints of the divine", naming her one of the best new acts to follow at SXSW.

Little Scream toured extensively with The Golden Record, playing numerous opening and headlining performances in North America and Europe, including a tour with Sufjan Stevens as well as dates with Jose Gonzalez, Beirut, and Sharon Van Etten.

More details on Little Scream’s sophomore album will be announced shortly. Until then she’ll be on the road across North America on tours with Operators and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down beginning February 17. Full tour dates can be found below.
"[Sprengelmeyer] can be gentle and folky or muster mock-classical strings and flute; she overdubs herself into a hearty campfire choir or an ethereal descant. She can be stark and electric like P. J. Harvey or gather up a grand, handmade anthem like Arcade Fire...” – Jon Pareles, NEW YORK TIMES

Little Scream on tour:
Feb 17 - Waterloo, ON - Starlight *
Feb 18 - Hamilton, ON - The Casbah *
Feb 19 - London, ON - Call The Office *
Feb 20 - St. Catharines, ON - Detour Music Hall *
Feb 24 - Laval, QC - Bar Le Cha-Cha *
Feb 25 - Ottawa, ON - Ritual Nightclub *
Feb 27 - Kingston, ON - Grad Club *
Apr 09 - Toronto, ON - Adelaide Hall ^
Apr 11 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground ^
Apr 12 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair ^
Apr 13 - New York, NY - Webster Hall ^
Apr 15 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club ^
Apr 16 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts ^
Apr 17 - Richmond, VA - The Broadberry ^
Apr 18 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle ^

(*) w/ Operators
(^) w/ Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

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