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a new Cold Specks song, dates & pics from Hotel Vegan

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Cold Specks @ Hotel Vegan @ Hotel Vegas (SXSW 2012)
BrooklynVegan @ SXSW 2012 - Hotel Vegas and the Voldstead Lounge

Cold Specks (aka Al Spx), who just played Hotel Vegan last Thursday in Austin for SXSW, is set to release her debut album, I Predict A Graceful Expulsion, on May 22 via Mute. Unlike at our CMJ party where she went on at noon with a minimal setup, in Austin she was accompanied by a full backing band and played to a packed room. A few pictures are in this post.

You’ve already heard “Holland” and “Old Stepstone” from the forthcoming LP. A third cut from the album, “Winter Solstice,” is making its premiere in this post and is another great example of Al’s soulful balladry. Listen below.

Cold Specks’ upcoming tour with Great Lake Swimmers hits NYC on May 30 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still available. Updated dates are listed with the song stream, and some more pictures, below…

Cold Specks @ BV-SXSW…

BrooklynVegan @ SXSW 2012 - Hotel Vegas and the Voldstead Lounge

BrooklynVegan @ SXSW 2012 - Hotel Vegas and the Voldstead Lounge

BrooklynVegan @ SXSW 2012 - Hotel Vegas and the Voldstead Lounge

BrooklynVegan @ SXSW 2012 - Hotel Vegas and the Voldstead Lounge

BrooklynVegan @ SXSW 2012 - Hotel Vegas and the Voldstead Lounge

BrooklynVegan @ SXSW 2012 - Hotel Vegas and the Voldstead Lounge

BrooklynVegan @ SXSW 2012 - Hotel Vegas and the Voldstead Lounge

BrooklynVegan @ SXSW 2012 - Hotel Vegas and the Voldstead Lounge

Cold Specks — 2012 Tour Dates
March 21st – Co-operators Hall at River Run – Guelph, ON
March 22nd – The Music Gallery – Toronto, ON
May 1st – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
May 2nd – High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
May 3rd – Cedar Cultural Centre – Minneapolis, MN
May 4th – West End Cultural Centre – Winnipeg, MB
May 6th – McDougall United Church – Edmonton, AB
May 7th – Central United Church – Calgary, AB
May 8th – Southminster United Church – Lethbridge, AB
May 9th – The Royal – Nelson, BC
May 11th – The Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
May 12th – Alix Goolden Hall – Victoria, BC
May 13th – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
May 14th – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
May 16th – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
May 18th – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA
May 19th – The Compound Grilll – Phoenix, AZ
May 20th – Club Congress – Tucson, AZ
May 22nd – The Prophet Bar – Dallas, TX
May 23rd – Stubb’s BBQ (Indoor) – Austin, TX
May 24th – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA
May 25th – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
May 26th – Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC
May 27th – Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
May 28th – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
May 30th – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
May 31st – Middle East Downstairs – Cambridge, MA
June 2nd – The Music Hall, Toronto, ON

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