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Cold Specks expands tour (dates); streaming new LP (listen)

by Andrew Sacher

Cold Specks at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Cold Specks

Cold Specks (aka Al Spx) released her debut LP, I Predict A Graceful Expulsion, this week (5/22) via Mute/Arts & Crafts. As teased by early singles, Al Spx has a real knack for this soulful singer/songwriter stuff, and the full album lives up to its expectations. Think somewhere between a stripped down version of Adele and late 2000s Bella Union folk pop, and you’ll have a pretty good idea. Check out the whole album for yourself below (via Exclaim), along with a recent video for “Blank Maps.”

Cold Specks is currently on the road with Great Lake Swimmers for a tour which will bring them to NYC for the previously discussed Bowery Ballroom show on May 30. Tickets for that show are still available. After that tour ends, Al will continue with a run of international shows throughout the summer, including a return to NYC to play Glasslands on August 1 with Doe Paoro and ARMS (solo). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Updated dates are listed below, along with the album stream and video…

Cold Specks – “Blank Maps” Official Video

Cold Specks – I Predict A Graceful Expulsion

Cold Specks — 2012 Tour Dates
23 May 2012 – Stubs BBQ (indoor), Austin, Texas, USA*
24 May 2012 – One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans, USA supporting Great Lake Swimmers
25 May 2012 – Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, USA*
26 May 2012 – Grey Eagle, Asheville, USA*
27 May 2012 – Rock ‘n’ Roll, Washington DC, USA*
28 May 2012 – JB’s, Philadelphia, USA*
30 May 2012 – Bowery Ballroom, New York, USA*
31 May 2012 – Middle East (down stairs), Boston, USA*
02 June 2012 – Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, Canada*
10 June 2012 – No Direction Home Festival, Nottingham, UK
12 June 2012 – Huis 123, Belgium, Brussels
19 June 2012 – Hoxton Hall, London, UK
20 June 2012 – Hoxton Hall, London, UK
21 June 2012 – Hoxton Hall, London, UK
06 July 2012 – Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark
13 July 2012 – Latitude Festival, Suffolk, UK
July 27 – 28 – Calgary Folk Fest, Calgary, Canada
29 July 2012 – Hillside Festival, Guelph, Canada
1 August 2012 – Glasslands, Brooklyn, NY w/ Doe Paoro, ARMS
3 – 5 August 2012- Sappy Fest, Sackville, NB
7 August 2012 – Le Divan Orange, Montreal, QC
8 August 2012 – The Great Hall, Toronto ON
10 – 12 August 2012 – Regina, SK – Regina Folk Fest
16 August 2012 – The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
17 – 19 August 2012 – Salmon Arm, BC – Salmon Arm Roots and Blues
28 August 2012 – Feerien, Brussels, Belgium
31 August 2012 – Electric Picnic, Dublin, UK
* – Solo Show supporting Great Lake Swimmers

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