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Cold Specks

New Artists To Watch in 2013

by Sarah Wardrop
Savoir Adore photo by Shervin Lainez

Get a jump on new music in the new year, as FUV staffers pick the artists to keep an eye (and an ear) on in 2013. And to get to know them better, follow the links to live performances in the WFUV archives.

Cold Specks - Words and Music - 2012

by Rita Houston

Al Spx is a Canadian singer-songwriter of East African descent, who heard echoes of ancestors in the Deep South recordings of Alan Lomax. As Cold Specks, she has since developed a sound that channels the gospel greatness of Mahalia Jackson with the off-kilter blues of her idol Tom Waits. Calling her sound "doom soul," she pairs chain gang rhythms with a gothic indie-folk that'll mesmerize you.

Tonight On the Whole Wide World: Cold Specks!

by Tim Pierson

Tonight on The Whole Wide World Rita Houston spins a mix of great stuff both new and old. From brand new Mumford and Sons to classic Nat King Cole, tonight's show really runs the musical gamut. The show will also feature a live session from a new artist. Cold Specks, the stage name of London-based, Canadian singer-songwriter Al Spx, stopped by Studio A earlier this week to talk with Rita Houston about her forthcoming album I Predict A Graceful Expulsion. A very humble, softspoken, even a bit quirky young woman began to speak.