For Juno-nominated artist Cold Specks (who goes by Al Spx), the tail end of her North American tour was broadsided by a severe winter storm out west that kept her and her band off the road for a couple days.
Once they were back on the road to finish off some dates in Canada, the Minneapolis date was officially canceled, and her Chicago performance at Schubas, scheduled for last Wednesday, was piggybacked onto a bill Friday at Lincoln Hall.
Hopefully, there’s another Chicago date — a proper headlining gig — in store next year. Spx and her four-piece band shone brightest by a mile in an all-too-brief 25-minute set, sandwiched between local rockers Flesh Panthers, and the headliner, U.K. artist Jamie T.
“Bodies At Bay,” the single from her new record, Neuroplasticity, was one of the standouts from that short but assured set. As was an a cappella version of “Old Stepstone” which highlighted Spx’s social consciousness as she concluded the song with recent civil rights protest refrains, “Hands up, don’t shoot, I can’t breathe.”