06/14/13 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
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06/18/13 Celebrate Brooklyn! Perf. Arts Fest
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06/20/13 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
06/21/13 Northampton, MA Calvin Theater
07/13/13 Forecastle Festival
07/27/13 Newport Folk Festival
No Jacket Required. But Jim James wore one anyway, and a skinny tie, and gave the audience at First Avenue in Minneapolis a sensory-spinning two hour set of Sax …
Spx assumed the stage clad in an all-black ensemble with matching cape. To hear Spx sing, is to be emotionally tasered, the heart gasps while the lyrics shiver up and down the spine. Spx’s vocals are back dropped by keys, drums, guitar and a variety of horns. Cold Specks played ten songs, which included heart-wrenching hits like: “Blank Maps”, “Elephant Head”, “Holland”, and “Lay Me Down” (a personal favorite). Spx wrapped up her set through a display of what her voice is truly capable of with a cappella number “Old Stepstone”, which left the crowd in glazed awe.
The stark and haunting beauty of Cold Specks was in great contrast My Morning Jacket frontman, and jam-rock legend, Jim James’ subsequent set. On tour in promotion of his debut solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God, James ascended the stage. Outfitted in a suit and skinny tie and haloed by a dancing kaleidoscope orb of light, James kicked off his set with “State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U)”.
Other songs included heartfelt “New Life”, spacey-psych “All is Forgiven”, My Morning Jacket cover “Wonderful (The Way I Feel)”, and uplifting “Of the Mother Again”. James encompasses the definition of a showman; he swooped in, twisted and cooed and the audience ate it up like it was their last supper. What a delicious feast of music.
Jim James at the Ogden Theater, Denver (05/09/13)