Cold Specks is the stage name of 23-year-old Canadian-bred singer-songwriter Al Spx, but it's not as if "Al Spx" isn't a pseudonym itself; she created the moniker out of respect for her parents, who don't approve of her music career. The London-based singer started Cold Specks as a small acoustic project to showcase her soulful voice and thoughtful lyrics, but it's only grown from there.
Austin, Texas, singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo makes his fifth appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Known for mixing rock, punk, country and folk, Escovedo was named Artist of the Decade by No Depression magazine at the end of the '90s.
The Brooklyn collective Antibalas recently played a live set for KCRW on one of Los Angeles' hottest summer days. The 11-piece band is one of the leading purveyors of Afrobeat music and didn't disappoint, bringing the heat throughout a seamless four-song jam, of which we present "Dirty Money" here. The group spends a lot of time on the road, and you can see plenty of evidence of that in this performance.