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New Music Tuesday with Ann Powers: Cold Specks and Kimbra

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Kimbra performs on stage as part of Big Day Out Festival at the Gold Coast Parklands on January 22, 2012 in Gold Coast, Australia. Chris Hyde/Getty Images

NPR's music critic Ann Powers joins the show to review new albums from two women outside of the U.S., Cold Specks and Kimbra.

Cold Specks - I Predict a Graceful Expulsion

"I Predict a Graceful Expulsion" is Cold Specks first album. Cold Specks, born Al Spx, is a 24-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter. Spx chose the name "Cold Specks" as her stage name, since her parents don't approve of her profession. The name Cold Specks comes from a line in James Joyce's Ulysses: "born all in the dark wormy earth, cold specks of fire, evil, lights shining in the darkness." Ann Powers describes her sound as bluesy doom soul.

Kimbra - Vows

The 22-year-old New Zealander Kimbra first made waves on the music scene after being featured in Gotye's song "Somebody That I Used To Know." "Vows" is her first full length album release.


Ann Powers, NPR music critic who joins Madeleine every other Tuesday to discuss new music.

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