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Calexico

“Cinematic” is just one adjective one might use to describe Calexico, the multi-dimensional band led by Joey Burns and John Convertino that infuses traditional rock instrumentation with mariachi horns and a dash of spaghetti-Western pedal-steel. That adjective is even more accurate given the band’s activities of late. Calexico has spent the past couple years primarily at their Wavelab Studio in Tucson, working on the soundtracks for films like the documentary Circo and 2011 Sundance film The Guard, which is being released to American theaters as we speak. The Guard is a bit of a buddy-cop comedy-meets-action flick set in the remote western edge of Ireland—not exactly a setting that seems a natural fit for Calexico’s Spanish-influenced blend of indie-rock, country, even jazz. Burns agrees with that assessment. “I think that is a good tip off on the direction of writer and director John Michael McDonagh. He wanted to break the mold of what a Western could be,” Burns says. The same could be said of Calexico, whose sound at times seems to come right off an Ennio Morricone soundtrack. But as easy as it is to connect Calexico’s sound with the Mexican border near Tucson, Burns considers his band’s sound more worldly than that, which makes sense considering a couple of the band’s members reside in Europe full-time.


Date: Aug 10, 2011
Time: 9 pm
Phone: 801-746-0557
Address: 241 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City, 84102
Where: The Urban Lounge
 
 
 
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