Artist Of The Week: Calexico

The WERS artist of the week is Tuscon, Arizona based Americana band, Calexico. Calexico recently released their seventh studio album, Algiers, on Anti Records.

The band is made up of main members Joey Burns and John Convertino, who met back in 1990. In 1994, they moved to Tucson and formed the band, Friends Of Dean Martinez. Additionally, they played backup for acts like Victoria Williams and Richard Buckner.

Calexico was formed in 1996 and the first record under the Calexico name, Spoke, was released by Quarterstick Records the following year. In 1998, they released album number 2, The Black Light,  and spent the next two years on the road opening for notable acts like Pavement, Dirty Three and Lambchop.

In May 2000, the group released Hot Rail, their third record. This record saw them add horns and violins to their sound. They also released a live album in 2002, Scraping, and in 2003 released Feast Of Wire. Feast Of Wire was Calexico’s most successful release to date and appeared on both the Billboard Heatseekers and Independent Albums charts.

In 2006, they released Garden Ruin which saw the group switch up their sound a bit and focus more on guitar and vocals as opposed to horns. 2008 saw the release of Carried To Dust which featured guest appearances by members of Iron and Wine and Tortoise.

Now Calexico are back with their first studio album in four years, Algiers. Algiers takes it name from the town it was recorded in, Algiers, New Orleans. Algiers is already receiving great reviews and is sure to be another wonderful entry in Calexico’s discography.  Do you have a favorite Calexico album? Let us know in the comments.

By Mariel Wade

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