Calexico/The Dodos

Tucson-based Calexico have cultivated a distinctly arid, Southwestern sound. It's a provocative blend of Latin, rock, and country neatly laced with eclectic stuff like jazz, fado, and echoes of spaghetti westerns. The duo of Joey Burns and John Convertino, plus producer Craig Schumacher, traded dust for humidity to record their first album of new songs in four years. Algiers is named for the New Orleans West Bank neighborhood where they set up in an old church. Besides borrowing a classic title ("Fortune Teller") from Benny Spellman, the Crescent City influence comes as a kind of moist, haunted atmosphere that wisps through most of the tracks. In fact, B&C mostly cultivate a noirish intensity that peaks on "Splitter" and the spooky "Maybe on Monday," elsewhere adeptly splicing in mariachi horns, Cuban son, folk, and other elements from their vast repertoire, yet always nurturing that unsettling, bittersweet quality. The Dodos, who will open, conjure their own, noisier intensity, fashioned from the trio's eccentric mash of experimental pop, light metal, and multi-textured percussion. 18+.
Tue., Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m., 2012

 
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