Calexico - 'Algiers'

Calexico - 'Algiers'

To observe that Calexico have, on recent albums, become noticeably more stone-faced and sensibly adult might invite the question: when were they not? Well, the Arizona ensemble’s marriage of desolate country-rock and mariachi music never pitched...

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Calexico : The Crystal Frontier

Calexico : The Crystal Frontier

Ay caramba! But Calexico, you are making me crazy with your mariachi sadcore fiesta! When did Calexico get this upbeat about being down? Weren't they all long, knowing looks into the desert sunset not so long ago? Well, they've really picked...

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London Shepherd's Bush Empire

London Shepherd's Bush Empire

One part trumpet flourish to two parts dustbowl twang, Calexico's sonic cocktail is often strong enough to blow your head off. Unfortunately, it comes with a Tex Mex platter that's a bit Three Amigos : the last half of the gig sees John...

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Hot Rail

Hot Rail

We arrive at Calexico 's rattletrap retreat seeking quiet deliverance from the tumult of the everyday. We want to kick off our troubles and bask in the duo's warm Western glow; to revel in the spaghetti splendour of their mariachi sunsets and...

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London WC1 Drill Hall

London WC1 Drill Hall

Watch where you step. There are snakes and scorpions underfoot, a scalding desert wind blasting in your face, and word of a gunman on your trail. You've got the gold, you've charmed the sultry mademoiselle , you've learned the plot by heart....

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Ballad Of Cable Hogue

Ballad Of Cable Hogue

Calexico Ballad Of Cable Hogue (City Slang) As opening lyrical salvos go, you just don't get much better than this. "I live out yonder where the snakes and scorpions run...", Calexico 's deeply Southern Joey Burns drawls,...

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Calexico : Ride, The

Calexico : Ride, The

The man in the black hat is after you for what you did to his sister. Cactii cast strange shadows in the dusk, as lizards scuff the sand and snakes rattle joylessly. Somewhere far away, a coyote howls... That's somewhere very far away,...

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