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Recap: Holiday Cheer for FUV 2013

by Kara Manning
Photo by Gus Philippas

Spirited, soulful and totally sold out, Tuesday night’s benefit, Holiday Cheer for FUV, exceeded our wildest expectations. The enthusiastic camaraderie onstage made for an especially focused, familial celebration, inspired by past (and we'd guess future) collaborations between this diverse group of musician friends gathered at the Beacon Theatre on a frigid December evening. It was FUV’s third year at this storied venue for the concert, on a night made even more festive courtesy of a brief snowfall earlier that day.

The boldly hirsute Sam Beam of Iron & Wine was the St. Nick-like ringleader for the three hour show with “house band” Calexico — an onstage reunion for Beam and Calexico who had collaborated together on the 2005 EP In The Reins. Calexico co-founder Joey Burns acted as bandleader, guiding every set from guests Nick Lowe, Glen Hansard, Kathleen Edwards, Amos Lee and Beth Orton.

Cheers for Calexico

by Laura Fedele
Photo by Laura Fedele/WFUV

Calexico's two founding members, Joey Burns and John Convertino, met up in 1990 and first played together in Los Angeles as part of the group Giant Sand. From there they moved to Tucson and brought together a band that weaves a "desert noir" soundscape, evoking a unique blend of rock, alt-country and Mexicon influences.

Their EP recorded with Iron & Wine in 2005, In the Reins, is just one of the collaborations that stands out in a career that has overlapped with folks like Arcade Fire, Neko Case, Victoria Williams and Nancy Sinatra.

Tonight on FUV Live...It's Calexico!

by Dennis Elsas

We've been Huge fans of Calexico for a long time. They've made WFUV's Best Albums Of The Year List, 6 times! - Including last year, for their 7th full length album, Algiers

Their latest album was a bit of a departure for this Tucson, AZ band, known for creating lushly orchestrated music with a strong Southwest and Latin flair. Algiers has a heavy New Orleans influence but it does maintain that same beautiful sound we've come to expect from Calexico. 

Calexico - Live Concert - 2012

by Dennis Elsas

With influences from Mexican music and Western Americana, the Tuscon-based band Calexico has been weaving their "desert noir" soundscape for almost 20 years now. Their eighth album, Algiers, comes out today and was inspired by New Orleans, where it was recorded. To celebrate, the band recently performed an FUV Live set at Hill Country Live here in New York City, and I had a chance to talk with Joey Burns about why the band decided on New Orleans and how they all balance being in Calexico with a long list of other projects.

Calexico - Words and Music - 2008

by Claudia Marshall
You can almost feel the desert dust on Calexico's new album 'Carried To Dust,' as the band once again tastefully blends folk, rock, alt-country and more along with the sounds of a few choice guests. A stop at 'FUV showcased that sound live, and host Claudia Marshall learned some of details behind making the record.