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.
Their eighth album, Algiers, was inspired by the neighborhood of the same name in New Orleans, where it was recorded. If you haven't dug into it yet, listen to the live concert they did for WFUV below. Calexico has played many of our key favorite festivals, including Bonnaroo, the Newport Folk Fest, and they put on a heck of a show.
Calexico generously agreed to be the house band for the evening for the Holiday Cheer for FUV show for 2013, and we couldn't have thought of a better backbone.