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Edge of the Sun
Selections from Road Atlas 1998-2011
The Guard Original Soundtrack
Selections from Road Atlas 1998-2011
Frank's Tavern
Carried to Dust (Bonus Track Version)
Carried to Dust
Garden Ruin
Live Sessions EP
Garden Ruin
In the Reins
Feast of Wire
Hot Rail
The Black Light
Even My Sure Things Fall Through
Lost Lake Festival Lost Lake Festival 2017
Venue: Lost Lake Festival (Phoenix, AZ, US) Find tickets
Calexico with Mexican Institute of Sound at Kiezalm - Grosse Freiheit (March 9, 2018)
Venue: Kiezalm - Grosse Freiheit (Hamburg, Germany) Find tickets
Calexico with Mexican Institute of Sound at Tempodrom (March 10, 2018)
Venue: Tempodrom (Berlin, Germany) Find tickets
Calexico with Mexican Institute of Sound at Muffathalle (March 11, 2018)
Venue: Muffathalle (Munich, Germany) Find tickets
Calexico with Mexican Institute of Sound at Auditorium Parco della Musica (March 13, 2018)
Venue: Auditorium Parco della Musica (Rome, Italy) Find tickets
Calexico at Alcatraz (March 14, 2018)
Venue: Alcatraz (Milan, Italy) Find tickets
Calexico at Estragon (March 16, 2018)
Venue: Estragon (Bologna, Italy) Find tickets
Calexico at Fri-Son (March 17, 2018)
Venue: Fri-Son (Fribourg, Switzerland) Find tickets
Calexico at X-TRA (March 18, 2018)
Venue: X-TRA (Zürich, Switzerland) Find tickets
Calexico at Posthof (March 19, 2018)
Venue: Posthof (Linz, Austria) Find tickets
Calexico with Mexican Institute of Sound at Im Wizemann (March 21, 2018)
Venue: Im Wizemann (Stuttgart, Germany) Find tickets
Calexico with Mexican Institute of Sound at Epicerie Moderne (March 22, 2018)
Venue: Epicerie Moderne (Lyon, France) Find tickets
Calexico with Mexican Institute of Sound at E-Werk (March 23, 2018)
Venue: E-Werk (Cologne, Germany) Find tickets
Calexico with Mexican Institute of Sound at De Roma (March 24, 2018)
Venue: De Roma (Borgerhout, Belgium) Find tickets
Calexico with Mexican Institute of Sound at Paradiso (March 25, 2018)
Venue: Paradiso (Amsterdam, Netherlands) Find tickets
Calexico with Mexican Institute of Sound at Élysée Montmartre (March 27, 2018)
Venue: Élysée Montmartre (Paris, France) Find tickets
Calexico with Mexican Institute of Sound at Trinity Centre (March 28, 2018)
Venue: Trinity Centre (Bristol, UK) Find tickets
Calexico Oct 16, 2017
In case you didn’t have a chance to check it out last week, watch the lyric video for our new single "End of The World With You’ below. The forthcoming album “The Thread That Keeps Us” is out January 26th and you can pre-order it here:
Calexico Oct 14, 2017
Listen to our new single "End of the World With You" on Spotify now and pre-save our forthcoming album "The Thread That Keeps Us" here:
Calexico Oct 12, 2017
We are really excited about our new album “The Thread That Keeps Us” and can't wait for you all to get a copy. So, together with PledgeMusic we are offering our friends and fans the opportunity to get a pre-sale copy of the new album with some cool exclusive items that are only found here like handwritten lyric sheets, signed test pressings and postcards to you from the band. Thanks again for listening and please know that we are most grateful for your support over the years. Check it out and enjoy the new music: - Joey Burns
Calexico Oct 12, 2017
It's Rocktober everyone and we are super excited to announce that we have a new album! It's titled "The Thread That Keeps Us" and will be released January 26th, 2018. You can pre-order "The Thread That Keeps Us" here: If you're curious and want to catch a glimpse, check out the first song "End of the World With You.” Here's a video with lyrics featuring some stunning video footage filmed by our good friend Craig Schumacher from WaveLab Recording Studio who came with us on our travels to studios from El Paso to the Northern California coast. See if you can recognize the three figures waving from the edge of the coast at the end of the video. Great editing by the talented Jonny Sanders. The song is inspired by some of my favorite indie rock bands from growing up in California like Pavement, Sebadoh and The Replacements. There's some jangle, there's some whacked out fuzz guitar and some sweet melodies mapping out the need for love, light and time in this "age of the extremes." Hope you enjoy! -Joey Burns
Calexico Oct 12, 2017
📷 by Jairo Zavala
Calexico Oct 12, 2017
"The Thread That Keeps Us" will be released on January 26th, 2018! Pre-order here:
Calexico Oct 05, 2017
#tbt He Lays In The Reins Everybody brings their gifts to the table in a collaboration whether they know it or not. Some of the best projects are when there is no expectation or routine of having to repeat yourselves. Long time friend Howard Greynolds called me up one day to see if Calexico would be interested in recording some songs together with Sam Beam of Iron & Wine. A few weeks later I went to go see the band play at Solar Culture Gallery in downtown Tucson which sits almost on top of the railroad tracks so much so that during performances the horn blasts from passing trains make massive Duke Ellington-like chords on top of the live music. Even the wooden floors rumble causing musicians and audiences to smile. Its like a big iron child who doesn't know better and stumbles into the room half way through a conversation. This interruption can be inspirational. The same can be said about a musical collaboration. It can offer new ventures and help reinvent oneself. Little did we realize on that first meeting that our collaboration would take us farther than we might have expected. Some months later both Sam and Howard returned to Tucson. They came over to my adobe apartment and together with pedal steel guitarist Paul Niehaus we rehearsed the songs acoustically. They sounded good. Sam hinted that he didn't want to sound like himself or his band. He wanted to do anything that took him away from his previous character. So we briefly made notes and packed up before spending the next three days working with the rest of Calexico at Wavelab Studio. "He Lays In The Reins" was one of my favorite songs that Sam Beam of Iron & Wine showed us. I think I might have told Sam that "this one will be easy since it is in 6/8 rhythm and I can hear John's brushes working beautifully with the vocals and feel." The other 6 songs also came together quite easily and organically. Each of us offering a little touch of color and nuance in the arrangements. Nick Luca and Craig Schumacher also played some fantastic parts in addition to the rest of the band. On the second night of tracking we walked over to the Historic Hotel Congress to get a bite to eat and watched Salvador Duran perform acoustically with guitar, harmonica and rhythmically tapping out counterpoint accents on his wooden box or caja. Sam invited Salvador to the studio the next day to add some vocals and percussion with his wooden box. We played him the song and Salvador immediately started moving his body and humming a tune. He whispered to Jacob Valenzuela to talk about the lyrics and started writing a few phrases on a piece of paper. The end result is soaring. It feels both melancholic and powerful in a natural and poetic way. The whole session has some great moments but this track always stands out. It feels familiar like yet breathes something new. We wound up releasing the Ep 'In The Reins' on Howard's record label, Overcoat Records distributed through Touch and Go Records and toured North America through the winter and deep snow. It was treacherous and I think we all vowed not to take the van and trailer out in the thick of winter if we didn't have to ever again. We survived and we also invited lots of guest musicians and singers to join us along the way carving out our own indie rock version of "Rolling Thunder". The spirit of collaboration sparked our world and it grew into something none of us expected. The ball kept rolling and growing for several years from North America to Europe, Japan and back home. Whenever our paths cross Sam, Howard and I talk of getting back together to do more songs and recordings. I am sure we will at some point, but for now I'm happy to have been a part of something open and unexpected. Truly special, a gift to the universe. Thanks for listening. Joey Burns Tucson, AZ October 3, 2017 Purchase In The Reins:
Calexico Sep 28, 2017
#tbt Para The song got its name from a series of paintings by our friend Neo Rauch. It was a working title, but I decided to keep it when Joey had asked me to write the lyrics for the song. Para means 'for' in Spanish, but it can also mean 'stop'. The Terence Malick movie 'Tree of Life' was out around that time, and I really loved it. The way it was shot, the way it captured the dynamics of a young family without a lot of dialogue, and how it showed that from the beginning of time, an act of kindness and compassion can change the course of life. Zachary Spiger was the director of the video, and Joey and I met him down in New Orleans where the song was recorded at The Living Room Studio. Chris George, the owner and engineer of the studio is also a photographer, and he had showed us film footage he had from putting a tiny camera in a remote controlled airplane, this was before drones, so it was pretty cool seeing this aerial footage, I thought since the chorus said to 'take it down' it would be cool to see the shot going up. I remembered too, that my sister had a VHS tape of old home movies my father took back in the 50's and 60's, I thought that they would fit nice with the sentiment of the song, and how it related to 'The Tree of Life'. I thought Zach did a great job blending those shots in with his shots of us through the water and some nice documentation of the neighborhood in Algiers where the studio is located across the river from the French Quarter. Recording at The Living Room Studio was a real treat for me because the drum sounds were so beautiful in the room. Guitar and drums for Para were recorded late at night, the studio had this beautiful vintage set of Gretsch drums, those drums and dark chords Joey was playing were a perfect combination.. John Convertino El Paso, TX Sept 21, 2017 Purchase Algiers:
Calexico Sep 21, 2017
#tbt Two Silver Trees I was digging thru a shoe box of old cassettes I had made years ago and found one of my favorites. Koto music from Japan on one side and The Latin Playboys first album on the other side. I popped it in my portable cassette player and took it with me around the house and on tour. At some point when I was writing music for 'Carried To Dust' (2009) I started playing piano along with the Koto music and recorded some sketches which later became the song "Two Silver Trees". As for the lyrics, I was kicking around a book by Norman Dubie that Sam Beam had suggested reading and at the same time I was intrigued by the news of poisoned Russian spies. All of these unrelated things came together to live under the umbrella of this song. Everything was coming together pretty smoothly. I tried to get out of the way as much as possible. One of the highlights of recording the song was getting to play an actual Koto instrument that our longtime friend and engineer Nick Luca was able to borrow. It helped the song reach full circle. Making the music video was super fun and easy much to the skill and talent of Jamie Fleischel. He was a friend of the record label, Touch and Go Records, and came to Tucson with a camera to make some interviews, live two piece videos around town and make a music video for 'Two Silver Trees'. We showed him around and he would say, "Hey this is a good spot" and then we'd film a few things and move on. For example in the music video we are seen playing in the Tap Room at the Historic Hotel Congress. Later on we took Jamie to a corner of the airplane graveyard. After that he did a bunch of exploring and filming on his own. This is some of my favorite footage including pieces of Wig-O-Rama, contrails in the sky, and scenes around downtown Tucson and Barrio Viejo. He's a natural and did a great job of bridging the feel of our town with the lyrics of the song in a poetic way. Joey Burns Tucson, AZ Sept 18, 2017 Purchase Carried to Dust:
Calexico Aug 04, 2017
We will be playing at the Guadalupe Valley Fest in Baja California, Mexico taking place September 8-9! You can purchase tickets here: #GpeValleyFest #TasteTheSound
Calexico Jul 01, 2017
Happy Fourth of July! Check out our merch store today through July 5 for a special 20% off your order! (Offer excludes media). Code: HAPPY4TH
Calexico May 01, 2017
We are humbled that Paste Magazine listed "Feast of Wire" as one of the best indie folk records of all time!
Calexico Apr 22, 2017
Looking forward to getting our Biosphere 2 on today at 4:30pm MST. If you can't be there, livestream the event via Arizona Public Media. Happy Earth Day!
Calexico Apr 18, 2017
We are happy to announce we’ll be playing the Lost Lake Festival in Phoenix, AZ over October 20th weekend! Tickets are on sale Thurs April 20th at 10am PT / 1pm ET here: See you there!
Calexico Mar 29, 2017
The Sierra Club​ has done a great job organizing many protests against the current administration. Here is one that we feel strongly about and wanted to share with you.
Calexico Feb 06, 2017
There are only three days left to buy our new "From Calexico With Love" tees to benefit Planned Parenthood Action here via Teespring: We have women's and children's sizes and also can ship from the UK for cheaper postage costs for our European fans!
Calexico Jan 31, 2017
Here are some great photos of our "Across the Borderline" show at Celtic Connections via The Line Of Best Fit.
Calexico Jan 30, 2017
We are concerned with the deeply disturbing state of affairs under the new administration and wanted to show our support for Planned Parenthood Action, an organization we believe is essential to protecting and serving the healthcare needs of all women. Joey designed this special “From Calexico With Love" Tee with that in mind. These unique versions will be on sale for 10 days only, and all proceeds will go to benefit Planned Parenthood. Order yours here:
Calexico Jan 25, 2017
Thanks again Glasgow, Celtic Connections and Camilo Lara, Gaby Moreno, pieta brown, DEPEDRO, Orkesta Mendoza, Juan Cirerol, and Katell Keineg for making the "Across The Borderline" show a big success. 📸 by Oliver Nielsen
Calexico Jan 19, 2017
In Glasgow. Love this town. Thanks Celtic Connections for bringing us back. See you all Friday night with Mexican Institute Of Sound, Gaby Moreno, DEPEDRO, Orkesta Mendoza, pieta brown, Juan Cirerol, and Katell Keineg for a show we've titled "Across The Borderline," inspired by the Ry Cooder song.🌵❤🌵Tickets:
Calexico Dec 04, 2016
Today is the last day of our HOLIDAY SALE! 25% off all items in the store!!!!! N. America: (Code: CALEXICO25) Europe: (Discount applied at checkout)
Calexico Nov 30, 2016
We’re having a SALE in our webstore! 25% off all orders through this weekend. NORTH AMERICAN STORE: (CODE: CALEXICO25) EUROPEAN STORE: (DISCOUNT APPLIED AT CHECKOUT) Enjoy!
Calexico Nov 12, 2016
Earlier this year, we recorded an original score for “The Lure”, a documentary directed by Tomas Leach, and it premieres tomorrow (Sunday Nov 13) at DOC NYC. The story is centered around Forrest Fenn who wrote the book "The Thrill Of The Chase" and at the end of the book there is a poem with 9 clues as to where a sizeable treasure Fenn buried somewhere in the Rocky Mountain Range. There are several people that the film follows as they search for this treasure and find themselves drifting in between internal and external challenges. For further info on the film and the premiere, please visit We’ll be sure to let you know when the film has a wider release.
Calexico Oct 28, 2016
Check out some of our friends on tour in Europe and North America promoting their new albums this Fall. Orkesta Mendoza - DEPEDRO - Gaby Moreno - Naim Amor - They are all playing some great live shows, performing new tunes. Greetings from Tucson, Joey
Calexico Oct 27, 2016
Thank you Tucson and Tucson Weekly readers and staff for selecting our band as Best Musical Act of 2016. We're honored to call Tucson home and happy to be back after a long stretch of touring on our newest album "Edge of The Sun." There are so many talented artists and bands in Tucson that we would like to give credit to them as well. We hope to perform in Tucson again soon and we will be writing and recording a new album in the months ahead. Thanks for listening, we love you Tucson! -John and Joey