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The Thread That Keeps Us
Edge of the Sun
Selections from Road Atlas 1998-2011
Selections from Road Atlas 1998-2011
The Guard Original Soundtrack
Frank's Tavern
Carried to Dust (Bonus Track Version)
Carried to Dust
Garden Ruin
Garden Ruin
Live Sessions EP
In the Reins
Feast of Wire
Hot Rail
The Black Light
Even My Sure Things Fall Through
Rock Oz'Arènes Rock Oz'Arènes 2018
Venue: Unknown venue (Avenches, Switzerland) Find tickets
Calexico at Posten (August 20, 2018)
Venue: Posten (Odense, Denmark) Find tickets
Calexico at Pustervik (August 21, 2018)
Venue: Pustervik (Gothenburg, Sweden) Find tickets
Calexico with Songs of Boda at Nalen Stora Salen (August 22, 2018)
Venue: Nalen Stora Salen (Stockholm, Sweden) Find tickets
Calexico Aug 11, 2018
Croatia! We're thrilled to be back and performing at Ex Port Delta in Rijeka on 13 August. Tickets still available:
Calexico Aug 09, 2018
#tbt "Sideshow" While the political circus in the States continues to unravel and before we head to Europe on tour I thought I would chose this circus inspired song titled “Sideshow." Every now and then a good family circus rolls into town and all eyes are focused on the death defying acts under the big tent. Our song “Sideshow” is an homage to those who dedicate their lives to holding up our imagination and reminding us to dream. Siempre Circo. Joey Burns Tucson, AZ Stream "Sideshow" here: Purchase 'The Black Light' here: 📷: Marianne Visser at Poppodium 013, Tilburg NL | circa 1998
Calexico Aug 06, 2018
Colorado! We’ll be performing at On Tap with KBCO Live Music at Breckenridge Brewery on Saturday, September 22 with CAKE and DeVotchKa. The show benefits Take Note Colorado, which is a statewide initiative to provide access to musical instruments & instruction to every K-12 student in Colorado. See all show details, including how to purchase tickets, here:
Calexico Aug 02, 2018
#tbt “The Vanishing Mind" On our European tour last month the backstage hallway at Kino Siska in Ljubljana proved to be a perfect spot to record a solo version of “The Vanishing Mind." I was rehearsing the song as per someone’s request, dusting off the song in a bath of light and reverb. This is one of my favorite songs from the album ‘Algiers,’ which talks about seeing someone you love gradually slip away. A good reminder to hold the ones you love close as life is short. Filmed by Gaelle Beri and edited by Brandise Danesewich. Joey Burns Tucson, AZ Listen to the studio version here: Buy 'Algiers' here:
Calexico Jul 19, 2018
#tbt "Cruel" One of the things I miss about Tucson is listening to KXCI Community Radio, so sometimes I will stream it. A few days after Trump was elected I wanted to hear the show Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman. After her show, the afternoon mix came on and the DJ played our song “Cruel” off of 'Garden Ruin.’ Listening back, the song takes on a completely different meaning for me in the present context politically. When we were putting the song together down in Bisbee, AZ, I was initially thinking something along the lines of a Motown groove. It was really fun working with JD Foster on this record, and coming up with some different sounds. John Convertino Writing from Vienna, Austria Listen to “Cruel": Purchase ‘Garden Ruin':
Calexico Jul 16, 2018
Joey sat down with Reginald Hunter for BBC Two’s special “Songs of the Border.” Watch a performance clip of "Across The Wire” and part of the conversation here:
Calexico Jul 12, 2018
#tbt “Drenched” It’s Monsoon season back home in Tucson, and it’s also raining here in Italy where we are currently on tour. The other night in Verona a couple asked if we could play the song “Drenched” from the ‘Hot Rail’ album (2000). This is one of those songs that we get asked every now and then to perform. It has an epic chorus with strings and horns that makes a sweeping crescendo. And all the while the rustic acoustic guitar and drums keep the foundation rooted with two feet in the soil. Floating in the ether there is a far away sounding melodica which reminds me of Maestro Ennio Morricone’s use of space in his arrangements. Joey Burns Writing From Rimini, Italy Listen to "Drenched": Purchase 'Hot Rail': Photo: Peter Pakvis (Getty Images)
Calexico Jul 03, 2018
Soundchecking for the first of two shows at Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, Greece. Night one is sold-out (and underway) but tickets are still available for tomorrow’s show. Find tickets and see all upcoming dates at || 📷: Gaelle Beri (
Calexico Jun 28, 2018
Our summer European tour kicks off today in Vilanova I La Geltru, Spain for Vida Festival. We've collaborated with artist Mishka Westell - Art, Design, Illustration to create a limited edition poster for the upcoming dates, available at the merch table. See all upcoming dates and purchase tickets at
Calexico Jun 25, 2018
Our summer European tour kicks off this week! We’re looking forward to performing all throughout Europe - a handful of Italian dates, a return to Vienna at The Arena open air, and two nights at The Acropolis in Athens, just to name a few. Find tickets and see all upcoming dates: 📷: Lauren Jacobson
Calexico Jun 21, 2018
#tbt Stray Starting from a simple repetitive acoustic bass line, the song “Stray” sets out to leave more space in the arrangement than to fill it. One of the things I’m most impressed with from the original session for ‘The Black Light’ is the minimalism throughout. There’s a foundation in this particular track that’s been a solid vehicle for us to collaborate with musicians all over the world, like Bassekou Kouyaté from Mali and Τακίμ TAKIM from Greece. This song is a meditation. There are only verses, a simple trumpet melody, and the chorus, punctuated with trumpet hits echoed by descending nylon guitar. With its bare bone construction, “Stray” leaves plenty of room for both guest musicians and listeners to find their own way. Joey Burns Tucson, AZ Listen to "Stray" here: Purchase 'The Black Light' here: 📷: Rough draft of "Stray" lyrics. 1997
Calexico Jun 14, 2018
#tbt “Missing” If there is one element that has connected our band over time it’s been the theme of space. Whether it’s in the places we like to record, the arrangements of our songs, or the topics of space woven into our lyrics. The song “Missing” has all of these elements working together. There’s an overarching story line of a cross border romance on ‘The Black Light’ and this song delves into the hearts of it’s two main characters. Joey Burns Tucson, AZ Listen to "Missing" here: Purchase 'The Black Light' here:
Calexico Jun 04, 2018
Tour continues tomorrow in San Francisco with two nights at Great American Music Hall with special guest Julia Jacklin. Tickets for both nights available here: For all upcoming dates, visit: 📷: Brandise Danesewich
Calexico May 31, 2018
Hey everybody. We start our next leg of tour today in our hometown of Tucson, Arizona. We look forward to seeing you on the road and you can see all upcoming dates here: - Joey 📹: "Under The Wheels" (KXCI Community Radio Session, 5.30.2018 |
Calexico May 31, 2018
We stopped by KJZZ Phoenix to perform for their Tiny Desert Concert series ahead of the next leg of The Thread That Keeps Us tour. Watch the performance here: See all upcoming tour dates:
Calexico May 31, 2018
We'll be live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic on Monday, June 4. Tune in at 11:15AM PT ( or check back here on Monday for a live stream of the performance.
Calexico May 31, 2018
We'll be live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic on Monday, June 4. Tune in at 11:15AM PT ( or check back here on Monday for a live stream of the performance.
Calexico May 25, 2018
#tbt Bloodflow It’s been 20 years since we recorded and released 'The Black Light.' It’s still my favorite. Beginners luck? Maybe. I think Craig Schumacher, Nick Luka, Joey, and I were all kind of learning and experimenting at the same time; learning how to use the studio as an instrument, the lines of knowing and not knowing were blurred, and it didn’t matter. The studio was in a giant early 20th century warehouse that wasn’t soundproofed, so there are a lot of sounds and noises that made it onto the recordings. Some of them are so perfectly timed it's spooky. At the end of the song “Bloodflow" there are people screaming. Why and what where they screaming at? I’ll let that mystery be. John Convertino Tucson, AZ Purchase 'The Black Light' here: 📷: Patrice Rolle c. 1999 | Bordeaux France | Club Le Jimmy
Calexico May 23, 2018
We’re happy to release the video for the track “Another Space” filmed by Jonny Sanders. It’s a hypnotic look at daily life thru the eye of time lapse. See you on the road this summer.
Calexico May 17, 2018
#tbt “Epic" We recently played New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. It's such an honor to be a part of one of the oldest and most diverse festivals in the large, loud, and raucous USA. While we were there I was thinking back on when we recorded in Algiers, across the river from the French Quarter. It was there that we came up with the song “Epic." “Epic" was one of the first things we did there and the feeling behind the track is so hopeful. I really miss that these days, but am so thankful that we have memories and songs that can bring us back to a more positive time. Don’t forget to seek out the stories and songs of love, hope, and compassion; they are there and they do inspire. John Convertino Tucson, AZ Purchase 'Algiers' here:
Calexico May 12, 2018
John sat down with Movie Crush w/ Chuck Bryant to discuss Francis Ford Coppola's 1983 classic Rumble Fish, film scoring, and more. Listen here:
Calexico May 10, 2018
We're coming up on the 20th anniversary of ‘The Black Light’. One of the more obscure tracks on the album was “Vinegaroon”, a message machine recording of drums and acoustic guitar. The track was named after a small scorpion that emits a vinegar smell when agitated. We knew someone who got bit and were talking about it in the studio. Maybe the guitar part reminded us of the creature? Who knows, but I love the lo-fi quality. This tune was a bit long so we did some random editing with the help of engineer Nick Luca to make it even more weird. Joey Burns Tucson, AZ Purchase 'The Black Light' here:
Calexico May 08, 2018
LIVE AT ACROPOLIS. We've added a second night in Athens on Wednesday 4, July for Athens & Epidaurus Festival. Tickets are on sale now:
Calexico May 07, 2018
Watch "Voices in the Field" from our April 28 performance on Live from Here. Listen back to the full show:
Calexico May 04, 2018
"Cumbia de Donde" from last week's Live from Here at The Town Hall. Find videos of all of the songs we performed ( and listen back to the full show (