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Cheers for Calexico

by Laura Fedele
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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.

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.

SUPPORTED BY FAIRWAY MARKETCalexico 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.

Here are a few Calexico highlights from the FUV Vault, with some video and photo love below:

2012 WFUV Live Concert
2008 Studio A session
2006 Studio A session
 

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Calexico with Darren DeVivo at WFUV
Calexico with Darren DeVivo at WFUV
Calexico at the 2008 Newport Folk Festival
Sunday at the Newport Folk Festival, 2008 - Joey Burns
Sunday at the Newport Folk Festival, 2008 - What's Calexico without the horns?
Sunday at the Newport Folk Festival, 2008 - Joey Burns
Sunday at the Newport Folk Festival, 2008 - Joey Burns on lead vocals
Sunday at the Newport Folk Festival, 2008 - Joey Burns takes flight
Sunday at the Newport Folk Festival, 2008 - Paul Niehaus on guitar
Sunday at the Newport Folk Festival, 2008 - Jim James steps to the mic
Sunday at the Newport Folk Festival, 2008 - Jim James guest vocals on Bob Dylan's 'Acapulco'
Fort Stage, Saturday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Fort Stage, Saturday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Fort Stage, Saturday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Fort Stage, Saturday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Fort Stage, Saturday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Fort Stage, Saturday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Fort Stage, Saturday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Fort Stage, Saturday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Fort Stage, Saturday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Fort Stage, Saturday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Fort Stage, Saturday. Photo by Laura Fedele
Rita Houston in person, Calexico on the screen
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele
Calexico rocks a full room of WFUV Members downstairs at Hill Country BBQ in Manhattan. Hosted by Dennis Elsas. Photo by Laura Fedele

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