Tag: Joey Burns

  • Calexico

    Tucson-based Americana indie band Calexico makes cultural appropriation sound good, with well-conceived guitar-based melodies about border crossers and journeymen, tinged with mariachi horns and a general sadness. The two main members, Joey Burns and John Convertino, have proven album after album that although there’s nothing quite new under the desert sun, the old sounds can […]

  • Calexico+The Dodos

    Guitarist-singer Joey Burns and drummer John Convertino add a mostly atmospheric New Orleans tinge to their moody and downbeat Southwestern sound on Calexico’s new Algiers. (Mas mariachi aqui, por favor.) They’re joined by another idiosyncratic and acousti-centric duo, San Francisco’s Meric Long and Logan Kroeber, who offer a credible, somewhat freaky Mumfords alternative to anyone […]


    An especially fine installment in City Winery’s new “Pairings” series—you can guess what the concept is here—this double bill brings together Joey Burns and John Convertino of Calexico, the long-running Tucson-based indie-roots outfit, with Keren Ann, the French-Israeli chanteuse who named her 2004 album Nolita after her adopted New York neighborhood. Last year’s Carried to […]

  • Calexico’s Western Reunion

    When we last heard from the Sergio Leone–worshipping Tex-Mex balladeers Calexico on 2006’s middling Garden Ruin, it seemed the Man With No Name had finally died. The heralding trumpets, wheezing accordions, and textural click-clacks that defined the Tucson, Arizona, group had moseyed off into the sunset, replaced by cookie-cutter indie-rock guitars that only occasionally hinted […]


    Tucson’s Calexico remains one of the few solid outfits to emerge from the Americana tent during the 1990s. The core duo of Joey Burns and John Convertino—alongside a revolving cast of players and drop-in friends—retains a patented “high lonesome electronica drifter” sound. And yet, they’re always fluid enough to switch up between many poles, including […]

  • Rolling Asunder

    A no-depressionist’s wet dream come true, the Iron and Wine–meets-Calexico pairing came through New York for an ambitious three nights, billing themselves as a modern-day “Band meets Dylan.” Calexico assumed the role of Robbie Robertson and company, and Sam Beam was Bob, but let’s face it: The Last Waltz and the Rolling Thunder Revue tour […]