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 punkish mariachi and punkish psych courtesy of Love. Of course, it helped that my respect was stoked in the forge of Feast of Wire during a season lost in L.A.’s freeways. Mercifully, Calexico’s new Carried to Dust looks set to renovate and refine their commitment to restless experimentation.
Wed., Sept. 24, 8 p.m., 2008