It’s been fifteen years since Joey Burns and John Convertino launched Calexico, after first playing together in Howe Gelb’s band Giant Sand. Named for a small town on the Mexican-American border, Calexico’s very name has always suggested the dusty, southwestern soundscapes for which they’ve become known. While it’s perhaps that sound that remains the filter through which all things pass, they’ve also expanded their palette over the years to include Cuban, Afro-Peruvian and Portugese sounds, among others on the Latin continuum, as well as classic country and jazz. Their latest release, Algiers, found them relocating to New Orleans for its recording, that most European of American cities managing in some ways to work its way into the record’s nooks and crannies.

Calexico played this set for us before their recent performance at the Aladdin Theater in Portland. Watch more videos from Calexico on our YouTube page.


Audio recording/mixing: Steven Kray
Video editor: Nate Sjol
Videographers: Nate Sjol / John Kin / Anthony Del Calzo / Jeremy Petersen / Daniela Jiménez
Photos: Nathan Quigley
Executive Producer: David Christensen