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Following the release of their latest album ‘The Thread That Keeps Us’ earlier this year on City Slang, Calexico have announced a run of European tour dates for this summer.

To celebrate these new dates, the band have also shared a new music video for “Another Space”, which captures the rituals of daily life through a striking time-lapse lens.

In bringing ‘The Thread That Keeps Us’ to life, Joey Burns and John Convertino found a spiritual home in unusual surroundings—not in Arizona, but on the Northern California coast in a home-turned-studio called the Panoramic House. Built from debris and shipyard-salvaged timber—and dubbed “The Phantom Ship” by the band—the grandiose house and its edge-of-the-world-like ambiance soon made their way into the songs. The spectre of California also had a powerful effect: as both dream state and nightmare, its infinite duality is mirrored in the music, giving Calexico a new direction and new edge

‘The Thread That Keeps Us’ captures the anxieties and unease of living in tumultuous times. But while the album draws a kinetic energy from all that uncertainty, its lyrics unfold with a literary nuance and sense of setting and character. “Instead of writing straight-up protest songs, I want to tell stories,” Burns says. Largely inspired by his wanderings around Northern California during the album’s production, the narratives embedded in the record reflect on displacement, transitory existence, and—in Burns’s words—“returning to your home after being gone for some time and seeing how things have changed, and maybe not in the best way.”

Calexico are Joey Burns, John Convertino, Martin Wenk, Jacob Valenzuela, Sergio Mendoza, Jairo Zavala Ruiz, and Scott Colberg.

Calexico on tour:
28th June - Vida Festival, Vilanova i la Geltrú (ES)
30th June - Down the Rabbit Hole Festival, Ewijk (NL)
1st July - Openluchttheater Rivierenhof, Antwerp (BE)
3rd July - Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Athens (GR)
4th July - Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Athens (GR)
5th July - Ulmer Zelt, Ulm (DE)
6th July - Parkbühne Geyser Haus, Leipzig (DE)
7th July - Pohoda Festival, Trencin (SK)
9th July - Kino Siska, Ljubljana (SI)
12th July - Corte Deli Agostiniani, Rimini (IT)
13th July - Anfiteatro Museo Pecci, Prato (IT)
14th July - Auditorium Horszowski, Monforte d’Alba (IT)
15th July - Carroponte, Milan (IT)
18th July - Zeltival, Karlsruhe (DE)
19th July - Arena Wien, Vienna (AT)
20th July - Colours of Ostrava Festival, Ostrava (CZ)
21st July - Noches del Botanico, Madrid (ES)
10th Aug - Capitol, Hannover (DE)
11th Aug - Picture on Festival, Bildein (AT)
13th Aug - Ex Port Delta, Rijeka (HR)
14th Aug - Schlachthof, Wiesbaden (DE)
15th Aug - E-Werk, Erlangen (DE)
16th Aug - Festival Rock oz’ Arenes, Avenches (CH)
17th Aug - Brussels Summer Festival, Brussels (BE)
20th Aug - Posten, Odense (DK)
21st Aug - Pustervik, Gothenburg (SE)
22nd Aug - Nalen, Stockholm (SE)
23rd Aug - The Helsinki Festival, Helsinki (FI)
25th Aug - Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht (NL)


Date: Thursday 31st of May 2018
Editor: laura[at]
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Calexico is an alt-country band formed in Tucson, Arizona in 1996, known for playing an eclectic variety of music. The two main members are Joey Burns and John Convertino, who first played together in Los Angeles as part of the group Giant Sand. They have recorded a number of albums on Quarterstick Records, while their 2005 album In the Reins, a collaboration with Iron & Wine, has reached the Billboard 200 album charts. Burns and Convertino have also collaborated with Lisa Germano and Howe Gelb as OP8, releasing the album Slush in 1997. Read more about Calexico on