Calexico to play rare UK show at O2 Academy Bristol (news)

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American stars Calexico are set to visit O2 Academy Bristol in 2013 as part of a rare UK tour.

The six-piece, famous for their unique and alternative take on Americana and country, will perform six shows in the UK and Ireland next year, to promote new album Algiers, which hit the shelves this week.

Calexico have been honing their sound since 1996, and today it’s instantly recognisable.

The band’s core of Joey Burns and John Convertino have dabbled in styles from spaghetti western to surf rock, jazz to Romani and country to Mariachi, all tied together by instinctive songwriting and impeccable musicianship.

Theirs is a world of dusty bars, desert towns and deep romance, and on Algiers it is as enjoyable and inviting as ever.

Named after the neighbourhood of New Orleans where it was recorded, Algiers takes inspiration from its surroundings both in terms of the restored church in which the pair took up residence and the storied nature of the city itself.

Says Burns: “The place is strong and bold, soulful to the core, but surrounded by a sea of darkness.”

Calexico hit O2 Academy Bristol on February 18, 2013. Tickets go on sale at 9am on September 14, 2012.

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