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With a New Album, Calexico Play Webster Hall on Saturday

October 11th, 2012

Joey Burns (vocalist and guitarist) and John Convertino (drummer) have led the musical collective Calexico, based out of Tucson, Ariz., since 1996. Now a six-piece, alongside Paul Niehaus (guitarist), Jacob Valenzuela (multi-instrumentalist), Martin Wenk (multi-instrumentalist) and Volker Zander (bassist), they’ve expertly combined country and Latin music, often in songs about “dusty deserts and the loners that inhabit them.” But their seventh studio album, Algiers (stream it below), reflects the place it was recorded: the 17th Ward of New Orleans. When you think of NOLA music, Professor Longhair, Dr. John and the Meters come to mind, “But when you are there on Algiers Point or on the river or standing outside the chain link fence at Congo Square,” said Burns, “You go back across the water to Haiti, Cuba, Africa.” Of course, even with a new album based on different influences, as a touring band, Calexico (above, playing “Fortune Teller”) remain as tight as ever. See them on Saturday night at Webster Hall.