CULTURE

Calexico headed for Greece, but not Athens

Currently passing through Europe as part of a tour that will also take the group to the US and eventually bring it back to the continent later this year, the noteworthy American band Calexico will be in Greece for two shows early next week, but neither date will be in Athens. The band from Tucson, Arizona, which has forged a distinctive and enchanting Tex-Mex sound since emerging in the late 1990s, will perform in Thessaloniki, at Aretsou Beach, on August 28 and on the island of Crete the following evening, at Iraklion’s Nikos Kazantzakis Garden Theater. The band, a regular and popular visitor here ever since its second album, 1998’s «The Black Light,» began catching on with a considerable local fan base, is touring in support of a new album, «Garden Ruin,» the band’s fifth. Sparser and less dramatic than its predecessors – where styles such as surf rock, fados, 50s-era jazz, country, and spaghetti western soundtrack music dominated Calexico’s work – the latest album, released in April, is the act’s first without sprawling instrumentals. Touring as a sextet, the act’s core members Joey Burns and John Convertino have been joined by four musicians who have established themselves as regular collaborators in recent years, including the pedal steel player Paul Niehaus, on loan from another splendid act, the alternative country band Lambchop.