Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix.
And here are a few of the coolest, our top five must-see shows this week.
Editor's Note: An abridged version of this article appears in this week's issue, featuring 100 Songs that Defined Arizona. In celebration of Arizona's centennial, we spoke with Eric Swedlund, a writer, photographer, editor, and all-around-good-dude in Tucson, Arizona, about "We Got Cactus," sort of ... More >>
All Photos by Melissa FossumCake
Cake and Calexico
Friday, June 10, 2011
Calexico and Cake on the same ticket...seems a little unexpected, right? The bands have more in common than meets the eye.
Both bands use horns, and Calexico's connection to Artists for Action makes them ... More >>
Song: Calexico, "Crystal Frontier" (Live in Nuremberg)Context: When I spoke with Calexico frontman Joey Burns in the wake of the Giffords tragedy we discussed this song, which he suggested as a wake-up tune aboard the space shuttle for the astronaut husband of a famous fan of his band, Gabby Giff ... More >>
Song: Giant Sand, "Ride The Rail"Context: Howe Gelb's legendary Tucson band Giant Sand -- where Joey Burns started before forming Calexico -- has scheduled a date at Tucson's gorgeous Rialto Theatre. It's next Saturday, actually, which would make for a nice little roadtrip.
This track, "Ride The ... More >>
Joey Burns (left) is a big fan of Gabby Giffords. Giffords, in turn, is a big fan of his band, Calexico.In 2008, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was given the chance to choose the "wake- up" music to roust her astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, and the rest of the crew slumbering above Earth a ... More >>
Joey Burns of Calexico is a friend of Gabby Giffords.If you're a loyal reader of all the New Times blogs you may have spotted a few familiar bylines over on our news blog, Valley Fever.All our coverage related to the tragic shooting in Tucson is there for convenience sake, but in case you missed ... More >>
How's this for a cool video to kick off a rainy Wednesday: Joey Burns of Tucson's critically-acclaimed experimentalist alt-country outfit Calexico gives National Geographic magazine a tour of his town.He plays a song in Solar Culture, takes the crew by Cafe Poca Cosa and talks about the spirit of c ... More >>
Luke HolwerdaCalexico's Joey Burns sings at the band's show Saturday at Heritage Square. See more shots in our Calexico slide show.There's one word that describes the Calexico concert at Heritage Square last night: Classy. From the tastefully-appointed stage, to the home-made tamales and high-end be ... More >>