Calexico will be taking over The Fine Line in Minneapolis on Monday, April 23rd with a show that is sure to make you forget about the Monday blues. The ninth studio album from Calexico, The Thread That Keeps Us is a timely snapshot of the Arizona-bred band: a family portrait capturing their stylistic variety and unpredictability while still finding solace in limitless creativity. In bringing the album to life, vocalist/guitarist Joey Burns and drummer 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 ambience soon made their way into the songs. The specter 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. With less polish and more grit than ever before, The Thread That Keeps Us both honors enduring traditions and reveals Calexico’s confidence in songwriting, ultimately setting a whole new standard for the band.
Kicking off the night will be Chicago native Ryley Walker. Ryler’s music is Chicago-y sounding. Chicago sounds like a train constantly coming towards you but never arriving. That’s the sound I hear, all the time, ringing in my ears. Everybody here’s always hustling. Everybody who talks to you on the street’s always got something they’re coming at you with. It’s the sound of strangers dodging one another. And landlords knocking on doors to get rent that people don’t have. But it’s eerily quiet at night. This record is the sound of walking home late at night through Chicago in the middle of winter and being half-creeped out, scared someone’s going to punch you in the back of the head, and half in the most tranquil state you’ve been in all day, enjoying the quiet and this faint wind, and buses going by on all-night routes. That’s the sound to tune in to. That’s the sound of Chicago to me.
Tickets are still available here.
April 19 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
April 20 – Dale, TX – Old Settler’s Music Festival
April 21 – Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard
April 22 – St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill Duck Room
April 23 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
April 25 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
April 26 – Cincinnati, OH – The Woodward Theater
April 27 – Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre
April 28 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
April 29 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
May 1 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
May 2 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
May 3 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater
May 7 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
May 8 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge