Calexico had hips swaying and hands clapping at the Neptune on June 9th. The Tucson-based group combined indie rock and alt-country with a variety of traditional Latin musical influences to produce a spectrum of moods and styles throughout the set. The show featured several cumbias, including “Flores y Tamales,” sung by Spanish guitarist Jairo Zavala Ruiz.
The seven-man band is the product of two decades of collaboration between guitarist–vocalist Joey Burns and drummer John Convertino. This tour showcased Calexico’s ninth studio album, The Thread that Keeps Us. Consistent with themes from that work, Burns paused at the mic to call for immigration reform and unity through music.
Opening the show was Australian singer–songwriter Julia Jacklin, who performed solo guitar tunes before being joined by two members of Calexico. Her set combined alt-country, folk, and indie-rock influences, interrupted by charming banter about the Space Needle (“We have one of those in Sydney, too”).
Calexico’s encore first brought back Jacklin to sing with the band, and then continued with some older favorites. The night closed with “Güero Canelo,” including a surprise chorus of the Cuban double entendre El Cuarto de Tula.
In June, Upstream Music Fest + Summit drew over 30,000 attendees to the Pioneer Square district of Seattle for three days of music. The festival featured over 200 performers, many from the Northwest, in 15+ venues and twin outdoor Sound Lot main stages. Over 30 buskers performed throughout Pioneer Square.
Congratulations to Upstream Music Festival, who celebrated its second year in June, 2018. For day one, we’ve got photos of Colleen Green, So Pitted, Dryland, Brackets and Blood Drugs. Most of these bands are signed on Seattle labels, and Brackets will be at this year’s Freakout Fest in November. We’ll also have days two & three up shortly, so stay tuned!
Cool Cover:Henry Derek Elis‘ The Devil Is My Friend Details:The Devil Is My Friend is the debut full-length by Henry Derek Elis (The Sweet Meat Love & Holy Cult). Its appropriately gothic artwork comes from Travis Smith, whose work you may have seen on album covers for artists such as Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer and Opeth. Get Elis’ first album starting October 26th.
Australian singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin is on the road with First Aid Kit and recently made a stop in Seattle. She played a solo set at the Paramount Theatre in support of her sophomore album, Eastwick / Cold Caller. A few more shows in the US, then it’s off to Europe for shows that have already sold out.