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On Algiers, their fantastic seventh full length, Americana indie outfit Calexico prove to be, as always, allergic to mediocrity. Algiers (recorded in a New Orleans church and named after that local neighborhood) isn’t the band’s most dynamic or immediately satisfying effort. They’ve stripped away some of the sonically pleasing sprawl of their recent albums, leaving a slightly monochromatic feel throughout—both sleepy ballads and full-throttle anthems are propelled by acoustic guitars, double-bass, brushed drums and their trademark mariachi horns. But Joey Burns and company remain masters of texture and emotion, wrangling every ounce of magic from the minimal, Shinsesque “Fortune Teller” and the dust-blown “Splitter,” which soars and revs like a lost Jackson Browne classic. And with the tense, whispery “Hush,” they’ve crafted arguably their most devastating song to date.
Beth Hart shares the opening track from her latest album, Bang Bang Boom Boom, live at Relix.
Jamie Lidell sets up in the Relix boiler room and delivers a tune from his 2005 album Multiply
Duane Trucks is happy to announce his new project, King Lincoln. Watch them perform “Coffee” live and acoustic at Relix’s Online-Video Coordinator’s loft in Williamsburg.
Here’s another song from Crystal Bowersox’s new record All That For This, live at Relix.
WYATT share a song in the famed Relix boiler room.
Goodnight, Texas share a song from their latest studio album, A Long Life of Living, live at Relix.
Warren Haynes performs a solo, acoustic version of “Railroad Boy” and explains how he adapted the traditional Celtic song for Gov’t Mule, backstage at the Hangout Music Festival.
Australia’s Alpine recently made their NYC debut at the Relix office with this song from their new album A is for Alpine.
In honor of Umphrey’s McGee’s return to Summer Camp this weekend, we present the group’s Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger performing this version of “The Pequod” from UM’s Anchor Drops.
Dame shares a song from her new EP Preventions of Heartbreak.
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