Danish alternative rockers Mew have been straddling the line between pop music and prog rock for over 20 years now, with music that challenges with complex rhythms and chord structures while still managing to be accessible. Though not the most prolific band – their new 2015 release, +-, is only their sixth album, and their first in nearly six years – they have managed to build a dedicated following worldwide. Last Friday, the band brought this latest release to DC for a late show at the 9:30 Club.
Are your brain, ears, and eyes still recovering from the 9:30 Club’s Matt & Kim double freak-out on Tuesday and Wednesday? Or does tension from your shitty job and the odd guy sitting too close to you on the Metro have you on edge and feeling like you need a vacation south of the border? Then slide on down to the 9:30 Club tonight for the lush desert sounds of Tuscon’s Calexico and give your body a much needed mini-break. Formed almost 20 years ago from a collection of ridiculously talented musicians, Calexico combines textured melodies with Latin instrumentation and flair, and what results is a smooth, smoky sort of cool floating on top of raw tension building underneath. The band plays a mixture of alt-country and Tejano-twinged folk, with a raucous horn section, accordions, occasional bells, and a bunch of other stuff you probably haven’t seen on stage before. D.C. is privy to only the second night of their latest tour, so don’t miss out.
Calexico’s new album Algiers is multi-layered, multi-instrumented, and multi-awesome, and tickets for tonight are still available HERE.
It’s going to be a swaying, grooving, let’s-go-sit-in-the-desert-and-look-at-stars kind of night.