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Calexico’s Joey Burns (left) and John Convertino (right).

The globally-inspired band taps a United Nations of collaborators to create a sonic stew of cumbia, mariachi, Latin rock, and alt-country on their 10th studio album, the effervescent El Mirador.

For forward-thinking modern artists, experimentation across genres and generations is nothing new. Whether it’s layering acoustic and digital sounds, adding pop flavor to blues-rock, or blending funk, R&B, reggae, and hip-hop, it can seem like there’s no other option than to stir all the multicolor, variegated influences of the past into something that’s refreshingly not quite any of the above. But when it comes to psych-folk, Latin-rock, alt-country group Calexico, melding musical worlds is not as much an experiment as it is an instinct.

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A refined string clamp that does away with those buzzing 6th-string blues.

Fast action for a screw-type capo. Holds low strings exceptionally well. Slim and light.

Not quite as fast as a trigger capo. Still need two hands for some changes.

$29

Dunlop Pivot Capo
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Capos are indispensable to a folk-rock nerd like me. More than a means of accommodating quick key changes, capos are invaluable creative and writing tools—enabling me to explore the possibilities of alternate chord voices, overdub harmonizing rhythm parts fast in the studio, or turn a dull first-position chord progression into something more lively.

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