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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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The Americana stylist and his band favor a minimalist approach to create their throwback sounds.

PG’s Perry Bean hung with the Pokey LaFarge crew when they played in Nashville on their summer tour. LaFarge, guitarist Adam Hoskins, and bassist Joey Glynn spilled the beans on their old-timey tone tools.

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Get a taste of the beautiful, swirling vibrato madness that this EL84-powered head can produce.

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