Alternative rockers Calexico will use their December concerts--including a pair of shows opening for Los Lobos--as a platform for raising humanitarian awareness on social issues. Alternative-pop collective Calexico has set sail on its 2006 summer tour, a 19-date outing that finds the group supporting its most recent release, "Garden Ruin."
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Calexico takes a complete left turn with its new release, "Garden Ruin." It's a work that shares so little in common with the group's previous outing, 2003's "Feast of Wire," that it's amazing to think it came from the same band. Iron & Wine and Calexico, who recently wrapped up a joint tour through the West, turn their attention to the East during a late-fall run. Iron & Wine and Calexico have announced dates for the West Coast swing of a collaborative tour, beginning Oct. 15 in Tucson, AZ. East Coast dates are expected to follow, but have not yet been announced. The Quebec City Summer Festival is arguably the most diversely appealing music event in North America, in the same league with the likes of Austin's South by Southwest, New Orleans' Jazz and Heritage fest and Seattle's Bumbershoot. It's taken several weeks for Wilco's fall tour to take shape, but the outing has grown into a 25-plus city affair that spans three months. Using bold strokes of light and sound, Tucson, AZ's Calexico transformed a Los Angeles theater into a painted desert on Thursday night (9/18).