We are giving away a pair of tickets to Calexico @ Revolution Hall on June 7. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, June 4.
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June 7, 2018
$25 | Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | 21+
More info: revolutionhall.com
1300 SE Stark St., Portland, OR
The ninth studio album from Calexico, The Thread That Keeps Us is a timely snapshot of the Arizona bred band: a family portrait capturing their stylistic variety and unpredictability while still finding solace in limitless creativity. In bringing the album to life, vocalist/guitarist Joey Burns and drummer John Convertino found a spiritual home in unusual surroundings-not in Arizona, but on the Northern California coast in a home-turned-studio called the Panoramic House. Built from debris and shipyard-salvaged timber-and dubbed “The Phantom Ship” by the band-the grandiose house and its edge-of-the-world-like ambience soon made their way into the songs. The specter of California also had a powerful effect: as both dream state and nightmare, its infinite duality ismirrored in the music, giving Calexico a new direction and new edge. With less polish and more gritthan ever before, The Thread That Keeps Us both honors enduring traditions and reveals Calexico’sconfidence in songwriting, ultimately setting a whole new standard for the band.
As heard on the album’s lead single and opening track, the drama of the landscape directly impactedthe making of The Thread That Keeps Us. Driven by sing-song melody and galloping rhythms, “End ofthe World with You” discovers an unlikely romanticism in volatile times. With its lyrics illuminating”Love in the age of the extremes,” the track is the perfect intro to an album that endlessly exploresthe contrast between bright and dark, hope and fear.
“These new lines on my face
spell out ‘girl pick up your pace’
if you want to stay true
to what your younger self would do.”
Julia Jacklin thought she’d be a social worker.
Growing up in the Blue Mountains to a family of teachers, Jacklin discovered an avenue to art at the age of 10, thanks to an unlikely source: Britney Spears.
Jacklin chanced upon a documentary about the pop star while on family holiday. “By the time Britney was 12 she’d achieved a lot,” says Jacklin.”I remember thinking, ‘Shit, what have I done with my life? I haven’t achieved anything.’ So I was like, ‘Mum, as soon as we get home from this holiday I need to go to singing lessons.’
Classical singing lessons were the only kind in the area, but Jacklin took to it. Voice control was crucial, and Jacklin flourished. But the lack of expression had the teen seeking substance, and she wound up in a high school band, “wearing surf clothing and doing a lot of high jumps” singing Avril Lavigne and Evanescence covers. It wasn’t much but she was hooked.