'Calexico' - O2 Shepherds Bush, London
'Calexico' - O2 Shepherds Bush, London

LIVE MUSIC : ‘Calexico’ – O2 Shepherds Bush, London (28th April 2015)

If I’d have been canny enough to take the ‘Michelin I-Spy Musical Instruments Guide’ to last night’s sell-out ‘Calexico’ gig then I’m pretty certain every entry within this children’s masterpiece would have had a firm red tick against it. Such was the amount of instrumentation on show it actually beggared belief. After a flurry of recent gigs which simply contained an artist, a keyboard and a guitar last night’s show was like giving up cake for lent only then to be given the front door key to a cake factory.

Trumpets, a double bass, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, an accordion, drums, keyboards and even a xylophone (yes, I said a xylophone) were on offer … and those were just the items I could see from my lofty position. Refreshing doesn’t even come close to expressing just how wonderful this educational walk through an A-Z of instrumentation was.

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Arizona based band ‘Calexico’ were in town to share some of their Latin love with a grey and bitterly cold London, and within 15 minutes of the opening track ‘Falling from the Sky’ you knew you were seeing something very special. There is no pretence or stage theatrics with ‘Calexico’. What you get, apart from every instrument under the sun, is a band that clearly seems to enjoy performing. Hi-fives and appreciative hugs were plentiful throughout as the bad treated us to tunes from their 2015 album ‘Edge of the Sun’ and their bulging back catalogue.

The set was jammed full of highlights. Certainly ‘Miles from the Sea’, ‘Sunken Waltz’ and ‘Bullets & Rocks’ impressed (the latter from the bands second encore). However, ‘World Undone’ and the incredible ‘Alone Again Or’ stole the show. The latter received a frenzied response from the audience and was worth the entry fee alone.

The performance seemed almost effortless; more a case of friends jamming than the pomp-and-circumstance often associated with touring bands. There were constant interchanges between instruments and musicians but the level of the production never dipped.

The band only has a handful of UK dates remaining. Don’t miss out on this touring fiesta

You can see ‘Calexico’ at one of the following venues…

30th April 2015 – The Albert Hall, Manchester BUY TICKETS

1st May 2015 – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool BUY TICKETS

2nd May 2015 – The Limelight, Belfast BUY TICKETS

4th May 2015 – Olympia Theatre, Dublin BUY TICKETS

The full set-list for the ‘O2 Shepherds Bush’ gig was…

‘Falling From the Sky’

‘Across the Wire’

‘Cumbia de Donde’


‘Sunken Waltz’

‘When the Angels Played’

‘Miles from the Sea’


‘Maybe on Monday’

‘Moon Never Rises’


‘World Undone’


‘Fortune Teller’

‘Not Even Stevie Nicks’ – With ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division)

‘Alone Again Or’



‘Bullets & Rocks’

‘Tapping on the Line’

‘Beneath the City of Dreams’

‘Guero Canelo’

Encore 2 :


‘Follow the River’

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