2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Presented by: globalFEST/RPS


Friday, March 18
11:00PM - 11:40PM


Listen to Shift and Shadow


Eerie Desert Frequency: XIXA’s First Album Traces a Sonic Bloodline

The desert has a frequency, a sound you can hear in the wilds around. XIXA tunes in and warps it, in glittering, gritty psychedelic cumbia tracks on their debut album, Bloodline (Barbes Records / Glitterhouse Records: February 2016), an expansion on their recent EP Shift and Shadow.

The band hails from the Tucson indie rock scene; core members Brian Lopez and Gabriel Sullivan are also part of Giant Sand and played with the likes of William Sedlmayr, Calexico and KT Tunstall. XIXA wanders far and wide, into the psychedelia of Amazon backwaters, the bumping grind of chicha, quirky electronics and West African desert blues (Imarhan’s and Tamashek rock legend Tinariwen’s Sadam Iyad Imarhan collaborated with XIXA to write “World Goes Away”.)

At turns rough and raw, scintillating and ethereal, the band evokes the stark magic and eeriness of the desert, ...

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