Mexico exists for Clyne like the green light of Daisy's dock for Gatsby: It's a symbol of joy and redemption from the "Mexican Moonshine" and "Contraband" to drifting rock ode to natural beauty, "Smaller and Better Things." Clyne's songs are populated with south-of-the-border references, clothed in rockabilly/country-rock swagger and largely preoccupied with enjoying cervezas and living in the momentor at least forestalling the inevitable, going back to "Banditos," his '90s hit with The Refreshments. Mexico is Clyne's Yoknapatawpha County, where he's the carpet-bagging "Americano," enjoying his own Margaritaville. Their alcohol-soaked shows match their high-spirited sounds, winning converts every night to fuel a DIY career that has spanned a decade and six self-released albums. Their strong audience connection fed last year's Turbo Ocho, which was written and recorded in Rocky Point, Mexico, over eight days. While recording, daily video feeds through their site prompted fan input that influenced the album.
Wed., March 11, 8 p.m., 2009