XIXA/Bloodline: An offshoot of Giant Sand and Calexico, these desert rockers have answered the question of where the next Leonard Cohen is coming from. Sure, they wear their pomo-ness proudly but they bring the pomo to "I'm Your Man" in high style. Sounding much like Cohen up until he started working with Pat Leonard, I guess if you trade snow for sand...? Wild stuff that looks at another side of life and does a great job of giving you a musical tour of the wrong side of the tracks. Wild stuff throughout.