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Tucson, Ariz., multi-instrumentalist duo Calexico and Athens, Ga., multi-instrumentalist quartet Macha (pictured) both traffic in the now-flourishing genre of imaginary film soundtracks. But while Calexico tunes would sound just fine in a Quentin Tarantino or Robert Rodriguez flick, Macha would have to take its songs east to find appropriate scoring work. Calexico mainstays John Covertino and Joey Burns play drums, vibraphone, marimba, organ, accordion, assorted percussion, bass, guitar, and cello, as well as sing. The band’s third and latest CD, Hot Rail, continues down the dusty trail of its predecessors: mariachi-flavored, Duane Eddydamaged, Giant Sand-informed (a band both Covertino and Burns play in) tales of mystery and woe. Both Macha main man Joshua McKay and bandmate Kai Riedl have spent considerable time in Indonesia, adding the country’s music to a sonic education that also includes extensive studies of Sonic Youth and Can. On the band’s self-titled debut and last summer’s See It Another Way, McKay, Riedl, and fellow multitalented guy Wes Martin share duties on vocals, hammered dulcimer, vibraphone, guitar, bass, various double-reed horns, gongs, and Baldwin Fun Machine organ. Its latest effort, the collaborative Macha Loved Bedhead, sounds more like the former than the latter, which is a damn good thing, since the somnambulant (and now defunct) Bedhead is hardly in Macha’s class. Calexico and Macha perform with Knife in the Water at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at IOTA, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $12. (703) 522-8340. (Christopher Porter)