Wow. That's about the best way to describe the bill of The Silos
/The Original Harmony Creek Dippers
, the best bargain for your buck this week (if not year).
The Silos formed in New York City back in 1985 and went on to help shape the face of contemporary Roots Rock with albums Cuba
and Susan Across the Ocean
. Their latest release is the fantastic Laser Beam Next Door
, released by Checkered Past (also the label home to Cincy's own Ass Ponys). The Silos play punchy, emotive and addicting Power Pop, with just enough of an organic glaze to have it be considered "rootsy." As if that weren't enough of a great show, the openers
provided one of the best local shows last year. Mark Olson (pictured) and Victoria Williams front the Dippers, and provide such a loose, spine-tingling atmosphere in concert that you'll feel like you're sitting in the living room listening to some close (albeit extremely talented) friends. Expect lots of stuff from Olson's superb recent solo effort, My Own Jo Ellen
, as well solo Williams and, well, pretty much anything you feel like yelling out from the collective's collective discography. As shown by the group's last hottenany in town, they're very open to requests.
At the Southgate House on Tuesday.-- M.B.