When George Harrison returned from India, he had Ravi Shankar’s sitar ringing in his head. American singer/songwriter Shawn Phillips taught Harrison how to play, and Western music was forever changed. Skipping ahead a half a century brings us to Dawg Yawp, an astonishing duo that makes an impressive Pop/Rock racket with just guitars, sitar, synthesizers, mandolin and voices. The pair, Tyler Randall and Rob Keenan, exude a familiar melodicism, harmonic gift and flair on their debut EP, Two Hearted, released back in May on Bandcamp. But don’t point fingers at producer Rob Fetters (raisins/psychodots) — he says he just pressed “record” and let them fly. We suspect there was more to it than that, but whoever did what to who, Dawg Yawp has unleashed a stellar first release with the single flaw of being half as long as it needs to be. More to come soon, we bloody well hope.
YOU’LL DIG IT IF YOU DIG: Richard Thompson and Robert Plant form Fairport Zeppelin. (BB)
Taft Ballroom (All Ages)