Sioux's music is steeped in Native American imagery and atavistic impulses. It features contributions from flautist Gentle Thunder on a redwood-carved instrument and mandolin playing by her father. Her songs sound as if they were actually recorded in the forest. Ross performs front man duties for Sacto band Hella, whom he helped transform from a proggy, speed-mosh duo to a moshy, speed-prog orchestra. But as a solo artist he takes it way down for some aphoristic, Dylan-esque folk rockers. Watson mixes up the formula with some funky backbeats and riffs borrowed from the Staples Singers and Curtis Mayfield, while Diane offers a little twang.
Fri., Sept. 21, 9 p.m., 2007