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DON'T STOP PLEASE
After the game. Dickey-Stephens Park. $6-$12.
These Central Arkansas up-and-comers have probably gigged around as much or more than any of their peers. There's no better way to get good than by playing all the time, and Don't Stop Please has certainly been putting in the hours, including making it to the final round of this year's Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase.
The six-piece traffics in a folksy kind of indie rock that reminds me quite a bit of the Philadelphia retro-pop experts Dr. Dog, whose Beatles/The Band amalgamation has proven to be influential. DSP's everything-including-the-kitchen-sink approach to instrumentation lends an eclectic air to the proceedings, but it doesn't bog down the songs, which shuffle and shamble along charmingly. For example, a stray trombone line adds a woozy punctuation to "Long List of Numbers," rather than feeling like an unnecessary flourish.
This show kicks off the Post Game Concert Series at Dickey-Stephens Park (hey — DSP at DSP!), which continues with Texan roots-rockers Band of Heathens on June 15.
After the jump, check out "Henry and the Great Salt Lake" from Don't Stop Please.