Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Pre-Weekend Scenester Picks: Hospital Ships, Cowboy Indian Bear, Lucas Oswald, Funny Business at Frank's / Plus: Nearly Flightless and the Joy of an LFK Debut

The biggest and buzziest pre-weekend show is surely Hospital Ships/Cowboy Indian Bear/Lucas Oswald at the Replay on Thursday.  Hospital Ships' new Destruction In Yr Soul can be heard right now via Pitchfork Advance: go here.

But since everyone already knows all about HS and CIB, let's focus on Oswald a minute.  Listen to him cover "North Star" via a Graveface Records compilation tribute to Jason Molina (RIP) at Bandcamp here . Damn, it's nice!  And check out the rest of that compilation while you're there (you'll find Hospital Ships closing out the album with a stomping/clapping "Hammer Down").   And spend 30 seconds below watching a very pretty preview of Lucas Oswald's certain-to-be very pretty debut album The Things We've Seen.

If you find yourselves across the river instead, head to Frank's for some hijinks, japes, and various forms of crude behavior at the "Stand-Up Comedy Freakout."  There won't be a cockfight in the basement, but there WILL be a lot of jokes about cocks.  That we can guarantee.  We happened to catch our friend Peter Lyrene performing at EMU's recent variety show at the Replay where he delivered a dramatic reading from an important film  (Ghostbusters) as part of his set.  He'll be doing stuff on Thursday too.  Go and listen.  The FB event page is here.


It's an exciting time for young bands from the wilds of Kansas when they make their LFK debut, so we're happy to give a shout-out on occasion.  Manhattan's Nearly Flightless reached out to us recently in advance of this Sunday's show at the Jackpot opening up for LFK's 88er and Omaha's Skypiper.  It promises to be a particularly tough gig, as they'll be competing not only with the ever-popular kickball Game of the Week but also with Father John Misty at the Granada.  So check Nearly Flightless out on Facebook here and see them on Sunday.  But don't corrupt them with PBR because they're underage!

We asked band member Sam to pimp the show a bit and here's what he sent us:

"Do you like beards and music? Are you the unathletic-type of scenester that finds playing organized sports (such as kickball) less rewarding than a finely-crafted coffee shop creation? 

Well, for the entire town of Lawrence still listening, you’re going to want to be at the Jackpot this Sunday June 16 (9pm) to catch local Lawrence artist 88er opening up for bands Nearly Flightless (Manhattan KS) and Skypiper (Omaha NE) on tour.  

Nearly Flightless and Skypiper both have recently released EP’s this year, titled “All Things That Are Good” and “Troubadour” (respectively) that will be available at the show. Nearly Flightless’ live show is bass-heavy, with dance beats on the drums, a high vocal range, and melodic guitar parts that might make you move, groove, laugh, and cry, but hopefully not leave. Skypiper takes a different route with their 5-piece, bringing a smooth, catchy sound with eclectric guitars, upright bass, vocal harmonies, keys, and just about any stringed instrument you can imagine. 

This trifecta of Indie Rock will cover all your alternative, experimental, danceable, grungy, powerpop needs, for a measly $3. Doors are at 9, Show starts at 10, come mention that you loved my article and get some free gear thrown in with a purchase of “All Things That Are Good” available for $5. Hope to see you there! 

-Sam Rozell (Nearly Flightless)

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