Hospitality, Porches, Frankie Cosmos Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Tue., Aug. 5, 9 p.m. 2014

Brooklyn’s Hospitality are undeniably indie pop—tailor-made for the roster of mega-indie Merge Records—but their sparse, cozy songs are more than just pleasant background music for the Warby Parker-wearing NPR listener in all of us. Their newest album, Trouble (Merge), is breezy and playful, occasionally flirting with rock ’n’ roll, but remains introspective and aching lyrically. The airy, tender vocals of front woman Amber Papini glide over the jagged “I Miss Your Bones” and the brooding “Inauguration,” where she plays it bleak with lines such as “Is this my life? / Is this my fate? / Unrequited I remain.” The lyrics carry a kind of woe-is-me, twentysomething hopelessness, but the trio is so concise and efficient—and Papini so charming—that it’s never much of a distraction. —Kevin Warwick

Price: $12

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