by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn trio Hospitality have avoided the sophomore slump, as Trouble might just be better than their terrific debut album. Solving the different-but-similar conundrum, the band's hook-filled songwriting and Amber Papini's thoughtful lyrics / appealing vocals remain at the core, while expanding their scope sonically. A variety of keyboards come into play this time -- as does flashes of late '70s rock -- and their whole sound just opens up. This kind of Trouble is welcome. The album is out next week but you can stream the whole thing right now via NPR.
Hospitality play the Ecstatic Music Festival on January 31 at The Greene Space, a collaborative performance with teenage ensemble Face the Music that will also feature a new piece by Hospitality's Nathan Michel. Tickets are on sale now.
Hospitality will play a more traditional show in NYC when their tour swings back through the city on March 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Air Waves have been added to that bill and tickets are still available.