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Hospitality, Air Waves, Honey Bucket 

When: Sun., Feb. 9, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $12
Brooklyn's Hospitality released their Karl Blau-produced debut EP all the way back in 2008. That collection of charming pop songs, driven by vocalist/guitarist Amber Papini's skewed vocals and some refreshingly light and jazzy arrangements, managed to warp a seemingly twee exterior into something far more dynamic. It wasn't until 2012, when Merge released the trio's first self-titled album, that it became clear the band had been busy honing their sweet, smart melodic songwriting into something special. On their new album, Trouble, Papini balances out some of that saccharine with a heavy dose of melancholy. Shades of their debut can be heard in a song like "It's Not Serious," but the album feels uncompromising in style, unafraid to pull the listener though some beautifully dark passages. It's a rare treat to hear a band move far beyond their comfort zone and succeed as well as Hospitality does here. CHIPP TERWILLIGER

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