Eleanor Friedberger, Hospitality | Schubas | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Tue., May 1, 8 p.m. 2012
Price: $13
Amber Papini of Hospitality grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, but on her trio's self-titled debut for Merge she often sings with a British accent—a perfectly appropriate choice, given that the band seems to have raided the twee pop of Belle & Sebastian and Camera Obscura for inspiration. The lyrics sometimes add a second tier to the preciousness of the music by taking on upper-middle-class career concerns: "Liberal Arts" is a rumination about college majors ("And all the trouble of a BA in English literature / Instead of law or something more practical"), and the charming "Betty Wang" is an appreciation of a fellow traveler stuck at a straight job in the finance industry. Thankfully Hospitality also scuffs up its tunes here and there with a stinging guitar bit or a raspy vocal outburst, and they're so catchy you don't even notice they're doing a balancing act between self-­conscious delicacy and uninhibited id. —Peter Margasak See also Wednesday. Eleanor Friedberger headlines.


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