new sound: hospitality

Photo courtesy of Merge

When we talk about new bands, the reality is that most of them aren’t new.  With a few exceptions, most bands have been doing the hard slog of touring and recording long before they garner much buzz.

Today’s “new” band, Hospitality, fits that bill.  An indie-pop trio from New York, the band formed back in 2007 and recorded a self-titled EP the next year.  Since then, the band had largely remained quiet, until this year, when they released their first full-length album, Hospitality, on Merge.

One of the stand-out tracks from that album is the second track – “Friends of Friends” – which the band recently released a video for.  Need some motivation to watch?  The video features Maeby Funke from Arrested Development (aka actress Alia Shawkat) as she deals with the aftermath of a long-distance relationship gone wrong.


Lyric to Passive-Aggressively Post as a Facebook Status: “when I call / you don’t pick up anymore / but I’ve got / friends that are new friends / and friends that are old friends / and friends looking out”


Hospitality on Tour

April 2 – Washington, DC (9:30 Club) – w/ Wild Flag
April 3 – Philadelphia, PA (Trocadero) – w/ Wild Flag
April 4 – Columbus, OH (The Summit)
April 5 – Chicago, IL (Metro) – w/ Wild Flag
April 18 – Brooklyn, NY (The Bell House) – w/ Eleanor Friedberger
April 19 – Washington, DC (Black Cat) – w/ Eleanor Friedberger
April 20 – Durham, NC (Casbah) – w/ Eleanor Friedberger
April 21- Atlanta, GA (The Basement) – w/ Eleanor Friedberger
April 23 – Birmingham, AL (WorkPlay) – w/ Eleanor Friedberger
April 24 – New Orleans, LA (Circle Bar) – w/ Eleanor Friedberger
April 26 – Houston, TX (Fitzgerald’s) – w/ Eleanor Friedberger
April 27 – San Antonio, TX (Korova) – w/ Eleanor Friedberger
April 28 – Austin, TX (Frank) – w/ Eleanor Friedberger
May 1 – Chicago, IL (Schubas Tavern) – w/ Eleanor Friedberger
May 2 – Evanston, IL (SPACE) – w/ Eleanor Friedberger
May 3 – Ferndale, MI (Magic Bag) – w/ Eleanor Friedberger
May 4 – Toronto (The Garrison) – w/ Eleanor Friedberger
May 5- Montreal (Il Motore) – w/ Eleanor Friedberger
May 6 – Allston, MA (Great Scott) w/ Eleanor Friedberger
May 12 – Charlottesville, VA (Tom Tom Festival)
May 15 – Pittsburgh, PA (Brillobox) – w/ Here We Go Magic
May 16 – Bloomington, IN (The Bishop) – w/ Here We Go Magic
May 18 – Milwaukee, WI (Stonefly Brewery) – w/ Here We Go Magic
May 19 – Minneapolis, MN (400 Bar) – w/ Here We Go Magic
May 21 – Denver, CO (Hi Dive) – w/ Here We Go Magic
May 22 – Aspen, CO (Belly Up) – w/ Here We Go Magic
May 23 – Salt Lake City, UT (Urban Lounge) – w/ Here We Go Magic
May 25 – Portland, OR (Bunk Bar) – w/ Here We Go Magic
May 27- George, WA (Sasquatch Music Festival)


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