Posts Tagged ‘Hospitality’

Hospitality’s Brian Betancourt on Trouble and Trying New Things in a Live Show

Armed with smart, introspective lyrics that shine on both twee-tinged ballads and psychedelic freak-outs, Brooklyn’s Hospitality is the kind of band that can captivate a sleepy coffee shop before rocking a crowded club. Fronted by singer Amber Papini, who shuffles between keys and guitar, the group’s 2012 self-titled debut quickly garnered plenty of buzz. But while Papini’s sharp [...]

ToDo ToDay: The Fresh & Onlys, Beck, and Free Movies

Last month, a writer for Consequence of Sound argued that House of Spirits, the latest album from San Francisco’s Fresh & Onlys, was “the band’s descent into turmoil, its hero’s journey,” but one that “no one asked them to embark on”—a tortured, dulled betrayal of the band’s earlier verve. That inspired Fresh & Onlys leader Tim [...]

ToDo ToDay: Impossible!, Gun Crazy, and Humble Fire

Happenstance Theater is experiencing a bout of depression. Set in 1930s America, Impossible! A Happenstance Circus poses a simple question: What’s a circus like without the funding? Gone are the brass bands, manic lions, and fear-inducing clown getups. Instead, it’s a visual showcase of skill, talent, and passion created by the performers themselves. The Happenstance team [...]

ToDo ToDay: The Return of Balbed

It was probably inevitable that Elijah Jamal Balbed, Washington City Paper's Best New Jazz Musician in 2010, would eventually move on to greener pastures. Yes, Balbed, like so many gifted musicians before him, has made the pilgrimage to New York. Frankly we're lucky to have had him around here for as long as we did. But on the [...]