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The A.V. Club
May 21, 2012 AT 8:00 PM
The latest in a long parade of Merge Records-affiliated bands to grace our round room, Hospitality comes to us (and you!) from Brooklyn, hot on the heels of their self-titled debut album. (We gave it an A-, and recommend it to you highly.) We caught them on their second of three Chicago stops in the space of just a couple of months; they've been winning hearts and minds while on tour with Wild Flag and Here We Go Magic, among others. I was a bit surprised to learn that this version of Steely Dan's 1974 classic "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" was the first cover that Hospitality had ever attempted (of any song, not just a Steely Dan song!). I think they nailed it, adding a bit of Can/Neu/Stereolab-style chug and rubbing a bit of rock dirt on such a pristine original. Enjoy!