These days, you don’t need to go looking for NYC bands singing about NYC. Just wait a minute and they’ll be on you like a bee beard. But they’re not all insufferably twee or mustachioed. Take Brooklyn trio Hospitality, who achieved the exact right levels of twee on last year’s self-titled debut for Merge records. This is wily, spritely, jangly indie-pop punch spiked with unexpectedly noisy bridges and staticky crescendos. Kansas City-born vocalist-guitarist Amber Papini can go from pretty to gritty like a mood ring, and there’s a bitter, dissatisfied sting to some of her lyrics. Don’t get me wrong. This band is plenty adorable. Their melodies can swell and surge with Belle and Sebastian-ish bliss. Plus: One of their videos is about a woman whose tears make her bf’s race car go faster, and another one stars Maeby Fünke. We’ll keep an eye on the tweemeter, but right now Hospitality is in the safe zone.
Sun., Jan. 6, 9 p.m., $10-$12, with Conversations With Enemies and Tinmouth, Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 877-435-9849, johnny-brendas.com.