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The Hotelier's cathartic release on full display at Ottobar

The Hotelier's cathartic release on full display at Ottobar

Christian Holden, bassist and lead singer of the Worcester, Mass., trio the Hotelier, stood at a microphone at the center of the Ottobar stage in Remington, unsure of what to say. He smirked, realizing he was out of stage banter halfway through Thursday’s headlining set.

“We make the setlist so I don’t have too talk much,” Holden said as the guitarists tuned.

And then — ah-ha! — a local tidbit to share: Before the show, the band had a successful day at the Horseshoe Casino.

“I’m up $600 on the day!” the singer said. “Blackjack?” a crowd member shouted, but Holden’s winnings had come...

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