Hockey at Mercy Lounge 

Cool as Ice

Cool as Ice
Taking their cues from hipster-chic Aughts staples like The Strokes, The Killers, MGMT and Of Montreal, Portland, Ore.’s Hockey are definitely a band of their time. Their 2009 debut Mind Chaos plays like a sonic summation of the last decade’s most fashionable music trends — from aping yearning vocals that peak out your speakers, a la The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser, to milking the ubiquitous-in-2004 electro-clash disco-beat. So what do they bring to the table? They trim the fat. Pop-savvy and meticulously crafty, the band cherry-pick the catchiest elements of their influences — infectious rhythms, heaping helpings of new-wave-inspired synth lines, electro gloss and smooth melodies — and rave them up with a healthy dose of neo-soul. The result is a tight and shiny package that sounds like a coke party on arrival. Having honed their stage show across the European festival circuit, one can only imagine that the band is even more festive live then they are on wax. 9 p.m.
Tue., March 23, 9 p.m., 2010

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