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WIN: See Hockey in Manchester

 
By on Thursday, 27th May 2010 at 9:00 am
 

We’ve got one pair of tickets to see Portland, Oregon’s very own Hockey when they come back to the UK in June. You and a friend can catch them at Manchester’s newest venue, FAC251 on Friday 25th June.

We’ll get in touch with winners on or just after 21st June. Your name will be popped on the guestlist and you can take a friend along… so, what are you waiting for? Enter your details below, and we’ll pick a winner at random. Good luck!

This competition is now closed – thanks for entering!

Don’t win tickets? Can’t make the Manchester show? Don’t worry – you can catch them on tour throughout June

 

Hockey / June 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 25th May 2010 at 9:00 am
 

Portland, Oregon’s very own indie pop stars Hockey have announced details of another string of 2010 UK Tour dates.

Tickets are on sale now. Catch them at:

Sunday 13th June 2010 – 53 Degrees @ Uni of Central Lancashire, Preston
Monday 14th June 2010 – O2 Academy Newcastle
Wednesday 16th June 2010 – Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh
Thursday 17th June 2010 – Fibbers, York
Saturday 19th June 2010 – RDS, Dublin
Sunday 20th June 2010 – Thomond Park Stadium, Limerick
Friday 25th June 2010 – FAC251 The Factory, Manchester
Wednesday 30th June 2010 – O2 Academy, Birmingham
Thursday 1st July 2010 – Barfly, Cardiff

 

Hockey / February 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Friday, 27th November 2009 at 3:00 pm
 

Hockey have announced a string of their biggest UK and Ireland shows for next February.

Tickets are on sale now.

Wednesday 24th February 2010 – London Koko
Thursday 25th February 2010 – Manchester Academy 2
Friday 26th February 2010 – Glasgow Queen Margaret Union
Saturday 27th February 2010 – Belfast Spring & Airbrake
Sunday 28th February 2010 – Dublin Academy

 

MP3 of the Day #104: Hockey

 
By on Thursday, 17th September 2009 at 10:00 am
 

Okay, I admit it – I love remixes. I love how dance and non-dance songs alike can be retooled by a master producer’s able hands, fiddling with switches and dials in a darkened room with a mixing board to create anatmosphere usually completely different than what was intended in the original. Often times the remix is made longer than the original, drawn out by heavy beats and extended intros and outros. And just as often, the remix transforms the song into a tune perfect to get you pumped up for that evening jog. A plus!

Such is the case with the London act Jack Beats‘ Anger Management remix of Portland band Hockey‘s newest single “Song Away”. You may recall we featured the band and the promo video for the song last month. Put these two songs side by side and they’re completely different. But you just might be like me and love both of them. Have a listen.

MP3: Hockey – Song Away (Jack Beats Anger Management Remix)

 

Video of the Moment #112: Baddies

 
By on Wednesday, 26th August 2009 at 6:00 pm
 

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9r5r-DTXn0[/youtube]

Baddies – Open One Eye

Jess first introduced Baddies back in May, and if you’re a fan of fast paced, tongue-in-cheek pop-rock along the lines of We Are Scientists or Futureheads be sure to check this lot out.

 

In the Post #20: Hockey

 
By on Thursday, 20th August 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

I first heard of Portland new wave band Hockey through their single ‘Too Fake’ that got a lot of play on BBC 6music, back when the Mid-Atlantic air was still cold and snow was on the ground. (Admittedly, my ears perked up further when I heard they were the support act for a Friendly Fires UK headlining tour.) It’s only now, in the middle of the sweltering summer, that they’ve started to make waves in America – oddly enough, in a television advert for J.C. Penney (an American department store), in which the Shoes remix of ‘Too Fake’ plays while high school students turn the school cafeteria into their own fashion catwalk dressed in supposedly ‘school hip’ duds from the store. I’m too old and cynical to buy into this but to young, impressionable teens of America, good tunes usually translate to thoughts of, ‘oh yeah? This song is cool! I need those clothes!’ Leading to the sounds of ringing cash registers all over the nation. (Isn’t capitalism grand?)

I’m really excited that an indie band I only knew about from a radio station across the pond is finally getting some love in our own country. Whether mainstream exposure and association with a middle America department store will help or hurt the band’s profile is unclear. But one thing’s for sure: the adverts are certainly getting the band noticed stateside, and for an indie band, that is always a good thing. And hopefully it won’t take too long for the next single to show up on American radio.

‘Song Away’ is the third single from their forthcoming debut album ‘Mind Chaos’. It’s bouncy and bright upon the first listen, just as fresh as ‘Too Fake’ was to my Hockey-virgin ears back in the winter. Listen to a couple more times, and the lyrics are humourous as they are memorable: “this is believe me music / this is forget me music / this is who can love me you know / this ain’t no Roxy Music“. I give props to any band who can crowbar the name of Bryan Ferry and Brian Eno’s old band into a song, because you know if the song gets popular, kids will inevitably investigate who that Roxy Music is (which I think you will agree is better than kids not ever hearing ‘Love is the Drug’ or ‘Virginia Plain’.) If the official video can be believed (see it below), this song should be tearing up homecoming dances this autumn.

[myspace]http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=61862633[/myspace]

Hockey’s debut album ‘Mind Chaos’ will be released on 24 August in the UK. Hockey’s ‘Song Away’ single drops on 14 September.

 
 
 

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