Album: Hockey, Mind Chaos (Capitol)

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The margins with radiofriendlyAmerican poprockare tiny. So often, itcomes down to the smallintangibles of charm thatcan make the differencebetween (loathsome)Maroon 5 and (tolerable)Orson.

A little wit andcultural literacy canaslso go a long way, andHockey's Dave Grubinhas got it all. His bandHockey make melodicindie-lite with anelectro-funk undercurrent,and highlights oftheir debut album havethem sounding likeArcade Fire with theirdancing shoes on, orU2 meet MGMT.