Greta Salpeter (vocals and keys) was interested in classical piano and Bob Morris (vocals and guitar) was into rock when they first met while still in school. They began jamming together, making acoustic music as a two-piece called the Hush Sound a few years later, but ultimately decided to go for a bigger sound, recruiting friends of Morris’s from the Chicago music scene, Chris Faller (bass and vocals) and Darren Wilson (drums and vocals). They’ve since hit the road with bands like Fall Out Boy, the All-American Rejects and Rooney, all the while recording three crowd-pleasing albums of melodic, piano-driven pop over the course of three years. And then just like that, the Hush Sound (above, doing “Medicine Man”) went on hiatus in 2009. Fortunately they couldn’t quite quit one another, reuniting last fall to tour once again.
Hockey, out of Portland, Ore., began as a five-piece before paring down to just three—Benjamin Grubin (vocals), Ryan Dolliver (keys) and Jeremy Reynolds (bass)—three years ago. But despite the band size decreasing, the sound of their mash-up of post-punk and dance punk, which has earned them comparisons to both the Strokes and LCD Soundsystem, remains as big as ever. They’ve just released their second LP, Wyeth Is (stream it below) digitally (the physical version arrives next month), and Hockey (above, playing “Too Fake” on Later … with Jools Holland) have hit the road. See them with the Hush Sound and River City Extension, Genevieve (of Company of Thieves) and Lucas Carpenter next Tuesday at Webster Hall.