Ski Lodge @ Bowery Ballroom 04/16/2013

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The equivalent of the ever mystifying, pulling a rabbit out of a hat for Brooklyn’s Ski Lodge is their impeccable ability to have all eyes on them when they perform. It’s a gift really, how they’re able to capture the attention of today’s ADHD generation. In today’s world, people often times watch TV while simultaneously working on a laptop with their phones within hands reach. With so many devices going on at a given time, our brains have become accustomed to being able to multitask between devices, our attentions always focused on the next thing going on. Thanks to technological advances, with so many different devices out there, we’ve gotten to this point where when we are able to focus on just one thing, it’s like a trip down memory lane.

That is what Ski Lodge embodies. Like their name, they’re a place where our minds can go to relax and to put away the devices that hold our attention 24/7. Maybe it’s Andrew Marr’s piercing gaze as he sings or maybe it’s John Barinaga’s lightning fast fingers. It could quite possibly be because bassist Jared O’Connell simply does not stop jumping around the stage while he performs. It could be any one of these factors but ultimately it is the collective effort of Ski Lodge when they perform that is able to capture the attention of a crowd.

When Ski Lodge perform in front of you, if you’re lucky enough to be able to see them live, it’s like magic. It’s like watching a magician pull a rabbit out of a hat. We know this age old trick well. We know what will happen every time but every time we’re still amazed that it happened. A Ski Lodge performance is exactly that in that with each oncoming song, there’s no doubt that the musicianship in this quartet will not be on point each time. Ski Lodge capture your attention and keep you there in a gripping headlock. That’s exactly what they did this past Tuesday night at Bowery Ballroom. Their incredible hooks and soulful sound is truly something to experience live.

Ski Lodge is Andrew Marr, Jared O’Connell, John Barinaga, Tim McCoy.

Set List:
01. “I Always Thought”
02. “I Would Die To Be”
03. “Dragging Me To Hell”
04. “Down On This Southern Tip”
05. “Big Heart”
06. “Anything to Hurt You”
07. “Looking for a Change”
08. “Boy”
09. “Just To Be Like You”

Tour Dates:
04/26/2013 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
04/27/2013 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
04/29/2013 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
04/30/2013 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
05/01/2013 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
05/02/2013 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
05/04/2013 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
05/06/2013 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
05/07/2013 – Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain
05/08/2013 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
05/30/2013 – New York, NY @ NYC Popfest
06/02/2013 – Brooklyn, NY @ Littlefield


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