Skaters | March 25th | Larimer Lounge | Ticket Giveaway

One of the top acts we caught at SXSW this year was a band from Brooklyn, Skaters impressed us and we think you should attend this show. Better yet we want to give you a pair of tickets to check it out. Follow us on Facebook for all the details.

SKATERS formed in NYC in 2012. The group's birth can be traced to a hectic 24 hours in Los Angeles in the summer of 2011, when singer and songwriter Michael Ian Cummings met English guitarist Josh Hubbard at a party at a "really fancy-ass house," as Cummings recalls.

A few months later, the still band-less Cummings got a call from Hubbard announcing that he'd be arriving in NYC the following day from the U.K. He'd be in town for a month and a half and wanted the group to play a gig. So they hooked up with Drummer Noah Rubin and local bassist Dan Burke, booked three shows, learned some songs Cummings and Rubin had been tinkering with (and a handful of Pixies covers), and SKATERS was formed. Later that year, the band signed to Warner Bros. Records.

Their debut record, MANHATTAN, shares stories of the city where they met. "We were all bartenders, so the songs are tales of experiences we had or saw, and other people who were characters in our life during the first year we were in this band," Cummings says.

The disc was recorded by John Hill (Santigold, Wavves) in the API room at Greenwich Village's iconic Electric Lady Studios, named after its one-of-a-kind board, which Laura Nyro had custom-made to match the drapes in her NYC apartment.

"It's like short stories," Cummings adds, deadpanning, "It's Salinger's Nine Stories but it's Eleven Stories by SKATERS. "And the writing is much worse.”

 

 

Colorado Taking Over SXSW

As we began the daunting task of RSVP'ing to all the events taking place here in Austin for SXSW we began to notice that this year Colorado is taking over a few showcases. Check out below for all the related events brought to you by some of the hardest working industry folks from our state.

Boomtown Backyard Showcase: Ultra5280 | March 12 & 14

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Reverb and The UMS | March 15

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Colorado Music Party:  Reverb, Open Air 1340, Spokesbuzz | March 13 & 14

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