The Columbus lo-fi pop-rockers Connections had a very busy 2013. In addition to being named one of our 40 Best New Bands and taking their exhilarating live show on the road with fellow Ohio indie-rock greats the Breeders, they kicked out two spectacular LPs, Private Airplane and Body Language plus the Tough City EP — for my money, their crowning achievement thus far. A third full-length is already recorded and ready for mixing, but first, before the Connections catalog gets too unwieldy, the group’s significant discography thus far is being reissued as one massive compendium appropriately entitled Year One. It’s a handy starter kit for a band that specializes in bracing basement anthems crafted with pop precision but delivered with crackling rock ’n’ roll urgency. Stream the whole thing below.
2/15 Columbus, OH @ Ace Of Cups w/ Comrade Question
2/22 Columbus, OH @ Carabar w/ WV White
3/8 Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover Music Festival
3/9 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl w/ Ex-Hex
3/10 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia, w/ Ex-Hex, The Coathangers
3/11 Houston, TX @ Mangos w/ Ex-Hex, Perfect Pussy
3/12-3/16 Austin, TX @ SXSW