Connections is the platonic ideal of an Ohio indie band: Built from key parts of Times New Viking, El Jesus de Magico, and 84 Nash (all legends in their native Columbus); playing basement-bound arena rock a la Guided By Voices and the Mice; bafflingly prolific (upcoming full-length Body Language follows one LP and one EP already this year); recording for Anyway Records, one-time label home of GBV, Gaunt, and Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments. Maybe that’s why the Breeders, arguably the definitive Ohio indie band, nabbed them as an opening act. Or maybe, like anyone who’s caught Connections in concert, Kim Deal was just electrified by Kevin Elliott’s melodic huffing against the power chord churn. – Chris

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