This past week Connections released a video for “Beat the Sky” from their forthcoming third album, Into Sixes, due out on August 19. The video, which you can watch below, was premiered by Ghettoblaster Magazine and featured on Stereogum and The Agit Reader. It was filmed at Columbus campus institution Mama’s Pasta and Brew by Jake Housh of Anyway alumni Moviola and features a cameo from another Columbus institution, Ron House of Anyway alumni Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments.
The band will be celebrating their new album in Columbus tonight (August 1) at Kafe Kerouac, with locals Day Creeper and The Gotobeds from Pittsburgh. The album is available for pre-order from Midheaven, Insound, and Amazon. Next month, Connections will be appearing at this year’s Goner Fest.
Though having released two albums and a string of singles in less than two years, Connections aren’t coming up for air yet. They’ve got another full-length, Into Sixes, already in the can to be released on Anyway on August 19. Here’s the lead single, “Beat the Sky,” available for download/streaming via Bandcamp.
While it’s been available digitally since last week (probably longer than that even), today sees the official release of WV White’s West Virginia White into the physical world (i.e. on vinyl). It’s already received praise from such outlets as Impose Magazine, Still Single, The Fire Note, and Wilfully Obscure, but check out the leadoff track, “Alison Lapper, Pregnant,” below and judge for yourself. You can order the album direct from our distributor at Midheaven or from Insound or Amazon. Of course, you can also buy it from your local record store.
This weekend three bands from the Anyway roster will be joining together for a good cause. Tomorrow night, Connections, WV White, and Winter Makes Sailors will take to the stage at Ace of Cups to raise funds for Alison and Nick Nocera, the creative force behind hand-printed apparel company Alison Rose. The couple was in a car accident in November, and like many self-employed individuals in those pre-Obamacare days, they didn’t have health insurance. As such, they still have medical bills that need to be paid, so the three bands are donating all the money taken at the door to help them do so. You’ll no doubt want to pick up one of the t-shirts Alison Rose recently produced for Connections too.
After making their way south on tour with Ex-Hex (Mary Timony’s new band), Connections are in Austin this week for the annual South By Southwest Music Festival. You can catch them at the times and places below.
Thursday, March 13- Midgetmen Jumpstart at Side Bar, 3pm
Thursday, March 13- Chaos in Tejas at Beerland, 9pm
Friday, March 14- Brooklyn Vegan Day Party at Red 7, 12pm
Friday, March 14- End of an Ear, 3pm
Friday, March 14- Misra Showcase at Lambert’s, 9pm
March 2- Beachland Ballroom 14th Anniversary, Cleveland, Ohio (with Parquet Courts)
March 8- Savannah Stopover Music Festival, Savannah, Georgia
March 9- The Earl, Atlanta, Georgia (with Ex-Hex)
March 10- Siberia, New Orleans, Louisiana (with Ex-Hex and The Coathangers)
March 11- Mango’s, Houston, Texas (with Ex-Hex and Perfect Pussy)
March 13 & 14- SXSW, Austin, Texas
March 19- Double Happiness, Columbus, Ohio (with Ex-Hex)
St. Lenox recently recorded a damn fine cover of Scott Walker’s “Jackie,” which you can hear below.
St. Lenox will be finishing up law school this year just in time for the release of his debut record. When not studying, he still manages to play live in New York. Below is a video of him performing a new song, “New York Speaks Softly,” at Unplugged Mondays, an open mic event that takes place at the East Village location of Bareburger (who, by the way, we hear makes a damn good burger and will be opening up shop in Columbus this year).