Staff Pick: Opposites attract when Connections and EYE play Ace of Cups on New Year’s Eve

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From the December 26, 2013 edition

Anyone still looking for something to do this New Year’s Eve can officially call off the search. Two of the city’s best bands — Connections and EYE — join together to highlight a killer New Year’s bill at Ace of Cups.

In many ways the two groups are a study in contrasts. EYE’s droning metal tunes tend to unfold slowly over long stretches of time. The title track from the band’s latest full-length, Center of the Sun, for one, builds over the course of almost 20 earth-quaking minutes, coming across like a galaxy being born. Connections, in contrast, rarely lets things linger beyond two or three minutes. Indeed, in the time it takes EYE to perform a single song, the uber-prolific crew could probably bash out another new album of impossibly melodic indie-rock gems.

George Brazil also performs, and Envelope headlines.