Rocktoberfest preview: Connections

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Rocktoberfest, Alive's annual fall concert extravaganza, is going down Friday at The Bluestone, 583 E. Broad St. You can get a quick overview of all the incredible performers in this handy preview, but this week we'll also be spotlighting each performer individually, one per day, leading up to Friday's big bash.

Today's featured band is one I've praised repeatedly this year, most notably in a pair of rave concert reviews (one long,one short). On the Rocktoberfest Facebook event, I described Connections this way: "Members of Columbus indie rock greats Times New Viking, 84 Nash and El Jesus de Magico combine to bash out infectious ragtag hits." Frankly, this band is basically a new incarnation of 84 Nash, another exercise in buoyant, bratty, irreverent Guided By Voices worship. It's lovely to have such unrestrained, invigorating pop-rock back on Columbus stages. The music is elementary enough that it could fall flat in the wrong hands, but every member of Connections is well-schooled in the art of rocking furiously. As a result, the live show is pure, unrefined gold, and the feeling transfers to "Private Airplane," the album that's tentatively dropping later this month. Jump on the bandwagon now.

Connections plays at 10 p.m. this Friday at Rocktoberfest. (RSVP here.) Below, find the video for "Stuck Lung" and audio for "Miller's Grove," both from the band's upcoming debut album, "Private Airplane."