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Merchandise is the result of years and years of hallucinatory heat and musical quarantine in the skinhead mecca of Tampa, FL. A trio-gone-duo-gone-trio again, the band has been active since 2008, releasing numerous cassettes and CD-R’s, along with two full-length LP’s on Katorga Works. It’s members (RCC, PDB, DMV) all have strong roots in the underground punk community, having released records and toured with much too many acts to be mentioned in this fragment of a bio.

2012’s “Children of Desire” marks a turning point for the band. Their initial post-punk palette has begun to actively incorporate various influences from krautrock soundscapes to country ballads, from 1950’s crooners to Madchester dopers. Sounds and ambitions have grown and multiplied. The platform continues to grow and the future remains uncertain, but Merchandise show no signs of slowing down. Expect more tours and records and movies and books and etc and and and…

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You most likely have already heard of Daughn Gibson.  In the short time since the release of his debut album All Hell, the handsome balladeer hailing from Carlisle, PA is capturing serious attention by tastemakers and music fans interested in new takes on country and blues.  Daughn’s background is rooted in playing in punk and metal bands and truckdriving across America, but it seems recently, he’s taken this hearty rough-and-tumble past and made it more gentile.  Adding a dash of grace and debonaire known best to predecessors like Scott Walker and Lee Hazlewood – doubtless influences.  You might also hear subtle nods to Robert Johnson or Skip James, but Daughn throws a curveball by adding dark electronic elements to boot.  Daughn Gibson’s charm and uniqueness comes from his ability to perhaps equally fit in alongside Toby Keith or Depeche Mode.

Daughn Gibson released his debut album All Hellfeaturing this already iconic blend of electronic country and blues on White Denim Records, owned by Matt Korvette of Pissed Jeans in March.  He quickly followed up this release with a 7” for “Lite Me Up” b/w “The Mark Of A Man” on Dull Knife Records.  “Lite Me Up” is a perfect summer time jam…full of heart, soul, and a little bit of whimsical swagger. Daughn Gibson will be playing select shows throughout the country this summer.



Having been making music together since they were kids living in Dayton, Ohio suburbs, it was inevitable that singer Kevin Elliott and Andy Hampel reconvene at some point after the dissolution of 84 Nash, their high school band that eventually released three albums, signed to Robert Pollard’s Rockathon label, and toured the States with Pollard’s Guided By Voices. After spending time working in Hampel’s basement on a batch of songs he had written, the duo emerged in 2010 for a show as Gold Circle, which only convinced them that they needed new accomplices to do the new material justice.

Elliott first brought on bassist Phillip Kim, a member of Andrew Graham & Swarming Branch that he collaborated with at the annual Columbus Rock Potluck. Needing a drummer, Kevin’s brother Adam was an obvious choice, especially since his Times New Viking was taking a breather after touring and releasing records nonstop for seven years. With a name chosen and a set of songs coming to fruition, there was still something missing. El Jesus de Magico guitarist Dave Capaldi turned out to be that something. Wasting no time, the band entered Columbus Discount Recording on May 26 (Stevie Nicks’ birthday) 2012 and recorded their debut album, Private Airplane, in one day. They’ve since hit the ground running, releasing an EP and 7-inch single as follow-ups, playing a string of opening slots for hometown heroes The Breeders, and receiving rave reviews from the likes of Pitchfork. With all the dots connected and the stars aligned, it seems there are only bigger and better things on Connections’ horizon.



Steve Gunn is a New York-based guitarist and songwriter. With a career spanning nearly fifteen years, Steve has produced volumes of critically acclaimed solo, duo, and ensemble recordings. His albums with GHQ and longtime collaborating drummer John Truscinski represent milestones of contemporary guitar-driven, forward music. A voracious schedule of international performances has cultivated a fervent fanbase for Gunn’s music throughout the world.

Mining the catalogs of Basho, Bull, Chapman, and Sharrock, among other titans of stringed-things and record-session royalty, Steve has steadily processed these inspirations into a singular, virtuosic stream. Friendships and collaborations with Jack Rose, Tom Carter, Meg Baird, and Michael Chapman colored the disciplined evolution of the discursive, deconstructed blues sound, at once transcendent and methodical, that is now Gunn’s signature. Close listening reveals the influence of Delta and Piedmont country blues, ecstatic free jazz, and psych, as well as Gnawa and Carnatic music, on the continually unfolding compositions.

Gunn’s 2009 solo masterpiece, Boerum Palace, demonstrated a fully realized power for songcraft. Steve started to sing more and developed a commanding vocal style equal to his guitar practice. His acclaimed instrumental duo recordings with Truscinski, Sand City (2010) and Ocean Parkway (2012), cemented his place among the top of his peers, both present and past. These documents display Gunn’s compositional penchant for charting musical travelogues that ramble through city and wilderness alike. Dispatches home are not merely descriptive but corporeal; the evocative, rhythmic power of his writing and phrasing carries the listener along bodily. Steve builds songs as exploratory vessels, opens them up for mechanical tinkering, and lives in them through ceaseless improvisatory permutations.

Paradise of Bachelors is thrilled to release Time Off (2013), his first album as leader of a trio including longtime friends John Truscinski on drums and Justin Tripp on bass, and a record on which Steve’s compelling singing features more prominently than ever before. The album features his oblique character sketches and story-songs about friends, acquaintances, and denizens of his Brooklyn neighborhood, using the trio band format to launch his compositions into new, luminous strata. This is Gunn at the top of his game, writing his most memorable tunes and lyrics, utterly unique but steeped in traditions both vernacular and avant-garde.

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