Last Tuesday's big announcement from Cupertino, Calif.—that the majority of the Beatles catalog would finally be available for digital download via Apple's iTunes—made headlines, despite the fact that most of the material has been widely sold in physical formats all along. But the albums of hometown pop-rock institution The Connells have been out of print in physical formats and—until the last couple months—unavailable through digital distribution. After much legal wrangling with the band's former label, Bicycle Music acquired the rights to the Connells recordings earlier this year, and the band's discography was soon added to most major online outlets.
To celebrate, Kings co-owner Ben Barwick—who plays in local kid-rock outfit Mommie with Connells frontman Doug MacMillan—assembled a lineup of locals to pay tribute with their own interpretations of the Raleigh jangle-rockers' tunes. So far, the slate includes Barwick's country quintet Tonk plus solo sets from the Rosebuds' Ivan Howard, North Elementary's John Harrison, Violet Vector & the Lovely Lovelies' Alex Maiolo, and Regina Hexaphone's Sara Bell, with more acts anticipated as late additions. Pony up $7—a couple bucks less than those digital albums—at 9 p.m. —Spencer Griffith