Smart bets: Ne-Hi

The title track from rock outfit Ne-Hi‘s most recent album Drag — which Stereogum premiered and British magazine New Musical Express called “a scrappy delight” — borrows simplistic instrumental tracks, repetitive riffs and staccato vocals from the punk aesthetic. But it’s all delivered with a softer, lighter edge. Sun-soaked guitar tones and a slack pace make the Chicago band sound too unperturbed for full-on angst, but the musicians’ youthful energy and musical curiosity shine through all the same. Ne-Hi is currently touring the country in support of Drag. The band stops by The Mothlight on Tuesday, Aug. 18. Local rock groups Shallows and Isaacson open at 9 p.m. $8. themothlight.com. Photo by Xavier Juarez

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About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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