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INITIALLY formed to score a friend’s film, Chicago four-piece NE-HI cranks out punchy pop that’s perfect for riding out those last waves of summer. Their latest single, "Drag," features an addictive guitar hook that snaps like Pop Rocks, hooky melodies that will get stuck in your head for days, and upbeat drums guaranteed to get your shoulders shimmying: the fizzy joy and vintage influences make their name, borrowed from the retro soda brand, a perfect moniker.

In their two years as a group, Alex Otake (guitar, vocals), Jason Balla (guitar, vocals), James Weir (bass), and Mikey Wells (drums) have gone from playing basements to selling out crowds in their hometown. And as history has shown, when MusicFile/Savannah Stopover brings a promising up-and-comer to town, you best check them out in our little Savannah clubs while you still can.

Cryathalon—Triathalon’s R&B-fueled evil twin, featuring Triathalon drummer Chad Chilton and vocalist/guitarist Adam Intrator—also perform.

It’s also the debut of Blonde Mom, a new baroque-style art rock foray of Andrew Olson—he’s the one responsible for making bands sound their best in Hang Fire, formerly played guitar in Atlanta band Red Sea, and filled in on bass with Triathalon for a spell.

Thurs., Aug. 20, 9 p.m., $6


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Anna Chandler

Anna Chandler

Connect Savannah Arts & Entertainment Editor Anna Chandler started writing about music after growing hoarse from talking about it nonstop. Born in Tennessee and raised in South Carolina, she has been a proud Savannahian for 8 years. She sings & plays guitar & accordion in COEDS and Lovely Locks.

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