I saw Chicago’s NE-HI open for Twin Peaks at the Vaudeville Mews a few months back, and I kind of thought they blew Twin Peaks out of the water. They have that bouncy, cavernous garage rock thing down in a way that is theirs and theirs alone.
They’re continuing to make their away around the middle West in support of their debut self-titled album, released early last year, and this January, that tour is taking them to the likes of 7th St. Entry up in Minneapolis, The Mill in Iowa City, and to my favorite little makeshift, middle-0f-nowhere concert space: the Gardner Lounge on the Grinnell College campus, on Saturday, January 31.
If you’re feeling all like, “Maaan, I ain’t drivin’ over to Grinnell for a concert,” hear me out. First off, the drive from Des Moines isn’t even that bad, so suck it up. And secondly, all of those liberal arts students populating the campus there pay a part of their pricey tuition into a kind of arts-and-entertainment fund, making these shows free to the rest of us. Pretty cool. Plus, Ames’ wonderfully hazy shoegazers, Basin, are opening, and certainly worth the listen.
January 31, 9PM
The Gardner Lounge
Free, All Ages