Now, Now to play House Cafe tonight, tonight

By Troy Doetch

The Minneapolis band Now, Now Every Children dropped the grammatical error from their name in order to shed their childish image.

Appearing at The House Café, 263 E. Lincoln Highway, tonight after a tour with Paramore and Hellogoodbye, Now, Now deserves to be taken seriously. Now.

Though they’re often described as youthful and awkward, the more suitable adjective is “gentle.” On their self-produced EP Neighbors, Now, Now is a bit of a throwback to the golden age of emo, with a gentler pop sensibility. There is an obvious influence from bands like Taking Back Sunday, Fall Out Boy and Brand New, but strings, keys and bells deliver cleaner melodies. The quiet building of the guitars and drums nicely places emphasis on the soft vocals of Cacie Dalager. Songs like “Neighbors” and “Giants” show a lot of lyrical growth, keeping the edge of their earlier specificity, but in a more abstract poetic construct.

Now, Now will perform tonight at 8 p.m. at The House Café with Santah, Kelsey Montanez and the Valley Jumpers.

It might be the best thing to happen on a Tuesday night in DeKalb.