Those Darlins: Live Last Night


Live Last Night

By Juli Thanki

If you didn't lock up your sons and your liquor cabinet Tuesday night, you're probably regretting it today: country-punk girl group Those Darlins were in town for the opening gig of their album release tour. Sporting miniskirts, battered cowboy boots, and tattoos, Kelley, Jessi, and Nikki Darlin delivered an infectious collection of songs including "Snaggle Tooth Mama," "DUI or Die," and ode to drunken chicken-eating, "The Whole Damn Thing," in front of an IOTA crowd composed of hipsters, hillbillies, and more than a few white-haired ladies. The Murfreesboro, Tennessee trio is rapidly on the rise, having opened for Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys in early 2009 and more recently stolen the show at SXSW and Bonnaroo.

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The Darlins' debt to the classic country sounds of the Carter Family was evident in their covers of "Cannonball Blues" and sentimental ballad "Little Darlin' Pal of Mine," but A.P., Sara, and Maybelle never did it quite like this, with deafening electric guitar (and baritone ukulele) and riot grrrl attitude. The Carters, who would often advertise their shows as "morally good" probably never held a dance-off in which fans competed for a copy of their newest record, either.

Few acts could keep up the footstomping, cymbal-kicking energy of Those Darlins for very long, thus their set ended after barely an hour. Despite this relatively short show, there wasn't a soul who left IOTA underwhelmed, and any disappointment was due to the likely possibility that Those Darlins won't be playing such intimate venues much longer.

By David Malitz |  July 8, 2009; 3:51 PM ET Live Last Night
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