by Robert Bell
9 p.m. Stickyz. $8 adv., $10 d.o.s.
The latest album by Those Darlins finds these Tennessee gals and guy having abandoned their clogging and Carter Family covers in favor of a Runaways-vs.-the-Ronettes-in-a-switchblade-fight sorta vibe.
Nowhere is this more evident than on opener "Screws Get Loose," also the title of their latest album. "Mystic Mind" offers some mildly foreboding garage psych in the vein of The 13th Floor Elevators' more restrained moments, and "Be Your Bro" is an instantly catchy anti come-on with perfectly snarling lead vocals from Jessi Darlin.
This change of course didn't come completely out of left field (see "Red Light Love" from 2009's self-titled album), but Those Darlins is a pretty different outfit here in 2011. In recent years, there's been no shortage of bands mining the sounds of girl groups and early rock 'n' roll — Dum Dum Girls, Vivian Girls, Best Coast. Those Darlins' version of wall-of-sound retro rock is more straightforward than say, the warped lunacy of Thee Oh Sees, but that's not to diminish it.
The band's expanded palate is a good thing, and the album is ear candy in the best sense of the term. Correne Spero, Quin & Dodson and Vanhoose open the show.