Monday, April 18, 2011

Mike’s Weekly Pick: Those Darlins @ Soda Bar Monday April 18, 2011

Look at the calendar. April is a HUGE month for concerts and shows, with great acts all over town. Seriously, I could do two or three weekly picks each week all month long. With so many choices it might be easy to overlook Those Darlins coming up on Tonight at the Soda Bar. Sure, it is a Monday, but please don’t let that put you off. This promises to be a great night of music.

I first heard the band thanks primarily to some enthusiastic yet relentless promotion from the Old 97’s Rhett Miller on the twitter. I finally gave a listen and OH MY GAWD. So, so good. Comprised of Jessi, Nikki and Kelly Darlin, college friends from Murfreesboro, TN, Those Darlins are now touring in support of their second album release, Screws Get Loose. What some might call a “chick band” I call simply an awesome rockband. Gender specific labels need not apply here. An NPR review calls them “country-tinged pop-punk” which I guess is accurate. Also accurate? Kick-ass, straight on rock and roll. Screws Get Loose is quite possibly my favorite record so far this year. Catch the video for “Be Your Bro” below.

San Diego’s own Gun Runner and LA’s electronica/low-fi act White Arrows will kick it all off. Who says Mondays don’t rock?

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