The New York Times checked out Murfreesboro's own Those Darlins at the Mercury Lounge the other night. (We hear the show was kinda heavy on music industry types.) The Times wasn't terribly impressed by the Darlins--at least, not at first. But the "pixie spectacle" ("pixie spectacle"? Really?) won their reviewer over, it seems, by and by:
A couple of minutes in, though, Jessi, the smallest Darlin, let out a hellacious shriek, and then the band, which until then had loped along seemingly content to mildly tweak the conventions of classic country music, began to stretch in unexpected ways. Up next was "Hang On," a Link Wray cover, which they played like a psychedelic-punk Allman Brothers workout, and which was the first time everyone on stage smiled all at once. After that came a cover of "The Witch," by the garage-rock outfit the Sonics. By this point Nikki was barking the lyrics, fully awake.
And the "songs improved in direct proportion to how involved Kelley was," writes the Times. (Once again, Sheriff Lin gets little love, but hey.) Read the full review over at NYT.
Meanwhile, Brooklyn Vegan's got a whole lotta photos from the show--which also included Shilpa Ray (no relation to Fever) and Heavy Trash (Jon Spencer's band).
(HT: Out the Other.)