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Those Darlins, Gambles 

When: Sat., Oct. 26, 10 p.m. 2013
Price: $14, $12 in advance
The two women in Nashville four-piece Those Darlins have built a reputation as the kind of ladies with just enough white trash in them to scrape their knees, swig hard from a bottle of whiskey, and spit the liquor on their wounds by way of first aid. “Be Your Bro,” a single from the 2011 album Screws Get Loose, is a pared-down garage ditty about being one of the guys, not just “the girlfriend,” catching crawdads and playing drinking games (“I just wanna run and play in the dirt with you / You just wanna stick it in”). It’s gritty, crude, and a little sweet, with a southern accent. Those Darlins’ newest album, Blur the Line (on Oh Wow Dang, the band’s label), softens the snarling and the reckless abandon, instead journeying toward the fabled land where musicians start to sound like grown-ups who’ve been a bit scarred from one too many escapades—the album cover, picturing the band embracing naked with their heads and shoulders cropped out, could be taken to signify a new vulnerability, that’s for sure. The opening track, “Oh God”—by Jessi Zazu, one of two remaining original members since Kelley Anderson left early last year—is introspective and honest, not another one of the empty good-time rock songs that Zazu admits she’s written in the past. Make no mistake, this is still a rock ’n’ roll band, and the new album has plenty of upbeat moments, but if you’re expecting to see the band fall over drunk onstage, think again. (I think.) —Kevin Warwick Gambles open.

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