Posted in music | pictures on July 13, 2009

photos by Tim Griffin

Those Darlins
Those Darlins

The first two-thirds of the show was utterly tension-free, with the band getting by on concept. The tragic "Mama's Heart" lacked punch, and "Little Darling Pal of Mine," a Carter Family cover, was sluggish. The songs later improved in direct proportion to how involved Kelley was. Her singing on "Who's That Knockin' at My Window" and "Hung Up on Me" was forceful, and when she switched to guitar for "Cannonball Blues," the band finally appeared in full color. (Kelley founded the Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp, in which Jessi participated.)

Still, the night's best moments came toward the end, when Those Darlins didn't appear to be worried about being a good band, or even a band at all. During "Shakin' All Over," Nikki brought an awkward male fan onstage for some cringeworthy dancing, saved only by her arched eyebrow. At the encore, "Fun Stix Party" devolved into a raucous, peppy shoutfest that was also the most technically flamboyant song of the night. And after the lights came up, Those Darlins set down their instruments, walked out onto the main floor and danced as the crowd filed out. It was the loosest they'd been all night. [NY Times]

Like they did at the BrooklynVegan showcase at SXSW this year, Shilpa Ray and Those Darlins shared a bill on Thursday night (6/9). The NYC show was at Mercury Lounge and also featured a set by Jon Spencer's band Heavy Trash. Those Darlins also played Southpaw in Brooklyn on Friday (all dates HERE). More pictures from Mercury Lounnge below...

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers

Shilpa Ray

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers

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Comments (15)

I think I'm in love.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 11:11 AM

Yes. Yes you are.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 11:18 AM

wish i could have made this show, their album is great

and they're cute as hell, even with the hairy pits

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 11:19 AM

How do the vivian girls get to tour and only play choice cities? I.E NY,LA,Tokyo, Paris,prague etc..... They only have 2 albums. What is their secret? I want to know. I mean i like them and all but what the hell.

Posted by stinky pete | July 13, 2009 11:21 AM

Those Darlins >>>>>>> Vivian Girls

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 11:43 AM


Heavy Trash - Jon Spencer "Crazy Pritty Baby" - Live at Mercury Lounge, NYC 7.9.09


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynFNpA0FG0s

Posted by Sally Sullivan | July 13, 2009 12:01 PM

I'd hit that.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 12:48 PM

all of it

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 2:03 PM

that drummers got the best view in the house...

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 4:08 PM

who is that meathead in the front row with his armed cocked like he's at an iron maiden show?

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/thosedarlins/mercurylounge/40.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2009 4:27 PM

I love the cute hairy pitted guitarist, what a doll!

Posted by Harry Shaft | August 12, 2009 11:18 AM

LOVE the hairy natural thing that's coming back to rock n' roll. It's not just for tatooed/pierced butt ugly gutter punks anymore! nice.

Posted by Nash Gould | November 23, 2009 9:41 PM

I would gladly date/bed/dine with/drink with any of those hirsute beauties known as Those Darlin's, and their musics not bad either!

Posted by Jack Torse | March 23, 2011 2:21 PM

LOVE THE HAIRY ARMPITS, ESP. JESSI

Posted by laura Fulbusch | September 19, 2011 9:07 PM

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