Nashville, Tenn., quartet Those Darlins first grabbed national attention with its 2008 self-titled debut and picked up even more steam with 2011’s Screws Get Loose, introducing the group as a purveyor of Girl Group shimmy, trad Country twang, Indie Pop hooks and Garage Rock bluster.
The Darlins’ new album, the recently released Blur the Line, stands as its best effort yet because, unlike their endearing first couple of albums, those sonic components are more expertly and comfortably combined. The result is an album that sounds like the work of a band that finally found the right balance and, as a result, a much more effective and distinct musical identity. One thing that hasn’t changed is Those Darlins’ reputation for great live shows, something to which anyone that saw the band at the 2011 MidPoint Music Festival in Cincinnati can attest. The Darlins perform this Sunday at Northside Tavern with New York City’s Gambles and Cincinnati’s The Happy Maladies.
8 p.m. Unlike most Northside Tavern shows, which are free, this show costs $10. Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave., Northside, northside-tavern.com