9 p.m., Stickyz. $10.
I guess folks get into certain things and then one day they’re not so into those things and they’re on to some different thing. Maybe one day it’s all the thing to be wearin’ cowboy boots and cloggin’ and singin’ songs about a-drankin’ and a-hell-raisin’ while donning all manner of twangy, old-timey affectations.
Then a little while later that’s not so much the thing, and they get into different things like, for instance, early rock ‘n’ roll and those ghostly, reverb-slathered girl-group hits of the early ’60s and maybe The 13th Floor Elevators. Then later on they move away from that somewhat and they get real into The Ramones but also artsier stuff, and they make videos with all their friends shakin’ their asses to an upbeat tune that sounds like something off the first Donnas album, and it’s the kinda thing that makes cynical, jerkwad music critics go, “Aw man, who cares about the lineup changes and the stylistic 180s, that’s some pretty excellent ass-shakin’ right there.” And then you think, “Hey, that’s a pretty good song even it there wasn’t any ass-shakin’ video.” You follow?
So go see Those Darlins doing their thing, because even though it’s not the thing they were doing a couple of years ago, it’s a real good thing right now. Also performing at this 18-and-older show: Darlins tourmates Bully and sultry electro-pop maestros Collin Vs. Adam.