With her wayward Rotten stare and electrically blank twang, Jessi Zazu might be the only member of Those Darlins who knows she's in a punk band. Yet she's made intimate cause with her Tennessee mates. She poses nude with them on the cover of their third album, Blur the Line, trades vocals with steely co-guitarist Nikki Kvarnes, and puts the group's murky groove to a mean garage-country of despair. Damn, "Optimist" would sound great in a car crash. The cancer-defying "Ain't Afraid" is enough to remind you Nirvana and the Cramps had a twang too. 18+.
Fri., Oct. 25, 8 p.m., 2013
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