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Non-COMM Recap: Shovels and Rope impressed with some midnight hour country-punk

Shovels and Rope | Photo by John Vettese
Shovels and Rope | Photo by John Vettese

The Charleston, South Carolina duo of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent brought night two of NonCOMM 2014 to a whopping close. Their band, Shovels and Rope. approaches country and western music with a minimal punk rock attitude, Hearst and Trent switching between drums and guitar and previewing new selections from their forthcoming LP Swimmin’ Time, out in August on Dualtone Records. Listen to their set in its entirety below and check out a photo gallery.

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Non-COMM Recap: Those Darlins loosen up the crowd for night two

Those Darlins | Photo by John Vettese
Those Darlins | Photo by John Vettese

Dan Reed opened night two of the 14th annual Non-COMMvention by saying this evening would be dedicated to keeping the rock alive.  He then brought Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Ian McLaglan to the stage to introduce the first band, Nashville four-piece Those Darlins.  Playing songs off of their latest Blur the Line LP and one cut from 2009′s self-titled effort, the outfit showed off their multi-dimensional rock sound by jumping between alt-country-, grunge- and surf-inspired songs before ending with the attitude-heavy and confident “That Man.”  They were comfortable and clearly having fun on stage, letting their songs break the ice with the audience and loosen everyone up.  Check out the photo gallery and listen back to Those Darlins’ audio below.

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Download a collection of singles from Those Darlins

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Photo courtesy of the artist.

The Nashville rock and roll band Those Darlins began when several of the band’s members met at a girls rock and roll camp near Nashville, and released their self-titled debut in 2009. Three albums, a number of singles and one EP on, the band bring together country, classic rock and punk. Their most recent album, Blur The Line, came out out in September, 2013, and they are playing several high profiles festivals this summer including Bonnaroo and Pickathon. Below, in exchange for an e-mail address, download a collection of the band’s singles via Noisetrade.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Angelique Kidjo at the Prince Theatre, Those Darlins at Boot & Saddle, Our Griffins & Lost In The Trees at Johnny Brenda’s

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Photo courtesy of the artist.
There’s no shortage of musical diversity in town tonight, with some excellent shows touching down on world music, garage rock, alt-country, orchestral pop, and ambient soul. The sensational African musician, singer and songwriter Angelique Kidjo plays the Prince Music Theater tonight. The Grammy award winner is one of the world’s most important and influential African performers. Go here for tickets and information about the show.

Nashville rockers Those Darlins and Diarrhea Planet bring the rock to Boot & Saddle tonight.

Philly’s Our Griffins open for All Tiny Creatures and Lost In The Trees at Johnny Brenda’s. Go here for information.

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Watch Those Darlins play bluesy ballad “That Man” live with special guests

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Those Darlins sure know how to break a heart. The alt-country rockers took to Nashville Cream’s “Live in the Morgue” series to deliver a heart-wrenching rendition of “That Man” with soaring guest harmonies from Nashville singers Caitlin Rose, Tristen and Adia Victoria. Featured on their third album Blur the Line, the track is everything you love about the blues. Get tickets to their February 28th show at Boot and Saddle here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Godspeed You! Black Emperor at Union Transfer, Those Darlins at Boot and Saddle, and The Love Club at The Fire

Photo by Eva Vermandel
Photo by Eva Vermandel

Godspeed You! Black Emperor will take a beak from their tour with Nine Inch Nails to rock Union Transfer tonight. The instrumental band released its fourth album, Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!, last year. The well-crafted, atmospheric record atoned for fans’ ten year wait (due to the band’s rumored breakup) for new music. Godspeed makes the kind of music you could easily picture in a movie. It’s eerie and ominous but it grabs you. Listen to “Mladic” below and get tickets to the show here .

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Dance around to Those Darlins in their “Optimist” music video (playing Boot & Saddle on 10/16)

Those Darlins

Indie rockabilly outfit Those Darlins recently released the music video for their new song “Optimist.” It’s the second single off of Blur the Line, their upcoming album due out on October 1st. “Optimist” is a rollicking garage jam full of catchy rhythms and old-school spunk. Those Darlins play in Philly at Boot and Saddle on October 16 with support from acoustic singer Gambles. Find more information here, and watch the quirky music video below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dinosaur Jr. at Union Transfer, Citizen Cope at Electric Factory, Howardween Block Party, Those Darlins at Johnny Brenda’s

Get ready for a throwback to the grunge era tonight with ’90s alt rockers Dinosaur Jr. as they perform at Union Transfer on their I Bet On Sky tour. The band, who is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their renowned 1987 album You’re Living All Over Me this year, reunited in 2005 after taking an eight-year break. The all-ages show tonight begins at 9; more ticket information is available here. Below, check out the new video for “Watch the Corners.”

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Photo Recap: Best Coast and Those Darlins at Union Transfer

Last night at Union Transfer, DIIV and Those Darlins opened for California surf rockers Best Coast. The sold-out show was full of excited fans eager to see Best Coast sing all their favorite songs from the new album The Only Place. Check out a slideshow above, and be sure to tune in to Live at the World Cafe on Aug. 10 to hear the band’s session with David Dye.