Those Darlins

Feminist rockabilly sounds like an oxymoron, but these darlins pull it off with a brash combination of sass, sex appeal, and the unvarnished truth of their experience. On Blur the Line, their self-consciously titled third studio album, they ironically ask whether the subaltern can truly speak, vacillating between telling it like it is on the wistful "Oh God" and having some tongue-in-cheek fun on girl power anthem "Optimist." The video for the latter apes "Blurred Lines," but as a feminist reclamation of Thicke's misogynistic tropes, depicting a series of dancing torsos, cropped at the head, in a satirical and effective attempt at reverse commodification.
Mon., Oct. 14, 6:30 p.m., 2013

 
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