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When I saw WHY? at the Middle East Downstairs in summer 2010, it became firmly lodged in my mind as one of the best shows I had ever seen up to that point. The setlist was nearly immaculate -- they were touring a record that they didn't really care about too much -- and so most of the songs that they played were from Elephant Eyelash and Alopecia, two of the best fucking records of the aughts.
In the four years since the Silver Jews toured with HALLELUJAH THE HILLS, Jews singer David Berman retired from the music biz to do whatever it is he does otherwise, and the erstwhile lo-fi stalwarts disbanded. Meanwhile, Jah Hills’ Ryan Walsh and Co. marinated in the latter half of the Jews’ oeuvre. The result is “Get Me in a Room,” the first track off new long-player No One Knows What Happens Next, Hallelujah the Hills’ first record since 2009’s Colonial Drones
After a year of reflection, now comes the resurrection for Boston pop-rock darlings LETTERDAY. Back from extended hiatus with a fine-tuned lineup, a sharper perspective, and a fresh batch of songs from this already well-oiled rock and roll machine, Letterday last month announced their comeback with “Don’t Go,” the first single off towering new record Ready.