Yesterday afternoon, I streamed the new Allo Darlin’ album in the background while I finished some work. When it was over, I listened to it again, and a third time after that. It’s really good! In a lucky twist, the band kicked off their U.S. tour at the Mercury Lounge last night, so Sarah and I headed downtown after work to check out the show. We weren’t disappointed: the band was in high spirits despite having flown across the Atlantic a few hours earlier, and the crowd hopped delightedly to and fro with every wistful melody they played. Sometimes that’s exactly what you need on a drizzly Tuesday night.