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Speedy Ortiz at Saint Vitus (August 31, 2015)

By Will Oliver, December 28th 2015

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On August 31 Speedy Ortiz returned to New York for an intimate showing at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn. This marked my first time catching a show at the tiny Brooklyn venue.

This was a much more personal experience than their show at Bowery Ballroom from earlier in the year, also featuring opening sets from Aye Nako and Palm. The show was put on by Noisey and Shiner, with tickets sold for only $5. It was a steal, to say the least.

Find some photos of all three sets posted below.
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Speedy Ortiz, Mitski and Krill at Bowery Ballroom (April 25, 2015)

By Will Oliver, May 5th 2015 — with 2 comments

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On Saturday, April 25, Speedy Ortiz, Mitski and Krill brought their tour to New York for a killer sold out show at Bowery Ballroom. The gig served as a celebration of Speedy Ortiz’s new album Foil Deer, which Carpark Records released on April 20.

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Boston three-piece Krill released their new record A Distant Fist Unclenching earlier in the year (February 18, to be exact) via Exploding in Sound and Double Double Whammy. This was my first time catching Krill live, but they delivered on all my expectations. There’s a rawness to singer/bassist Jonah Furman’s vocals that goes well to the riffage of guitarist Aaron Ratoff and the percussion of drummer Ian Becker, who emerges as their secret weapon on stage. The group have been hard at work for many years and its evident on not only their album but their live show. Krill are doing things by their own playbook, and it results in music that is very much their own.

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Mitski has had a wonderful last few months, ever since releasing her fantastic new record Bury Me at Makeout Creek, which Double Double Whammy released last year. I first caught her a couple months ago at Music Hall of Williamsburg, but this show had a completely different feel, large in part to a few personal confessions from Mitski. She told us how thankful she was to get to do what she loves everyday, but also about a discussion she had with her mom, who lives out of the country and hasn’t been able to see her recent live shows. Her point wasn’t to get sympathy, but to remind us that there was at least one person fighting for you to live, and to remember that no matter what kind of day you were having. It was a touching moment that overlapped with her moving set of music that got a rapturous reception from the crowd, surely well deserved.

Speedy Ortiz opened the show on a high note, with “The Graduates” and “Raising The Skate,” two of the best cuts from Foil Deer. While most of the album was played, they took from all over their young but impressive discography, playing singles like “Ka-Prow!” along with Major Arcana favorites like “Tiger Tank.” I’ve seen a few performance from Speedy Ortiz, back when guitarist Matt Robidoux was still playing with the group. Devin McKnight has now taken over guitar duties for the band, and this version of Speedy Ortiz seems to be the best yet.

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Their show at Bowery was by far the strongest performance to date, with frontwoman Sadie Dupuis leading the way with a purpose. The show was bittersweet for her, as she recently lost her father, who was looking forward about attending this show specifically. Holding back tears she shared “I feel like I’m playing for him a little bit,” an emotional moment that set the tone for the rest of the show.

Dupuis and Speedy Ortiz surely would have made him proud, as they delivered a tight and honest performance that hit home in many ways. They’ve evolved quite a bit as a band in just a few short years, with a bright future that should have fans of rock and roll very excited. Selling out Bowery Ballroom is only the start of what has already been an impressive career.

Speedy Ortiz Setlist:

1. The Graduates
2. Raising the Skate
3. Dot X
4. Plough
5. My Dead Girl
6. Tiger Tank
7. Zig
8. Ka-Prow!
9. Swell Content
10. Indoor Soccer
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12. Ginger
13. Mister Difficult
14. Swim Fan
15. American Horror

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[new]: Speedy Ortiz – “The Graduates”

By Will Oliver, March 4th 2015

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Massachusetts four-piece Speedy Ortiz will release new album Foil Deer on April 21 via Carpark Records.

They previously shared a track called “Raising The Skate” and yesterday they followed that up with a 90’s slacker anthem that changes up Speedy Ortiz’s formula a bit, with newly infused synths. Still, this is still very much the same Speedy Ortiz, who weave in and out of their melancholic musings with ease.

This track has become even more personal to lead singer Sadie Dupuis, whose father recently passed away. She posted a personal note on the band’s facebook page, explaining that this song was his favorite out of all the songs that she ever wrote.

You can find the touching note posted below along with a stream of “The Graduates” as well as “Raising The Skates.”
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Speedy Ortiz – Bigger Party

By Will Oliver, August 25th 2014

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Speedy Ortiz have built buzz the right way, slowly but surely picking up a little bit of steam

Last month they released a new song called “Bigger Party” as a free download as a part of the annual Adult Swim Singles Series. It’s a more polished take of the 90s slacker-rock sound that the band have made into their own, with a pretty clever and hilarious chorus.

Grab your free download below.
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Speedy Ortiz at 4Knots Music Festival 2014

By Will Oliver, July 15th 2014

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The Village Voice’s annual 4Knots Music Festival is always a highlight of my summer, stretching back to the early days when it used to take place at Coney Island and be known as the Siren Music Festival. This year, Speedy Ortiz kicked off the festival for me, with a wonderful set under the sun next to the Peking boat.

The group, now with new guitarist Devin McKnight (who replaced Matt Robidoux) seems to get better and better every time I see them. The trend continued at 4Knots with one of the bands tightest and liveliest performances yet.


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Speedy Ortiz had a very good 2013, releasing Major Arcana, one of the better albums of the year. Even so, they’re still hard at work, announcing that they will release new EP Real Hair on February 11 via Carpark Records.

They’ve released lead single, “Everything’s Bigger”, the first track to be released from the EP. Bathed in 90s guitar melodies and buzz, it’s another good one from the fast rising band. Stream it below.

Sad13 at Baby’s All Right (December 13, 2016)

By Will Oliver, January 19th 2017

Sad13 is the pop-minded side-project of Speedy Ortiz frontwoman Sadie Dupuis. In November she released her debut album Slugger, via Carpark Records.

She brought the album to Baby’s All Right on December 13 for a stacked show that also included opening performances from three great local acts: Vagabon, Emily Reo and Told Slant.

Find photos from each band’s set posted below, along with Sad13’s setlist.
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We All Want Someone’s Best Songs of 2015

By Will Oliver, March 18th 2016 — with 2 comments

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Artwork thanks to our very own Anthony Bauer

We look back 2015 fondly, one of the best years of music in some time. There was almost too much of it, making it nearly an impossible task to come up with my top albums of the year. Even worse, was choosing the best songs of the year.

Many albums had multiple offerings that deserved recognition, but I tried my best to limit it to one song per artist, except for a few special cases. It wasn’t easy to do a top 100 list, but it was fun to reflect on 2015 with all the sounds that helped soundtrack my life throughout those months.

Below you can find the list posted in countdown style from 100-1, and I’ve created a handy Spotify playlist in countdown order for your listening convenience and pleasure. I’ve posted the embeded playlist below.

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