You might recognize Sadie Dupuis as the guitarist and vocalist for Speedy Ortiz (who just released a new single ahead of their tour). Aside from being a talented songwriter and musician, Dupuis has a master’s degree in poetry, and she recently released her debut poetry collection Mouthgaurd via Gramma Press.
The 88-page, paperback collection features poems she wrote from 2011 through 2014 while studying for her degree at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Continue reading →
Shifting the Gaze: Women in Music is back for its third year at Kelly Writers House next Wednesday. An event panel series founded and curated by music writer, photographer, filmmaker, and U Penn senior, Amanda Silberling, Shifting the Gaze was created in order to “explore the intersectional challenges that women and other marginalized people face in the music industry.”
While last year’s installment featured punk icon, Alice Bag, this year’s boasts the four Philly-dwelling rockstars, Jazz Adams, Marisa Dapice, Sadie Dupuis, and Andrea Jacome, who will lead a conversation discussing these intersectional challenges, and incite dialogue as to how to make our community more inclusive. If you don’t already know about these absolutely kickass ladies, read on to get a feel of just the gist of the many roles these local leaders hold. Continue reading →
90’s rock icon Tracy Bonham has gathered some unlikely collaborators for a new reworking of her 1996 debut album The Burdens of Being Upright, and Philly’s own Sadie Dupuis — of Speedy Ortiz and Sad13 — is in the mix. The upcoming album Modern Burdens is set to feature “radically different versions” of the 21-year-old songs recorded by women artists chosen by Bonham, and Dupuis’ contribution, a new version of “The Real,” lives up to the promise.
Dupuis brings her signature psychedelic synth-pop flair — the style her Sad13 solo project is known for — to the recording, her unmistakable vocals mirroring Bonham’s originals (the two artists have been compared in the past). The new version adds a fresh twist to the ’96 classic in a way that gives a nod to the Bonham of days past while taking the song in an unexpected but welcome direction. Continue reading →
On the heels of performing the loaded Philly Music Fest at World Cafe Live, Eric Slick just shared a new track titled “secrets” via Boiled Records, which features Speedy Ortiz’s / Sad13’s Sadie Dupuis.
Of the song, Slick describes writing it after watching a news piece focused on a Jewish real estate agent in Montana who had been viciously trolled and threatened by a Neo-nazi hate group. Continue reading →
“High Key” is a series of profiles conceived with the intent to tell the story of Philly’s diverse musical legacy by spotlighting individual artists in portrait photography, as well as with an interview focusing on the artist’s experience living, creating, and performing in this city. “High Key” will be featured in biweekly installments, as the series seeks to spotlight artists both individually and within the context of his or her respective group or artistic collective.
Philly, meet your new neighbor Sadie Dupuis. Oh sure, you know her best as the frontwoman of Speedy Ortiz, the now-veteran award-winning attention-getting indie-rock darlings of every music writer from Noisey to Pitchfork, who’ve been around the touring block with the likes of Thurston Moore, Stephen Malkmus, and the sisters Deal. You know. NBD.
But what you might not know is that, as mononymous solo artist Sad13 (and yes, that’s “Sad Thirteen”), Dupuis has moved from the heart of New England right to our backyard. With her debut record Slugger racking up the critical acclaim, she’s already on tour, and you can catch her at Girard Avenue’s Everybody Hits tonight.
As she settles into life in Philly, Dupuis compares and contrasts for us her experiences in Philly and Boston and tips you local vegans off to the best tofu hoagie in town. You’re welcome. Continue reading →
Don’t think for a second that music with pop leanings isn’t music for the mind. Take Philly indie four-piece Speedy Ortiz, which this week heads out on its last run of tour dates in support of this year’s awesome Twerp Verse LP. The band’s power chord riffs are ear pure candy, while frontperson Sadie Dupuis’ vocal melodies rise and fall in remarkably hooky arcs.
It’s fun to hear, but a closer listen reveals complexity, both structural — the odd angles and unexpected sharp turns each arrangement takes — and lyrical — Dupuis just published her first book of poetry, if that gives you any indication of the angle from which she approaches her songwriting.
One of the standouts when Speedy Ortiz recorded an Indie Rock Hit Parade session at WXPN last month was “I’m Blessed,” a song that burns and builds over about three different movements, and while the concluding melody seems in one sense uplifting, it’s also cathartic, as Dupuis spends the song unpacking repressed anger. Continue reading →
Joining us in the studio for this Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is a band that visited us back in 2015 when their last album was released. In the years since Foil Deer, Speedy Ortiz and its leader, singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis, have kept rather busy. In addition to releasing a solo album as SAD13, Sadie relocated to Philadelphia and revamped her main band with a few new friends. Joining Sadie in the studio for this session are founding drummer Mike Falcone, guitarist/keyboardist Andy Molholt (also of Philly’s Laser Background), and bassist Audrey Zee Whitesides (whose credits include stints with Mal Blum and Lucky Cat). Speedy Ortiz dropped by our studios before they opened a sold-out show with Liz Phair at Union Transfer to perform songs from their newly released third album, Twerp Verse.
Three local artists have teamed up for a killer set at Johnny Brenda’s next month. The last we heard of Dominic Angelella was with the release of Road Movie last spring, and when the versatile singer / multi-instrumentalist stopped by for a Studio Session over the summer; he’ll headline alongside Cold Fronts (a band he sometimes plays in) and Lucy Stone (an artist who used to play in his band). Continue reading →
Speedy Ortiz recently announced a new string of headlining tour dates behind their recent album Twerp Verse, and now they’ve added a new single to their catalogue to mark the occasion. “DTMFA” is a catchy, riff-filled song that Sadie Dupuis has had on the back burner for awhile. The songwriter reportedly considered it for her 2016 solo album Slugger, and then again for Speedy’s latest LP, but it never quite made the cut. Continue reading →