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Watch Speedy Ortiz play “I’m Blessed” for WXPN’s Indie Rock Hit Parade

Speedy Ortiz | photo by Taylor Johnson for WXPN

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 →

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The Week Ahead: Speedy Ortiz, RFA, Ellen Siberian Tiger, Travis Scott and more

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Travis Scott’s Astroworld | courtesy of the artist

From Speedy Ortiz’s final run of shows in support of Twerp Verse to Travis Scott’s hotly anticipated Astroworld tour stop at Wells Fargo Center, rock and roll from RFA, folk from Kaia Kater, and our House Key Showcase with Ellen Siberian Tiger and more, there’s a lot for you to take in all around the scene this week. Here are 20 concerts to see in the next seven days.  Continue reading →

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Speedy Ortiz 2018

Speedy Ortiz | photo by Taylor Johnson for WXPN

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.

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Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz will read from her poetry collection Mouthguard at Tattooed Mom

Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz at SXSW | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

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 →

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Speedy Ortiz shares new track “DTMFA” for Adult Swim Singles

Speedy Ortiz | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

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 →

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Just Announced: Speedy Ortiz will headline the Church in November

Speedy Ortiz | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Last week, Speedy Ortiz‘s Sadie Dupuis launched a last-minute campaign to get Gritty, the new Flyers mascot, to make an appearance at the band’s sold-out show with Liz Phair Friday at Union Transfer. (Phair supported the effort, too.) Alas, Gritty was a no-show, but the show was otherwise fantastic, and Dupuis will have another chance to win over Philly’s favorite orange monster next month — Speedy Ortiz just announced a hometown headlining show at the First Unitarian Church on November 28. Continue reading →

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Liz Phair and Speedy Ortiz bring indie rock healing to Union Transfer

Liz Phair | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Before their last two songs on Friday night, openers Speedy Ortiz’ frontwoman Sadie Dupuis offered some context. “The first one is a love letter to Gritty,” referring to the oddly-lovable-slash-horrifyingly-psychotic-looking new Flyers’ mascot that she’d petitioned to have at the show that night. “I’m officially dating him, and I don’t know where he is.”

“The second one is a love letter to Liz Phair, who told me that she doesn’t care for Gritty because he doesn’t treat me that well. That’s a good friend. That’s a really good friend.” An at-capacity Union Transfer cheered. “We’re so grateful to be on tour with our really good friend Liz Phair. Who’s much better for me than Gritty.”

Speedy offered up a crackling opening set of introspective indie rock curated from the appreciable catalog they’ve amassed over the last six years, thrashing and throttling their instruments and casually stage-bantering, clearly comfortable with the rock stardom they’ve earned themselves. Dupuis was openly angry about current events as well, parlaying her platform into some dutiful political activism, and unflappable as she capably made sure a miserable heckler knew he was at the wrong rock show.

Phair acknowledged the current political landscape too, even if she took a more resigned tone. Continue reading →

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Speedy Ortiz covers the elusive Liz Phair outtake “Blood Keeper”

Speedy Ortiz | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

In anticipation of their upcoming tour supporting Liz Phair, Philly rockers Speedy Ortiz have shared a cover of one of the iconic songwriter’s own tunes. But instead of covering one of Phair’s better-known songs, they chose a deep cut — “Blood Keeper” is an elusive outtake from Phair’s 1998 LP Whitechocolatespaceegg and never got a proper release, though Speedy Ortiz’s cover proves that the song hasn’t been entirely forgotten. Continue reading →

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Speedy Ortiz gives a dizzying performance of Twerp Verse and more at PhilaMOCA

Speedy Ortiz | photo by Sam Kesler for WXPN

Philadelphia favorites Speedy Ortiz took the stage at PhilaMOCA to perform from their new album Twerp Verse, as well as a set of fan-requested classics. After a stint this past year performing under her electropop solo project Sad13, frontwoman Sadie Dupuis returned to showcase her intricate and intelligent rock side. The performance was dizzying, covering much of Speedy’s impressive discography and diverse sound, featuring Dupuis’ witty lyricism with guitar hooks and musicality to match. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Speedy Ortiz will headline PhilaMOCA next month

 

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Speedy Ortiz | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

It was a little suspicious, previously, that Speedy Ortiz’s only tour appearance in Philly would be at Little Baby’s Ice Cream in West Philly to scoop a new flavor, “Twerp Verse Dessert Burst Sundae,” and not to perform. Now fans of ice cream and Speedy Ortiz alike can rejoice knowing the band will return for a full set this July. Continue reading →