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Listen to Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz guest host the Indie Rock Hit Parade

DJ Sad13 aka Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Eric Schuman

In just over six years of hosting the Indie Rock Hit Parade, I’ve had plenty of guests on the show. Usually it’s a live in-studio performance or a fun-filled DJ visit from Jon Wurster. After all this time, though, there’s one thing I’ve never had, and that’s a vacation. This past week, while I was in San Francisco, I left my beloved Friday show in the capable hands of the Hit Parade’s first-ever guest host, DJ Sad13 aka Sadie Dupuis.

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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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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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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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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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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 →

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Speedy Ortiz tackle harassment in “Villain” video

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

Indie rocker Speedy Ortiz, main project of Sadie Dupuis, recently released the track “Villain” along with an accompanying music video that uses dreamlike imagery to illustrate harassment of all kinds.

The guitar rock-y “Villain” sounds like a return to form for Speedy Ortiz, who previously released two pop-leaning synth-heavy tracks in the form of “Lucky 88” and “Lean In When I Suffer.” It would make sense that the track was originally written in 2014, according to Billboard. All three singles are set to appear on Speedy’s third album, Twerp Verze, out April 27 on Carpark Records. Just like the first two single, the release of “Villain” is accompanied with a music video, and this video tackles harassment. Continue reading →

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Speedy Ortiz gets absorbed in constant connection (and slime) in “Lucky 88” video

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

Indie rock band Speedy Ortiz has announced its upcoming third studio album Twerp Verse, which drops April 27th via Carpack. Three years have passed since Speedy Ortiz released Foil Deer; the new album will be the first to feature Philly guitarist Andy Molholt, from Laser Background.  Continue reading →

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Sadie Dupuis collaborates with Tracy Bonham on Modern Burdens

Sad13 | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

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 →