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Sad13 (Sadie Dupuis) shares “<2″ from new LP, announces tour (3 NYC-area shows)

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Speedy Ortiz singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis has just shared a new song from her solo project Sad13‘s debut album which is November 11 via Carpark. “<2″ (as in “Less Than Two”) explores identity. Says Sadie:

Being “in the less than two” is about finding balance between two selves, exterior and interior. It’s about allowing those selves to coexist in alliance but not in interdependence—and about loving yourself in a world that doesn’t want you to. What’s less than two? A singular person, who is by definition their own number one. Life is booby-trapped with boring nepotists who mistakenly equate professional competence with utterly rigid reproductions of masculinity. If you don’t/won’t/can’t fit that role, self-obsession becomes a radically necessary preservation tool.

The video for the song was co-directed by Sadie and Catherine Elicson and features cameos from Shamir, Rachel Browne (Field Mouse), Amanda Bartley (All Dogs), and Emily Shanahan (Empath). You can watch that, and read more from Dupuis on the song and video, below.

Sadie will be touring as Sad13 this fall, kicking things off at Brooklyn’s Alphaville on October 28 with Vagabon, Emily Reo and Sammus on the bill as well (tickets). They’ll also play Jersey City’s WFMU Monty Hall on November 19 with Vagabon and Sam Evian and then Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right on December 13 with Emily Reo. Tickets for Monty Hall and Baby’s will go on sale Friday, September 23 at 10 AM.

All tour dates for Sad13 are listed below.

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“<2″ is about choosing to be glossy AND caustic. It’s about knowing
you’re smart, knowing you’re doused in glitter, and refusing to see
these two bits of self-knowledge as conflicting. My high school rival
was a bigoted Eagle Scout, furiously confounded at the reality that a
girly teen (me!) was his academic superior. Ten years later, as an
adult human who lurks around the “feminine” quadrant of the gender
map, I STILL come up against ignoramuses who conflate feminized
personal style with anti-intellectualism.

Being “in the less than two” is about finding balance between two
selves, exterior and interior. It’s about allowing those selves to
coexist in alliance but not in interdependence—and about loving
yourself in a world that doesn’t want you to. What’s less than two? A
singular person, who is by definition their own number one. Life is
booby-trapped with boring nepotists who mistakenly equate professional
competence with utterly rigid reproductions of masculinity. If you
don’t/won’t/can’t fit that role, self-obsession becomes a radically
necessary preservation tool.

The “<2″ video is an homage to YouTube and Instagram MUAs, via a
series of makeup tutorials that become increasingly surreal.
Undergoing several dissimilar cosmetic transformations fit with the
song’s theme of self-determinism, while also celebrating aesthetic
mutability. Plus, we wanted to make me look like a reptilian and glue
a bagel to my head. Some of these looks adhere to conventionally
feminine beauty norms, some embrace masculinity, more often than not
they treat the face as a gender-neutral canvas, letting cosmetics be
Art-for-art’s-sake.

Sad13 – 2016 Tour Dates
10/28/16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville
10/29/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilMOCA
11/05/16 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall (Hassle Fest 8)
11/12/16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ TBD
11/13/16 – Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha
11/14/16 – Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
11/16/16 – Northampton, MA @ 13 Queen
11/17/16 – Hamden, CT @ The Space
11/18/16 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
11/19/16 – Jersey City, NJ @ Monty Hall
11/21/16 – Cleveland, OH @ Malhall’s
11/22/16 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
11/23/16 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
11/25/16 – Omaha, NE @ Milk Run
11/26/16 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
11/27/16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
11/28/16 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
11/29/16 – Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
11/30/16 – Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
12/02/16 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
12/03/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Bootleg
12/06/16 – Dallas, TX @ Double Wide
12/07/16 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
12/09/16 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
12/10/16 – Durham, NC @ Pinkhook
12/11/16 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
12/13/16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
12/14/16 – Boston, MA @ Middle East

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