Entries tagged with: Speedy Ortiz
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Zach Pollack
Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
South by Southwest. Maybe you've heard of it. Anyway, it starts in about a week, turning Austin, TX into one giant cacophonous concert where you can't swing a free canvas tote bag full of complimentary energy drinks without hitting a musician vying for your attention. It's actually pretty fun -- apart from the wasted spring breakers everywhere -- but it can be overwhelming. In an effort to help, we've already highlighted metal at SXSW and given you 10 NYC artists that we think are worth seeing, and here's a list of 50 artists we're excited to see at SXSW from all over the world (a few cross over from those other two lists). More than a few are playing one of BV's many events in Austin this week -- and if you're going, do stop by.
We know most people are NOT going to SXSW (and if you're in that group, you may be sick of hearing about it already), but many of these acts are touring around the US on either side of SXSW so it's maybe worth a gander too. We've also got a handy Rdio playlist with a song from each artist.
An embedded version of that playlist, plus our list of 50 artists we wanna see at SXSW (in alphabetical order), below...
UPDATE: Thursday lineup announced too
After a Wednesday night official showcase at the same venue, BrooklynVegan will take over both stages of Red 7 during the hours of noon-6pm each day on Thursday (3/13), Friday (3/14) and Saturday (3/15) of SXSW Music. All three day party lineups will be announced momentarily (update: Thursday is announced), but here is Saturday!
SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014 @ RED 7 (FREE)Please RSVP, and show up early to see all the bands and to ensure you get some complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson (while supplies last).
12:45 Fat White Family
02:15 Connan Mockasin
03:00 Hundred Waters
03:45 Bob Nanna of Braid
05:05 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
01:30 Potty Mouth
02:15 Ex Hex (Mary Timony's new band)
03:05 Speedy Ortiz
04:00 Wye Oak
05:00 The Hold Steady
We'll also have Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you can pose in our photobooth and where someone will win a pair of headphones every hour on the hour!
Again, this is one of three free BrooklynVegan day parties at Red 7 this year. Please RSVP once for entry to all three. SXSW badges are also welcome and be sure to stop by the Esurance Glove Box at the Austin Convention Center or their Fuel Lounge at 6th and Trinity to pick up an Esurance Access Pass. Then follow @esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can hop the line for our party and others around Austin....
Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Chicago's Union Park from July 18-20 and the lineup was just announced. It includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, Beck, Slowdive (their first reunion show in the US so far), Giorgio Morder, Sun Kil Moon, Factory Floor, Death Grips, the Haxan Cloak, Sharon Van Etten, tUnE-yArDs, The Julie Ruin, Grimes, Wild Beasts, DIIV, Ka, Circulatory System, Pusha T, The Range, Mas Ysa and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
In related news, Pitchfork is teaming up with ATP and Primavera Sound for London's Jabberwocky Festival which includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Electric Wizard, Deafheaven, Kode9, Earth, Pissed Jeans, Connan Mockasin, The Ex, Speedy Ortiz, Iceage, Vatican Shadow, Joanna Gruesome, Metz, Jesu, Chelsea Wolfe, Hookworms and more.
Initial day-by-day Pitchfork Fest lineup below...
photos by Ebru Yildiz
Speedy Ortiz / Krill / Odonis Odonis @ BKNB - 2/7/14
The free music at Brooklyn Night Bazaar continued this past Friday (2/7), as Northampton indie rockers Speedy Ortiz returned to Brooklyn as part of their ongoing tour to headline the show. They were joined by a great lineup of fellow Massachusetts indie rockers Krill and Toronto noisemakers Odonis Odonis, plus two local bands: Heeney and Infinity Girl. Pictures of all five bands are in this post.
Brooklyn Night Bazaar's free music (and not-free food, drinks, shopping and games) continues this weekend with Team Spirit on Valentine's Day (2/14) and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion on Saturday (2/15).
Speedy Ortiz are back in NYC tonight (2/10) for a free in-store at Other Music at 8 PM, in celebration of their new Real Hair EP, which comes out this week via Carpark (stream it at Pitchfork). Admission is free, first come, first serve.
As discussed, Krill will head out on a tour with Ava Luna soon, which includes a NYC show happening on 3/24 at Silent Barn with Guerilla Toss, Ryan Power, Jerry Paper, Ashcan and Railings.
More pictures from BKNB below...
Jessica Pratt (by Philip Cosores)
As discussed, California folk singer Jessica Pratt will be making her way to NYC for a free Brooklyn Night Bazaar show on February 21 with Widowspeak and Porches. It was initially a one-off, but she's since added another free show to happen the next night: an in-store performance at Other Music on February 22. It starts at 9 PM and space is limited.
Brooklyn Night Bazaar is also where Speedy Ortiz plays TONIGHT (2/7) with Krill, Odonis Odonis, Heeney and Infinity Girl. And like Jessica, Speedy also play an in-store at Other Music on Monday (2/10).
Stream Jessica's newest single, "Game That I Play," below...
by Bill Pearis
Toronto dark-hued noisemakers Odonis Odonis will release their second album, Hard Boiled Soft Boiled, on April 15 via Buzz Records. It's the follow-up to 2011's Hollandaze -- do these guys like brunch or what? The title also alludes to the nature of the album; side 1 is punishing goth/industrial/punk, while side 2 is more ethereal. You can stream the definitely hard-boiled "New Obsession" and watch its twisted music video below.
As mentioned, Odonis Odonis will be in NYC on Friday (2/7) playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Speedy Ortiz, Krill, Heeny and Infinity Girl. Like all BKNB shows, this one is free. And if you're going to be in Austin for SXSW, look for them there too. All dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
In addition to the Fear of Men special edition LP, Kanine Records announced their other Record Store Day 2014 releases today as well. One of them is a compilation called Non Violent Femmes, which culls tracks from some of today's more promising female-fronted bands from around the globe (well, America, UK, and NZ): Speedy Ortiz, Eternal Summers, Bleeding Rainbow, Beach Day, Tashaki Miyaki, Is/Is, Beverly, TEEN (who just played Baby's All Right), Joanna Gruesome, Flowers, and Beaches. Ten of the 11 tracks are exclusive to the release.
And in a related vibe -- and this is cool -- Kanine will be reissuing Elastica's eponymous 1995 debut on vinyl for RSD. While they never managed to do much after, Elastica is packed with great songs -- "Connection," "Stutter," "Car Song," "Annie," "Line-Up," "Vaseline" -- and a true '90s classic.
Kanine is also releasing an alternate version of Surfer Blood's 2013 album Pythons, one that, apparently, Warner Brothers rejected for being too "punky."
Record Store Day happens in brick-and-mortar shops all around the globe on Saturday, April 19. Speedy Ortiz play free shows at Brooklyn Night Bazaar this Friday (2/7) with Krill, Odonis Odonis, Heeney, and Infinity Girl; and Other Music on 2/10. They're also streaming their new EP, Real Hair, which you can listen to on Pitchfork.
Check out a few Elastica videos below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Los Campesinos! / Speedy Ortiz @ Irving Plaza - 1/22/14
Cardiff indie rockers Los Campesinos! are over in the US for a short tour supporting their newest LP, No Blues, which hit NYC's Irving Plaza last night (1/22). The band were characteristically enthusiastic and gave us a good mix of the old and the new. Speedy Ortiz opened, and pictures of both bands (including one of Los Campesinos' setlist, though it may not be 100% accurate) are in this post.
Speedy Ortiz have a ton of other dates coming up, and now that last night's show is in the past, they've added another in NYC. They'll be the previously-unannounced guests at the Golden Ratio/Shea Stadium/My Social List-presented Brooklyn Night Bazaar on February 7 with Krill, Odonis Odonis, Heeney, Infinity Girl and
Blessed State (update: though Blessed State are listed on BK Bazaar's site, they're not actually playing). Like all Night Bazaar shows, that one is FREE, but if you want to skip the line, you can RSVP.
Speedy will also be doing an 8 PM in-store at Other Music on February 10, the day before their Real Hair EP comes out.
Updated Speedy Ortiz dates are listed, along with more pics, below...
Speedy Ortiz at Webster Hall in December (more by PSquared)
Northampton indie rockers Speedy Ortiz are quite the road lovers lately, having been on an ongoing extensive tour that brings them back to NYC TONIGHT (1/22) at Irving Plaza, where they'll open for Los Campesinos!. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
UPDATE: Stay tuned tomorrow for another special announcement.
As discussed, Speedy Ortiz will release their new EP Real Hair on February 11 via Carpark. You can stream two tracks from that, along with the list of updated dates, below...
Kylesa at Santos in 20111 (more by Samanatha Marble)
As discussed, Georgia's Savannah Stopover festival, which happens right before SXSW, is returning this year from March 6-8, and since we last spoke, the full lineup was announced. New additions include Kylesa, Wye Oak, Future Islands, Eternal Summers, Heavenly Beat, Nothing, Esben & the Witch, Spires, TEEN, Connections and many more joining previously announced names like Weekend, Speedy Ortiz, Public Service Broadcasting, Ex Hex, and more. Tickets, including 3-day pass, 2-day pass, and single day pass options, are available.
Full day-by-day lineup and updated flyer below...
by Andrew Sacher
Speedy Ortiz at Webster Hall in December (more by PSquared)
Speedy Ortiz put out one of our favorite albums of 2013 with Major Arcana and already released one great song from its followup EP, Real Hair (due out 2/11 via Carpark). Now they're back with another, equally great song from that same EP, "American Horror." You can stream it, along with the previously released "Everything's Bigger," below.
Updated dates are listed, along with the streams, below...
by Bill Pearis
Philadelphia's Bleeding Rainbow are set to release their new album, Interrupt, on February 25 via Kanine. On it the band pretty much dispose of the shoegazier aspects of their sound, leaving lean, mean melodic rock with a definite punk bent. They haven't shared any of the new album with the internet yet, but hopefully soon.
You may have heard some of the new album live -- the band played a few shows in NYC at the end of 2013 and have more planned soon. Their next show here will be at Death by Audio on January 17 with more bands TBA. (Did you know BR painted the "Yeah Right" [also the name of their last album] mural in DbA's main room?) Bleeding Rainbow will play their hometown on Saturday (1/4) at Golden Tea House as part of super solid bill that includes Speedy Ortiz, Grass is Green and Hermit Thrushes. Then on February 8 they'll play Philly's First Unitarian Church opening for Mission of Burma (tickets). They'll also be playing the Savannah Stopover before SXSW.
Flyer for this weekend's Philly show is below...
Speedy Ortiz @ Baby's All Right - 12/30/13 (via Jason Burger)
Exploding In Sound Records celebrated the new year in NYC with a huge show at Baby's All Right on 12/30 that included Big Ups, Porches, Roomrunner, Grass Is Green, Two Inch Astronaut, Ovlov, Krill, Dead Wives, Baked, Bad History Month, Woozy, Gnarwhal, Pile (acoustic), and special guests billed as "Average Cock," who you may have guessed was actually Speedy Ortiz. That's Speedy pictured above, and there's a high quality video of Big Ups from the show below. EIS celebrated NYE proper with a smaller show in Boston.
As discussed, Grass Is Green and Speedy Ortiz are touring together, and though that tour doesn't hit NYC, Speedy will open for Los Campesinos! at Irving Plaza on 1/22 (tickets), and since we last spoke, Grass Is Green added a NYC show happening on January 31 at Silent Barn for the 10th annual Berfest with Baked, Radical Dads, Frankie Cosmos and Poverty Hollow. They also posted another track from their upcoming Vacation Vinny LP not along ago, "Sammy So-Sick." You can stream that, along with the updated list of their tour dates, below.
Big Ups also have another show happening on February 1 at Death by Audio with Eula, Kal Marks and Malatese.
UPDATE: Big Ups also play a release party for their upcoming Eighteen Hours of Static LP at Shea Stadium on January 9 with Flagland, Mannequin Pussy and Washer; and the NYC Arts Collective Late Bloomers Kick Off Multi-Media Series at Baby's All Right on January 25 with Beach Party, Tei Shi, Charlie Wavers Quartet and DJ sets by Au Revoir Simone, Lee Bannon and The Range. Tickets for the Baby's show are on sale now and proceeds benefit the Ali Forney Center.
Porches next play Silent Barn on January 10 with My Dad, Gunk and Flagland.
And the next day at Silent Barn (1/11), the venue hosts the Gravesend Recordings Compilation Vol. 1 release party which features Krill, Palehound, Bueno, Jazz Massagers and Hannah Ch'oe, plus "possible special guests."
In more related news, Palehound and Frankie Cosmos team up again for a Brooklyn show at Trash Bar on January 17 with Eskimeaux and Florist.
Lastly, Ovlov's next NYC gig is opening for Self Defense Family and Pity Sex at Santos on 1/19 with Heroes of Modern Earth and Deep Pockets. Tickets for that show are still available. They also play Silent Barn on 2/6.
All lists of dates, along with that Grass Is Green song and Big Ups video, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
The Breeders / Speedy Ortiz @ Webster Hall - 12/20/13
Speedy Ortiz weren't the only benefactors of the stage. This is going to come off either stupid or obvious for those whose Breeders concert experience doesn't come from YouTube or 20-year reunions, but Last Splash needs to be heard live. Take "Roi"; as track five, it's a grind between fuzz and silence, which is striking as an idea and compelling on record, but live it's colossal, a battle between big sound and bigger silence. Deal's voice, small in the original mix, rises like smoke off an explosion -- it is the closest music comes to sounding like a battlefield. (There's fuzz, too; at times the Last Splash set comes off like a wobbly, distorted remix you'd find lying around some stray SoundCloud.)Kim Deal & co. brought The Breeders back to NYC on their December tour for a two-night stand at Webster Hall late last week (12/19 & 12/20). Unlike The Breeders' tour earlier this year, where they played only Last Splash in its entirety, this time around they played that album AND its predecessor Pod. Opening both shows was Speedy Ortiz, who owe a thing or two to the Breeders' sound. Pictures of the second night, including a shot of the setlist, are in this post.
Pod fared even better, tracks like "Doe" and "Hellbound" thrashing out of their unassuming confines and Kelley sweetening Kim's vocals as ably as original bandmate Tanya Donelly did. (Kim might have been the draw for much of the crowd, but Kelley was the heart. As lead on "I Just Wanna Get Along," she managed to sigh "I just wanna get along" with all the defeated comedown from one of the most honest post-breakup tracks in existence, while simultaneously coming off as the happiest person who's ever been on a stage.) [Village Voice]
Speedy Ortiz have a very busy tour schedule. Their next NYC show is opening for Los Campesinos! at Irving Plaza on 1/22 (tickets), and in possibly related news, their old label Exploding In Sound Records is throwing a big year-end party at Baby's All Right on December 30 with Porches, Krill, Dead Wives, Roomrunner, Big Ups, Baked, Grass Is Green, Two Inch Astronaut, Bad History Month, Woozy, Pile (acoustic), Gnarwhal, Ovlov and special guests billed as "Average Cock" (tickets).
More pictures from Webster Hall below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
We've done some year-end lists in the past at BrooklynVegan, though you might notice that we're not the most consistent with them. This is for a few reasons, one being that with the varying tastes of our current group of contributors, we could never in a million years agree on a top 10, let alone an Album of the Year. So in an attempt to get around that obstacle, this year two BV writers, Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher, have made individual lists of the albums they loved most which we think each represent different parts of 2013 here at BrooklynVegan. They both made top 20s (and only had two albums in common), with commentary on the top 10, and you can check out both lists below...
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork is back with its much-anticipated Top 50 Albums of 2013 list. The list has many of the albums you'd expect to see on Pitchfork's list, though there's still some surprises. If you thought M.I.A got snubbed, you'll be happy to see her here, and if you thought James Blake deserved the Best New Music he didn't get, you'll be happy to see how high he ranks. The biggest surprise to me is that Majical Cloudz makes the top 10, and for those keeping score, Yeezus is NOT #1. Can you guess what is?
Head here to see individual writers' lists, and head below to see Pitchfork's full Top 50 Albums of 2013 list...
Screaming Females at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We've been asking around for artists to tell us their favorite albums of 2013, and the people at NJ punk/indie rock label Don Giovanni Records sent over some lists from a few of their artists. At the bottom of this post, you can browse the lists from label co-founder Joe Steinhardt (also an artist on the label as Modern Hut), DC post-punks Priests, eclectic Brooklyn duo Shellshag, Amherst sludge rockers California X, Wisconsin punk rippers Tenement, Hilly Eye, Lauren Measure's new pop punk band Worriers, and Marissa Paternoster, the shredder/vocalist of Screaming Females (and also the brains behind Noun). One major trend on the lists is that the self-titled debut from Radioactivity (the new band of The Marked Men's Jeff Burke and Mark Ryan) appears more than any other album. If you haven't heard that one yet, you can stream it below.
As discussed, most of the bands mentioned will be playing the Don Giovanni showcases happening in Brooklyn on February 6 at 285 Kent and February 7 and 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for 285 Kent and MHOW (including a 2-day pass option) are still available.
Lists and streams below...
by Andrew Sacher
Speedy Ortiz released their great debut Major Arcana this past July, and they're no wasting no time following it with more material. The Real Hair EP will come out via Carpark on February 11, and they've just revealed its lead single, "Everything's Bigger," an excellent dose of indie rock that's up there with the best tracks on Major Arcana. The EP was recorded and mixed by Paul Q. Kolderie, whose credits include Pixies, Radiohead, Dinosaur Jr, Hole, and other bands that make him a good fit for the sound Speedy Ortiz goes for. You can stream the new song (via Pitchfork), along with with the EP's tracklist, below. That's the artwork above.
Also check out their Top 13 of 2013.
Song stream and tracklist below...
NXNE 2013 (more by David Andrako)
NXNE is returning for its 20th year in 2014 from June 13-22 in Toronto, and the initial music lineup has just been announced. It includes St. VIncent, Juicy J, Danny Brown, Rhye, Mac DeMarco, Run the Jewels, Omar Souleyman, Speedy Ortiz, Mas Ysa, Courtney Barnett and Odonis Odonis. NXNE speakers were also announced, including Paul Rosenberg (Shady Records), Chris Kaskie (Pitchfork), Oliver El-Khatib (Ovo), Chris Taylor (Last Gang Records), and KP Swazy (DatPiff). Badges and wristbands are on sale now.
Speaking of St. Vincent, if you haven't yet, check out her new song.
Check out the full initial list of 2014 NXNE artists below...
It's been a transitional year for A.V. Club. The print version of The Onion ceased publication, and much of AVC's senior staff jumped ship for Pitchfork's new film site, The Dissolve. And then they got a redesign which is still a little kink-y. But they're still one of the best all-around arts and entertainment sites as far as I'm concerned. Like just about everyone else, they dropped their Best Albums of Year list this week. Due to a few ties, A.V. Club ended up with a 23 album list, topped by Kanye West's Yeezus, which has been hovering around the Top 5s on many lists this list season. Haim's Days are Gone is at #2 and you can check out the whole list below...
intro by Andrew Sacher
Speedy Ortiz had one of the finest indie rock albums of the year with Major Arcana which we're already seeing on some best of 2013 lists, and we asked them for a best of 2013 list of their own. The four members of the band, singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis, drummer Mike Falcone, bassist Darl Ferm, and guitarist Matt Robidoux, all agreed on a number one pick for the year (spoiler: it's not an album), and then the members listed individual picks, including some albums, a TV show appearance, a computer game, an art exhibit, a movie, a book, and more. Their full list, with commentary, is below.
Speedy Ortiz have a ton of tour dates coming up, including stops in NYC supporting The Breeders who will be playing Pod and Last Splash at Webster Hall on December 19 and 20. Tickets for those shows are still available, and we're also giving away a pair to each night. Speedy also open for Los Campesinos! at a couple shows including their NYC stop on 1/22 at Irving Plaza (tix).
All tour dates are listed, along with their new video for "No Below," and the year-end list, below...
Speedy Ortiz at BV-CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Speedy Ortiz's debut LP Major Arcana was one of the year's best indie rock records, and they've now made a video for one of its best songs, "No Below." Check it out, in all of its hazy glory, below.
Speedy Ortiz have many tour dates coming up, including shows in NYC and other cities with The Breeders and Los Campesinos!, and west coast dates with Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks. All dates are listed, along with the video below...
Phosphorescent at Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Flatbush Zombies at North Coast Festival 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Thanksgiving is upon us, and in addition to stuffing your face on Thursday, it also means looking for good deals on all your holiday shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday (and probably the rest of December). NYC music venues Irving Plaza and Gramercy Theatre are getting in on the Black Friday/Cyber Monday fun, and offering no Ticketmaster fees for all shows happening in December and January at Irving and Dec-Feb at Gramercy.
Starting at 12:01 AM on Friday (11/29), and running through 11:59 PM on Monday (12/2), you can get fee-less tickets to Flatbush Zombies (tix), A$AP Ferg (tix), Gwar (tix), Andrew WK (New Year's Eve) (tix), Mykki Blanco (New Year's Eve) (tix), Los Campesinos!/Speedy Ortiz (tix), and more.
The Breeders at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
As discussed, The Breeders are playing their last Last Splash shows this December on a short tour leading up to their New Year's Eve show in Austin. Speedy Ortiz will be supporting many of the dates, including both NYC shows happening on December 19 and 20 at Webster Hall. Tickets for both nights are still available, and we're also giving away a pair to each night. Details on how to enter to win, and the full list of tour dates, below.
UPDATE: In addition to performing Last Splash like they've been doing all year, the NYC, Chicago, Boston, and Austin stops will also feature full performances of their 1990 debut album, Pod.
Meanwhile, the Kim Deal-less Pixies are also touring and they'll be in the NYC-area for shows in Port Chester and NJ this January.
All dates are listed, along with contest details, below...