by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Speedy Ortiz - "Silver Spring" (MP3)

Speedy Ortiz

As I've said before, new music releases start calming down around mid-December and it's a great time to check out stuff that went overlooked throughout the year. One release that dropped over the summer that I've been spinning a lot this past month is Speedy Ortiz's EP, Sports, which came out via Exploding In Sound Records. They hail from the growing Northampton/Amherst scene (which has also given us California X, Potty Mouth, and other great bands) and play the type of rock that pulls equally from punk and indie rock that's made a great comeback in 2012. Think The Breeders meets The Thermals with some noodley guitar and their own personal attitude thrown in and you've got a pretty good idea. The EP's a quick listen and it's got a very fully realized sound for a band that formed just over a year ago. You can stream the whole thing below and download the track "Silver Spring" for free at the top of this post.

Maybe you caught Speedy Ortiz when they toured through NYC last month? (They played two shows including one with Thurston Moore and John Moloney.) They've got a few shows scheduled for 2013 too including a NYC date which happens on February 23 at Cameo Gallery with Sleeping Bag and Shark?. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

A list of all dates and the EP stream are below...

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Speedy Ortiz - Sports EP

Speedy Ortiz -- 2013 Tour Dates
1/3 motorco (durham, nc)* w/ the mercators
1/4: snug harbor (charlotte, nc)* w/ serfs, yardwork
1/5: capsule gallery (atlanta, ga)*
1/6: nashville, tn*
1/7: cbgb (st louis, mo)* w/ spelling bee, trauma harness, small house
1/8: middle house (omaha, ne)* w/ dirt, drugrug
1/9: 109 n dodge (iowa city)* w/ dishpit, sister midnight
1/10: animal kingdom (chicago, il)* w/ my dad, lasers and fast and shit
1/11: milhouse (kalamazoo, mi)* w/ anybody but the cops, rotten wood moon
1/12: happy dog (cleveland, oh)* w/ classic sand
1/13: damage records (northampton, ma)* w/ psychic blood
1/27: berfest @ tt the bear's (cambridge, ma) w/ ovlov, pile, grass is green, fat history month
2/22: burlington, vt
2/23: cameo gallery (brooklyn, ny) w/ sleeping bag, shark?

* - w/ Roomrunner