Wednesday, May 13, 2015

This Little Underground: Speedy Ortiz (The Beacham)

Posted By on Wed, May 13, 2015 at 2:04 PM

click to enlarge Jenny Lewis at the Beacham - IANCARLO SUAREZ
  • Iancarlo Suarez
  • Jenny Lewis at the Beacham

On her impressive campaign to return to the current music dialogue, Jenny Lewis (May 10, The Beacham) has been reminding us why it’s nice to have her back in the mix. But I already talked about that when she rolled through only 10 months ago in support of Ray LaMontagne.

click to enlarge Speedy Ortiz at the Beacham - IANCARLO SUAREZ
  • Iancarlo Suarez
  • Speedy Ortiz at the Beacham

But opener Speedy Ortiz is very much worth digging into individually. Much the ‘90s indie-rock redux in swing right now is dialed in to the slack, cool side of that decade. But these Massachussetts intellectuals are at least doing the revival thing with some real daring. They not only choose the artier, more serrated edge of the ‘90s as a start point, but they push things even further out there with their own brand of fearlessness. Live, they kicked with lots of crunch, clarity and unpredictability, validating themselves on stage as on record as one of the more musically intriguing young bands in the buzz stream right now.

click to enlarge Speedy Ortiz at the Beacham - IANCARLO SUAREZ
  • Iancarlo Suarez
  • Speedy Ortiz at the Beacham

click to enlarge Speedy Ortiz at the Beacham - IANCARLO SUAREZ
  • Iancarlo Suarez
  • Speedy Ortiz at the Beacham

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