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
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.
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