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Speedy Ortiz

Speedy Ortiz

Speedy Ortiz, Geronimo!, Brontosaurus 

When: Wed., April 16, 8:30 p.m. 2014
Price: $10
Speedy Ortiz’s Major Arcana (Carpark) isn’t a right-away album. I found it via “No Below,” a solemn single by the Northampton foursome that’s propelled by a hypnotic ascending-and-descending guitar line that hooked me when the raw but tender vocals of front woman Sadie Dupuis came in right in step with it. It’s the album’s best track, and every time I tried to listen to the whole thing, I couldn’t help skipping forward to it. On my fourth or fifth spin, though, it hit me that Major Arcana hangs together as a whole, greater than the sum of its parts. It’s jagged and peculiar and sometimes achingly, nakedly nostalgic for the 90s (particularly in the way Dupuis seems so trepidatious about spilling her guts into the mike), and its noisy anthems sound tailor-made for the awkward kids with their heads down in the back of the class. —Kevin Warwick Geronimo! and Brontosaurus open.

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