Speedy Ortiz – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – May 25th, 2015

Speedy Ortiz

Smart noise rock from MA touring second full-length album 'Foil Deer'

Speedy Ortiz

(Sandy) Alex G, Broken Water

Mon, May 25, 2015

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$12 ADV / $14 DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats

Speedy Ortiz
Speedy Ortiz
Attention came swiftly following Speedy Ortiz’s 2012 Sports EP on the Boston-centric label Exploding In Sound, and with good reason. Massachusetts-based songwriter/guitarist Sadie Dupuis’ knotty, lyrically dense songs were fully realized by her bandmates, with intricate guitar lines crisscrossing over Darl Ferm’s fluid bass and Mike Falcone’s precisely executed drumming in a way that was simultaneously catchy and jarring. After the success of its 2013 Best New Music-honored debut full-length Major Arcana, the band formalized its assault through a year and a half of relentless touring with bands in whose brainy-slash-brawny legacies it followed—among them Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Ex Hex, and The Breeders. In 2014, the band added guitarist Devin McKnight of the Boston-based post-punk group Grass Is Green, whose guitar parts both match and challenge Dupuis’.

Speedy Ortiz’s second proper album—Foil Deer, recorded at Rare Book Room in Brooklyn when the band wasn’t pushing forward on its hectic 2014 tour schedule—comes out on April 21, 2015. The songs represent a leap forward, possessing a lightness that mirrors Dupuis’s post-grad school outlook; they also have a deliberate nature to them, one that emanates from extra studio time and more experimentation with the band’s essential form. (Ferm contributes a few unexpected guitar parts; Falcone’s vocal harmonies zing in with more force.) Speedy Ortiz possesses big-tent rock swagger and punk’s restless yet intimate spirit in a way that makes the impulses seem identical; while the quartet can still command crowds at festivals like Primavera Sound and Pitchfork Music Festival, they also relish playing Boston’s teeming basements alongside the city’s next generation of bands. That willingness to push not just forward, but in all directions, makes Speedy Ortiz one of rock’s most exciting outfits.
(Sandy) Alex G
(Sandy) Alex G
Alex G is a songwriter from Philadelphia who performs with a four-piece rock band. The band performs songs from Alex G's catalog in a louder and more aggressive manner.
Broken Water
Broken Water
The Olympia three-piece Broken Water — a sometimes noisy, sometimes droning, often pretty and subtly poppy band — is very much a product of its hometown. Shape-shifting over the course of EPs, singles, and full-length albums released consistently since 2009, the band has managed the rare feat of evolution in the service of a signature sound: wild experimentation that ultimately works as a harness, locking down the music’s unique and idiosyncratic internal logic.

Broken Water released their new LP, Wrought, March 24th on Night-People Records. It was recorded & mixed with Steve Fisk (Nirvana, Soundgarden), and they collaborate once again with cellist Lori Goldston (Earth, Nirvana) on its epic closing track.