Speedy Ortiz Real Hair

This year Massachusetts alt-rock honor students Speedy Ortiz scored the Stereogum twofer that is cracking our 40 Best New Bands list (for major awesomeness) and our 50 Best Albums list (for Major Arcana). They’ll start off next year by following that album with a four-song EP recorded by Paul Q. Kolderie, a guy who knows a thing or two about the music that clearly inspires Speedy singer/songwriter Sadie Dupuis; he’s worked on albums by ’90s greats Pixies, Radiohead, Uncle Tupleo, the Lemonheads, and more. Dupuis offered some background in a press release: “While the last album was kind of a breakup jam, these songs are a lot more introspective—myself dealing with and talking to and making sense of myself.” The new EP’s called Real Hair, and it includes the guitar-tastic “Everything’s Bigger,” streaming below.

(via Pitchfork)

Real Hair is out 2/11/14 via Carpark. Here’s the tracklist:

01 American Horror
02 Oxygal
03 Everything’s Bigger
04 Shine Theory

And here are some extensive transcontinental tour dates:

12/11 Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s
12/12 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
12/13 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
12/14 Chicago, IL @ Metro
12/15 Columbus, OH @ Kafe Kerouac
12/16 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
12/18 Boston, MA @ Paradise
12/19-20 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
01/03 New Haven, CT @ Heirloom Arts Theatre
01/04 Philadelphia, PA @ Golden Tea House
01/05 Baltimore, MD @ Floristree
01/06 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
01/07 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
01/08 Charleston, SC @ John Rivers Museum
01/09 Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
01/10 Tampa, FL @ Mojo Books & Music
01/11 Tallahassee, FL @ Office Lounge
01/12 Atlanta, GA @ Wonder Root
01/13 Birmingham, AL @ The Forge
01/14 Nashville, TN @ The Stone Fox
01/15 Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
01/16 Charlottesville, VA @ Tea Bazaar
01/17 Washington, DC @ TBA
01/18 New Brunswick, NJ @ Cooler Ranch
01/21 Boston, MA @ Paradise
01/22 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
02/13 Birmingham, England @ Hare & Hounds
02/14 Leeds, England @ Brudenell Social Club
02/15 Glasgow, Scotland @ Broadcast
02/16 Manchester, England @ Deaf Institute
02/18 London, England @ Birthdays (NME Awards)
02/19 London, England @ The Lexington
02/20 Brighton, England @ Green Door Store
02/21 Paris, France @ Trabendo (Fireworks Fest)
02/22 Lille, France @ La Peniche
02/24 Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
02/25 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
02/26 Hamburg, Germany @ Turmzimmer
02/27 Copenhagen, Denmark @ BETA
02/28 Berlin, Denmark @ Magnet Club
03/01 Vienna, Austria @ Flex
03/06 Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover
03/27 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
03/28 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey
03/29 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
03/30 Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s
04/01 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
04/02 Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
04/03 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
04/05 Missoula, MT @ Top Hat
04/07 Calgary, AB @ Republik
04/08 Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
04/10 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw
04/11 Victoria, BC @ Lucky Bar
04/12 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre

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Comments (7)
  1. “This year Boston-based alt-rock honor students…”

    Wow, it took — What, less than six months for the press to generalize a band from Western Mass as “Boston-based” even though they’re 100 miles away from each other?

  2. First the new Burial EP streaming and now this, today is shaping up quite nicely!

  3. Love how sludgy that bass is! YES! Gimme more!

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