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Speedy Ortiz

Neurolux, Thursday, June 14

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The 2016 presidential election caused nationwide waves, and nothing—not even music—proved exempt from its pull. Speedy Ortiz, a Massachusetts-based indie rock band, is a case in point. According to songwriter and vocalist Sadie Dupuis, the group's latest album, Twerp Verse (Carpark Records, 2018), was largely rewritten in light of the new political climate. She said in a press release, "The songs on the album that were strictly personal or lovey dovey just didn't mean anything to me anymore. ... Social politics and protest have been a part of our music from day one, and I didn't want to stop doing that on this album." Songs like "Lean in When I Suffer," which zeros in on the pitfalls of communication and insecurity in the age of social media, and "Villain," which speaks to fighting unwanted sexual advances, are emblematic of the shift. Get the full social scoop at Neurolux when the band rolls through town Thursday, June 14.