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Tonight at the Trumpet Blossom: Speedy Ortiz, Younger and Pile will entertain your ear holes


Speedy Ortiz
This may be your last chance to see Speedy Ortize pre-mega stardom. The group will soon go on tour with Stephen Malkmus (formerly of Pavement) and the Jicks.– photo courtesy of Speedy Ortiz

Speedy Ortiz w/ Pile, Younger

Trumpet Blossom Café — March 20 at 9 p.m. ($7)

At this point, ’90s pop culture nostalgia is here to stay and I, for one, welcome our new 18-year-old grunge overlords. Although my references to the LA riots, Tanya Harding and the Menendez brothers may elicit puzzled expressions from my undergraduate students, they tend to be surprisingly familiar with the bygone era’s musical offerings. This year’s freshmen class may have been born after the death of Kurt Cobain, but some of this demographics’ more musically inclined are continuing on (and perhaps improving upon) where their alternative forbearers left off.

Northampton’s Speedy Ortiz is a band that represents the best of the ’90s-inspired acerbic indie rock revival. Their first LP, Major Arcana, evokes the likes of iconic indie bands such as Pavement, and fellow Massachusites Sebadoh. Yes, “Massachusites” is a word—look it up.

Singer Sadie Dupuis’ lyrical mix of dry humor and emotional honesty has drawn comparisons to Liz Phair. See for example their ironically titled single “Taylor Swift.” Boston’s neo-grunge band Pile will be opening the show along with local band Younger, which features members of Emperors Club and The Wandering Bears.


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