Sadie Dupuis won’t take your guff. Not even for a second. In an indie rock era chock-full of badass feminists, Speedy Ortiz’s guitar-shredding, gender-nonconforming, donut-consuming, powder-keg-of-a-poet lyricist stands out even amongst her immensely talented peers. As she puts it with a spiteful snarl on the chorus of “Raising the Skate,” “I’m not bossy / I’m the boss.” After the angular guitar and heady wordplay of 2013’s Major Arcana earned Speedy Ortiz comparisons to every hip, ’90s guitar-driven indie rock band under the sun (and spots opening for many of them, including the Breeders, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks and Thurston Moore), the group took things in weirder, more diverse, and yet somehow poppier directions with one of last year’s best albums, Foil Deer. Soak in the gleeful, noisy chaos before the band heads west to play Sasquatch!
— Seth Sommerfeld