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Tera Melos, Speedy Ortiz

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

People like to say the decade we're living in is really a mash-up of the preceding two, just with better rehashes of what was en vogue before. It's human nature to make sense of the present based on our shared past, but as Speedy Ortiz's has taken off since forming in 2011, the band has been reductively if accurately compared to titans like Liz Phair and Pavement. Today, what those comparisons have really come to point at is the Massachusetts quartet's proclivity for knowingly writing empowering songs for people who would likely describe themselves as losers. Somehow angular, abrasive, and approachable all at once, the band's songs also inject a charming amount of wry personality spread just thick enough for you to know it's winking. ("I was the best at being second place," sings Dupuis in "The Graduates," from 2015's Foil Deer.) Last year, Dupuis released her first solo album under the Sad13 moniker, Slugger, a bedroom-pop sequence of songs that likely splashed onto wider radars with the sex-positive consent-focused song, "Get A Yes." (Which, yes, takes the whole "bedroom pop" thing to an even more literal level.) Co-headlining here are Sacramento's equally angular and abrasive Tera Melos, whose thrill-ride compositions are more like itchy jazz-punk efforts to subdue an inevitable scratchy breakdown. Back after four years since 2013's X'ed Out (and various solo efforts), the seemingly reinvigorated band here supports the new Trash Generator. On this new record, the band's disparate parts—a harsh rhythm section, clean melodies, and ricocheting glee—all click into place. Expect one hell of a time here at the High Noon. —David Wolinsky

Earlier Event: October 24
Violent Femmes, Brett Newski