Clubs & Concerts

Speedy Ortiz, Roomrunner, The Mercators

When: Thu., Jan. 3, 9 p.m. 2013

At first blush, the five songs on Sports, the great little EP released by Massachusetts' Speedy Ortiz last summer, will likely suggest atavistic indie rock—sassy and simplistic, angst-heavy but educated. Listen closer, though, and pay special attention to Sadie Dupuis' writing and delivery; her voice sits at an unexpected border of boredom, ire and humor, perfectly reflecting tunes that explore getting off and making out, playing games and watching them. And as a band, Speedy Ortiz suggests Pavement with discipline, slingshot riffs backed by a real rhythm section. Baltimore's Roomrunner offers a convincing rerun of grunge's period of primacy. Durham's The Mercators open. —Grayson Currin

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