There would only so much more I can say about Speedy Ortiz on this blog…if they didn’t keep blowing my mind to bits every time I saw them.

Second venue on Saturday was The Paper Box (which I’d only been to once before while drifting in from Shea Stadium) for the Gimme Tinnitus showcase. The two stages tripped me up for a second but I think I’m glad they played on the floor because it let you get close enough to feel the ridiculous energy that was coming both from the band and the front row crowd. It was the only show all week that I wished I’d had earplugs for in the best way possible. They’ve just managed to make the same instruments make that much more noise since the last time I saw them. The new songs proved Sadie is still slinging the same effortlessly sarcastic lyrics so I’m sure the next record will be one of the few reasons I still think music players should keep repeat-1 as an option.