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Hey, did you know that Speedy Ortiz’s album, Major Arcana, sounds like the ’90s? It sounds like the ’90s, says Pitchfork and NPR and Spin. They’re not wrong, though: I like Major Arcana largely because it gives me something to listen to when I feel like I’ve put on Exile in Guyville one too many times. But if Sadie Dupuis & Co. turn out the kind of angular, whirling, gritty verse-chorus-verses evocative of Pavement—and The Breeders and Polvo and Dinosaur Jr. and probably Swervedriver, too—so what? They’re consistently good at it (Major Arcana is a clear descendant of the group’s 2012 EP, Sports), and their lyrics are charmingly incisive. (I’m partial to the irresistible jangle in “Plough”: “Why’d you pick the virgin over me?”) Introspection, intelligence, and the occasionally distorted bridge are, evidently, timeless.
Speedy Ortiz performs with Soccer Team and Two Inch Astronaut at 9 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10. (202) 364-0404. cometpingpong.com.