Speedy Ortiz, 'Major Arcana' (7/9)
Western Massachusetts, in all its wide-open, woodsy, college-town glory, has always been a pristine environment for young punk, hardcore and indie rock bands. Following in the grand, sludgy and big-riff tradition of Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh are Northampton's Speedy Ortiz. After a series of EPs and singles, the band will release its debut LP Major Arcana on July 9th via Carpark. Started by frontwoman Sadie Dupuis as a solo project at summer camp, Speedy Ortiz has grown into a full band capable of basement-burning anthems like "Ka-Prow!" (off a recent 7-inch) and clever, meditative, but never meek alt-rock cuts as exhibited by Major Arcana's first single "Tiger Tank."