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Speedy Ortiz Cover Liz Phair's "Blood Keeper," Announce Sadie Dupuis Poetry Book

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Speedy Ortiz  has found the cure to the ole mid-week slump with a multitude of announcements to start the day.

Just in time for the start of their support tour with Liz Phair this week, the band has released a cover of Phair’s never-officially-released “Blood Keeper.” All profits from the single are directed towards the production and distribution of a “Make SpacesSsafer” pocket guide, created by Shawna Potter from punk group War On Women.

“If every venue’s staff had access to [“Making SpacesSsafer”], bands would have stronger allies in keeping their fans happy and safe,” says Speedy Ortiz frontperson Sadie Dupuis in a statement. “We came up with the idea of doing a fundraiser for the pocket guide, with the hopes of getting a few copies in the hands of each venue along our tour.”

In addition, Dupuis announced the upcoming release of her first published work, a book of poetry titled Mouthguard. The book, which Dupuis began in 2011 right around when Speedy Ortiz shared their first releases on Bandcamp, will be released on Nov. 1 through Gramma Press.

Mouthguard’s poems are magical escapism. They’re my devotional affirmations of manic love, or they’re incantations about illness and loss and the strangeness of bodies,” says Dupuis. “I mostly couldn’t believe these sad girl poems came out of me. I’m proud that they did, and glad I can finally share them.”

Check out the Speedy Ortiz cover of “Blood Keeper” and Sadie Dupuis’ solo session (as Sad13) with Paste from earlier this year below. Find the group’s upcoming tour dates further down.

Speedy Ortiz Tour Dates:

September
06 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Variety Playhouse
07 – Birmingham, Ala. @ Saturn
08 – Raleigh, N.C. @ Hopscotch Music Festival
10 – Louisville, Ky. @ Headliners Music Hall
11 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Beachland Ballroom
13 – Detroit, Mich. @ Majestic
14 – Chicago, Ill. @ Riot Fest
15 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ First Avenue
18 – Seattle, Wash. @ The Showbox
19 – Portland, Ore. @ Crystal Ballroom
20 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Fillmore
21 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
23 – Anaheim, Calif. @ Chain Reaction%
24 – San Diego, Calif. @ Bellly Up Tavern
25 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Crescent Ballroom
27 – Austin, Texas @ The Mohawk
28 – Dallas, Texas @ Granada Theater

October
01 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Exit/In
02 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ 20th Century Theater
03 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
05 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Union Transfer
06 – New York, N.Y. @ Brooklyn Steel
08 – Boston, Mass. @ Royale
09 – Montreal, Que. @ Corona Theatre
10 – Toronto, Ont. @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
12 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Turner Hall
17 – London, U.K. @ The Garage
18 – Nottingham, U.K. @ Rough Trade Nottingham
19 – Leeds, U.K. @ Belgrave Music Hall
20 – Birmingham, U.K. @ Hare & Hounds
22 – Glasgow, U.K. @ Stereo
23 – Manchester, U.K. @ Now Wave Venue
24 – Brighton, U.K. @ Patterns
25 – Bristol, U.K. @ The Louisiana

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