Photo: Michael Levine

Off the 405: Ex Hex

Off the 405


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When Ex Hex exploded onto the scene with their unfettered brand of rock and riffage, the power trio for a new era had finally arrived. On vocals and guitar is Mary Timony, a beloved figure of the D.C. indie and punk scenes known for her bands Helium, Autoclave, and Wild Flag, a collaboration with Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss. Joined by Betsy Wright on bass and vocals, and Laura Harris on drums, Ex Hex’s 2014 debut Rips was a gleaming collection of tightly wound gems that scored widespread acclaim including Best New Music honors from Pitchfork. Near-constant touring throughout 2015 and 2016 established the band as a force to be reckoned with: an audacious three-piece distilling rock music to its essence with formidable skills and a reputation for frenzied and unabashedly fun live shows. Their music is a powerful new take on the ebullient and nostalgic sounds of 80s big-hair, glitter-covered hard rock, reclaimed for today’s generation. The group’s highly anticipated follow up, It’s Real, arrived this spring with their signature larger-than-life riffs, unforgettable hooks, and swaggering guitars, refined and amped up.

Watch: Ex Hex, “Rainbow Shiner.”

Opening DJ set by King Tuff.

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