Check out the full extendo-gallery of photos from Day 2 (the indie-rock day) of the 2015 Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco Bay on October 18th. Featuring: Ought, Viet Cong, Mikal Cronin, Lower Dens, Jose Gonzalez, Drive Like Jehu, Ex Hex, Deerhunter, Panda Bear, Father John Misty, and the War On Drugs. Continue reading →
The last time Ex Hex played San Francisco, opening for Speedy Ortiz, they blew out the power onstage at Rickshaw Stop. After that powerhouse performance, they certainly deserved the headlining spot their next time through town, and the sold-out crowd agreed. Continue reading →
One of the best things about Mary Timony’s new band Ex Hex is that the guitar virtuoso — once so fond of proggy guitar rock and then ultra-personal, Medieval-sounding songs about dragons and faeries (which, make no mistake, are still awesome) — has embraced her good time rock n’ roll side. Ex Hex’s debut record, Rips, basically sounds like an 80s party record in a lot of ways, so it’s fitting that for their new video (and third from Rips) for “Don’t Wanna Lose,” the band spoofs the 1982 Diane Lane/Laura Dern movie Ladies & Gentlemen: The Fabulous Stains, a film about three teenage girls who start a punk band. It’s pretty fantastic. Continue reading →
Saw a lot of music this year. While it was a less exciting year, personally, than 2013, I saw a lot more music than ever before. Here are some thoughts on the music I saw and heard in 2014. Continue reading →
Speedy Ortiz’s 90s-inspired angular rock often draws comparisons to much missed 90s alt-rock band Helium. So it’s fitting and/or steering into the skid that Speedy Ortiz booked a tour with openers Ex Hex, the new band from Helium frontwoman Mary Timony. Continue reading →
Ex Hex, the new band from former Helium/Wild Flag/Autoclave guitarist/singer Mary Timony, rolled into NYC for two shows on March 20th and 21st. Playing the late show at Mercury Lounge on the 21st, the band took the stage shortly after midnight, and ripped through about a 45 minute set. Timony clearly took something away with her time sharing Wild Flag ax duties with Carrie Brownstein, who’s no stranger to Pete Townsend-ish guitar windmills and kicks. A formidable guitarist who always veered toward prog rock with a somewhat Medieval twinge, Timony seems to be having more fun onstage than ever before, and Ex Hex is her most straight-up rock outfit in her 20+ year career. It’s nice to see Timony just let loose after all these years.