Ex Hex / Cold Beat / The Shivas @ Rickshaw Stop, 05.19.15

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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

Ex Hex / Speedy Ortiz @ Rickshaw Stop, 10.14.14

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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 @ Mercury Lounge, 03.21.2014

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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.