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Ex Hex

Ex Hex is a trio who celebrate guitar rock, even 1980s albums by bands like Def Leppard and Poison, which is surprising if you consider the indie rock scene from which they sprang. Mary Timony was the singer and guitarist of Helium for much of the 1990s and before that the short-lived Autoclave. Both were groups that could almost be considered the exact opposite of arena rock. But, as she tells Jim and Greg, Timony heard bands like Van Halen with fresh ears when working as a guitar teacher after quitting music in her mid-30s. Students would ask to learn classic rock songs and in order to teach them, Timony would learn them, too. When members of Sleater Kinney and The Minders asked her to join the supergroup Wild Flag in 2010, she brought her new knowledge of guitar shredding with her: rolling on the floor and doing windmill guitar moves frequently while on tour.

When Wild Flag split up before doing a second album, Timony took the songs she'd already started and formed Ex Hex with Betsy Wright of Bat Fangs and drummer Laura Harris. Ex Hex takes that guitar hero aspect and turns it up to eleven. On their second album, It's Real, Ex Hex seems to be fully committed to this approach to music that would have been so at odds with Timony's early work. As our audience at the Goose Island Tap Room knows, the band is more concerned with making good, fun music than expressing deep angst.

Go to episode 705

Bat Fangs

Bat Fangs

Jim and Greg sit down with Bat Fangs, a new rock duo comprised of guitarist/vocalist Betsy Wright (of Ex Hex) and drummer Laura King (of Flesh Wounds). Bat Fangs released a self-titled album in February and came on our hosts' radar after a stunning showing at SXSW. Wright and King talk to Sound Opinions about how '80s hair metal inspired them and the ways their music counters the toxic masculinity of that genre. (There's also a digression about how getting matching tattoos played into the band's founding.)

Go to episode 667
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Buried Treasures

Fall is traditionally the busiest time of year for new music releases, which makes it hard to know what's worth your time and what's worth a pass. Thankfully, Jim and Greg have rummaged through their records and are ready to share the albums they think deserve to be hits.

Go to episode 464

The Best Albums of 2014

Go to episode 471