There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
From what we’ve heard of it so far, Ex Hex’s debut album, Rips, is sure to be one hell of an infectious slice of fuzzed-out rock ’n’ roll. Fronted by Mary Timony, the trio, which also includes Laura Harris of the Aquarium and Betsy Wright of Chain and the Gang, has dominated the local live-music circuit for the past year, wooing listeners with defiant power-pop harmonies, chunky guitars, and foot-stomping percussion. Onstage and on tape, Timony and company ooze confidence; they’re having a good time and want you to get in on the fun. The guitar-driven “Beast” unleashes an uber-catchy chorus, framed by bright harmonies and galloping drums, and the sly, saccharine “Hot and Cold” will have audiences swaying as Timony sneers, “You’re acting like the foolish kind/Trying to talk to me through your mind.” The band’s record release show at Black Cat falls just two days before Rips officially drops via Merge Records—look forward to new material and irresistible attitude. Oct. 5 at Black Cat. $12–$15.