No one should be shocked by the presence of women instrumentalists in rock these days. But does that mean celebrating them is off the table? Not if you ask She Shreds, a publication that bills itself as “the only magazine in the world dedicated to women guitarists and bassists.” This weekend, the magazine brings its touring festival, Shred Fest, to D.C. for the first time. Among the fest’s 15 bands are Ex Hex, the new band from Wild Flag and Helium singer/guitarist Mary Timony; Portland’s The Ghost Ease, who drop Chan Marshall-esque vocals onto layered guitars; and Nashville’s warm and folksy Cry Baby (shown), which includes Heavy Cream drummer Tiffany Minton and Fuckshow lead singer Wesley Trew. If it even crosses your mind to liken this to a mini-Lilith Fair, quickly disabuse yourself of that notion; think of Shred Fest as a convergence of ax-slingers—without the gimmicks or the adult contempo. Shred Fest takes place at 8 p.m. Friday at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW, and 8 p.m. Saturday at St. Stephen’s Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. $12–$20. sheshreds.com.