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Ex Hex's No. 1 rule: No slow, sad songs allowed

Ex Hex's No. 1 rule: No slow, sad songs allowed

Mary Timony is a ferociously gifted guitarist, and her two-decade career in bands ranging from Helium to Wild Flag offers ample evidence of her kaleidoscopic command of the instrument. On tour with Wild Flag, she and her longtime friend Carrie Brownstein played nightly games of hide and shriek with their jousting or intertwining guitar lines, an assault that wasn't just sonic, but physical as the two jumped, jostled and bumped on stage. Wild Flag's run was relatively short-lived, however, and now Timony's got a new band, Ex Hex, that last year released its debut album, "Rips" (Merge). With bassist Betsy Wright and drummer Laura Harris, a couple of friends from...

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