Ex Hex On World Cafe : World Cafe The D.C. band plays sharp, hooky, energetic highlights from its debut album, Rips.

Ex Hex On World Cafe

Ex Hex On World Cafe

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"We just wanted to make a rock 'n' roll record," bassist Betsy Wright says of Ex Hex's new album, Rips. The D.C. band — Wright, singer/songwriter/guitarist Mary Timony (of Helium and Wild Flag), and drummer Laura Harris — makes good on that intention. Rips is a sharp set of songs influenced by '80s and late-'70s punk, as well as AM radio rock; it makes for a potent combination of raw energy and ingratiating earworms.

Hear World Cafe's full conversation with Timony — about growing up in D.C., going to early DIY shows, and seeing Fugazi — at the audio link. Hear individual songs from the band's set below.

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Ex Hex On World Cafe

01Don't Wanna Lose

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02Waterfall

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03War Paint

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