Staff Pick: Ex Hex lets it rip on killer debut

Andy Downing, Columbus Alive

Weirdly, Wild Flag's dissolution has been a boon for music fans, with members Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss resuscitating Sleater-Kinney (the all-timers visit Newport Music Hall for a December gig) and Mary Timony launching the great, guitar-driven Ex Hex, which swings by Double Happiness for a concert on Thursday, July 23.

Ex Hex's 2014 debut, Rips (talk about a perfect match between sound and title), builds on melodic, hook-laden guitar jams like "War Paint", a colorful smear of balled riffage and detached vocals. "I know you think you're too cool," Timony sings, though her tone suggests quite the opposite. The Washington D.C. trio, in contrast, never struggles to prove its bona fides, bounding through garage and pop-punk fueled numbers with effortless style.

Tweens and Katherine open the show.

Double Happiness

8 p.m. Thursday, July 23

482 S. Front St., Brewery District

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