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Listen to the First Song From Ex Hex’s New Album Rips

ExhexSince late last year, the Mary Timony-led Ex Hex has given fans an excellent single, a charming food-fight music video, and a 7-inch containing a totally satisfying eight minutes of crunchy, rah-rah power-pop. Now the group, which also features Laura Harris (The Aquarium, Benjy Ferree) and Betsy Wright (Chain and the Gang), has an Oct. 7 release date for Rips, its upcoming debut album on Merge Records, and a new song.

The steamrolling and infectious "Don't Wanna Lose" is the first track from Rips, and yeahit rips. First with some head-jarring, Cramps-ish reverb, then a collar-rattling verse, then the fist-shaking, catch-up-with-me-boy chorus: "I don't wanna lose your love/it's in my head, it's just a question of/if you're gonna stop messing around/you'd better hurry up, don't let me down."

The band plays with Hospitality and Soccer Team at Rock & Roll Hotel on July 24. Listen to "Don't Wanna Lose":

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  • DC Expat

    A little off topic but are fewer bands playing the Black Cat now days than say ten years ago? From an outsiders perspective it looks like more bands are playing Comet Ping Pong, Rock and Roll Hotel, and DC9 then the Black Cat.

    Is there any truth to that? Is the Black Cat not considered a cool place to play anymore or am I reading into something that's not there?