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Wild Flag

Wild Flag was this year's buzzed about debut. But, its members are actually industry veterans. Members Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss are two-thirds of the pioneering indie rock band Sleater-Kinney. Rebecca Cole was a mainstay in the Minders, and Mary Timony fronted the band Helium as well as her own solo projects. Brownstein is also well known as one-half of the successful comedy duo behind Portlandia with Fred Armisen. She explains to Jim and Greg that while the band's pedigree is impressive on paper, they didn‘t take for granted that this supergroup would necessarily be super. The chemistry took time to develop, but now that it has, Wild Flag’s live performance is sure to blow your socks off.

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Ex Hex

Ex Hex is a trio who celebrate guitar rock, even 1980s albums by bands like Def Leppard and Poison, which is surprising if you consider the indie rock scene from which they sprang. Mary Timony was the singer and guitarist of Helium for much of the 1990s and before that the short-lived Autoclave. Both were groups that could almost be considered the exact opposite of arena rock. But, as she tells Jim and Greg, Timony heard bands like Van Halen with fresh ears when working as a guitar teacher after quitting music in her mid-30s. Students would ask to learn classic rock songs and in order to teach them, Timony would learn them, too. When members of Sleater Kinney and The Minders asked her to join the supergroup Wild Flag in 2010, she brought her new knowledge of guitar shredding with her: rolling on the floor and doing windmill guitar moves frequently while on tour.

When Wild Flag split up before doing a second album, Timony took the songs she'd already started and formed Ex Hex with Betsy Wright of Bat Fangs and drummer Laura Harris. Ex Hex takes that guitar hero aspect and turns it up to eleven. On their second album, It's Real, Ex Hex seems to be fully committed to this approach to music that would have been so at odds with Timony's early work. As our audience at the Goose Island Tap Room knows, the band is more concerned with making good, fun music than expressing deep angst.

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"https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wild-flag-bonus-track-version/id451157831?uo=4") Ever since seeing them perform at this year's SXSW conference, Jim and Greg have been eagerly awaiting the self-titled debut from indie supergroup Wild Flag. And now that it's here, they aren't disappointed. The band is comprised of Janet Weiss and Carrie Brownstein, of Sleater-Kinney, Mary Timony formerly of Helium and a number of solo projects, and Rebecca Cole formerly of The Minders. Greg describes the songs as intense as Sleater-Kinney, but with more joy and a sense of abandonment. He's especially in awe of Weiss' drumming. Jim also loves Wild Flag, but for different reasons. For him Sleater-Kinney was lacking in melodies, something these songs have in spades thanks to Timony, who he calls an indie rock Stevie Nicks. Wild Flag gets a double Buy It rating.

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