Ex Hex to scorch Empty Bottle Saturday

Rips, the just-released debut album from Mary Timony’s latest band Ex Hex, blows me away. I love music that straddles ’70s punk and ’70s pop, and this record is a scorcher.

Timony’s previous, short-lived group Wild Flag (which also featured Carrie Brownstein) was fantastic both live and on record. Rips is an almost perfect pop-punk album and it’s instantly a contender for my top 10 of the year.

Check out Ex Hex with openers Speedy Ortiz and Chicago’s Split Feet at Empty Bottle, Saturday night.

Together Pangea, Cherry Glazerr, Mozes & the Firstborns play Logan Square

Burger Records is becoming one of my favorite record labels. This year, the California label released excellent debuts from Cherry Glazerr and Mozes & the Firstborn. Together Pangea is an alum. You can check out all three bands at the Burger Caravan of Stars at Logan Square Auditorium Friday night.

Coathangers headline and Puerto Rico garage rocker AJ Davila also plays. Get tickets here.

Meatbodies plays Empty Bottle, Permanent Records

LA guitarist/bassist Chad Ubovich is yet another talented sideman of garage rock star Ty Segall. Having played with Segall, Mikal Cronin and the Segall side project Fuzz, Ubovich just released an album with his own group, Meatbodies. If you like Segall, Cronin and Fuzz, there’s a near-certain probability you’ll also like Meatbodies.

Check out Ubovich’s band at an Empty Bottle show Friday and an earlier in-store performance at Permanent Records.