Ex Hex

Episode 412: Ex Hex's 'It's Real' PLUS New Music from Loi Loi

Episode 412: Ex Hex's 'It's Real' PLUS New Music from Loi Loi

Washington, D.C’s Ex Hex are back, and on their sophomore release It’s Real (Merge Records) they’re unapologetically kicking out the mother f$%$ing jams, taking no prisoners, and still leaving room for some serious emotional heft just for good measure.

PLUS! Synth-rock band Loi Loi (also from Washington, D.C.) has a new album entitled Me Dystopia (Blight Records), and we’re spinning its latest single ”Do You Want To Start A War” that will have your ass moving for days, and then some.   


Belle and Sebastian, Spoon, and Andrew Bird @ Merriweather Post Pavilion - 7/30/2017

Belle and Sebastian, Spoon, and Andrew Bird @ Merriweather Post Pavilion - 7/30/2017

The DC area has been sadly lacking in the music festival department since Virgin Mobile decided to end their annual free festivals and the Landmark Festival fizzled after only a single year.  But on the last Sunday of July, a triple-headliner show at Merriweather Post Pavilion brought, if not the musical diversity of a full-fledged festival experience, a line-up of heavy-hitters that would normally only be seen together at a large event.  Belle and Sebastian, Spoon, and Andrew Bird are all big enough names to headline their own shows individually – together, they brought a night of indie rock and pop to Columbia worthy of the top of a festival line-up.


2015 Landmark Music Festival

2015 Landmark Music Festival

While Washington has had its share of “festivals” – Trillectro, Sweetlife, Virgin Mobile Fest – we’ve never, until this past weekend, really had something that’s specifically for D.C.

Staged in West Potomac Park adjacent to the Lincoln Memorial, the inaugural Landmark Music Festival brought the scale, along with the uniformity, of other more seasoned fests like Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza. That’s not surprising, as Landmark was thrown with veteran production company C3, now the third-largest production company in the U.S.,  working in conjunction with the Trust for the National Mall, who aims to fund their ongoing Landmark Campaign

The National Mall faces more than $400 million in deferred maintenance on top of hundreds of millions of dollars in needed updates and sustainable improvements. Landmark Music Festival is helping us to build awareness and raise funds to meet the needs of our country’s most iconic, beloved and visited national park. – Landmark Trust’s MacKenzie Babb

The hope, of course, is that the iconic, beloved draw of the park itself will transfer completely to an event that is eventually regarded in much the same light. That's a mission that even the most jaded of music fans SHOULD be able to get behind, and as to the future success of the Landmark Festival, that remains to be seen. This year though, this is how things shook out.


Best Of 2014: The Lists - Kevin's Picks

Best Of 2014: The Lists - Kevin's Picks

2014 was a huge year for music makers and music lovers alike. Established bands hit their stride, newcomers changed the game and across the board musicians from the biggest to the smallest delivered some of the best music we’ve heard at ChunkyGlasses since we started this damn thing almost five years ago. Before calling it quits for 2014 and taking a break, it’s time for one last list, one last roundup, and a whole lot of thank-you’s.

To all of the amazing artists we talked about, interviewed, or just put in our ears -  thanks  for thinking we were worth your time. That goes double for the ones we didn’t get to.

To the site staff and contributors and sitters in – your insights, opinions and differences in tastes keep this whole thing interesting for me. Hopefully it does the same for our readers and listeners (if not we’ve got an email address for that). Special thanks goes out to Paul for gChat support and Andre for the heady vibes he brought to the podcast.

Biggest thanks though is to our readers and listeners. We’d still do it without you, but the idea that once in a while people listen to and maybe even care what we say – even if it’s only eleven of you – warms our curmudgeonly hearts greatly.

With all that out of the way, I give you 2014 through my ears. 

See you soon. 

Keep your lawn safe.

- Kevin


Episode 86: Ex Hex - Rips

Episode 86: Ex Hex - Rips

In our latest podcast, George Washington University's recently launched D.C. Vernacular Music Archive promises equal representation for punk (duh), go-go, folk, bluegrass, and more in what could potentially end up one of the District’s best records of its musical history. Quinn Myers and Tori Kerr stop by the basement to weigh in on the exciting new project’s origins and more.

PLUS! We review the unpossibly cool debut album from DC’s very own Ex Hex! Will Rips shine a new light on the DC scene? Does it really matter if it does? Is it a shoo-in for best album of 2014? All of these questions and more will be answered on ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast, Episode 86!


Episode 48: Ex-Hex / Hundred Visions

Episode 48: Ex-Hex / Hundred Visions

This week we double down on the interviews with a duo of quick but killer conversations with two of our favorite bands. First up, Suzie sat down with DC’s very own EX-HEX before their tour kickoff at the Black Cat a few weeks ago to talk about the genesis of the band, the making of their as yet unrecorded debut, and more as the bar literally opened around them. Then, Austin, Texas’s HUNDRED VISIONS stopped by the basement before their gig opening for Okkervil River...