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Ex Hex Plays Pickathon's "Mountain Series" in Episode 2 (video) (premiere)

Photos: Kristina Moravec and KEXP

Indie rockers, garage punkers Ex Hex played Pickathon last year and today we present the premiere of that performance.

Indie rockers, garage punkers Ex Hex played Pickathon last year and today we present the premiere of that performance. These women rock hard, but keep it basic like any great punk band. The guitar interplay is particularly thrilling with its minimalism and jagged edges. At Pickathon, you'll see all manner of artists across genres with the common denominator being that they're all good.

The Pickathon schedule has been announced. Find out when Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco), Beach House, Wolf Parade, Yo La Tengo, Ty Segall and many others are playing this summer. Buy your tickets here.

Over the Rainbow: An Interview With Herb Alpert

Music legend Herb Alpert discusses his new album, Over the Rainbow, maintaining his artistic drive, and his place in music history. "If we tried to start A&M in today's environment, we'd have no chance. I don't know if I'd get a start as a trumpet player. But I keep doing this because I'm having fun."

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The Cigarette: A Political History (By the Book)

Sarah Milov's The Cigarette restores politics to its rightful place in the tale of tobacco's rise and fall, illustrating America's continuing battles over corporate influence, individual responsibility, collective choice, and the scope of governmental power. Enjoy this excerpt from Chapter 5. "Inventing the Nonsmoker".

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