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Music, L.A. Punk Legends X Are Still Scathing, Still on the Road

L.A. Punk Legends X Are Still Scathing, Still on the Road

X came rocketing out of the Los Angeles punk scene in 1978, a quartet with a fierce punk-meets-rockabilly attack and a scathing view of the political malaise gripping the country. The band featured two lead singers, John Doe, a Baltimore…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: X at Slim's, Friday Dec. 30

Live Review: X at Slim's, Friday Dec. 30

X Sean Wheeler and Zander Schloss The Black Tibetans Dec. 30th, 2011 Slim's Better than: Zander Schloss' acting in the cult film Repo Man. Among the many reunited punk bands on tour this year, X is an anomaly. The…
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Music, Hear This Knitters: Show Preview

Knitters: Show Preview

While rock and country music have come together at many junctures, it's often been a skittish relationship — which is why the Knitters' debut, Poor Little Critter on the Road, was an oddity upon its 1985 release. Consisting of three-quarters…
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Music, Hear This X: Show Preview

X: Show Preview

Exene Cervenka's howl is the idiosyncratic tell of an X song. But the Los Angeles punk band, formed in 1977 by Cervenka, Billy Zoom, John Doe, and D.J. Bonebrake, is known for a whole lot more than the aforementioned voice…
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Music, All Shook Down Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Day 1: This Is About Coming Together

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Day 1: This Is About Coming Together

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Day 1Oct. 2, 2010 @ Golden Gate ParkBetter than: chasing a fox out the hen house.  San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
festival sings America. The annual outdoor concert is about coming together:
scores of rootsy musicians, a half-million or more…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Annie's Social Club to close at the end of the year

Annie's Social Club to close at the end of the year

New Year's Eve marks the close of more than a calendar decade — it's also the last night the lowbrow Folsom Street institution Annie's Social Club will be open. After four years of giving local bands, karaoke fans, and Britpop…
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Calendar, Night&Day X Marks the Spot

X Marks the Spot

Someone, please make a movie based on Exene Cervenka’s life. The protagonist (played by whoever the next pre-diet Christina Ricci is) flees Florida, invents punk rock, counts among her conquests Viggo Mortensen and John Doe, becomes a fashion icon, invents…
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Calendar, Night&Day X-Mas Shows

X-Mas Shows

In the beginning, punk pitched a big tent. John Doe of X may have crooned like he was in a Nashville studio, recording with his heroes, but the band found privileged spots on the most disreputable punk stages thanks to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hogan Country

Hogan Country

The first time I saw Kelly Hogan, she was onstage with Neko Case at Bimbo's. As a rabid Neko Case fan, I had already heard the smooth syrup of Hogan's voice doing backup duty on Blacklisted and other recordings. I…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night+Day

wednesday july 23 Newly Mounted The art of sex inspires Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld's Museum of Sexology, an interactive theatrical show based on Hirschfeld's long-gone Institute of Sexual Science and Museum of Sexology, which began 100 years ago as a lab/clinic/exhibit…
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