Altar Bar

August 31
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m.

It’s rare to find a band that sounds like no one else, but in the case of X, it’s certainly true. Fans of this quintessential Los Angeles band should not miss this special opportunity to see the original lineup perform on August 31st at Altar Bar.

A legendary group whose brilliance is surely tied to the chemistry between its members—vocalist/poet Exene Cervenka, vocalist/bassist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom and drummer  DJ Bonebrake—X are unrivaled in terms of their ability to combine elements of punk, folk and rockabilly into a powerful sound that only they can claim.

Formed in Los Angeles in 1977 by bassist/singer John Doe and guitarist Billy Zoom, X released seven studio albums between 1980 and 1993, as well as numerous live records, EPs, compilations and films. Following a hiatus during the mid-to-late 1990s, X reunited in the early 2000s and is currently on an extensive US tour, including many dates that are already sold-out.

A seminal band during the first wave of American punk rock, and highly inspirational to generations of musicians and groups who followed them, the quartet showcases the distinct songwriting, off-kilter harmonies and intimate poetic lyrics of Doe and Cervenka (who both have active solo careers), alongside the members’ skillful playing.

X’s debut studio album, Los Angeles, released in 1980 on Slash Records, is widely considered an icon of modern punk music, which introduced the world to the band’s adept songwriting, inimitable sound and authentic raw energy. Produced by legendary Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, the album was ranked number 286 on the Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Their stellar 1981 follow-up, Wild Gift, was named “Record of the Year” by Rolling Stone, The Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Village Voice.

Recently reemerging on the live music scene, the group has performed at high-profile festivals such as SXSW, Coachella and All Tomorrow’s Parties. Since 1986, Doe has also maintained a busy career as a film and television actor, while Cervenka has fronted punk bands Auntie Christ and The Original Sinners, and tours nationally as a poet with Lydia Lunch and Henry Rollins.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...