legendary punk rock band X

On their website it says, “Four decades after the inception of X, one thing is clear: X was not only one of the most influential bands to crash out of the punk movement of the late ‘70s, but the band’s music continues to be sonically groundbreaking today. Songs written during the group’s inception are as relevant and inventive today as they were in 1977.” And I couldn’t agree more.

Songs like “The New World” and “Johnny Hit And Run Paulene” still hit as hard today as the day they were put out (if not harder in today’s political climate). On top of the high energy that they always bring, the dueling male and female vocals might be my favorite part about their sound.

It’s weird. With millions of listens on Spotify, I really don’t know how I hadn’t heard them before. They’re a super fun four-piece band made up of singer Exene Cervenka, bass player John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom, and on drums D. J. Bonebrake.

The band kicked off in 1977 Los Angeles and were a part of the first wave of American punk rockers. From 1980 to 1993 they dropped seven albums, then disappeared for a few years before reuniting in the early 2000s. Now, after 40 years in the punk rock scene, they’re celebrating with a tour featuring all of the original members.

If you’re lucky enough to be in Los Angeles, the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE will open a new exhibit titled X: 40 Years of Punk in Los Angeles on Friday, October 13 and will run it through February 25th, 2018.

Find out more about the band on their documentary below, hit up the exhibit in LA if you can, and get on the list in Toronto with Jukely!

What: X: 40th Anniversary Tour
When: July 30th at 7 PM
Where: Danforth Music Hall
147 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, ON M4K 1N2, Canada


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