Crystal Ballroom Downtown
Tues Nov 27, 9 pm All Ages
Recommended by Ryan J. Prado
Few punk bands have influenced the genre more than X. The group’s dynamism was thrust onto the Southern California scene by way of blistering live shows and the chemistry between John Doe and Exene Cervenka. X’s 1980 debut, Los Angeles, is a touchstone of American rock ’n’ roll, featuring tunes like “Your Phone’s Off the Hook, But You’re Not,” “Johnny Hit and Run Paulene,” plus a cover of the Doors’ classic “Soul Kitchen” (a nod to the record’s producer, Doors organist Ray Manzarek). Since the band began to perform live again, they’ve established a new generation of fans, and have branched out from the lightning-fast three-chord attack of their early days. They even performed an entirely acoustic set at Pickathon 2014, though Doe admitted to the Mercury at the time that he wasn’t sure why anyone would want to see X unplugged. Regardless, they’re back, they’re plugged-in, and they’re poised to set that bouncy Crystal Ballroom floor to new levels of springiness.
1332 W Burnside, Portland, OR 97209
Hours: Doors usually open an hour before show time.