December Show Spotlights

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Thur DEC 8 – Sun DEC 11

The Independent
628 Divisadero St,
San Francisco, CA, 94117
theindependentsf.com

L.A.’s punk scene of the late ’70s and early ’80s looked a lot like Pop Music’s Island of Misfit Toys. Young kids followed, fought, spit and pretty much fucked shit up with bands like Fear, the Germs and The Blasters; thrashing out at the perceived status quo with a mix of DIY art, unvetted fashion, three-chord anthems and a sloppy kiss of angst. At the heart of this was the band X, who aimed to derail the corporate takeover of music through the kind of songs they played—a noble goal that obviously did not pan out by any stretch of the imagination. However, in the 40 years since the release of their seminal first album Los Angeles, X musicians John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and DJ Bonebrake are privy to more than just the accolades of romantic critics. Simply put, the band X marked their spot in the American musical narrative with gasoline and set it on fire for generations to see. The original lineup’s four-night run at the Independent (with opening acts Mike Watt and the Secondmen, Small Wigs, LP3 & The Tragedy and The Blasters) continues to stoke those flames.

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