X at Black Cat Wednesday, Aug. 20

Los Angeles, X’s brilliant 1980 debut record, may earn a knee-jerk shout-out in any punk history lesson, but it’s far from outdated. Just relisten to the runaway train of an opener that is “Your Phone’s Off The Hook, but You’re Not” or the rockabilly crunch of “Johnny Hit and Run Pauline” and you’ll find that these songs still pummel after so many years. Buoyed by vocal duo Exene Cervenka and John Doe, X always managed to sound mild-mannered and restrained even during its most furious moments, which helped make the group’s late-era transition into quieter, country-tinged material more natural. Still, it’s the rawness of Los Angeles that’s remembered most fondly by fans that come out to support the band, which still tours to this day. Punk rock loves its roots, and X is one of its strongest. X performs with Note in the Face at 8 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $35. (202) 467-4490. blackcatdc.com.

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