X Wins the Rialto! (Exene Cervenka Forever)

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Exene Cervenca with fellow X members Billy Zoom, left, and John Doe, right
  • C. Elliott
  • Exene Cervenca with fellow X members Billy Zoom, left, and John Doe, right

Exene Cervenka left her apron at home on this visit, but the band X arrived at the Rialto Theatre last Saturday with plenty of the uniquely punked up genre soup that's attracted fans worldwide for more than three decades.

Exene Cervenca and John Doe

For anyone unfamiliar, here's a radically encapsulated history: Proto west-coast punk rockers, X introduced country and rockabilly in the 1970s and '80s into a mix then being dominated by the sound of New York brattiness and and Midwestern industrial damage. Along the way X influenced a generation of punk country bands, who in turn inspired the alternative country fly-by outfits of the 90s. Ergo, if you like Wilco, you should have been at that show.

C Elliott shows you some of what you missed.

D.J. Bonebrake of X

John Doe

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