by Linda Ray
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.
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.