Hey Zeus! And yet, for a virtual oldies band, X still manage to sound luridly dangerous onstage, in large part because drummer D.J. Bonebrake and guitarist Billy Zoom (who’s touring again after a battle with cancer) continue to play with so much controlled savagery. Apart from a couple of the group’s seasonal “X-mess” covers, tonight’s set list likely will be dominated by the rockabilly-laced punk songs from X’s first four albums. Also Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 29-31.
X really have no right to sound this powerful and assured nearly 40 years after forming in Los Angeles, when Illinois native John Doe and Florida transplant Exene Cervenka started exchanging morbidly provocative lyrics at Kate Braverman’s poetry workshop at Beyond Baroque. Although Doe and Cervenka continue to record variously involving solo music, they haven’t released a new album together as X since 1993’s inconsistent