XD OUT If youve noticed lotsa jocks with hawks around town lately, its no accident The X Games marked the (L.A.) spot this past week. The ultimate merging of sports and punkesque posing may be more clever marketing ploy than organic lifestyle event but for many, its just another excuse to party. Bike & board hordes from around the country gathered for three days of flying, flipping and spinning and that was just at the clubs and X Gamessponsored shindigs. We caught Vapors mags mad-packed bash at Cinespace with hip-hoppers Aceyalone, Zion 1 and E-Swift on Friday, and popped into another rap-o-rama a few blocks away at mega-promoter BoJesse Christophers Metro night at Concorde, where original crunkster David Banner and hip-hop violinist Miri Ben Ari performed. (Ben Ari also stroked her strings the next night at BJs Nacional event with The Ying Yang Twins.) Fridays set was part of a new live offering at Metro, which Christopher calls The Jump Off (with artists previewing tunes from the new CDs they release the following Tuesday), kicked off a week earlier by the very un-crunk she bang-er Ricky Martin (!). Seen jammin at BoJesses weekend joints: Transplant Travis Barker, Surreal beauty Ryan Starr and BMX-er Rick Thorn. We got to rockin Saturday in the sweltering parking lot at Staples Center, where X-Fest (the outdoor portion of X Games) offered sponsor booths doling out freebies (the Right-Guard came in handy) and a noon set from anti-censorship kings Dead Kennedys, who, shockingly, agreed to do a PG-rated show well, kinda. We promised we wouldnt say any naughty words, but that doesnt mean you cant! said current singer Jeff Penalty (who resembles The O.C.s Adam Brody more than Jello Biafra), before tearing into a safe but spot-on rant/crowd chant on Punk Nazis Fuck Off. GERMS ON FILM Speaking of aged punx fronted by young bucks, the wrap party for What We Do Is Secret (the long-awaited Germs biopic) at The Dragonfly Saturday featured a set by original Germs Pat Smear, Don Bolles and Lorna Doom fronted by actor Shane West (A Walk To Remember, ER), who plays Darby Crash in the movie. Might be hard to imagine the Tigerbeat cover boy as L.A. punks most messed-up/misunderstood icon, but consultants on the flick, including Green Day documentarian/Live Freaky! Die Freaky! director John Roecker, say he pulls it off moves, screams, screwed-up teeth and all. Jamming with the actual band is the ultimate endorsement, anyway and though it was kinda weird watching a shirtless West spew Sex Boy in a Darbyesque wig, his vox were suprisingly good, both with the band and the actors who replaced them midset: Bijou Phillips as Doom on bass, Rick Gonzales on guitar as Smear, and Noah Segan taking over the sticks for Bolles. Rockers Flea, AFIs Davey Havok and Adam Carson, Eric Erlandson, and actors Christian Bale and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were seen amid the bobbing heads and mini slam (dont say mosh!) pits. The pics in post-production and should hit the film-fest circuit next year.
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