X Marks the Spot: The pandemic and resulting lockdown were barely a month in when L.A. punk pioneers X released their frankly brilliant Alphabetland album last April. But still, the shit-show that followed for the past year and a bit has meant that we have been unable to see ad hear the band perform those new songs live.

On the plus side, we’ve been able to marinade in them in the comfort of our homes — really get to know them — so we’ll be ready to holler every word at this OC outdoor show. It’s outdoor, the majority of us (the smart ones) are vaccinated, so even Delta can’t stop us. And the entire evening will be spectacular because old pals of X — Los Lobos and the Blasters — are also on the bill.

X Marks the Spot: The event takes place at 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 1 at the Pacific Amphitheatre.

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