Preview: John Doe at Rumba

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From the November 24, 2011 edition

The John Doe who plays Rumba this Monday is the same John Doe who played in iconic L.A. punk band X all those years ago, but toting songs with titles like “Don’t Forget How Much I Love You” might make longtime fans do a double-take.

Doe delved deep into country sounds many years ago, so his new songs stand out more for their warmth and positivity than for their latent twang. Nonetheless, the still-cynical Lydia Loveless seems like a good fit to open Monday’s show.