SoCal punks celebrate 40 years as a band

While Los Angeles punk band X has maintained a relatively active touring presence, it hasn't released a full-length studio album since Hey Zeus! surfaced in 1993. (The band did release a two-track, digital-only Christmas EP, Merry Xmas from X, in 2009.)

In a 2016 interview with Denver's Westword, bassist/singer John Doe, who has anchored X with ex-spouse/vocalist Exene Cervenka since its 1977 inception, hinted at “huge plans” to coincide with the band's 40th anniversary, which it's in the midst of celebrating. These plans have so far consisted of a couple legs of touring, including a stop at Skully's Music-Diner on Wednesday, Sept. 27, but at this point it seems a new album might not be part of the package. No matter. The band's discography is already packed with classics, including genre-defining 1980 debut, Los Angeles, and, my particular favorite, 1982's Under the Big Black Sun and its feral “The Hungry Wolf,” which prowls the landscape, blood and viscera dripping from its jaws.