In the late seventies and early eighties, X emerged as the most prolific punk band on the West Coast. Their raucous rhythms, rebellious energy, and enigmatic lyrics cemented their reputation as raconteurs of the Los Angeles scene. Though they haven't released new material since the mid-nineties, the ... More >>
Los Angeles is to X as New York is to the Ramones. Discuss. Actually, not exactly. As X frontwoman Exene Cervenka relates, if it wasn't for a review slagging the Ramones, X might not exist. Seems the negative notice assured future X guitarist Billy Zoom that another band was as aberrant as he wan ... More >>
When the subject of women in punk and rock is broached, the usual suspects often come up: Kim Gordon, Kathleen Hanna, Patti Smith, Kim Deal and Debbie Harry. The injustice here is how punk-rock bassist Kira (born Kira Roessler) is rarely mentioned in the same breathnot that she cares m ... More >>
Naturally, this record shows up quite a bitAs our celebration of the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan's arrival in New York City winds down, we thought we'd reach out to a bunch of musicians with a simple question: What's your favorite Dylan song?
Rob TrucksDexter and Sara behind the Apollo Theater If it is fitting that we meet Dexter Romweber and his sister Sara at the Apollo Theater (and it is), it is perhaps even more appropriate that we record their performance behind the historic venue, specifically a relatively dark and frozen sidewalk ... More >>
The vacated Tower Records store on East 4th Street has been a symbol of the decline and fall of music retailing in NYC since the day it closed, back in 2006. Since then the space has hosted flea markets, Halloween stores, and any number of other temporary enterprises. The store's newest tenan ... More >>
Tower Records lives again, sort of
Bloodshot Records celebrates 15 years!
Fresh off an evidently triumphant three-night stand at Bowery Ballroom by these L.A. punk deities comes the sobering news that they're mortal: X's PR has released a statement from singer/poet/warrior princess Exene Cervenka announcing that she has MS. The full statement follows after the jump; god ... More >>
Punk rabble-rousers return to fight the Battle of Los Angeles again
X's 13 x 31 tour hits New York and the Fillmore at Irving Plaza on Saturday, May 24th while the day before Cervenka's exhibition of recent collages, "Sleep in Spite of Thunder," opens at the DCKT Contemporary art galley on the Bowery. "What happened to our audience was Mothers Against Drunk Drivers ... More >>