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The Blasters vs. X: It's L.A. Circa '80 for the Yuletide Season

It's peculiarly fitting that these two punk trailblazers should arrive in town on the same night, because they've been inextricably bound together for more than 35 years since the beginnings of Los Angeles' punk underground.

For one thing, they've endured, even though (or perhaps because) their members have solo careers. Similarly, for much of their careers, both acts' laurels rested on music made in the early to mid-80s. (In 2005, The Blasters released 4-11-44, their first new album in 20 years, and followed that in July with Fun on Saturday Night; X hasn't released a new studio album since 1993's Hey Zeus!)

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X's Exene Cervenka's Advice to Female Musicians: "Don't Get Married" X At Club Red [Live Review] You Can Call Me Alvin