In early 1980, singer/bassist John Doe, vocalist Exene Cervenka, and the rest of the L.A. roots-punk quartet X holed up in the studio with producer (and former Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek), emerging later that year with their brilliant debut LP, Los Angeles. Since then, X – like any band that’s been around for three decades -- has enjoyed highs (widespread critical acclaim for its consistent creative output; a legion of devoted peers and acolytes) and lows (commercial struggles, lineup changes, last year’s multiple sclerosis diagnosis for Cervenka) and keeps on truckin’, these days with even their original lineup and nuanced musical fury intact. Tonight, they’ll usher in 2011 and mark the 30th anniversary of Los Angeles by playing the album in its entirety, preceded by a screening of the 1986 rockumentary X: The Unheard Music. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

Fri., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., 2010

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