X at the county fair is X right where they should bewhy not? Xs place as an L.A. punk band is establishedbut like Dylan, Guthrie and Cash, theres real poetry, art and righteous lonesome compassion in their catalogue. And putting them in a parking lot with little kids and little old ladies recalls the populist spirit of those old Appalachian picnics with the Stoneman Family and the Stanley Brothers. X knew it then as everyone else would learn soon afterpunk is folk and country is punk and anyway theyre all just fast, wild homemade songs about the way things are and the way they could be. Like they saythis is supposed to be the new world.
Fri., July 24, 7:30 p.m., 2009