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'Under the Big Black Sun' Tells of an L.A. Before the Kids From Orange County Arrived

They had the neutron bomb, The Masque, and all the youthful energy you'd ever want to muster. What became of the early L.A. punks, then?

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John Doe: The Best of John Doe: This Far

It’s clear that John Doe is a man of many talents – whether it be acting or in a songwriting role – and this compilation is a pretty decent encapsulation of his work outside of X.

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Abandoning the Ear? Punk and Deaf Convergences Part II

Deaf and punk cultures seem to share a similar outsider status, and Deaf clubs and social media, like punk bars and fanzines, offer refuge and regeneration, community-building and cures for boredom.

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Icky Blossoms: Icky Blossoms

It seems a mission of Icky Blossoms to appeal to the basest carnality and emotional cues, reveling in the debauchery that can only arise in the darkest hours. Nocturnal they certainly are, their songs sounding equally at home in a sweat-stained rock club or in a night of solitude, spent in your room or cruising the streets.

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Los Lobos + X: 5 May 2012 - Los Angeles

It's the type of dream show that can only happen in the City of Angels.

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John Doe: Keeper

On John Doe's new album, everything sounds good, but nothing stands out.

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Exene Cervenka: The Excitement of Maybe

The X frontwoman has returned with another addition to her catalogue of breezy folk albums, which sound a lot like the stuff that punk rock was supposed to hate. (There's no need to.)

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From a Sammy Hagar Way of Life to Sober House

Bob Forrest of Thelonious Monster Just May Save Your Life

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Trace Adkins: X

Here Adkins' tough-guy persona has some thoughtfulness to it, and he matches his own confident singing with music that’s at least as confident.

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Various artists: Do the Pop!

The shadow of Radio Birdman looms long over this second edition in an exhaustive Aussie proto-punk series.

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Kylie Minogue: X

Minogue returns with an album that sums up both halves of her two-decade career: one half is all filler, and the other is filled with the best dance-pop singles you're likely to hear all year.

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Super XX Man: X

X looks back on ten years of Scott Garred's own little brand of musical therapy.

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X: Live in Los Angeles [CD and DVD]

The seminal LA punk band that has never quite broken up plays their best songs with their classic line-up on the Sunset Strip. And, to our relief, they still sound like much more than just a punk band.

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