X at Cats Cradle, Carboro, NC, May 9, 2017

In this time when we seem to lose our musical heroes in the blink of an eye, a 40th anniversary tour is something that should no longer be sniffed at but celebrated. Forty years after they changed the course of the Los Angeles punk scene, X is still a band that sounds like no other. Their recent show at the Cat’s Cradle showed off their musical versatility and endurance. Through record labels, health issues and just plain dealing with each other for 40 years, all four original members of the band stood and sang proud on this night. And if that isn’t a reason to celebrate, I don’t know what is.
— Daniel Coston
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