X Turns In a Scissory-Sharp Set

X Warehouse Live April 10, 2015

When X played Warehouse Live last time, opening for Blondie on the big stage, they unleashed a scorched-earth campaign, leaving the place smoldering with their unbridled energy before Debbie Harry pelted the throngs with punk-disco. This time seizing the venue's smaller room, X offered up a more low-key set, peppered with moments of fiery tumult, that was more akin to their live album Unclogged, released 20 years ago, or the acoustic portion of 1988's Live at the Whisky a Go-Go.

Instead of being tucked into those moments spanning 1978-1985 -- scissory-sharp, combustible, teeming with pure vitriol and voltage -- the songs took on a second life beyond punk's tour-de-force years.

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David Ensminger