There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Back in 1967, when Jim Morrison warbled the lines “Ride the snake/To the lake/The ancient lake, baby” the lyric’s long-term cultural relevance was likely far from the first thing on the singer’s drug-addled mind. It’s just as well: Almost three decades later, the only reptiles anybody’s thinking about are on a plane with Samuel L. Jackson. The Doors’ fellow Los Angeles band X has fared significantly better in the 26 years since the release of its first record: When frontwoman Exene Cervenka sings, “No one is united/All things are untied/Perhaps we’re boiling over inside/They’ve been telling lies” during the first verse of “The World’s a Mess It’s in My Kiss,” her words seem as prescient and relevant as they did back in 1980. Can the same be said for “the blue bus is calling us”? X performs with Rollins Band and the Riverboat Gamblers at 8:30 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. (202) 265-0930. (Aaron Leitko)