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Officially coming out of retirement with hey Zeus!, X is vying with the Buzzcocks to be this year’s Ghost of Punk Past. Fueled by original members John Doe, Exene Cervenka, and D.J. Bonebrake—and c’mon, guitarist Tony Gilkyson’s trying, even if he ain’t you-know-who—the quartet’s still a textbook example of rock with a social conscience. The evening begins with warm-up band Green Apple Quick Step at 8:45 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 930 F St. NW. $14. (202) 393-0930. (Beef Jerky)