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Los Angeles punk romantics X have been reuniting to tour with their original lineup for longer than they were initially together—and why not? Having taught rock 'n' roll a thing or two about male-female harmony, desperate loving, and metallic rockabilly, they now teach the preserving power of sexy energy, never mind that co-vocalist Exene Cervenka finally left Los Angeles (for Missouri) or that all four members continue with quieter projects, separate or overlapping. Recent years have seen the release of 1986's classic documentary X: The Unheard Music on DVD, along with a fresh live album and video that compare amazingly well. There are even new X songs in progress, the first since 1993. But not all is good news: On June 2, Cervenka announced that she is suffering from multiple sclerosis. "[M]any people remain strong and continue to live their lives as productively as they had before an MS diagnosis," reads her statement at xtheband.com, "and I plan to be one of those people." Visit the site for more, and vote for your five favorite X songs while you're there: In a bit of anti-ageist, fair-use cheek, X are dubbing this their "Total Request Live!" tour, allowing fans to determine set lists in each city. With Steve Soto & the Twisted Hearts. 21+. $20/$22 at the door. 8 p.m. 917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.338.6425. Peter S. Scholtes

Phoenix

Varsity Theater

Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix aims for an appeal as populist as Phoenix's garage-pop will allow. With their third album, the French quartet simply polish their sound, but do so to brilliant effect on lithe, radiant singles "1901" and "Listozmania." Comparisons to the Strokes are perhaps inevitable and certainly not unwarranted, but where the sterling sheen of the Strokes' third album, courtesy of Dave Kahne, was applied in service of nonexistent melodies, Amadeus's production only underscores Phoenix's hook-laden songwriting. The breezy simplicity on display throughout arguably belies the band's efforts—creating something this buoyant yet memorable is no easy task. But in this case, ignorance truly is bliss. And those who have been lured to attend by the recent radio singles are in for a pleasant surprise: Phoenix's back catalog isn't too shabby, either. With Amazing Baby. 18+. $15. 8 p.m. 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222. Jonathan Garrett

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