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John Doe at 12 Galaxies Wednesday.

Don't ever let anyone tell you John Doe doesn't epitomize cool. With his lanky frame, worn visage, and a renaissance man's approach to creativity that has found him getting his kicks as an actor, poet, and leader of the almighty punk band X, Doe effortlessly comes off as the kind of character guys and gals want to hang out with for radically different reasons. Sharp-eyed cinephiles will recognize him from roles in Boogie Nights, Georgia, and Road House, while music fans wax poetic over songs he had a hand in writing, such as "Los Angeles," "The World's a Mess: It's in My Kiss," and "See How We Are." Always at his best with female creative partners like X bandmate Exene Cervenka, Doe wisely recruits a gaggle of gals for his most recent outing, the recently released A Year in the Wilderness. Aided by the likes of Jill Sobule, Aimee Mann, Kathleen Edwards, and Cervenka (by way of the lyrics in the jangly "Darling Underdog"), Doe pours his gruff and weary vocals into this mix of introspective rockers and ethereal odes to lost love. Los Angeles-based y'allternative crew Dead Rock West pulls double duty as opening act and backup band. Wednesday, June 27 at 12 Galaxies in SF. 9 p.m., $10.

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