After touring with L.A.’s legendary punk rock group X for the better part of two decades, John Doe began his search for roots sounds and a fruitful solo career in 1990. Although still an active member of X, he released his latest album, Keeper, this past August. The record has a more optimistic outlook on life, a deviation from his norm. After coming through New York with X this past summer, Doe will be performing solo at City Winery on Dec. 4 along with Texas native Robert Ellis. Tickets for this seated event start at $25, doors at 6 p.m.