When: Thu., Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. 2012
Neil Young became a rock star by writing indelible melodies that can still sound fresh to ears that have been hearing them since the womb. He became a rock legend by combining an unstoppable work ethic with an anarchic unpredictability and an astounding consistency that's resulted in several dozen classic albums versus only a few that outright flopped (at least artistically). Following the fuzzed-out 2010 solo album Le Noise and the 2011 release of a shelved LP of country music recorded in the mid-80s with a band called the International Harvesters, this year Young once again assembled the mighty Crazy Horse, and on this spring's Americana (Reprise), the group bludgeons a set of folk songs and standards—and, oddly, the Silhouettes' doo-wop classic "Get a Job"—into something that sounds like a weird hootenanny reincarnation of Tonight's the Night, though without the audible death-wish cocaine-and-tequila binge. Young seems to be in one of his periodic infatuations with his pack of longtime sidemen, and an album of new material called Psychedelic Pill—which shows the world's best garage band at the top of its shambolic, grunged-out form—comes out October 30. —Miles Raymer Los Lobos open.