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Sure, catching Neil Young live has been a crapshoot for decades—he’s too mercurial, and dislikes his audience just enough, to stick to recycling his ’70s songbook. Plants and Animals, however, is all about that era. Amid the liquid Pearls Before Swine–isms of its new album,La La Land, there are several shades of mid-’70s Young: the crunchy, stage-straddling “Cortez the Killer” Young; the pensive, downcast On the Beach Young; the rough-edged, paranoid Tonight’s the Night Young. As fans know, the grizzled Canadian rocker’s discography requires heavy curating, but luckily, Plants and Animals has no interest in Young’s early-’80s, synth-happy futurism.
PLANTS AND ANIMALS PERFORMS WITH LOST IN THE TREES AT 8 P.M. AT ROCK & ROLL HOTEL, 1353 H ST. NE. $10-$12. (202) 388-ROCK.