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Though his 27-year career has included high-profile stints with Neil Young, Ringo Starr, and Bruce Springsteen, Nils Lofgren remains the perennial sideman. Years of almost making it (The Rolling Stone Record Guide calls 1977’s I Came to Dance “the worst record ever put out by an artist just about to hit the big time”) have left the guitarist with a wryly self-deprecating sense of humor, explaining why his latest release is titled Damaged Goods. Yet this supremely confident album finds the husky-voiced singer in peak form, its title track a bluesy injunction to “Put down the past, the shoulds and coulds/And learn to love these damaged goods.” Suburban Maryland’s best-known rock ‘n’ roller performs at 8 p.m. at the Barns of Wolf Trap, 1624 Trap Rd., Vienna. $19. (703) 938-2404. CP