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The Veterans

Five long-running acts that are as worthy of your time and money as ever.

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Clockwise from top left: DOOM, Evan Dando, Questlove, Les Savy Fav.  

Questlove
Brooklyn Bowl; 1/28 at 9:30 p.m.; 61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-963-3369
The multitalented bandleader has been rocking with the Roots since at least 1993's Organix, but has reached all new heights of visibility since joining Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. At Brooklyn Bowl, he'll be digging through his extensive music collection for what will surely be a popping D.J. set.

Les Savy Fav
BAM; 1/29 at 8 p.m.; 30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene, Brooklyn; 718-636-4198
Now middle-aged by rock standards, Les Savy Fav were one of those bands that dared to be uncool, and that may be why they never could turn their local notoriety into fame and fortune. Their music is just too thorny and adventurous. But nobody who has ever seen them live has come away disappointed, and here's your chance.

The Crystal Method
Webster Hall; 1/29 at 10 p.m.; 125 E. 11th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-353-1600
One of the few American-bred products to seriously compete in the Euro-dominated dance-music world, the Crystal Method have been packing dance floors for over a decade now. Their latest, 2009's Divided by the Night, expanded the oeuvre with guest vocals from Matisyahu and Emily Haines, but they've still got those massive beats right in their back pockets.

Evan Dando
Maxwell's; 1/29 at 10 p.m.; 1039 Washington St., Hoboken, New Jersey; 201-653-1703
The handsome front man of early nineties Boston alt-darlings the Lemonheads, best known for their rollicking "Mrs. Robinson" cover, had taken a forced time-out owing to a nasty drug habit. The last few years have seen him reestablishing the Lemonheads and getting back to his roots with a covers-only album, Varshons, featuring songs by Gram Parsons, Townes Van Zandt, and Christina Aguilera.

DOOM
Nokia Theater; 2/26 at 8 p.m.; 1515 Broadway, at 44th St.; 212-930-1950
Daniel Dumile broke out in 1997 with his best known alter-ego, the masked MF Doom, and the underground classic Operation: Doomsday. Since then he's released albums as Viktor Vaughn, King Geedorah, and one-half of Madvillain (with Madlib) and Danger Doom (with Danger Mouse). Last year, he released the well-received, Bukowski-quoting Born Like This under the streamlined moniker DOOM. He plays the Nokia Theatre with fellow vet (and big fan) Mos Def.


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