Heading The Nuns in the mid-'70s, trailblazing vaquero-spiked punk with Rank and File in the '80s and launching an enviable solo career in the early '90s that thrives to this day are, by themselves, impressive enough feats. But at age 57, Alejandro Escovedo seems to be hitting yet another career peak when most washed-up rock legends concede to rest on their laurels. A hindsight look at three decades behind the micand more mind-numbing studio hours than most artists would dare endurehis latest album, Real Animal, galvanizes his signature retro sound with the seasoned ballad-rock Escovedo fans have become accustomed to for the last decade. Co-authored with roots-rock icon Chuck Prophet and given a sheen studio polish by famed producer Tony Visconti, Real Animal will undoubtedly prove to be a canny vehicle for Escovedo's ever-reliable live show.
Sun., Oct. 26, 8 p.m., 2008