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Neil Young: Curious picks to honor the Godfather of Grunge

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In the post-genre age, it’s no longer a big deal when a country-music star cites Dr. Dre as a major influence or a rapper says he grew up rocking out to Bob Dylan. So while the lineup for the “Music of Neil Young” benefit concert at Carnegie Hall might seem like an almost-schizophrenic mashup of genres and playing styles to Mr. Young’s earliest fans, the mixtape generation would disagree.

Here are four acts in the show that might surprise you — and why they shouldn’t:

J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr.
Surprise: Dinosaur Jr.’s feedback-bathed aesthetic has little to do with Young at first blush.
Not a surprise: Mascis’ voice has been described as “Neil Young-like” by AllMusic.com. In addition, Young isn’t afraid to crank the amps to 11 when needed (see “Horse, Crazy”).

Bettye LaVette
Surprise: The soul singer has been firmly ensconced in Motown for most of her career.
Not a surprise: Her latest album is called “Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook” and, amazingly enough, she pulls off covers of Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones with panache. It’s a short hop from there to Young.

The Roots
Surprise: It’s unlikely that Black Thought (aka Tariq Trotter, below) was bumpin’ Buffalo Springfield records as a child.
Not a surprise: As the house band for “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” the Roots can, and have, played with an amazingly diverse group of artists.

Bebel Gilberto
Surprise: The daughter of bossa nova legend Joao Gilberto, Bebel’s “Brazilectro” seems a long way from Young’s classic-rock stylings. ...
Not a surprise: ... because it is! Who knows how this will turn out?

If you go: ‘The Music of Neil Young’ is at Carnegie Hall Thursday at 8. $45-$140. 154 W. 57th St., 212-247-7800

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