John Cale, who turned 75 in March, used his two programs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last week to look back at half a century and to stare unblinkingly into the future.
On Thursday and Friday night, Mr. Cale revisited the Velvet Underground’s 1967 debut album, “The Velvet Underground & Nico,” along with three songs from its 1968 successor, “White Light/White Heat.” He was backed by a band, the Wordless Music Orchestra, and some of the countless indie-rockers indebted to those records. On Saturday night, with many of the same guests plus the gospel-tinged BGV Music Choral Group, Mr. Cale offered an uncompromising survey of his post-Velvets career: his most hardheaded songs, not his most ingratiating ones. He performed three new songs at the end.
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