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Lee "Scratch" Perry 

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Earning a reputation as a madman, a mystic and a music legend takes a certain flavor of eccentricity. Despite reaching septuagenarian status, Lee "Scratch" Perry remains heavily bearded, bejeweled (often with thrift store relics) and unpredictable — in recent interviews, Perry admitted to burning down his famous Black Ark studio to combat poverty, and suggested Michael Jackson, because of his altered skin color, was aligned with the devil. He's countered his drug-addled high and low points with a correspondingly schizophrenic catalog of collaborations — Perry helmed sessions for early Bob Marley and the Wailers, The Clash and, more recently, worked with infamous noisemakers Andrew W.K. and Lightning Bolt, among others. From humble beginnings as a DJ's sideman in Jamaican slums, Perry became a self-made producer, conjuring bass-heavy rhythms lurching behind big beats and ushering in a new era of Jamaican music with reggae and dub. While maintaining his steady grooves and hints of future dub, Perry now leaves the knob twisting to guest producers, invoking his lifelong "anything goes" mantra. Lionize and DJ T-Roy open. Tickets $20.

Lee "Scratch" Perry

8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2

House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;


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