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Roky Erickson at One Eyed Jacks 

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As rock 'n' roll myths go, the deep ending and glacial-paced reclamation of Roger Kynard Erickson stands alone: a pulpy nonfiction now as familiar to observers as Erickson's 13th Floor Elevators were obscure, an American horror story of psychedelic rock and psychiatric wards, bad acid and worse treatments, the Texan Syd Barrett betrayed by everyone and then himself, pursued for decades by a Bigfooted bogeyman visible only in bathroom mirrors. The reality, of course, is scarier still. It's safe to say nobody in popular music has known the trouble Roky Erickson has seen, which makes his gradual reemergence — first to his family and friends, as a functioning human being, and eventually to his cultish audience, as a productive and performing artist — all the more miraculous. Erickson's influence with the Austin-based Elevators and his descent into madness is chronicled in Keven McAlester's 2005 film You're Gonna Miss Me; for the return trip, one need only be immersed in the 2010 release True Love Cast Out All Evil (Anti-). Produced by Will Sheff and backed by his band Okkervil River, the LP is an autobiographical book-on-tape: opening with the hushed, swelling "Devotional Number One," a stark memento from Erickson's time in a maximum security insane asylum; relating a dozen gravelly tales of redemptive, country-bred gospel; and bonus track "For You," a sweet confection of a song whose G, E, C and D chords are the reconfigured DNA of a molecularly changed man. Nude Beach and The Dropout open. Tickets $25 advance purchase, $30 at the door. — Noah Bonaparte Pais


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